Tips to help your visit go smoothly
This unique ride takes four-minutes from the base of the Arch to reach the observation deck at the top. If you are unable to ride to the top there are east and west views from web-cams at the top that can be observed live in the lobby of the visitor center or watch a Ranger led tour To the Top here.
During the busy summer months, the tram ride to the top does sell out frequently. Get your tickets ahead of time to make sure you get to experience this journey to the top.
Not sure about that small tram car? Check out the replica tram car in the West Entrance lobby to make sure you will feel comfortable on your way up. It’s a 5-foot diameter barrel, the front has narrow doors that close with vertical windows and an enclosed curved back. The windows allow you to view the inside of the Arch as the tram travels up and down the leg.
Note: Due to the small spaces and social distancing is not possible. Bi-State Development, which operates the tram, requires face coverings for all Gateway Arch tram riders, ages 2 and up, with no exceptions. Masks are required to be worn while in line for the tram ride, in the tram cars and on the observation deck. Learn more about the COVID protocols here.
Take a load off and take in the views on a relaxing daytime cruise that shows St. Louis from the river that built it. Narrated by the captain or a National Park Service ranger, this one-hour cruise that lets you explore everything that makes the Mississippi so mighty. Everywhere you look, there’s a sight to see and history to discover.
All ages welcome. Concessions available.
COVID-19 Update: Park partner Bi-State which operates the Riverboats requires all Riverboat visitors, ages 9 & up, to wear face coverings with no exceptions. Guests unable to wear face coverings are encouraged to visit at a later date. View COVID-19 FAQ for more protocols.
Tickets available at the Bi-State park partner site.
Admission to the museum is free. Explore the six galleries detailing the role of St. Louis in the history of the west at your own pace. Take your time and visit all the galleries, enjoy all the tactile exhibits or just snap some photos at the selfie spots.
Bag your pet's waste
Always leash your pet
Know where you can go
Pets are allowed in all the outdoor areas of the park, but only service animals can go inside buildings. See the National Park Service policy on Service Animals.
Additional National Parks in Missouri include: George Washington Carver National Monument, Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. See more information about these various national parks in Missouri.
Don't forgot the North Gateway area - this natural ampitheater is the site of events thoughout the year, but also offers lush plantings and a breathtaking view of the Gateway Arch and city skyline. From the North Gateway area you can get up close to the historic Eads Bridge and cross over into Laclede's Landing.
Check out Explore St. Louis to learn more about all the many exciting places to visit in the city. Historic houses, museums, sports, parks, St. Louis has something for everyone.
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Planning a trip to Gateway Arch National Park? Be sure to include time to visit the all-new museum--accessible for visitors of all abilities, ages, and interests. Check out our new Museum Destination video for a quick overview of what you'll find in each gallery. And don't forget--the museum is always free!