In my previous posts I have shared things to do and places to eat in St Louis. Since it was a 2 day trip where we did a lot of exploring, I made two different posts to do justice to the wonderful things that the city has to offer. But as I explored more about St. Louis, I realized that there are a lot of things to for free here and these are really fun things. So I have made a one day itinerary for St. Louis which only has things you can do for free in St. Louis. Because a penny saved is a penny earned 😉
VISIT CATHEDRAL BASILICA
Completed in 1914, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is a must visit attraction for its beautiful stained glass mosaics. If you enjoy art and history I can assure you that you will spend atleast an hour in the Cathedral alone and some more time enjoying its beautiful garden and its museum.
There are no entry fees for the cathedral or the museum however the Cathedral is closed for visits when the prayers are in progress.
FOREST PARK & ST LOUIS ZOO
The Forest Park of St. Louis occupies more space than New Yorks Central Park and the St Louis Zoo is located in the heart of Forest Park. The Park is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. It has several spots for picnics, long walks or just to lounge and enjoy yourself. This makes it an ideal spot for a family’s day out. The best part here is the free entry to St Louis Zoo which is home to a number of animals. It is divided into different areas as per the origin of these animals and this is a great spot to spend 2 to 3 hours exploring in St. Louis.
TIP – My suggestion would be..grab a takeout from Imos Pizzeria next to Cathedral Basilica and drive for around 5 minutes to the Zoo where you can have a small lunch picnic before exploring the zoo
CITY GARDENS IN ST LOUIS
Located in the Gateway Mall area, the city-gardens are developed and maintained by a non for profit organization named the Gateway Foundation. The gardens are not enclosed and can be accessed from any direction. There are 6 rain gardens including a spray fountain for children.
Beautiful sculptures are installed in the garden and you get amazing views of the Gateway Arch too.
You can also download their free app for an audio tour of the city gardens narrated by the prominent residents of St. Louis
WIND UP WITH A FREE BEER
Another highlight of free things to do in St. Louis is the free tour of Anheuser Busch Brewery. The very first Anheuser Busch brewery started in USA was in St. Louis and now they offer free tours of the brewery to show their beer making process to the world.
The highlights of this tour are –
- walk through the beer making process where you see all the equipment in action from start to finish
- the famous Clydesdale stables
- free sample of beer during the trip
- free tall glass of beer at the end of the trip
Plus, their Biergarten makes the perfect spot for a bite to eat before you wind up your day or hop on to the next location.
These are the free things which I tried while in St. Louis and I feel that one day is sufficient for exploring all these things. But if you want some more options of the free things you can do while in St. Louis, I went online..did some research and pulled out the following list for you all 😀
- St. Louis Art Museum – having a large collection of around 33,000 art-works this will be a great spot for the art lovers. Especially because this museum has paintings by Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Monet and I’ve read that they are glad to organise the free tour if you call before hand. Located close to the Zoo in Forest Park you can easily work this into your itinerary.
- Grants Farm – Originally home to the 18th President of United States, this is now an 80 acre animal reserve managed by Anheuser Busch. The admission, tram ride and all the shows are free of cost here. It is home to some exotic species of animals and you get to play with the goats and come face to face with the famous Budweiser Clydesdale
- The Missouri History Museum – This museum features exhibits which helped shaped the history of St. Louis. This museum is also located in Forest Park and has extended hours on Thursdays
- The Muny – The Municipal Opera is the nations oldest and largest outdoor theater. Every summer they stage live performances with 1450 free seats on first come first serve basis so check the schedule and seating here and start planning 🙂
There are many more free things you can do while in St. Louis but I have included those which I tried out myself and those which I found interesting. As far as food in St. Louis is concerned click here for all details about the delicious food St. Louis has to offer.
Do give this a try and share your experiences with me.