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St. Louis is a playground of experiences for families with children.

Saint Louis Zoo

Located in nearby Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo offers an enjoyable way to spend time outdoors with the family surrounded by more than 19,000 animals! Visit the state-of-the-art habitat at Polar Bear Point, watch red pandas and gorillas in The Wild, black rhinos and anteaters at River’s Edge, and lions and leopards at Red Rocks. Younger visitors will enjoy the Emerson Children’s Zoo and a ride on the Zooline Railroad.

Saint Louis Science Center

Inquisitive young scientists will relish hands-on learning through more than 700 exhibits, such as programming a rover at Mission: Mars or journeying to the badlands to dig for dinosaur bones. The Saint Louis Science Center, including the planetarium and OMNIMAX theater, is located close to the hotel at Forest Park. Ask our concierge about seasonal exhibits and film times, and be sure to see the animated, life-sized T-Rex and Triceratops.

Paddleboats at Forest Park

A leisurely paddleboat ride is a charming way to experience Forest Park, just as St. Louis residents have done since 1876. Float by the ducks, herons, geese, fish and turtles that make their homes at the lake, and see the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, World's Fair Pavilion, Art Hill, Grand Basin and Government Hill Fountain from a different perspective. Rentals are offered by the hour.

Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Children travel back in time to a nineteenth century Midwestern prairie village, explore a limestone cave, slip down Spelunker’s Slide and board a steamboat at A Missouri Adventure. The Children’s Garden is located on two acres at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and is open from April through October.

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

Step inside the glass conservatory and be enveloped by more than 2,000 beautiful tropical butterflies in flight. Learn about butterflies at a living exhibit, see a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, watch an informative short movie at the family theater and introduce children to Caterpillar Corner.

Magic House/St. Louis Children’s Museum

The Magic House offers dozens of imaginative, interactive experiences. Children may create a three-dimensional impression of themselves, produce a musical bubble, touch an electrically-charged ball, become a detective and discover secret passageways, and cast a ballot at an electronic voting booth.

Grant’s Farm

Ride a camel, feed a goat and take a picture with the famed Budweiser Clydesdales at the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family. View the family’s renowned collection of carriages, and see the restored four-room cabin President Ulysses S. Grant built in 1855 when he worked a portion of the land. More than 900 animals live on this scenic refuge. Ask our concierge about behind-the-scenes tours for small groups.

Busch Stadium

Get an inside look at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals. See the view from the radio broadcast booth, gaze at 11 World Series trophies in the Champions Club and visit the dugout. Tours are offered year-round, last about an hour and begin at the Stan Musial statue.

City Museum

A one-of-a-kind, the museum is constructed from architectural and industrial found objects repurposed into a combination children’s playground, funhouse and surrealistic pavilion. Ask our concierge for tips to make the most of your visit, especially the rooftop Ferris Wheel and ten-story slide accessed through caves.


Stroll through lush landscaping complemented by 24 sculptures and dynamic water features with waterfalls and lighted sprays, then continue to enjoy this urban oasis at the glass pavilion café.

Six Flags St. Louis

Nonstop entertainment awaits the entire family at Six Flags amusement park. Dozens of rides and roller-coasters offer thrills, and Ninja’s new virtual reality headset synchronizes views with the coaster’s action. Small children have their own age-appropriate adventures, and shows and restaurants offer a break from the action.