Forest Park is one of the best city parks in the nation, and it's 5 minutes from our wedding location! You can go there for a 20 min walk or spend the whole weekend there--there is so much to do! Check out the interactive map below for more information. We recommend the Art Museum, Zoo, and Science Center--all are excellent and free (with exclusive exhibits that cost extra). The Muny (outdoor theater) is showing "Guys and Dolls" June 10th - 16th.
In the mid-1800s, more wine was produced in Missouri than any other state. In 1980, Missouri had the first first area recognized as a federally designated American Viticultural Area (Augusta AVA). If you have a car and are willing to drive 30-40 minutes West, this is a great option! We recommend Chandler Hill, Augusta Winery, and Montelle Winery, but there are many options once you get into the area. Try some Norton wine--Missouri's state grape!
Free and frequent tours of one of America's largest breweries with beer samples at the end. Beautiful architecture, Clydesdale horses, and a wonderful beer garden!
Founded in 1859, these gardens are truly amazing--worth the money for plant-lovers! It's herbarium is the second largest in North America.
Hours: 9am - 5 pm daily (Saturday morning "grounds only" 7 - 9am). $13 for 12+ (cheaper for St. Louis city/county residents).
The City Museum: A kids playground heaven that adults love as well! Tickets required for those 3+ -$13.
Gateway Arch and Riverfront: The Arch is a cool experience if you've never been up top. The riverfront has also been renovated, making this area a nice destination for outdoor fun! Arch: 8 am - 10 pm, $10-13. More Arch info: www.archpark.org
Schlafly Tap Room: Brewery with food and FREE tours (Sun, 12:30-4:30, first come first serve).
Mercantile Exchange: Dining and entertainment.
Laclede's Landing: Food/bars/music.
Busch Stadium & Ballpark Village: St. Louis is a great baseball town, and Busch Stadium is a wonderful place! The Cardinals play at home 8/1 and 8/2. They play away 8/3-8/5.
There are some really cool strips and neighborhoods in the St. Louis area!
The Loop: Very well known strip for food/drinks, music, movies, and boutique shops. Home of St. Louis Walk of Fame. Blueberry Hill and Fitz's are destinations in and of themselves. Great options for American/BBQ/pizza as well as some food options for fast Thai/Korean and Middle Eastern food
Demun: Cozy strip of shops across Concordia Park from the seminary (location of the wedding/reception). Kaldi's Coffee, Sasha's Wine Bar, Demun Oyster Bar, Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery, Seedz (organic restaurant), and a new Italian restaurant are all good choices.
Central West End: Beautiful neighborhood with plenty of diverse food/bar options, galleries, and the World Chess Hall of Fame. Just East of Forest Park.
Clayton: The nicer, friendlier, "downtown" in St. Louis. You should be able to find anything you want in downtown Clayton food/drink-wise. Tends to be a little more upscale.
The Grove: Bars with live music and some good options for food.