• Looking up at the Gateway Arch


    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.

For Kids

FREE Summer Family Junior Ranger Experiences
Tuesday and Thursday mornings

This summer the park will offer free programs for family groups at the Museum of Westward Expansion, the Old Courthouse, and the Gateway Arch Grounds.

All activities are directed by park staff. Participants receive a special button upon completion of each individual activity. Participation is limited to 25 children per program. Program times: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Call 877-982-1410 to make reservations at least one week in advance.

Westward Ho!
Discover the stories of explorers, pioneers, cowboys and native people through games and activities.
(Meets inside at Arch Information desk in Arch lobby)

Courthouse Adventure
Explore the Old Courthouse and learn about its history and mystery. (Meets in Old Courthouse rotunda)

Games of Long Ago
Discover some new and some familiar games while playing children's games of the 1800s. Conducted outside, weather permitting.

Park Quest
Explore the grounds of the Arch, searching for hidden clues.
(Meets outside at South Leg of Arch)

Arch Reflections!
Reflect on the unique architectural aspects from a variety of perspectives using pencil, ink, watercolor, and notebook.
(Meets inside at Arch Information Desk in Arch lobby)

Click here for the 2014 Family Junior Ranger Program dates.

Did You Know?

Cast iron fence outside the Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

During the 19th Century St. Louis was the premier ironwork city. After the great fire, many of its buildings were made using iron framework topped off by beautiful iron ornamentation. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial showcases St. Louis architecture in the Old Courthouse. More...