Free Activities

St. Louis Zoo

The Zoo has more than 6,000 exotic animals, many of them rare and endangered, from the major continents and habitats of the world. [http://www.stlzoo.org ]

St. Louis Art Museum

The first publicly-funded art museum in the country, it has an extensive collection of 30,000 objects from ancient to contemporary.  Each Friday the Ford Motor Company extends hours to 9pm when special exhibits are open at no cost. [http://www.slam.org]

Laumeier Sculpture Park

A 96-acre sculpture park, one of only two in the US. [http://www.laumeier.com]

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays, highlights contemporary art and architecture. [www.pulitzerarts.org]

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Free to visitors each Thursday. [http://www.contemporarystl.org]

Saint Louis University Museum of Art

[http://sluma.slu.edu]

St. Louis Riverfront

A great place to spend the afternoon along the country’s longest river.

National Great Rivers Museum

Located at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam near Alton, IL.  [http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Rivers/museum.html]

Confluence State Park

View the breathtaking coming together of America’s two great rivers the Mississippi and Missouri. [http://www.mostateparks.com/confluence.htm]

Old Courthouse

See the courthouse where the Dred Scott slavery trial was held. [http://www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/och.htm]

Missouri History Museum

The museum is always free, but the change for special exhibits is waived every Tuesday when museum hours expand to 8pm. [http://www.mohistory.org]

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

The remnants of a prehistoric group of people living and working in the complex community know as the Land of the Sun. [http://www.cahokiamounds.com]

Saint Louis Science Center

[http://www.slsc.org]

Grant’s Farm

The former homestead of President Ulysses S. Grant, now a 281acre wildlife preserve. [http://www.grantsfarm.com]

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Another of Grant’s St. Louis homes, called White Haven. [http://www.nps.gov/ulsg]

Route 66 State Park

Miles of trails for walking and biking, and a free museum with memorabilia from the days when Route 66 was America’s Main Street. [http://www.mostateparks.com/route66.htm]

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Once Route 66’s link between Illinois and Missouri, the bridge is now America’s longest pedestrian bridge. [http://www.trailnet.org]

AnheuserBusch Brewery

The tour includes the historic Brewhouse, the Clydesdale stables, the packaging plant, and a stop at the Hospitality Room for a free sample. [http://www.budweisertours.com]

Schlafly Bottleworks

Microbrewery tour. [http://www.schlafly.com]

Tower Grove Park

A Victorian walking park created in 1868 by Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw. [http://stlouis.missouri.org/parks/towergrove/]

Children’s Zoo

Located at the Saint Louis Zoo, a fee is usually charged except from 9am 10am daily.

Boeing Space Station

Located at the Saint Louis Science Center, a fee is usually charged except on Mondays from 1pm 5pm. 

St. Louis Children's Museum and The Magic House

St. Louis Children’s Museum and the Magic House waives its admission on the third Friday evening of each month from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm thanks to Target stores.  A grant from AB provides free Summertime Tuesday Nights from 5:30 pm 9:00 pm from June through October. [http://www.magichouse.com]

Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

Free theater in Forest Park. [http://www.sfstl.com]

Muny

1,500 free seats are available on a first come, first serve basis to each performance.  [http://www.muny.com]