We love St. Louis summers! ‘Tis the season of fireworks, backyard BBQs, and trips to the pool. But what about after that? Not to fear, we’re here to guide you through the dog days. Need something to do for you and your crew? Check out our top 5 Summer Must-Do’s in The Lou!


#1. Visit The New Arch Grounds & Museum

The highly anticipated 3-year-long renovation project of the St. Louis Gateway Arch Grounds & Museum is finally complete! Make a trip downtown and snap a few photos on the pristine walkways and immaculate lawns surrounding our St. Louis’ own iconic landmark.  After you’re done taking it all in, we recommend escaping the heat and venturing inside the new museum featuring touch screens for interactive displays and giant video screens with breathtaking images of the Western wilderness as 19th-century explorers and settlers saw it. Admission is free and the museum is open daily from 8am-10pm. Click here to start planning your visit!



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#2. Go see the Stingrays at The St. Louis Zoo

Looking to get your hands wet? Go see the newly opened ‘Stingrays at Caribbean Cove’ exhibit that allows visitors to touch rays and small, docile sharks! Only open through the end of September,  this 17,000-gallon saltwater tank features cownose rays and southern stingrays, along with bonnethead, brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks.

While admission to the Zoo won’t cost you a penny, the Stingray exhibit is $4. Click here to learn more!



#3. Get a Concrete at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

There are few things as “St. Louis,” as Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. In business for over 80 years, their most popular treat, the Concrete, is not to be missed. Created in 1959, this sweet treat features frozen custard so thick that the employees serve it upside down! A visit here is like venturing to another time with its nostalgic walk-up counter and permanent white icicles inviting locals and visitors alike to stand under its neon awning.

Ted Drewes has two locations in the St. Louis area, but perhaps the most iconic is their Chippewa location. Click here for all the details!

(Photo Caption) Big thanks to Tyler and Deborah of Traveler Twenty Two for this amazing capture of a St. Louis staple!



#4. Spend an evening at The Muny

The Muny celebrates its 100th season this year, making it the perfect excuse to spend an evening enjoying theatre under the stars. This outdoor amphitheater located in St. Louis’ own iconic Forest Park,  produces a new Broadway-style musical every week Monday-Sunday, mid-June through mid-August at 8:15 pm nightly.

Curious what shows are up next? This week The Muny will present their last 3 shows of the season: Annie, Gypsy, and Meet Me in St. Louis. Click here to learn more!



#5.  Feel like a kid again at The City Museum

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to return to childhood? A trip to St. Louis City Museum will invite you to do just that. Featuring 600,00 square feet of exhibits consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, the museum encourages child-like wonder and healthy play from museum-goers of all ages.

Friendly for the whole family, The City Museum has been named as one of the “great public spaces,” by the Project for Public Spaces, and has won multiple local and international awards as a must-see destination.  Ready to feel like a kid again? Click here to plan your visit.


And that’s it! Our guide to the Top 5 Summer Must Do’s In The Lou for you and your crew when the dog days just won’t quit. Did we leave out your favorite?

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