You can find free in St. Louie!
I love free. And really, who doesn’t? Americans love things that are free, and I’m American, so… Well, I’m sure that you follow the logic.
Finding free, though, is not always so easy. Which is why we sat down to come up with this list of great free stuff to do in St. Louis.
Sledding at Art Hill
Obviously this is only good during certain times. However, if you’ve never climbed to the top of the hill with the complete cross section of St. Louis residents, then flown down at what I can only assume is approximately 140 miles per hour, then you are missing out. This is walking distance from Washington University, so no excuses!
St. Louis has one of the best zoos in the country. You would expect to pay top dollar to visit. You would be wrong. Instead, you find a beautifully maintained, regularly updated gem that costs zero dollars and zero cents. If you park on the street, that brings your total cost up to nothing.
No, you can’t eat for free or see a show for free, but you can definitely enjoy the atmosphere for free. Pick a nice evening and walk up and down Delmar. Stop by Vintage Vinyl or one of the many little shops. You can get an education in world music and culture just by keeping your ears open as you pass the bars and restaurants.
Watch the game at Shannons or Paddy O’s
Like the Loop, you can’t eat or drink for free, but you can sure as hell enjoy the game there. The porch at Shannon’s and all of Paddy O’s are basically shrines for St. Louis sports in general and the Cardinals in particular.
Watch the game from the top of the garage
Seriously. You don’t have great seats, but if the game is sold out, head up to the top of the Stadium East garage. I watched the last game of 2006 World Series there and it’s one of my greatest memories. You don’t see the whole field, but you get to see the game in person for free. And, if you don’t park in the garage, you can do it for free. If you’re at SLU, it’s a bit of a walk, and I do not recommend the walk alone or at night, but it’s a great way to see a game on the cheap.
The Science Center
Interactive science museum sound too immature for you? Are you too old for fun? I think not. I was born during Reagan’s first term and I’ve always had a great time there. The parking isn’t free, but the museum itself is excellent. Build an arch, run radar on cars traveling down 40 (or I-64 for out-of-towners), and check out the amazing planetarium. Want to see what the world will be like in the year 2000, according to the 1950s? They have that, too.
Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, Creve Coeur Park, and more
St. Louis seems to have a huge number of great public parks. Forest Park is the largest municipal park in the country. Tower Grove Park is tucked away in South City and is home to dozens of kickball teams. Creve Coeur Park is in the ‘burbs in Maryland Heights and contains the largest lake in the area, with public access, plus paved and maintained trails filled with walkers, runners, and bikers of all ages.
If you’re looking to relocate to St. Louis, or if you’re already there and you’re looking for something to do, check out these seven free activities in town. We think you’ll agree – you’ll be getting a whole lot of fun for not a whole lot of dough.