St. Louis Summer Things To Do

Summertime in St. Louis brings fireworks, flowers, and frozen custard. Warmer weather opens swimming pools and water parks. Those three months provide days of festivals, fairs and races. Everyday is an opportunity to do something new and fun in and around St. Louis.

Summer Festivals

Brooks Catsup Bottle

One of the more unique summertime festivals in the St. Louis area centers around the "World's Largest Catsup Bottle" located in Collinsville Illinois. The Brooks Catsup Bottle was actually built as a water tower for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant in 1949. It has been restored and is now on the National Register of Historic Places and the City of Collinsville celebrates its birthday each year in July with a festival. St. Louis celebrates our nation's birth each year over the Fourth of July holiday with a big party that lasts several days called "Fair Saint Louis". This celebration is located on the Arch grounds and features fireworks displays each night of the Fair, an amazing Air Show, live entertainment on several stages and the VP Parade on the morning of the Fourth.

Swimming Pools, Waterparks and Aquatic Centers Are Open!

Aquaport Swimming pools, waterparks and aquatic centers are the quintessential summertime places to be! And many of the St. Louis area communities have them such as the Aquaport in Maryland Heights, The Lodge Aquatic Center located in Des Peres and the Wood River Aquatic Center located in Wood River Illinois. Some of the larger water parks are Raging Rivers Waterpark in Grafton Illinois, Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags in Eureka and Splash City Family Waterpark in Collinsville. Visit our St. Louis Waterparks and Aquatic Centers page for more pool fun in the area.
Float Trips

The Float Trip

Another quintessential St. Louis summertime thing to do is to go on a float trip!! Many of the smaller rivers and creeks in Missouri that flow into the much larger Mississippi and Missouri Rivers provide clear and gentle waters for floating. The upper Meramec River, the Huzzah Creek, the Cuivre River and the Big River are just a few of them.


Cool Museums

American Kennel Club Museum When it is too hot to do anything outside, consider doing something inside and visit one of the many museums located in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. One museum to visit would be the Holocaust Museum located in Creve Coeur Missouri. This museum tells powerful stories through pictures and artifacts of St. Louis residents who were Holocaust survivors. An appropriate museum to visit during the "dog days of summer" would be the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. This museum, located in the historic Jarville House in Queeny Park, is dedicated to all things about the dog!

Go to a Park - Forest Park!

Forest Park Boathouse And of course, there are the many parks that dot our communities that provide summer fun-from picnics to fishing. St. Louis has one of the best parks in the nation being Forest Park! Forest Park has many summer perfect amenities, one of them is the Boathouse. The Boathouse is located on the Post-Dispatch Lake and visitors can rent paddle boats to take for a leisurely paddle on the lake. Also in the park is the Forest Park Golf Course, a public golf course that offers three 9-hole courses for a long or short day of golf. The Muny is St. Louis' premiere outdoor amphitheater that brings in Broadway plays and can only be enjoyed during the months of June, July and August! Then there is the Zoo, the Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the bike trails and picnic sites, all in Forest Park, that make perfect places to spend those lazy days of summer!

For more ideas of what to do in St. Louis during the summer, see the list below!

America's Birthday Parade
America's Birthday Parade - The America's Birthday Parade, formerly known as the Veiled Prophet Parade, takes place in Downtown St. Louis and features custom designed and built floats, high school marching bands, giant helium balloons, clowns and a whole lot more! The parade is usually held on the Saturday or Sunday that falls during the Fair Saint Louis Fourth of July holiday celebration. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis
Boathouse Forest Park
Boathouse Forest Park - Information on the Boathouse at Forest Park located on Post-Dispatch Lake and offering a unique dining experience plus you can go boating in warmer weather. - More Info Tags: 63110, City of St Louis Missouri
Brooks Catsup Bottle
Brooks Catsup Bottle - The Brooks Catsup Bottle, located in Collinsville Illinois, is the world's largest Catsup Bottle! It was also named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. An annual festival is held in July. - More Info Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illinois
Circus Flora - Circus Flora is St. Louis' very own circus that happens over several weeks in the summer. Circus Flora features European styled acts in one ring under a Big Top tent! - More Info Tags: 63103, City of St Louis Missouri
Courtois Creek Float
Courtois Creek Float - Information on floating the Courtois Creek which is located near Steelville, Missouri. - More Info Tags: Boating, Recreation, Floating
Cuivre River Float
Cuivre River Float - Information on floating the Cuivre River which is located in Lincoln County and passes Cuivre River State Park. - More Info Tags: Recreation, Boating, Floating
Fair St. Louis
Fair Saint Louis - Each Independence Day, St. Louis puts on "America's Biggest Birthday Party," Fair Saint Louis, to celebrate our Nation's birth with live music, a parade, fireworks and more! - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis
Fair Saint Louis Boeing Air Show
Fair Saint Louis Boeing Air Show - The Fair Saint Louis Boeing Air Show is full of amazing aerobatic feats performed by military and civilian aircraft. It occurs during the Fourth of July Fair Saint Louis celebration held on the Arch grounds and Riverfront. - More Info Tags: 63102, City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis
Festival of the Little Hills
Festival of the Little Hills - The Festival of the Little Hills is an annual festival held in August in historic St. Charles, Missouri in Frontier Park along the Missouri River. - More Info Tags: 63301, St Charles City
Festival of the Nations
Festival of the Nations - Information on the Festival of the Nations held in historic Tower Grove Park. - More Info Tags: 63110, City of St Louis Missouri
Forest Park Golf Course
Forest Park Golf Course-Norman K. Probstein Golf Course - Forest Park Golf Course, also known as Norman K. Probstein Golf Course, is a public golf course with three 9-hole golf courses located in Forest Park in the city of St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63112, City of St Louis Missouri
Forest Park Grand Basin
Forest Park St Louis - Forest Park was established in 1874 as one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It was the location of the 1904 World's Fair (the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904). Today, the St. Louis Zoo, the MUNY, the St. Louis Art Museum and much more can be found in Forest Park. - More Info Tags: 63110, 63112, City of St Louis Missouri
Gateway Cup Bike Race - The Gateway Cup is a bike race held in four different neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis over the Labor Day weekend. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri
Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival - Information on the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival held in September in Soulard Park, next to the Soulard Farmers Market in the City of St. Louis. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri, Soulard
Greentree Festival - The Greentree Festival is held in Kirkwood, Missouri each September and features live entertainment, a parade, Civil War reenactments, contests, food, crafts and much more! - More Info Tags: 63122, Kirkwood Missouri
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center - The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center features artifacts and photographs from St. Louis Holocaust survivors and is located in St. Louis County Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63146, Museums
Hurricane Harbor Waterpark - The fabulously wet Hurricane Harbor Waterpark is included with your Six Flags-St Louis admission and is located in Eureka Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63025, Eureka Missouri, Recreation
Huzzah Creek Float
Huzzah Creek Float - Information on floating the Huzzah Creek which is located near Steelville, Missouri. - More Info Tags: Recreation, Boating, Floating
Meramec River Float
Meramec River Float - Information on floating the Meramec River primarily near Steelville Missouri and the surrounding areas. - More Info Tags: Recreation
Missouri Botanical Garden Japanese Festival
Missouri Botanical Garden Japanese Festival - Information on the Japanese Festival held at Missouri Botanical Gardens over Labor Day weekend. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri
Missouri History Museum
Missouri History Museum - The Missouri History Museum features permanent exhibits on the 1904 World's Fair, on history of the City of St. Louis - past and present, and has a life-size replica of Charles Lindbergh's airplane - The Spirit of St. Louis in the McDermott Hall. It is located in Forest Park, in St. Louis, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63112, City of St Louis Missouri, Museums
Muny
Muny - The Muny is an outdoor amphitheater that features live performances of well-known musicals, such as Camelot, Hair Spray and Annie. It is located in Forest Park which is in the city of St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63112, Attractions, City of St Louis Missouri, Entertainment
Raging Rivers Waterpark
Raging Rivers Waterpark - Raging Rivers Waterpark, overlooking the Mississippi River, is a fun family aquatic center and is located in Grafton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62037, Grafton Illinois
Six Flags St Louis
Six Flags St Louis - Six Flags St Louis is a family friendly amusement park located in Eureka Missouri. The water park, Hurricane Harbor, located on the grounds of Six Flags, is free to all paying visitors to Six Flags. - More Info Tags: 63025, Eureka Missouri
StLouis Art Museum
St Louis Art Museum - The St Louis Art Museum, located in Forest Park, is housed in the only building left from the 1904 World's Fair. It is located in the city of St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63110, Attractions, City of St Louis Missouri, Museums
St Louis Cardinals
St Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals are the Major League Baseball (MLB) team of St. Louis. They play at Busch Stadium located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63102, City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis, Entertainment
St Louis Labor Day Parade
St Louis Labor Day Parade - Information on the St Louis Labor Day Parade held in Downtown St Louis. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis
St Louis Moonlight Ramble
St Louis Moonlight Ramble - Information on the Moonlight Ramble which is a nighttime annual bike ride through the streets of St. Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis
St Louis Renaissance Faire
St Louis Renaissance Faire - The St. Louis Renaissance Faire is an annual festival which portrays a 16th century village in Renaissance France. It is held in the fall in the Rotary Park located in Wentzville, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63348
St Louis Zoo
St Louis Zoo - The St. Louis Zoo is one of the best zoos in the nation and is FREE to all visitors! It is located in beautiful Forest Park in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63110, Attractions, City of St Louis Missouri
St Nicholas Greek Festival
St Nicholas Greek Festival - Information on the St Nicholas Greek Festival that is held over Labor Day weekend in the Central West End Neighborhood of the City of St Louis. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri
Susan G Komen Race For A Cure in St. Louis
Susan G Komen Race For A Cure in St Louis - Information on the Susan G. Komen Race For A Cure that takes place in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. - More Info Tags: City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard-Chippewa
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard-Chippewa - Ted Drewes Frozen Custard-Chippewa is a delectable frozen custard shop! Home of the "concrete", it is located in the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood of the City of St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63109, City of St Louis Missouri
YMCA Bookfair - The Annual YMCA Bookfair is held each August and features thousands of books in all imaginable categories! A true book-lovers gold mine! - More Info Tags: 63128

More St Louis Summer Things To Do

Big River Float - Information on floating the Big River which is located south of St Louis in Washington, St Francois, and Jefferson Counties - More Info - Tags: Recreation, Boating

Bourbeuse River Float - Information on floating the Bourbeuse River which is located southwest of St Louis in Franklin County - More Info - Tags: Recreation

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