Family Visiting for the Holidays? Explore STL with these Unique Outings

Have a full house for the holidays? Out-of-town guests means more than pulling out the sofa bed: as a host or hostess, it’s often your job to introduce your visitors to their new city. Whether it’s your in-laws, grown children or extended relatives coming in to celebrate the season, these unique Downtown St. Louis experiences are a great way to entertain visitors and spend time as a family.

Experience the Mississippi on a Riverboat Cruise

Hop on the St. Louis Riverfront Cruise for a unique Arch experience complete with historical narration from a National Park Service ranger. After your cruise, stop for a meal and a drink along the waterfront on Laclede’s Landing at Morgan Street Brewery. Or, spend the evening on the boat with one of the season’s specialty cruises including PJs and Pancakes with Santa Claus, the Holiday Cruise or the New Year’s Eve Party Cruise.

Dive into History at the Field House Museum

Toys and the holidays go hand in hand! Tour the historic Field House Museum to learn more about historic architecture, Roswell Field’s work with the monumental Dred Scott Case and Eugene Field’s influential writing career. The museum also includes an extensive toy collection with dolls and toys dating back as far as the 1790s. After exploring the historic space, head down the street for a bite at the popular Broadway Oyster Bar and, depending on the time of day, live music.

Get Active as a Family at Upper Limits

Start your day with a healthy, locally grown meal from Red Oak Biscuits to fuel up for an active afternoon at Upper Limits. The Downtown St. Louis location of this rock climbing gym is a great place for experts and beginners alike, and full gear is available to rent. All ages are welcome (assuming children 13 and under have adult supervision) which makes this the perfect way to burn off those extra holiday calories while bonding as a group.