If you’ve visited St. Louis more than once, you probably already know that there are many free attractions. From the St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Science Center, to the Anheuser-Busch Tour, this list has you covered when it comes to FREE things to do in St. Louis.
Five Free Things to Do in St. Louis
Grant’s Farm. A popular St. Louis destination since 1954, Grant’s Farm is a 281 acre ancestral home of the Busch family, named for Ulysses S. Grant. Home to history, wildlife, and adventure, Grant’s Farm is the perfect attraction for the whole family! It’s stroller-friendly and wheelchair accessible. You ride up on a small tram, riding by Grant’s Cabin, and Deer Park, where you will see buffalo, antelope, and more. Animal shows are free, check times before visiting.
Extra expenses: Bring a few bucks if you want to feed the goats, or if the kids want to ride the carousel. Goat feeding is $1 for each bottle (they go fast, so get a few!), parakeet feeding is $1 per person, and camel rides are $5 per person. Parking is $12, but if you’re up for a hike you could probably just park at a nearby gas station or grocery store and walk. I guess it depends on the weather, too. If it’s 100 out, it’s not worth walking a mile in the heat to save $10! 🙂
Purina Farms. Free to visit and free to park, Purina Farms is a fun family destination for animal lovers young and old. A baby animal petting area, animal barn and hayloft play area, and wagon rides make it the perfect destination year round.
The Incredible Dog Arena, featuring daily canine performances of dog diving, agility, and flying disk, is adjacent to the Visitor Center. Cow-milking demonstrations take place daily as well. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Citygarden. A perfect summer destination for kids and grown-ups alike, the Citygarden is an urban oasis located in Downtown. I love going to Citygarden and taking pictures. Whether it’s a cloudy day or a sunny one, they always turn out great! The sculptures and artwork downtown are beautiful, and the splash pad brings out the kid in all of us. You also have a perfect view of the Arch.
Soulard Farmer’s Market. Started in 1779, located a half mile north of Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Soulard Market is open Wednesday through Saturday, year round. The best time to go is on the weekends, because not all of the vendors are there on the other days. Soulard is unique because they feature locally grown goods including produce, meats, cheese, spices, and flowers – plus several eateries that have a diverse group of food options for you to try while you’re shopping.
Be sure to download and print off some coupons before heading to Soulard.
Tower Grove. This park has it all: playgrounds, wading pool, splash pad, horeshoes, bird watching, senior programs, and tennis courts. They have a Children’s Concert Series from June through August. I love walking at this park – there are miles of sidewalks, with lots of scenic areas to take photos. Tower Grove is home to many festivals throughout the year as well.
Do you have your own favorite free things to do in St. Louis? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!