The Arch has been a popular tourist attraction since its completion in October 1965. Designed to last 1,000 years, it reaches ... More
The Arch has been a popular tourist attraction since its completion in October 1965. Designed to last 1,000 years, it reaches 630 feet in height; on a clear day, you can see for about 30 miles from atop the structure. Groups of 20 or more can take a guided tour of the landmark. The tour includes a documentary film on the building of the Arch, a visit to the Museum of Westward Expansion and a trip to the Old Courthouse , which is famous for hosting the legendary Dred Scott Trial.
For $10, it's nothing special. You wait for everything. To get tickets, to get in line, to take your picture, to wait in another room, to wait to get in the 40 year old tran that is incredibly cramp and you wait for the other 100 people up there to move so you can peer out of a small window. The whole experience isn't worth all the waiting.
It is affordable, it is worth seeing. The outside grounds are very nice. It also includes a free museum visit which is uncer the Arch underground.
Really the ride in the egg was not as bad a people say it is a few minutes and a couple of minutes less going down.
Definately not for the clautaphobic. It is like a 20" by 4" area on top and when you wait to get on the egg it is single person going each way. There are people either wainting to get on or off depending on if you are goin up or down. So really 2 people deep in that area one each way.
It is one of the few affordable sites to see and it is worth it. And there is a nice museum under it. Also one item you can see is the old courthouse which you can walk to and see for free.
I absolutely LOVED it! I read one of the other reviews on this website before I went and it was great advice to buy your ticket online. Thank you to the person who gave that advice! Anyways, it was amazing! My two kids were stunned to finally be there. They've been bugging me about how much they wanted to see it in person! There is nothung I disliked about this place except that it was very crowded. Other than that, it was great!
I thought sunset would be a good time to go but the wait was going to be 45 minutes even though we got tickets for that specific time and you could not get in line before your time. We were forunate to skip lots of people because we split up our group to get up there faster but I thought the view would be better. It was nice but the windows were small. The gift shop was nothing amazing. I was not impressed.
The arch is soo beautiful!!! Take time and appreciate the structure of the arch, look at it in different angles. take pictures at differenct angles too they are interesting, the musem is great, even though kids are not interested in history they love seeing the animals and being involved in the activities they offer, one advise i have is to not go on a windy day, if you get motion sick easy you will defanetly not enjoy it. im from oklahoma and we dont have things like The Arch there. Some people underestimate the beauty. Night time is amazing!!!!
Must see! You will plan to go in the early morning, go thru security, wait in live, buy a ticket THEN return at the appointed time to see the Arch. You do not see it until your appointed time arrives. It blew our schedule for that day but this how they do it. When you return for the tour, you will wait in line AGAIN for security (like an airport) then wait in line for the tour. The view is awesome from UP top!
We visited the arch mid-day on a Friday, and it wasn't crowded at all! We bought 2 tickets to ride to the top and 2 tickets to see the Lewis & Clark movie on the big screen. It cost $28- not bad! The movie was amazing- felt like watching an IMAX movie. The museum was interesting (and free). The store had great little St. Louis souveniers. But, be forewared...the little "pods" that you ride in on your way to the top of the arch are TINY. They pack up to 5 people in the pod, your knees will be nearly touching, and if you're 5'8" or taller you will not be able to sit up straight. Not a friendly environment for those who are remotely claustrophobic. But the view from the top is amazing!!
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