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Millions of visitors travel to South County and its surrounding area every year to take advantage of literally hundreds of fantastic things to see and do.

The Gateway Arch Riverfront is one of the St. Louis area’s most popular attractions, drawing in more than 4 million visitors annually. The Gateway Arch, situated along the banks of the Mississippi River within Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, stands at 630 feet—making it the nation’s tallest man-made monument. Built between 1963 and 1965, the structure pays homage to the westward expansion of the U.S. Visitors can take the tram up to the top, browse through the Museum of Westward Expansion, view a giant screen movie at the Odyssey Theatre and more.

Sports fans relish in the professional athletics of St. Louis. Baseball fans flock to the modern Busch Stadium (opened in 2006) to enjoy the 2006 World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals. The O’Fallon-based River City Rascals, a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, also have a loyal following of baseball enthusiasts.

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The St. Louis Rams battle for NFL dominance at the Edward Jones Dome, while the NHL’s St. Louis Blues take on their league rivals at the Scottrade Center. Race fans are not left in the dark here with the presence of the Gateway International Raceway. The all-purpose racing facility plays host to more than 250 racing events each year, including the NHRA O’Reilly Midwest Nationals, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Located just outside of South County in Collinsville, Illinois, is the 2,200-acre Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Featured here are the archaeological remnants of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. The settlement that is today regarded as the city of Cahokia was inhabited by 10,000-20,000 people from about A.D. 700 to 1400.

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The 105-acre Laumeier Sculpture Park, one of the finest sculpture parks in the U.S., showcases more than 70 contemporary artists’ sculptures in an open-air museum. In addition to the outdoor sculpture program, the park houses drawings, paintings, ceramics, glass and photography related to the sculpture park and hosts a range of educational programs and community events.

No visit to the St. Louis area is complete without a visit to the Anheuser-Busch World Headquarters. Guests are invited to take a step back into America’s brewing past through tours of the historic Brew House, Beechwood Lager Cellars and Bevo Packaging Facility, along with the century-old historic Budweiser Clydesdale Stable.

Additional Area Attractions

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Raging Rivers Water Park: Located in Grafton, Illinois, Raging Rivers Water Park is a fantastic summer destination. The park features rides; tubing on the lazy river; water slides; a gigantic wave pool; a kid’s play area; and cafes featuring delicious foods, drinks and desserts.

St. Louis Forest Park: Recognized as the “Crown Jewel” of St. Louis, the park stands as one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country. Forest Park encompasses more than 1,300 acres and features over six miles of biking trails, 20 lakes and ponds, 30 athletic fields, and two golf courses, along with the St. Louis Science Center, Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis Zoo, Jewel Box Conservatory, Muny Opera and Steinberg Skating Rink.

Laclede’s Landing: The Landing is lined with distinct restaurants, sidewalk cafes and specialty gift shops, set against a historic backdrop of cobblestone streets and century-old brick and cast-iron facade buildings. At night live music adds to the lively atmosphere of the Landing—one of the premier entertainment areas in St. Louis.

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Missouri Botanical Garden: The nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a center for culture, education and research. The National Historic Landmark stretches over 79 acres of horticultural exhibitions, including a formal English garden, a 14-acre Japanese garden, the Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese Garden, the Henry Shaw estate, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

Missouri Wineries: Wine lovers take pleasure in the St. Louis area’s award-winning wineries. Located just west of St. Louis, Missouri wineries welcome visitors to tour the vineyards, sample fine wines, browse through specialty shops, enjoy fine dining and live entertainment, and stay overnight in a comfortable bed and breakfast inn.

Six Flags St. Louis: One of the area’s largest tourist attractions, Six Flags St. Louis brings in more than 1.5 million eager patrons each year. The park showcases eight theme lands complete with adventure rides, thrilling roller coasters, spectacular live shows and water fun at the 12-acre Hurricane Harbor water park.

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St. Louis Zoo: Located upon 90 beautiful acres within Forest Park, the world-famous St. Louis Zoo is home to a collection of more than 22,800 animals. In addition to the array of well-maintained animal exhibits is a long list of educational programming that welcomes tens of thousands of school children and adults to enjoy.

St. Louis Union Station: Once the busiest passenger rail terminal in the world, the 114-year-old Union Station is now a fantastic mixed-use development composed of more than 80 first-class retailers and restaurants, as well as opportunities for live entertainment and accommodations at the 539-room Marriott Hotel.

Lodging

Visitors choosing to spend the night, weekend or week in South County are sure to find accommodations to suit every need and budget. Full-service hotels, economic motels, luxury suites, and quaint bed and breakfast inns comprise the lodging landscape of South County and its neighboring communities. A short drive will bring vacationers to several summer resorts and campgrounds offering outdoor campsites and charming rental cabins.

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