Explore St. Louis

Explore St. Louis

Explore St. Louis

Explore St. Louis

Explore St. Louis

There’s so much to see and do in St. Louis!

- Ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, towering 630-feet over the Mississippi River.

- Enjoy world-class free attractions, including the Art Museum, Zoo, Science Center, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Grant’s Farm and the Missouri History Museum.

- Marvel at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s top public gardens.

- Free your inner child at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, the City Museum and other kid-friendly attractions.

- Cheer for the MLB’s Cardinals and NHL’s Blues.

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Transportation in St. Louis

St. Louis Firsts

View a list below of many products or events that were either invented or introduced first in St. Louis.

  • Fitz Rootbeer
  • Build-A-Bear Workshops
  • Bissinger Chocolates
  • Tums
  • Anheuser Busch
  • Ted Drewes
  • Toasted Ravioli
  • Barbecued pork steaks (and more barbeque sauce consumed per capita than in any other place in America)
  • Gooey butter coffee cake
  • Dr Pepper was introduced here at the 1904 World's Fair
  • Ice Cream Cone introduced at fair
  • Hot dogs and hamburgers popularized to a wide audience at the Fair
  • Once the largest shoe-manufacturing center in the world—home of Buster Brown
  • Largest collection of mosaic art in the world at the Cathedral
  • Oldest institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi (St. Louis University)
  • Hawken Rifles and Murphy wagons, used by the western pioneers, made in St. Louis
  • The cocktails, Planter's Punch and Tom Collins, invented at a St. Louis hotel, the Planter's House
  • The custom of placing chocolates on hotel pillows begins here when Cary Grant stays at the Mayfair Hotel and uses chocolate to woo a woman friend
  • First Jewish congregation west of the Mississippi founded here
  • First library west of the Mississippi
  • Famous writers including T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, William Gass, Tennessee Williams, Eugene Field, etc.
  • First ironclad boat built here
  • First kindergarten in the U.S. founded here
  • Peanut Butter invented here
  • Famous entertainers, including Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Jon Hamm etc.
  • First American city to host the Olympic Games
  • Famous actors, including contemporaries John Goodman, Kevin Kline and Scott Bakula. Oldest famous actors and entertainers including Josephine Baker, Betty Grable, Vincent Price, Buddy Ebsen, Redd Foxx, Shelly Winters, Virginia Mayo, Marsha Mason, etc.
  • World's first skyscraper—Louis Sullivan's Wainwright Building
  • Charles Lindbergh & the Spirit of St. Louis
  • 7-Up invented in St. Louis
  • Nation's first interstate highway constructed here