If you are not from St. Louis or have never visited there you may not know that they have great FREE things to do, that you usually have to pay for in other cities. Here are my top 5 favorites...
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Don't let the cost fool you. While all these places are free, they are also great quality!
If you like museums, the first 2 on this list are for you! They are both located in Forest Park. There's lots to see in Forest Park so you can make a whole day of it! There's not a whole lot to say about these museums. You just have to see them for yourself! Check out their websites to see the current featured and traveling exhibits.
The History Museum General admission to the Museum is free every day. There is also a kids area available for free with lots of hands on stuff to explore.
The Art Museum General admission to the Museum is free every day. You do have to pay to see the featured exhibits, unless you go on Friday. All exhibits are free on Fridays.
This next one is also conveniently located in Forest Park.
The Muny is an outdoor theater. Open from June-August. Nothing beats relaxing under the stars and watching live theater with shows such as: Meet me in St. Louie, The Wiz, Singing in the Rain, and The Little Mermaid. Check out their website for upcoming shows. There are tickets available for purchase starting at $15 and going up to $100. However, they do offer 1,450 free seats in the last 9 rows of the theater. They are first come first served, so get there early!
The Science Center has so much to do! Your kids will love it! It's fun for adults too. You can easily spend the whole day in here. Digging for dinosaur fossils, building the Arch, exploring the Maker Space... I can't even list all the cool stuff to do here. And the greatest thing is, it's always free! There are fees for special events, Planetarim shows and OMNIMAX shows. I recommend purchasing tickets to the OMNIMAX! The screen totally surrounds you. It makes you feel like you are actually in the movie and not just watching it on screen. The Science Center is not in Forest Park, but it is close by.
Next up is my absolute favorite free thing do to in St. Louis. And again, it is located in Forest Park.
The St. Louis Zoo! Admission is completely free! And, by free they don't mean cheap! This is a top notch zoo. The penguin house is the coolest penguin exhibit I have ever seen, and I have been to plenty of zoo's in my lifetime! There are other attractions within the zoo that you have to pay for, like the Children's Zoo. But, even the Children's Zoo is free for the first hour that the zoo is open. The prices for the paid shows and activities are reasonable, especially with getting to see everything else for free. There is a parking lot if you want to pay for parking, or if you get there early enough and don't mind the extra walk there is free street parking around the zoo.
Check out my fine art gallery from our trip to the St. Louis Zoo.
Well, there you have it! My top 5 favorite things to do in St. Louis! No catch, they really are free.
Have you visited any of these places? What did you like or dislike about them? If you like this list and want to know more about free things to do in St. Louis let me know in comments below!
If you are looking for more to do in St. Louis check out my post on "Meramec Caverns."
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