Missouri Bucket List ~ Northeast Region

Due to us living in this area for 3 years, this list is probably the largest in the Missouri series. Plus, St. Louis is just a very tourist friendly city!


  • Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House: This butterfly house is run by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. There is a small admission fee and my personal opinion is to visit in March. They hosted the Morphos Madness event when we visited in March a few years ago.


  • The Historic Danial Boone Home and Heritage Center: Come learn about the famous frontier Boone family.
  • Sugar Creek Winery: This winery has both grape and fruit wines.


  • Route 66 State Park: This is a really neat park to visit. Currently there is still a bridge located there that you can look at from a distance that was park of Route 66. Hopefully they will have the ability to keep it there and restore it! It also contains some fascinating info about an old town that used to exist in the park area.


  • Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site: Birthplace of the famed author and river pilot.

Gray Summit

  • Purina Farms: Purina farms offers a small free petting zoo of farm animals and also an amazing dog show. If you are lucky, sometimes high competition events are happening in the on-site arena and are sometimes open to the public. We visited during a fly-ball competition once.


  • Cardiff Hill Park Lighthouse and Statues: Lighthouse located along the river that you can climb inside.
  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum: Come explore Twain’s home that kindled his love for the river.


  • Endless Summer Winery: This winery offers fruit wines with no added grape juice.


  • Mastodon State Historic Site: Come explore a park where mastodon fossils have been found. The rock formations make for a beautiful hike.


  • Blue Owl Restaurant: This town staple is known for their home good meals and especially the pie.


  • Zumwalt’s Fort: Located within Zumwalt Park, visitors can explore the fort dating to the War of 1812.

St. Charles

  • First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site: Many people don’t realize that St. Charles is home to the first state capitol. The visit center here is great and the shops along the street offer something for everyone!
  • Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center: Small museum detailing the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

St. Louis

  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery: Come get the low down on how Budweiser is made and see the famous Clydesdales.
  • Bellefontaine Cemetery: Several notable St. Louisan are buried here including the Busch family and William Clark.
  • Boathouse Forest Park Paddleboats: We never got around to renting a Paddle Boat to take into the Grand Basin and I would love to return and do so.
  • The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis: Come visit this large and extremely ornate cathedral.
  • Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company: Take a tour of this local family run chocolate factory.
  • City Museum: A unique experience for all ages, there are no word to completely describe this epic adventure museum.
  • Delmar Loop: Lots of great shops and restaurants are located in the revitalized area. A trolley now also runs through!
  • Fabulous Fox Theater: Another place we never got around to visiting. The beautiful theater is home to many traveling Broadway shows.
  • Forest Park: A city park larger than New York’s Central Park, it’s home to several museums, the zoo, and the Muny.
  • Fort Bell Fontaine: Old fort remains can be found at this park that was home to the Lewis and Clark Expedition for some time.
  • Gateway Arch National Park: Newly named a National Park the Gateway Arch experience is a must for anyone visiting the city. The new museum is beautiful. Don’t forget to also stop by the Old Courthouse.
  • Grant’s Farm: Take the tram tour through farm land once owned by President Grant. End you visit with time at the petting zoo and beirgarten.
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park: Come explore several unique sculptures over a huge expanse of land.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: My favorite place to visit in the city. Gorgeous any time of the year!
  • Missouri Civil War Museum: Located near Jefferson Barracks Park, I’m sure this museum would be interesting to visit as Missouri was so divided during the Civil War.
  • Missouri History Museum: A fantastic free museum that gives a great overview of the history of Missouri and also always has great temporary exhibits.
  • The Muny: Come see a Broadway show in the park during the summer! There are even free seats that you can wait for!
  • Museum of Transportation: Great for any lover of everything transportation.
  • National Blues Museum: This newly opened museum gives a great overview of the history of Blues and how it helped shape the history of music.
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge: This bridge is now open for cyclists and pedestrians only but once carried the traffic of Route 66 into St. Louis.
  • The Old Courthouse: Site of the famous Dred Scott case.
  • Saint Louis Art Museum: Free art museum that has much to offer.
  • Saint Louis Zoo: Free zoo that continues to update and improve their exhibits. I love it!
  • St. Louis Science Center: Free science museum that has many hands-on activities.
  • St. Louis Ballpark Village: A must visit for any Cardinal’s baseball fan. Great food and great fun!
  • St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium Tour: Very informative tour that also gets you into the Hall of Fame Museum.
  • St. Louis CityGarden: Downtown “garden” area that is filled with sculptures and water play.
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site: Another place we never got around to visiting, but home to the ragtime great!
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site: Come visit the home of President Grant. A fascinating history.


  • Meramec Caverns: Hideout of Jesse James and great cave tour.

West Alton

  • Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones- Confluence Point State Park: This park allows you to view the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

All attractions found in the 2018 Missouri Travel Guide.


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