Now that the children are out of school for the summer, the question is what to do with them?
Thank goodness I live in St. Louis and have a ton of free attractions here. Become a tourist in your own city. What is available for free in your city?
Locally I have:
The Muny is the largest outdoor theater in the United States, and it’s right here in St. Louis! The Muny has a different line up of shows each season, but past shows have included Cinderella, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Oklahoma, and Grease. The Muny holds seven shows each summer season, and each show runs on a variety of nights including weeknights. There are 1,500 free seats available at every show held at the Muny- and it’s a great free way to spend a relaxing summer evening.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens offer a spectacular backdrop for a summer stroll with their many exotic plants and flowers. The Japanese Garden at the Botanical Gardens is one of the largest Japanese gardens in the United States. The Botanical Gardens usually charges an admission fee, but it’s free on Wednesdays and Saturdays before noon if you live in St. Louis City or County.
Grant’s Farm is full of animals and fun activities for kids and adults alike. There are also many Civil War demonstrations held at Grant’s Farm, so it’s a perfect learning experience as well. Admission to Grant’s Farm is free, but there is a nominal parking fee of $8.
Who doesn’t like a good old outdoor movie to bring back fond memories of drive in theaters? Luckily you can still enjoy an outdoor movie on Friday nights starting at 8 PM in New Town St. Charles. The best thing about the movie night is- it’s free! Free movie night is a great activity for the whole family as all the movies shown are for children.
Anyone who lives in St. Louis knows that it gets pretty hot here during the summer, so why not cool down in one of the many museums? Both the Art Museum and the History Museum are free of charge, and are great educational activities. The St. Louis Science Center isn’t half museum and half fun activities for kids, and it’s free of charge as well!
Fun for the adults only are tours of two St. Louis breweries: Anheuser-Busch and Shlafly. Although both tours are worth paying for, they are offered for free and even include samples!
St. Louis is full of parks just waiting to be explored, and they’re all free! Forest Park is perfect if you enjoy walking, roller blading, or biking. Laumeier Sculpture Park is great for picnics and a view; it features huge outdoor sculptures. Lone Elk Park features life buffalo that will come right up to your car, and it’s a real hit with the kids! Route 66 State Park features a museum of memorabilia that will transport your back to a bygone era, while Tower Grove Park offers plenty of space to roam.
The Magic House usually charges $7.50 per person for admission, but the 3rd Friday of every month it’s free from 5:30 to 9 PM. The Magic House has hundreds of activities for children ages 1 and up, and it’s lots of fun for adults too!
The St. Louis Zoo is one of the few free zoos left in the country, and it’s a grand zoo at that! Summertime is a perfect time to experience The St. Louis Zoo, and if you go during the weekday you may even be able to get free parking if you are willing to walk a little bit!