5 Local Attractions to Explore in St. Louis

St. Louis is rich with attractions to explore while visiting the city for our Fall Conference & Expo. When you’re done with the conference for the day (or if you’re planning to stay a day or two longer) be sure to check out some of these historical attractions.

Located downtown, they are each beautifully restored, budget-friendly and easily accessible to visitors. And, after day spent sitting, it is nice to stretch your legs and explore!

Gateway Arch

When people think of St. Louis, they often think of the Gateway Arch. It’s our nation’s tallest monument, and it is a well-known icon. You can purchase tickets to ride the tram to the top, go on a riverboat cruise and watch the documentary Monument to the Dream. To prepare, check out the website to view the online gallery and brush-up on your Gateway Arch history!

The Old Courthouse

This is a fun, historic location near the Gateway Arch. It is also free, so why not check it out? Beginning in the 19th century, the courthouse was a meeting place for pioneers headed west. It also saw historical classes, such as Dred and Harriet Scott suing for their freedom. Inside the courthouse you will find historical exhibits, and more!

St. Louis Union Station

This attraction is unique combination of historical beauty and modern amenities. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel on-site, there are plenty of activities – including a Ferris wheel, historical information, daily 3D light shows and a Fire and Light Show.

St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Location

Not all libraries are created equal, although they all have access to wonderful books. This library is well known for its Beaux-Arts and Neo Classical Architecture, making it well-worth a visit. They also provide tours on specific days of week.

St. Louis City Garden

Spread over 2.9 acres, this garden is gorgeous. It hosts 24 large-scale garden sculptures, and the Missouri Botanical Garden offered their expertise in what plants and trees would thrive in the area. Tours are provided as well, so check out its website for a schedule.

6 Unique Food Experiences in Downtown St. Louis

As our Fall Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri approaches, we’re looking forward to trying some of the delicious food at local restaurants.

Here are some local favorites, not only offering great menus but also a unique experience.

  1. Morgan Street Brewery was established in 1995, but the property has a long history dating back to 1791! In fact, it is the site where the first Mulatto slave, named Esther, was freed! Today, you can sample a variety of local and international beer. Free tours of the historical building are offered.
  2. Lombardo’s Trattoria was established in 1934, which means the restaurant has been cooking its wonderful Italian menu for a while now. It is open for lunch Wednesday-Friday, and it stays open late for dinner. Also, it’s a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and quality food after spending your day at the Expo!
  3. Sugarfire Smoke House is the BBQ restaurant you’ve been waiting to try. It has won awards, and you can only find it in Missouri. The downtown location is the newest yet, prices are affordable and its cook produces melt-in-your-mouth excellence.
  4. Zia’s was founded in 1985 and has gone on to win many awards AND start a food truck service in 2011. Zia’s is part of “The Hill”, a neighborhood specializing in all things Italian. This neighborhood boasts a historical atmosphere, making you feel welcome and at home.
  5. Blue City Deli truly speaks to the blues culture of St. Louis. Its food is worth waiting for, and you’ll have plenty to look at and listen to while in line for your meal. This is a must for a true St. Louis experience.
  6. The Schlafly Tap Room hosts various events throughout the year, including live music. The original buildings were constructed in 1902 and 1904, and they’ve seen a lot of history since those days. Eventually, this building will be part of the historical registry, and you can check out all the neat history compiled for the registry application on its website. Local history, local music and local food…what more could you want?

Conference HotelThe Fall Conference & Expo will take place October 2-4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Conveniently located downtown, the Hyatt Regency provides easy access to many restaurants and entertainment options.

Visiting St. Louis: 5 Fun and Interactive Museums

St. Louis, Missouri is an exciting city with many attractions to draw in the interested visitor. While visiting for our Fall Conference and Expo, plan to spend some time exploring the area on your down time! After all, exploring new cities is one of perks of traveling for conferences.

Once you’ve had a chance to see the Gateway Arch and visit Route 66, check out one of the many great museums the city has to offer.

Here are five to get you started!

  1. St. Louis Science Center With a variety of exhibits year-round, the science center is fun for everyone. With more than 700-hands on exhibits exploring different parts of science, you’re sure to find something you love.
  2. Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum Are you more of a sports fan? Check out this stop to explore the Championship Gallery, Holding History room, and more for an interactive exploration of the baseball history.
  3. St. Louis Art Museum This museum is filled with exhibitions and collections that will have you coming back many times, just to enjoy everything there is to offer. Collections span the globe, so you’re sure to find the styles you enjoy.
  4. National Blues Museum Is it possible to visit St. Louis without enjoying some blues? This museum hosts interactive, technology driven exhibits as well as special events. Check out their Friday and Sunday Live Music shows here.
  5. Missouri History Museum Checking out the local history is an enjoyable learning experience, so make sure this museum is on your list. In October, you’ll have the chance to see three special exhibits: #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, World War I: Missouri and the Great War and Panoramas of the City!