Top 5 Summer Activities in St. Louis
Despite the fact that we had one of the wettest Junes on record in the history of St. Louis, we’re still optimistic about our favorite season, summer. In hopes of getting you as equally excited about summertime in our city, we rounded up this list of our favorite things to do in St. Louis this time of year.
1. St. Louis Food Trucks
There are so many great food trucks around St. Louis — and they come out full force in the summer.
Taste-D-Burger. Que Sazon. Go Gyro Go. They’re in the parks. They’re downtown for lunch. They’re at the Art Museum. They’re all over, and they are all delicious. From the incredible BBQ and funnel cakes to snack on while running around the countless school carnivals to the culmination of it all at the Taste of St. Louis.
Most people put on weight during the winter … we get fat during the summer.
2. St. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Series
The SLAM Outdoor Film Series on Art Hill is hands-down the best outdoor movie party in St. Louis during the summer. St. Louis Art Museum events are always well-organized and a total blast, and this one is the best of the bunch. On select Fridays they show a movie on a big projection screen at the bottom of the hill. The film usually starts around 9:00 p.m., but most people go and have a picnic dinner beforehand. It’s such an amazing time. (We suggest just bringing in your own pizza to make everyone jealous.)
FYI: Back to the Future is playing there on July 10.
3. Wednesday Nights at the Botanical Gardens
Local St. Louisians also call this event the “Whitaker Jazz Fest” or simply the “Gardens.” Whatever you call it, this event, which takes place every Wednesday from June through August, is outdoor picnicking and boozing at its finest — so much so that we can’t tell you, nor can we remember, much about the music part of this event.
OK, so it’s not quite this nice, but you get the point.
Every Wednesday, St. Louisians drain Straub’s, Fields and Trader Joe’s of their 10 oz. vats of hummus, baguettes, smoked gouda wheels, bottles of rosé and chocolate-filled pretzels before packing into the well-manicured lawns of Henry Shaw’s gift to St. Louis.
4. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
On the opposite side of the outdoor-everything-activity season, far from the outdoor wine holder stems and picnic table candelabras at the Gardens, you’ll find a St. Louis summer classic — Cardinals baseball. Bring on the local beer, hot dogs and Ted Drewes ice cream. We love us some tailgating, post-game partying and even listening to Mike Shannon give us the play-by-play when we can’t make it to Busch. Lucky for St. Louis residents there’s ample opportunity to enjoy baseball all summer long, and then well into the fall.
5. Get out of the City
Sometimes you need a little break from the humidity and traffic on 64. We get it. So do what we do and get out of town.
Lake Houses. Float Trips. Camping Trips in Wine Country.
One of our (very lucky) employees has a family lake house at Lake Tishomingo in beautiful Hillsboro, MO. It’s only 45 minutes away from the city, but feels like a whole new world. It’s a small little private lake that is the perfect size (1 lap around is a perfect cruise time for a pontoon boat ride or a quick ski). Plus no jet ski’s are allowed so it’s always relatively calm and relaxed. Nothing is better than hanging out with my immediate family and my cousins and aunts and uncles drinking a couple beers under the sun. The days are filled with swimming, boating, Mike Shannon and the Cardinals on the radio and pork steaks and baked beans. It’s simply the best. Check out the annual boat parade:
Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite thing to do in St. Louis during the summer?