One of the best things about living — or visiting St. Louis you’ll find is all the free and inexpensive things there are to do around town. No matter your age or the activities you like, you’ll find something to do that won’t require you to break open your piggy bank.
Not only is our Savor Saint Louis team adept at the knowledge they share on the tours, they’re also a great source on St. Louis in general.
Here are the ways our team likes to summer in St. Louis:
- The Saint Louis Zoo — especially early in the morning when the animals are still active before the heat sets in (and it’s less crowded)
- All the other institutions in Forest Park are free to enter including Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and the Saint Louis Science Center — the best part is these are all indoors = air conditioning
- Tower Grove Park — on Saturdays the park can be a double feature — the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, where vendors often have (free) samples as well as local produce and wares for sale. If you have kids, the pop-jet fountain is a great, and free, way to let your kids burn off energy
- You can also find free yoga at 9 a.m. in the park
- Live, outdoor music — yes, much of it is free including Missouri Botanical Garden’s Whitaker Music Festival and Fair Saint Louis. Another one is St. Louis Public Library’s Not So Quiet! concert series which is outside during the summer.
- Like movies? Check out Art Hill Film Series every Friday night in July while the Central West End hosts Movies on the Plaza on the last Wednesdays of the summer months
- Other free events in Forest Park include:
- The Muny Opera (free seats and inexpensive seats at every show are available)
- Shakespeare in the Park — it’s typically just in the month of June, but you can find other performances around the region at other points of the year
- Grant’s Farm and something about two free beers, too
- Laumeier Sculpture Park is full of great fun sculptures, walking paths and more
- A plethora of free summer arts and music events exist. A few are:
- The Louis Public and St. Louis County Library systems (we mentioned one already). Whether or not you have kids, there’s almost always a (free) program happening from storytimes and summer reading clubs to arts and crafts, author visits and more.
- You can catch some free sports action in the area too. On Tuesday nights, cyclists practice their racing skills in Carondelet Park during the Tuesday Night Criterium