St. Louis January 30, 2018
Here Are 9 Unique Day Trips Near St. Louis That Are An Absolute Must-Do
St. Louis is a great city for a staycation. The city and its surrounding region are full of incredible attractions at which you could easily spend an entire day. Why travel out of state for an unforgettable time when you can explore the best your region has to offer
and sleep in your own bed at the end of the day? You’ll love making a day trip out of these unique destinations:
1. Soulard Farmers Market - 730 Carroll Street, St. Louis
From Wednesday to Saturday each week, this historic market is
the place to go for the freshest local goods and unique finds from all around the country. Whether you're hoping for produce, baked goods, spices, cheese, or flowers, there is a vendor or two with exactly what you need. Of course, it's also an awesome day trip destination if you don't know exactly what you need. Stop by Wednesday or Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2. Augusta, MO
Augusta is an itsy bitsy town of only 250 people, but its beauty is undeniable. Since 1836, this town has delighted visitors with its laid-back atmosphere, antique architecture, and lovely landscape. Swing by a winery or brewery while you're in town, or just take it easy and enjoy a day in the Missouri countryside.
3. Museum of Transportation - 2933 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis
This massive museum has been delighting locals since 1944, and its collection is one of the finest in the world. From trains to airplanes, you'll be treated to an unrivaled look at the evolution of transportation. Until February 28, you can visit this museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturday. The grounds open at 11 a.m. every Sunday, but close at the regular time. Hours vary by season, so be sure to check with the museum if you're planning a spring or summer visit. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 12.
4. Magic Chef Mansion - 3400 Russell Boulevard, St. Louis
The Magic Chef Mansion was once the home of Charles Stockstrom, founder of the Quick Meal Stove Company, which was once the largest stove maker in the world. The home has been painstakingly restored to its original condition, and many of the original furnishings have been tracked down, restored, and returned to this stunning 12,000 square foot mansion. Self-guided and group tours are available in the spring. For pricing and hours, click
5. Holocaust Museum and Learning Center - 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis
This humbling museum will bring you face to face with artifacts from one of the most tragic periods in world history. The moving exhibits at this memorable museum aim to inspire visitors to stand up to bigotry and make the world a kinder place. Due to renovations, please
check hours online
before planning your trip.
6. The Jewel Box - 1 Wells and McKinley Drives, St. Louis
Hike the entrancing grounds of Forest Park and end your visit with a whimsical walk through a historic greenhouse where it's summer all year long. The Jewel Box is open to the public for an admission fee of just $1, so you'll definitely want to swing by and take in the sight of hundreds of flowers blooming all around you. Stop by weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7. Museum of the Dog - 1721 South Mason Road, St. Louis
Fellow dog lovers, you've found heaven! Tell Fido it's time for a ride, because you're both going to love a visit to this dog-friendly attraction. This museum, operated by the American Kennel Club, is home to the world's finest collection of dog-themed art. With 14,000 square feet to explore, you could easily spend all day here with your canine companion. Stop by Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or swing by on a Sunday between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $1 for children 5 to 14.
8. Calvary Cemetery - 5239 W Florissant Avenue, St. Louis
Get in touch with your inner urban archaeologist at this incredible cemetery! With 470 acres and a history dating back to 1854, there is much to see in this stunning landscape. Visit the resting places of St. Louis Founder Auguste Chouteau, the famous plaintiff Dred Scott, and acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams. You'll be surprised by how much you enjoy exploring our local history via the people who lived it.
9. Missouri Civil War Museum - 222 Worth Road, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis
Located in the historic Post Exchange Building on the grounds of the Jefferson Barracks is an incredible collection of artifacts that will take you back in time. Explore the history of the barracks as you explore the impact of the Civil War on the region. This museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and veterans, $6 for seniors, and $7 for general admission. Admission is free for active military, museum members, and children under 5.
There is so much to love right here in STL! From museums and parks to cool small towns, the region is overflowing with incredible beauty. What are you planning for your next day trip? Tell us about it in the comments!
For another incredible destination, you should
explore the wonders of the Delmar Loop.