Gateway Helicopter Tours
50 Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63102
Part of the Gateway Arch complex, Gateway Helicopter Tours is the leader in tourist helicopter flights. No reservations are needed, just stop by between 11 a.m. and dusk to take a tour. Prices start at just $35 for a three-minute flight around the arch. People who take the short flight often wish they’d taken a longer one. Just $60 buys a six-minute tour of the riverfront and Anhueser Busch, $100 will get you a 12-minute ride with a view of the Botanical Gardens, Old Courthouse and other landmarks and the deluxe 20-minute package that takes you in Forest Park and the Chain of Rocks Lock and Dam is priced at $150 per person.
St. Louis Helicopter Charters
St. Louis, MO
Not satisfied with a package tour? If you want to put together a special package, contact St. Louis Helicopter Charters. It will not only arrange a helicopter ride of your choosing, but will arrange other services to make your outing memorable. Need a limousine, bed & breakfast, spa treatment or hot air balloon ride to make your day complete? Ask the concierge at St. Louis Helicopter Charters to handle the details for you. Note: This is a group that arranges helicopter tours, rather than a helicopter tour company. If you make your arrangements through STL Helicopter Tours, your copter and pilot are likely to come from one of the other companies in this article.
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Spirit of St. Louis Airport
517 Bell Ave.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Midwest offers several packages. Its St. Louis History Tour is a 40-minute, $400 trip along I-64, over the city and Forest Park. The Eagle Tour is the same length and price, but travels along the Mississippi River nature areas to spot bald eagles. For $600, you can arrange a 55-minute Lewis and Clark Tour that covers a wider area relevant to the famous explorers. Midwest specializes in pilot training and offers a $199 Introductory Flight Lesson for people who would like to see what it feels like to hover in a helicopter.
St. Louis Downtown Airport
5600 Vector Drive
Sauget, IL 62206
Fostaire has been flying helicopters since 1967, which makes it the longest-standing helicopter charter company in the Midwest. Its location in Sauget, on the Illinois side of the river, is convenient to downtown and south city locations. Fostaire offers flight training, emergency response and aerial photography in addition to sightseeing tours. Arrange a tour in a helicopter that seats five people through the company’s website or by phone.
Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com