The Midwest is known for the friendliness of its people, and you can expect homegrown hospitality when you visit St. Louis for the Reliv International Conference in August. Plus, there’s so much to do! Some of the best experiences are free and perfect for families.
Fun with the Kiddos
Your kids will love visiting the Gateway Arch downtown. The 630-foot symbol of St. Louis is the world’s tallest monument. From the top of the Arch, you can look out and see the entire city in its full splendor or look down at the park below to see how tiny people appear.
Looking for more family fun? The St. Louis Zoo, ranked the #1 zoo in America by the Zagat Family Travel Guide, is free to the public and home to all sorts of living creatures your kids will love. The Zoo is only one part of historic Forest Park. Other free attractions in park include the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Missouri History Museum, where you can see an exhibit about the 1904 World’s Fair that helped create the park.
While you’re in St. Louis, take time to stop and smell the roses. The Missouri Botanical Garden is the perfect place to breathe in more than 6,400 plants. You can play hide and seek in the bush maze and make fish faces back at the koi in the Japanese Garden pond.
Romance and Date Activities
You may never take a magic carpet ride, but here is something that comes close. Between the Mississippi River and the Arch, you can see the city via a Helicopter Tour! Rides start at only $35 per person. Bring your camera to capture views you’ll never forget.
Imagine if Willy Wonka liked art instead of candy. Then you might have an idea of what you will experience at The City Museum. Every room has something unique to explore. You can climb under tunnels and through dark caves, watch a live circus show and act like a human hamster in a massive wheel. Every inch of the building is full of art and charm that you will never forget.
Looking for a place to get fresh produce upon arrival? Open since 1779, Soulard Farmer’s Market is two solid blocks of friendly culture and fresh local produce. If you prefer to travel in style, the St. Louis restaurant scene is not to be missed. You can find several delicious options along and near Washington Avenue within walking distance of your hotel.
Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Frida’s won the Riverfront Times award for Best Vegetarian Restaurant in 2013 and 2014. Their butter-and-sugar-free ingredients are locally sourced and made from scratch. And their build-your-own smoothies are absolutely incredible!
In the mood for Italian? You can get a great taste of Italy here in St. Louis on The Hill. Started by Italian immigrants, this community has some of the finest authentic Italian restaurants in the country. It is also a fun place to wander or to shop for all things Italian.
Other Great Spots to Check Out
From July 29 – August 7, Beauty and the Beast will come to life on the Muny stage. Open since 1919, the Muny is one of the nation’s premiere outdoor theaters. Though you can pay to have closer seats, many come early, bring their binoculars (or not) and sit in the free seats in the back.
A few blocks away from Forest Park, The Delmar Loop (locally known as “The Loop”) is full of diversity and a young, hip vibe thanks to nearby Washington University. Ramble through the six blocks packed with shopping, food and entertainment. Listen to records and CDs and live performances at Vintage Vinyl. Eat wonderful food and maybe meet Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill. Pick up a book for the trip home in Subterranean Books. The possibilities are endless!
Have you ever been to St. Louis? What places would you recommend? What do you plan to visit when you attend International Conference this summer?