Historical Attractions

The Gateway Arch St Louis

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The Gateway Arch
200 Washington Ave
St Louis
MO
63102
Tel: 314-655-1600

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You can't miss it - just look for the big arch in the city! It's also located at 200 Washington Ave, which is in Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, just near the Hwy 40 bridge.

Where are we going today?

Here are some fun facts! Did you know that The Gateway Arch is the tallest national monument in the WHOLE of the USA! Yep! It's 630 feet tall, and that's pretty tall!

It's also hugely iconic for anyone visiting (or living!) in St. Louis - that grand arch welcoming all kids to this amazing city! It's also so much more than an arch!

Did you know that at the Gateway Arch you can actually go right to the top! (well, you can journey up to 630 feet - so pretty close!). You can get to the top in an enclosed tram, and this 4 minute ride to the top lets you see incredible views of the city, and learn all about it through the narration.

Want to know more? So do we! Just as well there are two great movies that kids can watch which can explain the history in more detail. There is the original 1967 documentary "Monument To The Dream" which explains all about the construction of the Gateway Arch. You can see as the Arch is built, and follow it right to the end when the last piece was put in place.

The second film is "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West" which is a documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges that takes the family on a journey through wonderful, uncharted lands of the Louisiana Purchase and beyond!

So make sure you visit this iconic attraction whilst in St. Louis. Great for history, and great to see what feats of architecture this country is capable of! A fun and fascinating family day out!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 (Over 16). Movies $7
  • Children$7 (Ages 3 - 15). Movies $2.50
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Summer (May 28 through September 5): 8am to 10pm

Winter (September 6 through May 25): 9am to 6pm

Teachers corner

They are happy to accommodate school groups - it's such a great excursion idea! Make sure you call in advance to organize. .

I'm Hungry!

It's St. Louis! There are plenty of places to grab some food before or after your visit. There is also an Arch View Cafe on the Riverboats dock. .

Any Top Tips?

Allow at least 30 minutes before your tram time to get through security! .

Need a little extra help?

The Journey to the Top is not fully accessible for those with mobile impairments unfortunately. You can't take wheelchairs up to the top. .

More information

Whilst there is a cost to travel up to the top of the arch, and to watch the movies, the actual entry into the arch is free. .

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    Great place to visit. Great place to take plenty of pictures. I really like visiting this place. I've been up to the top a couple times and the view is great, but don't go on a hot day because it tends to get pretty stuffy up there. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the arch.

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    Worth it! Beautiful monument to the settlers' westward expansion. Well managed by national park rangers with high security and an efficient ticketing process. Tickets are all valid for seven days, so visitors can return for more visits within the week.
    Park is charming with an entire world beneath it - informative, free Westward Expansion museum, two theaters, and two gift shops!
    The Arch ride to the top is not for everyone. Folks with claustrophobia or acrophobia should avoid it, but the museum and theaters are still a great value for everyone!.
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    The arch is a monument that you should visit at least once on your lifetime. Its like most other monuments. It pretty much remains the same experience every time you visit. So there will be nothing new if you return every year but the first time there is normally a treat.
    He prepared for long wait times and long lines. I hear that the earlier you get there the better the wait time is. They also offer a chance to purchase tickets a day or so in advance so you can skip the ticket line all together. He advised though. You will be expected to choose...Read More

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    If you come during the busy season, surprise, it's going to be busy. On a Tuesday morning in the off season, there is no reason to not go. Seriously, what else are you going to do in St Louis that is nearly as iconic. Levee Marketplace was a cute place to grab a coffee. The view from the Arch is the best in the Plains. The free history museum is, well it's actually pretty bad. But spend the money to ride to the top and skip the museum.

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    Really cool, simple, and inexpensive experience and thing to do while in St. Louis. Definitely recommend as something you HAVE to do while in STL.

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by Michelle Webster

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Worth it! Beautiful monument to the settlers' westward expansion. Well managed by national park rangers with high security and an efficient ticketing process. Tickets are all valid for seven days, so visitors can return for more visits within the week.
Park is charming with an entire world beneath it - informative, free Westward Expansion museum, two theaters, and two gift shops!
The Arch ride to the top is not for everyone. Folks with claustrophobia or acrophobia should avoid it, but the museum and theaters are still a great value for everyone!.
I saw the "Lewis and Clark" National Geographic film in one of the large screen theaters and loved it.

by Andre Outlaw

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The arch is a monument that you should visit at least once on your lifetime. Its like most other monuments. It pretty much remains the same experience every time you visit. So there will be nothing new if you return every year but the first time there is normally a treat.
He prepared for long wait times and long lines. I hear that the earlier you get there the better the wait time is. They also offer a chance to purchase tickets a day or so in advance so you can skip the ticket line all together. He advised though. You will be expected to choose a time that you want to head up to the arch when you buy the tickets in advance. I do not know what the policy is if you arrive late for the time you've chosen.
I've Ben twice and I think I've had my fill. I'm sure St. Louis will be a weekend destination for years to come. But I will admire the Arch from afar while I'm there for the next few years.

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