st-louis-archThe spirit of St. Louisis one of exploration and adventure and the city is a fun place to learn more about American history. The starting point in America’s westward expansion led by explorers Lewis and Clark, and home to the businessmen who had the vision and wherewithal to finance the plane Charles Lindbergh flew into the history books on the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, it is obvious that St. Louis is about looking ahead and beyond. St. Louis is also a great place to go with the family. Here are my top 5 things to do in St. Louis for families:

1. Forest Park – The 1300-acre park hosted the 1904 World’s Fair and is home to a number of St. Louis’ must-see attractions, including The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science and the St. Louis Zoo. Entrance to most of these world-class attractions is free, though there are sometimes fees associated with special exhibitions.

2. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial – This memorial park pays tribute to Thomas Jefferson and the explorers – including Lewis and Clark-who played pivotal roles in the western expansion of the United States, and includes the Museum of Westward Expansion, and the centerpiece of which is the nation’s tallest monument, the 630-foot Gateway Arch.

3. Budweiser Brewery Tour – Visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, founded in St. Louis in 1852, and take the Budweiser Brewery Tour. Guests of legal age have the opportunity to sample some of the products in the Hospitality Room, while younger guests can visit the historic stables and get up close and personal with the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. 

If you’re lucky enough to be there on the first Saturday of the month, don’t miss your chance for a photo op with the majestic mascot.

4. Busch Stadiu – See the St. Louis Cardinals play a baseball game on their home turf.

5. LaClede’s Landing – LaClede’s Landing, located on the banks of the Mississippi River and next to the Arch, is downtown St. Louis’ oldest district. Find numerous shops, restaurants and attractions at St. Louis’ only riverfront entertainment destination.

Monique is a globetrotting wife and mom who doesn’t just want to travel the world, but wants to run it too. A native Californian, Monique has lived in Europe for more than a decade, using it as a launch pad to travel the globe with her family. Visit her blog at www.motravels.com.