You could spend several days exploring St. Louis, but you might miss the game. That wouldn’t be good. Use this guide as a primer for some of the cool things you can see, do and taste before watching the St. Louis Cardinals take the field at Busch Stadium.
You’re sure to have a great time watching the Cardinals play at Busch Stadium, but before you do, stop to smell the roses—literally. Missouri Botanical Garden has 79 acres (32 hectares) of gardens and historic structures, including the Climatron, which replicates a tropical rainforest habitat.
After spending time at Missouri Botanical Garden, enjoy the intricate mosaics and craftsmanship of Cathedral Basilica, home to the largest collection of mosaic art in the western hemisphere. The Cathedral is open daily for masses and self-guided tours. The lower level holds the Mosaic Museum, containing displays showing how mosaics are designed and applied.
From Cathedral Basilica, it’s a short drive back to the west, through beautiful Forest Park, to see the Saint Louis Art Museum. General admission is free. Stop to take in a view of Art Hill before stepping inside to see the breathtaking collection of art.
This new museum in downtown St. Louis is a showcase for the blues and it celebrates the genre as the foundation of all modern American music. Stroll through the displays and plan to create a tune of your own—making music is a highlight of every visit to the National Blues Museum. Just don’t try “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” That one’s already been done.
Head to the top of the Gateway Arch for a panoramic view of St. Louis and the surrounding area—you might even be able to see the home team taking batting practice as you peer down into Busch Stadium. Another nearby attraction to check out: The Old Courthouse, a National Landmark and site of the Dred Scott Freedom Trial.
Food and drink
Few products are as closely intertwined with baseball as Budweiser, and on this tour, you’ll learn more about the iconic beer maker’s history. The famous Budweiser Clydesdales’ stables are a popular stop for tour-goers of all ages. Although all ages are welcome on the tours, you must be 21 or older to sample beer.
Bogart’s Smokehouse is situated near the famous Soulard Market and just a short drive to Busch Stadium. But don’t wait until the last minute; Bogart’s is a popular place and when they sell out of food, they close.