Local Attractions

About St. Louis

Centrally located in America’s heartland, St. Louis is an easy drive or quick flight away. In St. Louis meeting attendees will enjoy a world-class experience (hotels, restaurants, attractions and entertainment) without a lot of hassle and expense. 

Voted by USA Today 10 Best in 2018 as having the Best Beer Scene and Best Zoo, the Gateway City boasts many great places to eat, shop, and play. From nightlife and sports to family-friendly, music and theater, St. Louis is a place to work hard and play hard. Register today to join fellow Association members at the 2019 Marketing & Distribution Convention.

Exploring St. Louis

Gateway Arch –  Standing 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch, our nation’s tallest man-made monument, anchors Gateway Arch National Park (formerly Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) and stands as the iconic monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States. Get your tickets online, by phone, or in person. ALERT: Visitors must enter the monument through the new west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs have become exits only. Tram tickets will sell out early and often – advance tickets are strongly recommended. Please allow at least 30 minutes to go through security. 

St. Louis Zoo – Home to more than 18,000 exotic animals, many of them rare and endangered. These 700 species represent the major continents and biomes of the world. Set in the rolling hills, lakes and glades of Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo is always a great place to be. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. year-round, except for holiday hours. FREE 

The Fabulous Fox Theater – A magnificently restored theatre in the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District. The perfect venue to see the hottest Broadway shows and concerts. Prices vary; see website for performance schedule. Tours offered Tue., Thur., and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. 

Anheuser-Busch Brewery – Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood since its founding in 1852, our largest and oldest brewery site was selected based on its access to the Mississippi River. Regardless of the experience you choose, as you walk through the halls of the historic St. Louis brewery, you are transported in time. You will realize the vision that became one of the largest and oldest breweries in the nation. From the history-rich architecture – including three National Historic Landmarks – to cutting-edge brewing technology, you will witness first-hand the heritage and timeless tradition Anheuser-Busch employs to brew beer. 

City Museum – Housed in the 600,000 sq. ft. former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, fun house, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike. City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile and even two abandoned planes! 

St. Louis Art Museum – Located in the heart of historic Forest Park, the Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Beyond the collection, the Museum offers unique shopping and dining experiences to help make your visit more enjoyable. FREE. 

Missouri Botanical Gardens – A National Historic Landmark founded in 1859 with 79 acres of scenic landscaping and historic structures. Don’t miss the Climatron® tropical rain forest, the Japanese Garden and founder Henry Shaw’s Victorian home. Seasonal narrated tram tours, restaurant, gift shop. Free parking on site. Adults, $8; children 12 and under, free.  

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn – Built in 1862, beautifully furnished with period antiques. The mansion is not only “historic,” but “haunted” as well. Lunch and dinner available on premises. Also murder mystery theater. Overnight accommodations for six rooms, four with private baths, two with shared bath. 

Old Cathedral (Basilica of St. Louis, King of France) – St. Louis’ earliest church. The present structure is more than 170 years old and a national monument. Museum contains countless religious artifacts. Daily Mass. FREE