The Best Things to Do this Fall in St. Louis
From vibrant foliage and riverfront views to family-friendly activities, there’s an endless number of things to see and do this fall in St. Louis. Journey along miles and miles of trails, spook your friends at the Halloween events and explore interactive museums across the city. Look no further than St. Louis for your next adventure this fall.
Outdoor Family Activities
Wagon rides, live entertainment, great festival foods, children’s activities and much more make this an apple pickin’ good time for everyone! Whether riding a pony or feeding a goat, your entire family will enjoy getting acquainted with common farm animals.
Enjoy a festive fall day at the Zoo with specialty menu items, Oktoberfest beers, and more. Take advantage of the cooler weather and visit the Zoo’s animals, exhibits and attractions. Keepers will provide apples and apple-themed enrichment for the animals throughout the day.
Put your maze-walkin’ shoes on and visit Brookdale Farms for a day of fall activities including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and a petting zoo. Try not to get lost in the 17-acre Corn Maze, the largest in St. Louis, as you wind your way through the tall corn for some family fun. The Corn Maze is open Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River on a St. Louis Riverfront Cruise on the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Narrated by the riverboat captain or a National Park Service ranger, this one-hour cruise highlights the river’s role in St. Louis’ past and present, and explores famous St. Louis landmarks and architecture.
Get out and re-explore the great rivers of the St. Louis area! Experience St. Louis in a new way and connect with the natural wonder of the two largest moving bodies of water on the continent! Choose from a variety of trips on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and book your adventure by visiting their website.
During this most frightening time of year, the theme park is wholesome family fun during the day but beware at night when there is nowhere to hide as haunted houses and scare zones are all throughout the park.
The Lemp Mansion is considered one of the nation’s top haunted destinations. The Lemp family’s beer business took advantage of the cool, underground caves at Cherokee and DeMenil for beer-making. The company flourished for a time, before a string of tragic events. Unhappy ancestors are said to still linger in the mansion.
Families can enjoy festive Halloween decorations, interactive storytellers, educational activities, kids’ games, hauntingly fun entertainment and more at the Saint Louis Zoo’s non-scary Halloween experience,
Children of all ages are invited to dress in their most “boo-tiful” costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick or treating at this Not-So-Haunted House experience at the Magic House.
Celebrate Halloween safely with a fun-filled afternoon or evening on the water the entire family will love! Hop aboard and enjoy kid-friendly snacks, interactive Halloween-themed games and a professional DJ playing kid’s favorites. Costumes are encouraged! Plus, each cruise features a special guest appearance from a royal princess or a crime-fighting superhero.
Celebrate bugs, butterflies, and plants that are wonderfully wicked at during Booterfly house at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House! Meet new frightful friends in the Creepy Crawly Cave, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory, and spy on spectacular spiders with the Muffet Family.
Live science demonstrations, a haunted lab, prop making, complimentary parking and more family-friendly fun. The whole family is encouraged to come in costume to the Saint Louis Science Center.
Grant’s Farm is welcoming spooks of all ages for a new Halloween Drive-Thru Experience on select dates in October. Guests will be able to drive their own vehicles through a ghostly adventure in the Tiergarten and Deer Park. The drive-thru will be decorated with lights, ghosts, pumpkins, spiders and more.
The Halloween Experience is perfect for the entire family. Wear costumes and enjoy the boo-rific activities tent. Then journey through four historic train cars, themed for the Halloween season with pirate skeletons, witches, dark creatures and a fantasy candy wonderland.
Hiking and Biking Adventures
Are you looking to travel off the beaten path? Journey along miles and miles of trails that will guide you past rivers, lakes and beautiful greenways. You can stroll through lush gardens, get a front-row view of wildlife or bike along Missouri’s magnificent bluffs.
Head to The Lot for a Safe & Intimate Autumn concert celebrating crisp fresh weather, great live music, beer and food. Among the St. Louis acts who’ll perform pop-up concerts are Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Disco Techs, Sean Canan’s Voodoo, Dave Grelle and Dr. Zhivegas and more.
Enjoy the freshest sounds in St. Louis at Open Air, a concert series presented by Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Jazz St. Louis. Featuring St. Louis’s finest, this tented, dinner experience takes place outside The Grandel in Grand Center Arts District, on Friday and Saturday nights through October.
The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are set to host St. Louis’ only floating concert series, Rock the Dock presented by 4 Hands Brewing Company and 1220 Spirits, Sundays this fall. Concertgoers will be seated at reserved, socially distanced tables, where they can enjoy a curated barbeque menu and a selection of drinks from 4 Hands Brewing Company and 1220 Spirits.
BB’s is frequently dubbed St. Louis’ best blues club, featuring proven musicians such as Big George Brock and Leroy Pierson. Partner John May books the acts and has helped hold the blues scene together for decades.
Fall Colors an Instagrammers Dream
Take part in one of St. Louis’ favorite fall traditions on your own time. Destinations around St. Louis including everything like Forest Park, the Gateway Arch National Park and our enchanted neighborhoods are great for spotting autumn colors throughout the season.