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Things To Do In St. Louis On A Sunny Day

Updated on April 25, 2015

Looking for something fun to do on a sunny day in St. Louis? Here is a list of some ideas.

1. Main Street in Old Saint Charles


Saint Charles Missouri has a Main Street that is over 200 years old. The cobblestone street is lined with brick buildings that are nearly as old as the street. The beautiful old brick buildings are filled with antique stores, craft shops, sewing shops, and craft stores. There are also several good restaurants.

2. The Hill

The Hill is a historically Italian Neighborhood in Southwest St. Louis. It is the place to go if you have a craving for Italian Food. The Hill is full of italian restaurants, 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. My absolute favorite place to stop is the Missouri Baking Company. The Missouri Baking Company is located at 2027 Edwards. 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!

Another option when visiting The Hill is the Joe DeGregorio Guided Tour of The Hill. It features a lecture at St. Ambrose Church on the history of the area, a ravioli making demonstration at Mama Toscano's, and visits to Italian markets to sample wine and cheese.

The Hill: What's Old and New

3. City Garden

City Garden is one of my new favorite places to go in St. Louis as it just opened a few years ago. One review on referred to City Garden as two blocks of happiness. It is a garden filled with plants, sculptures, and fountains. What's more - you can play in all the water features. Kids love this place and it's free!

City Garden is located at 801 Market Street in Downtown St. Louis. It is bordered by 8th and 10th Streets and Market and Chestnut Streets.

KETC - Living St. Louis - City Garden

4. Brewery Tour


The Anheuser-Busch (InBev) Brewery offers complimentary tours of their facility. It is an opportunity to check out the inside of a working brewery and learn about the brewing process. It's like your very own episode of How It's Made. And, at the end, those of age can sample some of their products for free! Snacks and soda is also available for those under 21 years old.

While on the tour you will get to visit the stables of the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale's. The tour is offered year round. Check their website below for dates, times, and how to book your free tickets.

5. St. Louis Zoo


The St. Louis Zoo is considered one of the top zoo's in the country at it's free to enter! There is a charge for some special privileges like riding the train, watching the Sea Lion show, or taking a behind the scenes tour. There are six zones to explore: Rivers Edge, The Wild, Historic Hill, the Discovery Center, Red Rocks, and Lakeside Crossing. Don't miss the newest exhibit - Sea Lion Sound. Enjoy a sunny day at the zoo and visit all 18,000 animals.

6. Missouri Botanical Gardens


The Missouri Botanical Garden has been open to the public since 1859. Today, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark. It is also a center for science and conservation, education and horticultural display. You can spend a day strolling among the beautiful plants, exhibits, and art work.

7. Busch Wildlife

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area or Busch Wildlife as it is more commonly referred to, is 6,987 acres of wilderness in St. Charles County, Missouri. It is an opportunity to get away from it all close to home. 3,000 of those acres are forests inhabited by a large range of animals that are natural to Missouri. Another 550 of those acres are fishable lakes and ponds. You can rent boats, fish, hike, or hunt. See the website below for more information.

8. Grant's Farm


Grant's Farm is named after the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. Grant farmed and made his home on a portion of what is now Grant's Farm. Grant's Farm is now open to visitors, operated by Anheuser - Busch, Inc, and it's free! The farm is home to 100 species of animal including the Anheuser Busch Clydesdale's. My favorite part is feeding the goats and seeing the baby Clydesdale's. Zagat's named Grant's Farm the seventh best family attraction nationwide.

Grant's Farm is located at 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123. The operating schedule varies by season so check the link below for the current schedule.

9. Six Flags


Six Flags is a theme park featuring roller coasters, shows, and even a water park. The park is closed during the winter but opens back up in the spring. Check the below link for the schedule and other information about the park. The park is located at 4900 Six Flags Road in Eureka, MO 63025.

10. Pere Marquette


Pere Marquette State Park is a 8,050 acre park near Grafton Illinois. St. Louisian's can take highways or ferries to get there. Depending on where you live in St. Louis and which route you take the trip to Pere Marquette could take thirty minutes to one and a half hours. Personally, I vote for the ferry ride because there are not to many opportunities to ride a ferry in St.Louis. But, both the ferry boat ride or a drive down the Great River Road are scenic options. Once at the park you can hike or horse back ride. The park has a horse stable and offers 45 - 50 minute trail rides every hour, on the hour, from 10am - 4pm. They are closed on Tuesdays. The link to their site is below.

After horseback riding you should not miss the Pere Marquette Lodge. The restaurant there has great food and a giant chess set. Where I was a child, I thought that the figures were as tall as me. It is really fun to play chess with a giant chess set.

11. Boat House in Forest Park


Take a paddle boat or a kayak out on Post Dispatch Lake in Forest Park. You can rent boats for $15 per hour at the Boat House. After you paddle around the lake you can eat lunch or dinner at The Boat House Restaurant.


Main Street in St. Charles, MO:
Riverside Dr & N Main St, St Charles, MO 63301, USA

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The Hill, St. Louis, MO:
The Hill, St Louis, MO, USA

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City Garden:
801 Market St, St Louis, MO 63101, USA

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Brewery Tours:
Lynch St & S 12th St, St Louis, MO 63118, USA

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St. Louis Zoo:
1 Government Dr, St Louis, MO 63110, USA

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Missouri Botanical Gardens:
4344 Shaw Ave, St Louis, MO 63110, USA

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August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area:
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Hwy D, St Charles, MO 63304, USA

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Grants Farm:
10501 Gravois Rd, St Louis, MO 63123, USA

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Six Flag:
4900 6 Flags Rd, Pacific, MO 63069, USA

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Pere Marquette:
Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Ln, Grafton, IL 62037, USA

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    • Kimberly Vaughn profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Vaughn 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Vik! If I lived on The Hill I would be in big trouble. I'd probably go to Missouri Bakery every day.

      Laumeier Sculpture Park is a great suggestion! I will have to add it.

    • Vik Beluso profile image

      Vik Beluso 

      5 years ago from Champaign, IL

      Great article, these are some really great partsof town. I lived for s long time on Marconi St. down on the hill. I can still remember a particular dish of baked ziti i had at Zia's when i was twelve. It's that good.

      If you decide to edit can i suggest Laumeier sculpture park?

    • Kimberly Vaughn profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Vaughn 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks shiningirisheyes! There are tons of great things to do in St. Louis and a lot of them are free!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      St. Louis seems to be one thriving and energizing area of the globe. The Anheuser Busch Clydesdales has to be an awesome sight. Your hub "Things To Do In St. Louis On A Date" was very interesting and this serves as a great follow up.

      Thanks for the journey. Voting up


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