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    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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Things To Do

Whether you're passing through for the day, or planning an extended stay in the St. Louis area, there is plenty to do and see at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Follow the links to the left for all the details you may need to plan your visit.

To help get you started, here's what a typical visit may include:

Don't miss a tram ride to the top of the Arch for a stunning panoramic view of the St. Louis area.

See a screening of the film "Monument to the Dream" which details the construction of the Arch. Or take in a film at the Odyssey Theatre, which shows movies on its wide-screen, four-story tall screen.

Get Fit at the Arch, download a map with all of the distances for running, walking or biking different routes on the Arch grounds.

Rent a bicycle and explore the riverfront area.

Head out onto the Mississippi River on a Riverboat Cruise.

Visit the Museum of Westward Expansion, which features an extensive collection of artifacts, mounted animal specimens, an authentic American Indian tipi, and an overview of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Take a helicopter ride and get a birds' eye view of the Arch!

Make a stop at one of the museum shops for a wide selection of books, videos, posters, and educational materials.

Head to the Old Courthouse, which contains restored courtrooms, information on the Dred Scott case, and a museum and film charting the history of the city of St. Louis.

If you visit during the summer you may be in time for Fair St. Louis, Live on the Levee or the Free Family Junior Ranger Experience!

Security Note:
Due to security measures visitors may encounter delays entering the Visitor Center. All visitors must pass through a security checkpoint. Please keep this in mind when planning your visit. Groups should arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their reservation time.

Did You Know?

Dinosaur cartoon

On September 10, 1804 on Cedar Island, in South Dakota, William Clark discovered the fossilized remains of the ribs, backbone and teeth of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were animals who lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, but swam rather than walking on land. Clark thought it was a giant fish bone! More...