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.
We loved this place. It was so imformative So much to do there make sure that you take at least 1 whole day to spend here. The museums we fantastic, and the arch was so fun to go up in and look out over the city. LOVED IT!!!!
Well worth your time and money.
My son was so upset on our family vacation that he could not go up in the Arch since the wait was 4 1/2 hours to go up since the elevators were broke on one side. I guess just our bad luck but you think they would put a sign out front instead of having to find out once you waited in line for an hour!!!
My wife and I took our Kids to St Louis for the week and the arch was by far the most enjoyable attraction of all. It was very interesting to all of the kids ages from 9 to 19. Highly recomend that you purchase your tickets on line as the lines are very long. We were leaving at 11:30 am and the line to purchase tickets was booking for the 4:30 tram! We purchased our tickets on-line for a 10:30 tram and only stood in line for maybe 30 min. tops. This is by far a must see attraction as the view is amazing.
The arch was one of the biggest rip offs ever! You pay like 10 bucks to go in an elevator up to a broom closet! There's nothing up there, not even room to stand!
Don't waste your money, just look at it from the outside!
Been there several times it is always a wonderful experience.
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 7/25/07
The fountains are beautiful.The museum is always interesting. The view from the arch is spectacular.I reccomend the trip to everyone I know.A family with children of any age would enjoy the adventure. My teen has a blast there..
I note some reviews report problems with waiting in lines, but in May 2007 (Wed 23rd early afternoon) I was able to get through security without waiting, get straight up to puchase a ticket, and be on a tram within 5 minutes of my arrival.
The trip is well worth it - my only tip is to note that some of your fare is for the National Park admission, so if you have a Nat Park pass remember to use it - you won't be asked if you have one (or at least I wasn't).
My family of five really enjoyed our time at the arch. It is well kept, and nicely done. The museum, although dated, is still interesting. The "rangers" are MORE than helpful, and make the experience very nice. We went Saturday March 31, 2007.
Buy your tickets online, including parking. (Be sure to mention that you have paid your $2.00 national park fee online if you buying tickets to the movies.) The only drawback is you have to plan your trip to be there that day, at that time. But, it is well worth it. We rolled in a couple hours ahead of our elevator time, and it worked out great. The line must have been at least an hour long, which we skipped. You can buy your movie tickets right there in the middle of the big open area, without having to wait in the elevator ride line. Using the parking garage prepaid was a cinch, and went without a hitch.
Prepare for an airport style metal detection process as you enter the building. Don't forget your camera, and don't miss the movie about how the arch was made.
IT WAS AN AWESOME ADVENTURE FOR ME AND SO MUCH TO SEE AMAZINGLY FUN AND FULL OF EXCITMENT AND THE SIZE OF IT WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO VISITING THERE AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE, EVEN THO I AM FROM ST LOUIS I NEVER BEEN TO THE ARCH UNTIL RECENTLY
Overated. Takes too much time. No view! The museum and shops are the best part. The theater shows nothing anyone would want to see. The candy shop has delicious goods and treats to take back to your room. The hotel across the street from the arch is really nice though I recommend th Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.
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