Visiting St. Louis
The “Gateway to the West” is a thriving metropolitan area of 2.8 million people that retains the friendly character of the Midwest. The fun and culture of a big city are readily available, but living here is easy and affordable.
Convenient highways make it possible to live in any part of the city, and MetroLink light-rail connects Lambert International Airport with all Washington University campuses, Forest Park, Clayton, University City, Central West End, major sports venues, downtown and the Arch.
Forest Park, located between the Medical Center and the Danforth Campus, is a haven for those seeking either solitude or outdoor fun. At 1,300 acres, it is one of the nation's largest city parks. This enormous greenspace, that many consider the crown jewel of St. Louis, features public tennis courts, three golf courses, an outdoor ice rink, a 12-kilometer paved trail, picnic areas, athletic fields and lakes for boating and fishing. The park is home to the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, and the nationally recognized St. Louis Zoo; all of which are free to the public. The nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre, the Muny Opera, can be found in the park, as well.
The Fox Theatre presents Broadway shows, dance performances and concerts. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is among the country's best, and several top-notch theatre companies call St. Louis home. Blues, jazz and rock bands are hot attractions in local clubs, and a large outdoor venue draws major concerts. The Missouri Botanical Garden, a serene oasis in the heart of the city, offers beautiful displays year round. St. Louis sports fans enjoy baseball with the Cardinals, football with the Rams and hockey with the Blues. Many other types of affordable entertainment also are available year round.
St. Louis’ central location makes exploring nearby cities easy and inexpensive. Outdoor activities can be found within and around the metropolitan area; the Ozark mountains and river valleys, peppered with State and National Forests are perfect for backpacking, camping, fishing and canoeing; while bike trails line both the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
There are a many things to see and do in St. Louis. Whether you are in town for a few days, or moving to the area, there is something for everyone.
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Please check out the links below for more information!
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Out & About in St. Louis (from WUSTL "unofficial" undergrad handbook)