Trip Ideas: Kidding Around St. Louis Tour
If you're looking for activities to keep youth groups entertained, look no further. St. Louis has a variety of attractions to keep tots, 'tweens and teens happy. They'll have so much fun, they won't even mind that some of these stops are educational.
Breakfast
Begin your St. Louis adventure at this downtown deli where guests have the option of gourmet muffins, pastries, bagels and/or breakfast sandwiches.
615 Pine St., St. Louis MO 63101, 314-588-8432
Hours: Mon. Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Morning
Activities include tram rides to the top, movies on the four-story screen at the Odyssey Theater and a documentary about the construction of the Arch, the nation’s tallest national monument, which stands 630 feet.
200 Washington Ave., St. Louis MO 63102, 877-982-1410
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Labor Day-Memorial Day: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Museum of Westward Expansion charts the entire history of the 19th century American West, from the Louisiana Purchase to the closing of the frontier in 1890, and preserves some of the rarest artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark; located in the Gateway Arch.
10 Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis MO 63102, 877-982-1410
Hours: Memorial-Day-Labor Day: Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Day after Labor Day-day before Memorial Day: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Afternoon
Narrated Mississippi cruises aboard the Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher riverboats. Choose from a variety of cruises, including daily sightseeing cruises (March-November), dinner cruises, music cruises, cruises to Kimmswick, lock-and-dam cruises and private charters.
50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis MO 63102, 877-982-1410
Hours: Office: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
This warehouse of wackiness includes 4,000 square-feet of human-made caves and tunnels; an enchanted forest; world aquarium; working shoelace factory; and MonstroCity (a monstrous montage of monkey bars) that includes two Saber-40 aircraft fuselages, a fire engine, castle turret and a handful of four-foot tall wrought-iron Slinkies.
701 N. 15th St., St. Louis MO 63103, 314-231-2489
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri- Sat. 9 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ~ Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Labor Day-March. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
A unique blend of beautiful antiques and delectable food at an unbeatable price. Families, large groups welcome. Open daily. Located two blocks north of the Gateway Arch.
727 N. First Sreet, St. Louis MO 63102, 314-621-0276
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m. -2 p.m.; 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Evening
St. Louis, noted for being the gateway to the west, is also the gateway to rock ‘n roll excitement. Located at the crossroads of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in the historic Union Station area.
1820 Market St., St. Louis MO 63103, 314-621-7625
Hours: Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.