Explore the Gateway City
Built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Missouri and the 21st-largest in the United States. The metropolitan area is home to nine of the ten Fortune 500 companies. St. Louis is a city rich in culture, history and arts. Exploring the city you will see the architectural influences French Colonial, German, early American and modern architectural styles. Enjoy the unique city and regional cuisine featuring such tastes as the toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, provel cheese, the slinger, the gerber sandwich, the St. Paul sandwich, St. Louis-style pizza, and Ted Drewes frozen custard. And take in the sounds of blues, jazz and ragtime music.
Breath in the majestic beauty from below and have your breath taken away at the top. The unique tram will take you 630-feet up to the top of the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Enjoy stunning views stretching up to 30 miles to the east and the west. The Gateway Arch celebrates the westward expansion of the United States and the pioneers who made it possible. You may purchase tram tour tickets inside the Gateway Arch facility. Each tram tour is approximently 45-60 minutes.
Stand in the footsteps of American history at the beautifully restored federal courthouse. Several pivotal cases were heard at the Old Courthouse, including in 1847 when enslaved Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom and in 1973 when Virginia Minor fought for women's right to vote. Built in 1839, the Old Courthouse is a prime example of mid-19th century federal architecture. While the new museum is under construction, the Old Courthouse will display free exhibits on Lewis & Clark, Native American culture and colonial St. Louis.
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, fun house, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made from unique, found and recycled objects. The museum opened to visitors in 1997 and attracts over 300,000 visitors a year.
Opened in 1876, Forest Park has hosted several significant events, including the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, the 1904 Summer Olympics. Often referred to at the "Heart of St. Louis", today it is home to the St. Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center. The 1,371 acres includes meadows and trees and a variety of ponds, manmade lakes and freshwater streams.
The 46,000 seat retro-style downtown ballpark is home to the 11-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Busch Stadium tours are offered year-round and offer a unique look at the Radio Broadcast Booth, World Series trophies in the Champions Club and the Cardinals Dugout. Experience the tradition with a visit to the Hall of Fame Museum.
Explore the Arts
Citygarden is an oasis in the heart of downtown that offers a vibrant and serene blending of lush plantings and internationally renowned sculpture with delights of water, stone, architecture and design. The park is less than a 10 minute walk from the Hyatt ERegency, and is free and open daily.
Founded in 1976, Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the first and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the country. It's 105-acre open-air museum and sculpture park presents 60 works of large-scale outdoor sculptures. The park is free and open daily.
The Tradition of St. Louis Breweries
Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis you will find Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Seasonal tours provide a look at the historical architecture of the brewery, the latest brewing technology, a sampling of America's most popular beers and a visit with the Budweiser Cyldesdales.
For a more local flavor, stop by Urban Chestnut's, Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Square One Brewery & Distillery, Morgan Street Brewery and Schlafly Bottleworks and Tap Room.