St. Louis, Missouri is one of those cities that mix the contemporary cosmopolitan vibe with a memorial Southern heritage atmosphere. Founded in 1764, the city became part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase and continued to serve as a major port for the Mississippi River. Despite its subdued reputation in comparison to larger cities, such as Los Angeles or New York, St. Louis is an attractive town with several popular tourist attractions. This article will point out some of the top places to visit when in St. Louis, Missouri.

1. The Gateway Arch

A trip to St. Louis would not be complete without a visit to the Gateway Arch. This iconic arch was constructed in the 1960s and created as a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson. When arriving at the Arch in the Gateway Arch Riverfront, you can take a tram to the top of the structure standing 630 feet above ground. On a clear day one can easily see approximately 30 miles in all directions. The trams to this location are run every 5-10 minutes and if you wonder why the viewing windows are so small, it is because the pressure of the Arch would crush larger windows.

2. The Forest Park

Despite Central Park being more popular, Forest Park in St. Louis is larger than the New York rival. Forest Park is most well known for being the venue for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, the greatest of the World’s Fairs. Of course, it has more than just an impressive history; the park presents with various activities for park-goers. In winter there are ice-skating opportunities at the Steinberg Skating Rink and in summer you can play golf or bird watch.

3. The Magic House

If you are visiting St. Louis with children, then the Magic House is an ideal attraction. No, this is not a house filled with wands and spells, but rather a Children’s Museum. It was created as an interactive museum and built within a Victorian Era mansion. If you are a fan of Jack and the Beanstalk, then museum has a Jack and the Beanstalk climber shooting three stories into the area. This allows the children to use their imaginations and pretend they are Jack climbing to the top of the Beanstalk. Of course, this is only one of the many presentations shown in the Magic House.

St. Louis, Missouri is an exciting city to visit with so many attractions that you may feel overwhelmed. Above are only three of several activities to see and enjoy.