Grab the kids and head Downtown! You bring your little ones to Cardinals games and parades, but did you know Downtown St. Louis is full of other family-friendly activities and dining options? Whether you want a free space to let the kids burn off some energy, or a special attraction for a celebratory day, we’ve rounded up Downtown’s top options for families.
Start your trip Downtown with something free. The newly renovated Kiener Plaza is a fantastic spot for children of all ages, and includes fun features like a splash pad and playground. Take a break from the play spaces to admire the garden full of Missouri-native plants and 140 trees.
500 Chestnut St., stlouis-mo.gov
Named the No. 1 Family Attraction in the World by Trip.com, City Museum is a must-do for families in Downtown St. Louis. The 600,000 square-foot building, which formerly held the International Shoe Company, is a hybrid funhouse, playground and art exhibit perfect for all ages. And thanks to ongoing additions—and the near endless paths and tunnels—no two trips to City Museum are the same. Tickets start at $10.
750 N. 16th St., citymuseum.org
Enjoy the beauty of large-scale art in an environment that’s more spirited than stuffy. With its 24 sculptures and interactive water features, Citygarden is a place to run wild, splash around and admire unique and engaging artwork. Fountains are closed until spring, but thanks to the ever-changing foliage it’s a beautiful place to visit all year.
801 Market St., citygardenstl.org
Field House Museum
From colorful toys to important historical lessons, the Field House Museum crams a myriad of family-friendly activities inside one 19th-century home. The house was the childhood home of author Eugene Field; additionally, it was the home of Roswell Field, Eugene’s father and the attorney who formulated Dred Scott’s historic legal strategy. Admission prices range from $6 to $10, and children six and under are free.
634 S. Broadway St., fieldhousemuseum.org
The perfect ending to a day of family activities? Burgers, fries and milkshakes. Known for its house-made food (including the ice cream!), Bailey’s is a casual place to stop for a snack or full meal. The children’s menu even features three options—a hot dog, chicken fingers, or grilled cheese, served with fries—all priced at $5.
920 Olive St., baileysrange.com
Looking for something else? Check out one of these family-friendly Downtown establishments…
- Flamingo Bowl, 1117 Washington Ave., flamingobowl.com
- National Blues Museum, 615 Washington Ave., nationalbluesmuseum.org
- Porano Pasta, 634 Washington Ave., poranopasta.com
- Sugarfire BBQ, 605 Washington Ave., sugarfiresmokehouse.com
- Gateway Arch, gatewayarch.com