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Things To Do In St. Louis On A Cold Day

Updated on April 25, 2015
Arch in the Fall
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St. Louis is a beautiful community with many activities to do year round, even when it is cold out. There is something for everyone.

The Hill

The Hill is a historically Italian Neighoborhood in Southwest St. Louis. It is the place to go if you have a craving for Italian Food. Italian comfort food is perfect for a cold day! The Hill is full of Italian Restaraunts, pizza parlors, bakeries, deli's, and specialty shops. There is no such thing as a bad restaurant on The Hill. Amighetti's, Bartolino's, Charlie Gitto's, Cunetto's, Dominic's, Gian-Tony's on the Hill, Rigazzi's, and Zia's are all delicious. When you go to The Hill, make sure to stop by the Missouri Baking Company. It is located at 2027 Edwards. Anytime I am in the area I stop theer for some treats to take home. The Missouri Baking Company has all manner of delicious treats including my favorite - Chocolate Drops. The chocolate drops are worth the trip alone. It is kind of like a flattened donut dipped in icing. They are amazing!

St. Louis Science Center


The St. Louis Science Center is a fun hands on learning experience for kids and adults alike. It is housed in three buildings including a planetarium.

Visit the main building to learn about dinosaurs, the human body, Missouri's ecosystem, the environment, structures, and much more. All of that is free! For a fee you can also catch a movie in the Omnimax theater or get into the current special exhibit.

After taking in all the activities in the man building and special events building, walk past the structures exhibit and onto an indoor walking bridge that will take you over the highway to the planetarium building. The bridge has clear panels on the walkway so you can see the cars zooming by under your feet. It also has multiple radar guns so you can see how fast everyone is driving!

Once you're done crossing the bridge you can finally visit the planetarium. There, you will learn about,you guessed it, the planets, space, and astronauts.

The Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139. Their link is below.

Missouri History Museum


Founded in 1866, the Missouri History Museum showcases exhibits regarding Missouri's history like the 1904 World's Fair Exhibit but also exhibits regarding the history of the nation like the current George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. exhibits.

The Missouri History Museum is located in the Jefferson Memorial Building, built in 1913. It is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd in Forest Park.

The Museum is free, except for some special exhibits. It is open daily from 10am to 5pm and on Tuesdays the hours are extended from 10am - 8pm. A link to the museums site is below.

Fox Theatre


The Fox Theatre, often referred to as The Fabulous Fox, opened in 1929 as a movie theater to show the films of Fox Film Corporation. The theater had 5,060 seats and was the second largest theater in the United States at that time. The theater was designed with a rich and intricate Asian theme sometimes referred to as Siamese Byzantine. The Fox Theatre closed in 1979 but reopened in 1981 after its sale and a $3 million renovation. The renovated Fox Theatre became a performing arts theatre where you can see shows like Stomp or Blue Man Group, musicals like Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera, or musical artists like Jason Mraz.

The Fox Theatre is located at 527 N Grand in St. Louis, MO 63103. Show information is on the below link.

Steinberg Ice Rink
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Located in Forest Park, Steinberg Ice Rink has been the signature outdoor ice rink in St. Louis since it first opened in 1957. Public ice skating is available all day everyday from mid November until the end of February including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day. They are open Sunday - Thursday from 10am - 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am - midnight. Admission is $6 and skate rental is $4. The on-site Snowflake Cafe offers fairly inexpensive meals, snacks, and drinks during skating hours.

Steinberg Ice Rink is located at 400 Jefferson Drive in St. Louis, MO 63103. A link to their website is below.

Bald Wagle Watching

The country's second largest bald eagle population is located just over the river in Illinois. The birds migrate to the area for the great fishing in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. The large birds stay in the area from late December until March. There are multiple places to see the bald eagles and their links are below.

Adrenaline Zone

If you are looking for something active to do while it's cold outside get a group together and book a slot at Adrenaline Zone. There you can play demo ball and laser tag. Never heard of demo ball? You are missing out. Think bumper cars, hockey, basketball, and polo all rolled into one with a little bit of football mixed in! Basically, two teams drive around in bumper cars using plastic scoops to catch the ball and get it into the opposite teams hoop. It is quite a challenge and super fun.

Adrenaline Zone is located at 1875 Old Highway 94 South in St. Charles, MO 63303. Their link is below.

Keep in mind that the minimum age to play demo ball is 12 years old and 54 inches tall due to the size of the bumper cars. The minimum age to play laser tag is 7 years old.

Chesterfield Sports Fusion

Chesterfied Sports Fusion, located in Chesterfield Valley, is a 30,000 square foot indoor activity center for kids and families. They have laser tag, dodge ball, a jr. sport court, arcade games, an indoor playground, mini golf, and a rock climbing wall.

Chesterfield Sports Fusion is located at 140 Long Road in Chesterfield, MO 63005. Their link is below.

Whatever you are in the mood for, you an find something fun to do in St. Louis.


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A markerThe Hill, St. Louis -
The Hill, St. Louis, MO, USA
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B markerSt. Louis Science Center -
Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139, USA
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C markerMissouri History Museum -
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA
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D markerFox Theatre -
527 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
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E markerSteinberg Ice Rink -
Jefferson Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
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F markerEagle Watching in Illinois -
Alton, IL, USA
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G markerAdrenaline Zone -
1875 South Old Highway 94, St. Charles, MO 63303, USA
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H markerChesterfield Sports Fusion -
140 Long Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, USA
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    • Kimberly Vaughn profile image

      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Stephanie!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      I'm from St. Louis, also. Great list of activities to do on a cold day! :)

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks RTalloni! Yes, I highly recommend the chocolate drops if you are in the area!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at winter activities in St. Louis. Would love to see the Museum any time of year, but the chocolate drops might be the big draw.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Bald Eagle watching sounds like treat. I may have to visit that section sometime.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I'm so glad to help! I hope you make the most of your next visit and check out some of these great places!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We've been to St. Louis several times to visit friends but would you believe we've never visited any of these places? The Hill, museum and theatre and ice rink especially interest me. We'll have to look into these next time. Thanks!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks RealHousewife!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi Kimberly! You have pointed out some of my very favorite places in St. Louis! The Fabulous Fox - and oh! I just went to Ragazzi's yesterday - you are so right!

      The real estate agents know where all the good stuff is don't they?

      Great hub!