By Tere Scott
Bucket list items to cross off in St. Louis include tons of free public attractions and a few low-cost events. Experience as much excitement and fill up that bucket list while you are alive and ready to take on life with gusto. You don’t have to leave your own backyard town to satisfy some of your desires. Check five things off of your bucket list with a few days spent at these St. Louis attractions.
1 N. Lenor K. Sullivan
St. Louis, MO 63102
The Gateway Arch has been a focal point on the St. Louis Mississippi River city skyline for more than a half of a century. Don’t just let it be a spot on a map or an enormous structure you simply gaze up at as you drive by or pose for pictures. Step inside the leg of the arch, and take a less-than-five-minute tram trip up. Ride 630 feet to the top, and get a view of the city like no other.
230 S. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Bicycle enthusiasts will enjoy checking off another bucket list activity on this crushed limestone trail. Pedal across the state from St. Louis to Kansas City on what once was a railroad line transformed into a bike and walking trail. Put in at many of the area trailheads, and ride for the day or just a short spurt along the Missouri River. One of the area locals’ favorite spot to start the ride is off of Main Street in St. Charles.
6726 Chippewa St.
St. Louis, MO 63109
Satisfy the sweet, rich and creamy side of your bucket list at a well-loved area custard shop. Scoop your spoon into a frozen custard that is so thick, you can turn your cup upside down, and nothing will spill out. More than 80 years ago, tennis champ, Ted Drewes, started selling custard. Little did he know that he was beginning what would become one of the most popular hot spots in the area where locals still enjoy cooling down after a trip to Forest Park, the Arch, or any other attraction on their must-do list.
St. Louis Carousel
15189 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
If your bucket list includes riding all of the restored Dentzel Co. carousels from the 1920s, then you are in luck especially if you are looking for one that was once located in the St. Louis Highlands and then moved to Sylvan Springs Park after a fire destroyed the Highlands Amusement Park. Hang onto the brass pole as you ride up and down to embrace your light-hearted, child inside on this fully restored and currently preserved in working order ride. Find the 60 hand-carved horses and four hand-carved deer St. Louis Carousel inside a climate-controlled building now located in Faust Park. Take a ride on wood-carved and beautifully painted horses on a carousel that has been restored to their original luster.
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
Relax in the vast, lush green space that makes up this 1,293-acre park in the center of the city. Inside Forest Park, there are plenty of opportunities to complete your bucket list when you enjoy the St. Louis Zoo, which has been voted the best zoo in the nation several times over. Stroll through the flowers at the Jewell Box. Take in a show during the summer at the open-air, outdoor Muny Theatre. Or, enrich your mind and your soul at the St. Louis Art Museum followed by a visit to the Planetarium and St. Louis Science Center.