As I stated in my about me page —
i love making gifs almost as much as i love stl
Yep, that’s right – I’m from St. Louis and I love it. Being a St. Louis blogger has been a great journey so far and I have loved every minute of it. And because I haven’t really talked much about St. Louis and all it has to offer, I finally caved and decided to make a post about my hometown. With that being said, I have made a list of things free things to do around the St. Louis area. Because who doesn’t like fun and free, right? Right.
museums + tours
St. Louis is lucky to have a wide variety of free museums for people to visit. These museums are fun to explore and would make for a fun afternoon or even an outing with your significant other. Adam and I recently went to the History Museum and had a blast.
St. Louis Art Museum
Address: 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm | Friday, 10 am–9 pm| Closed Monday
Parking: free parking + $15 parking in the garage
Missouri History Museum
my honey showing me something at the museum
Address: 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Parking: free parking
Address: 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: Sunday 11am – 5:30pm + Monday through Saturday 9:30am -5:30pm
Parking: free parking
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Parking: free parking
The Old Courthouse
Address: 11 N 4th St, St. Louis, MO 63102
Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am-4:30pm
Parking: meter street parking (download the app ParkMobile to find and pay for parking)
Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis
Address: 3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Parking: free parking
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
Address: 1315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Parking: free parking + meter parking
St. Louis is home to a top-rated zoo that just so happens to be free. Yes, free. STL is also blessed to have Grant’s Farm, too!
St. Louis Zoo
Address: Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8am-5pm + Friday to Sunday 8am-7pm
Parking: $15 parking fee and free + meter parking on the street
Address: 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm
Parking: $15 parking
places to walk around
One thing I love about StL is that there are so many cool streets and parts of town that are fun to walk around. Sometimes it’s just nice to go out and walk around while enjoying the weather and the company of friends, family, or your significant other. Luckily, St. Louis has many great options to do just that!
Ad and I on our second date at the Delmar Loop a while back, which you can read all about on my detailed post here!
shopping | restaurants | live music | ice creameries | diverse + lively scene | website
Downtown St. Louis + Washington “Wash” Avenue
restaurants | shopping | diverse scene | website
Central West End
upscale shopping | restaurants | diverse scene | website
young professionals | upscale shopping | restaurants | diverse scene | government buildings | website
similar to the delmar loop | shopping | restaurants | bakeries + ice creameries | website
lots of bars + restaurants | located near downtown, so lots of people love soulard | website
Lafayette Square’s Park Avenue
cute café’s | restaurants | a little bit of shopping | website
Grand Center Arts District
entertainment (the fox is amazing!) | lively scnene | resturaunts (+ some bars) | website
the stl zoo is located here | friendly and welcoming area | restaurants + bars | website
parks + gardens
St. Louis has been blessed with some amazing parks that have not only been around for a long time, but have been maintained and very well taken care of. Below is a list of parks that I think every St. Louisan should visit, as well as every tourist.
MUNY free seats
While the MUNY is not free, they do offer free seats in the very, very back! So, if you see a show you love and don’t feel like spending money on tickets, I reccomend making a date out of it and having a picnic (this picnic cooler bag is on my wish list😍)in Forest Park and then heading over to the free seats. Be sure to bring a pair of binociulars (affiliate link, ya’ll!), as well as some snacks and drinks, and you’ll have a blast. Also, the free seats are very popular, so you’ll want to make sure you get there fairly early, to ensure that you (and your friends/family) are able to snag seats. You can read more about the MUNY here + about the free seats here!
Forest Park’s Shakespeare in the Park
Forest Park (map can be viewed here) is amazing. And one rthin that adds to the amazingness (I’m still kind of shocked that amazingness is even a word) is the fact that we offer free (yes, free) Shakespeare in the Park shows. Not many states do this. In fact, St. Louis is one of only a few states who offer free Shakespeare plays. Cool, right? I think so, too. And while I am not a huge Shakespeare fan, despite reading numerous books by him back in school, it is nice to get out and enjoy a night of free (and quality) entertainment. That said, I reccomend giving Shakespeare in the Park a chance even if you’re not a huge fan of his work. Why? Because who doesn’t like a fun night out enjoying a performance by local actors and actresses!? Bring a friend or friends, significant other, or even family and set up a large picnic blanket (affiliate link) with some drinks, snacks, and bug spray and enjoy your evening. For more info, please visit the official website, which can be found here!
Lafayette Park’s Concert + Movies in the Park
I briefly mentioned Lafayette Square Park above, but didn’t go into much detail. However, Lafayette Park offers free movies and concerts in the summer and they’re totally worth it. In fact, growing up, I would always go see the free movies in the park with our neighbor and we always had a great time. We would bring strawberry and banana smoothies and some snacks and enjoy the night. You can read more about the free movies and concerts that Lafayette Park has to offer by heading over to their website’s calendar of events, which can be found here!
And, here you have it, guys – the ultimate list of free things to do in St. Louis!
Let me know if you’re a local or if you have any other free things to do in St. Louis and I will add them to the list. Please share this post on Pinterest (and other social media, t00), so that you, as well as others, can refer back to this post and know where to go and what to do in St. Louis. Thanks for reading and love to you all