Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Budget Travel to St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri is home to the Gateway Arch, known as Gateway to the West.

Of course, there is a fee to go inside of the Gateway Arch, however the best view is from the outside.  Along with that, you can also view the Mississippi River. 

While you're in the Jefferson National Expansion area you can see the famous Old Courthouse and the Old Cathedral for free.  Both are excellent examples of the beautiful architecture brought to the city in the early 1800's.

Here is a list of museums in St. Louis which offer free admission:

  • Missouri History Museum
  • St. Louis Art Museum
  • Science Center
  • Soldier's Memorial Military Museum

Three of St. Louis' best attractions offer free admission:

St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo offers free admission.  18,000 animals, 700 species and 90 acres is more than you will see in most zoos, let alone one that offers free admission.  They do charge for parking, but check the area for street parking if you are really on a budget.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery offers complimentary tours.  You will learn about the world-famous Clydesdale horse, visit three national historic landmarks, see brew kettles and Beechwood Aging cellars.  And it's conveniently located right downtown!

 James S. McDonnell Planetarium

Opening in 1963, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary for the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.  Features include: 

  • The Boeing Space Station - two levels of exhibits
  • The Orthwein StarBay - several lab stations  
  • Zeiss Planetarium Model IX - how the nightsky would be seen without weather, smog and city lights
  • The Starbridge - astronomical research, space exploration and more!

Historical Sites to See for FREE!

  • Jefferson Barracks
  • Lewis and Clark State4 Historic Site
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Old Courthouse
  • Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site

As you can see, St. Louis offers many things to do and see for free!  In addition, keep in mind the cheapest form of travel while you are in St. Louis is the Metro Link Train.  And finally, if you're a sports fan, check out all of the plaques and statues around Busch Stadium!

May all of your travels be....Lots of fun, and mostly FREE!