Top 25 Fun Things

TOP 25 Fun Things

They are in no particular order because they are all fun! Click on the URL for more information. [Links will open in a new browser window.]

#1 Gateway Arch

Ride 630 feet high over the Mississippi River to the top of the largest man-made national monument.  If you are claustrophobic or afraid of heights, this might not be such a fun thing. [ http://www.gatewayarch.com]

# 2 Explore Forest Park

At 500 acres larger than Central Park and a recent 100 million dollar facelift, this place is amazing!  Do not miss out on the multiple lakes, miles of trails, and countless FREE attractions. [http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/]

#3 The Missouri Botanical Garden

One of the world’s top gardens.  This is a great place to relax after a stressful week at the law school. [http://www.mobot.org]

#4 The City Museum

Free your inner child.  A recycled art wonderland that was named one of the top public spaces in the nation.  You have to experience this place to believe it!  Open till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. [http://www.citymuseum.org]

#5 The Hill

You don’t have to travel to Italy to get great Italian food.  Visit The Hill for wonderful food, atmosphere, and bocce ball! [http://www.the-hill.com/]

#6 Sledding on Art Hill

It doesn’t snow a lot in St. Louis, but when it does sledding on Art Hill is the place to be.  Located in Forest Park between the Art Museum and the Grand Basin.  Don’t forget your cafeteria tray from Mallinckrodt!

#7 The St. Louis Zoo

Named the top zoo in the country by Zagat’s.  It is FREE and hosts’ great adult-only events like Zootini in the fall. [http://www.stlzoo.org ]

#8 Anheuser-Busch

What is St. Louis without the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch  FREE tours are given throughout the year with a chance to see the famous Clydesdales and sample some beer. [ http://www.budweisertours.com/]

#9 Baseball, Football and Hockey

Cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals [ http://www.stlcardinals.com], one of the most successful teams in baseball history, or take a seat for exciting Rams [ http://www.stlouisrams.com] football or Blues [http://www.stlblues.com] hockey games.

# 10 Pin-Up Bowl

Hanging out at Pin-Up Bowl , aptly named because it is a swanky bowling alley and martini lounge.  See if you can beat Pin-Up’s high score of 257, held by rapper Nelly. [http://www.pinupbowl.com]

#11 Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Count the mosaics at the stunning Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which houses the largest mosaic collection in the world. [http://www.cathedralstl.org]

#12 The Blues  

Check out one of the live blues clubs around the city.  Did you know that St. Louis has more working blues musicians than any other city in the world?  [http://www.stlblues.net]

#13 Six Flags St. Louis

Thrill yourself on the world-class roller coasters and rides at Six Flags St. Louis. Don’t miss Fright Fest in October! [http://www.sixflags.com.] 

#14 Soulard: The French Quarter

Home to the world’s 2nd largest Mardi Gras celebration and the oldest public market in the nation, the Soulard neighborhood is a great place to window shop and get some amazing food. [http://www.slfp.com/Soulard.htm]

#15 The Muny

At the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theater, The Muny, it is cheaper to get tickets to an entire season of great theater than to eat out once in Manhattan.  Although the tickets are cheap (and the back rows are actually FREE), the theatre is outstanding. [http://www.muny.org/]

#16 St. Louis Walk of Fame

Check out the St. Louis Walk of Fame to see just how many St. Louisans have made it big.  To name a few: Maya Angelou, Yogi Berra, Kevin Kline, Tennessee Williams, and John Goodman.  [http://www.stlouiswalkoffame.org]    

#17 The Old Courthouse

The Old Courthouse is a wonderful step back in time as the site of the first of Dred Scott’s trials in 1847.  As a law school student, you have got to see this place! [http://www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/och.htm]

# 18 St. Louis Science Center

Feel like a kid again at the St. Louis Science Center.  Located in Forest Park, you are guaranteed a fun learning experience at the Omnimax Theatre and the Planetarium.  The best part?  It’s FREE! [ http://www.slsc.org/]

#19 St. Louis Union Station

Once billed as the largest and busiest railroad terminal in the world, St. Louis Union Station is now a Mecca of shopping, dining, sleeping (there’s a hotel inside), and enjoying the lake.  Yes, you heard me…a lake. [http://www.stlouisunionstation.com/]

#20 St. Louis goes Hollywood

Check out films like White Palace, The Jerk, King of the Hill, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery, Red Dragon, Meet Me in St. Louis and many, many more!

# 21 Laumeier Sculpture Park

For a quite afternoon, visit the Laumeier Sculpture Park.  An 89-acre, open-air museum with one of the most wonderful collections of sculpture you will see anywhere.  Bring a picnic and some good walking shoes. [http://www.laumeier.com]

#22 Steinberg Skating Rink

Ice-skating at the Steinberg Skating Rink has been a St. Louis tradition for over 45 years.  The rink stays open late on Friday and Saturday night, usually with a live band and open bar.  [http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/ice.html]

# 23 Fairmount Part

Party at the Park on Friday nights in the warm weather. Fairmount Park is a great place to watch “the sport of kings,” horseracing!  They have a live band and buffet, all for a $10 cover. [ http://www.fairmountpark.com/]

#24 The Central West End

A great place to boutique shop and hang out with friends at one of the ultra-trendy cafes.  To sound really cool, refer to the area as the “CWE.” [http://thecwe.org/]

#25 Forest Park Boathouse

To really see Forest Park rent a paddleboat at the Boathouse and head out into the Grand Basin.  A fun way to spend a sunny afternoon! [http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/boathouse.html]