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The Core of Discovery is a downtown St. Louis attractions district – anchored by the Gateway Arch – that offers a wealth of activities to explore, experience and discover. Attractions in the Core include the Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch Riverboats, Citygarden, Riverfront Trail, Discovery Bike Rentals, Kiener Plaza and Eads Bridge. The Core also features activities, events and special exhibits created by the National Park Service, as well as other partners.
Eight panoramic miles of the Mississippi River are visible from this 120-foot-long observation deck, including the New Madrid Bend, a point of strategic significance during the Civil War.
When the bridge was completed, in the summer of 1928, it was hailed as "The Gateway to the Ozarks." It provided an invaluable and vital link between Missouri and Illinois.
A small, restored portal of the old bridge is all that remains. At the overlook, there is a viewing scope that provides a commanding view of the Mississippi River.
There is access to the River Campus Trail, which provides a leisurely walkway along these historic grounds, bordering the river. Interpretive signage is scattered along the trail. A new bridge, The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, opened in December, 2003 to replace the bridge of 1928.
Sidewalk stars and informative plaques honor famous St. Louisans who have had a national impact on culture. Enlightening and fun at the same time. Located along Delmar Boulevard in entertainment district known as The Loop.
The nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors since June 1967. The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the westward expansion of the United States.
A visit to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the Arch's base and playing professional photographer, but the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch include the Journey to the Top (the last tram leaves one hour before closing); the Museum of Westward Expansion; educational programs; two movies; and a gift shop.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Note: the address shown is for the nearest parking garage, approximately half a block north of the Arch.
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