The Gateway Arch | Detail and Tips
The Gateway Arch is a must-see attraction for all ages. Many may think that it is just a ride to the top of a beautifully built arch to view St. Louis, Missouri, but there is so much more. You can easily spend half a day running through the green space, walking through the interactive museum, riding on a riverboat cruise, and riding to the top of the arch.
I am all about being prepared before you travel with kids and tips and tricks are my best friend. Here are the details broken down and some useful tips before you travel to the top of The Gateway Arch.
The idea behind The Gateway Arch began in 1935 with Thomas Jefferson. After many years of carefully planning, construction began in 1963 and completed in 1965. The story behind The Gateway Arch is just as fascinating as the beautiful structure. The Gateway Arch was built to represent and celebrate those who shaped this area of America.
The Park and Green Space
People are drawn to the beautiful green space and park that surround The Gateway Arch. There were many families enjoying picnics, playing catch, and running around. The Gateway Arch sits right on the Mississippi River and provides beautiful scenery and views from the bottom as much as it does from the very top.
Tips: Bring a lunch and blanket and enjoy the view of the Mississippi River and the arch from below
When you visit The Gateway Arch you will want to make sure to visit the museum which is located underground on your way towards the tram rides to ride to the top. The museum traces the story of everyone who made America possible. From Native Americans to pioneers and rebels. The interactive museum is filled with history and grabs the attention of all ages.
Tips: You do not need to purchase a tram ride ticket to walk through the museum, but you will need to go through security.
The Tram Ride
If you are taking time to visit The Gateway Arch, you will not want to miss the opportunity to ride the tram to the top. The views are breathtaking and the experience riding to the top is a once in a lifetime adventure. My kids did not know what to expect and still talk about the suspense riding to the very top.
Purchase your tickets ahead of time! Prices differ depending on packages. You can purchase packages that include the riverboat cruise, tram ride and more. Take a look at all the options and plan your day at The Gateway Arch.
Make sure you have your cameras with you. The views of St. Louis are breathtaking!
National Park Service
Did you know The Gateway Arch is part of the National Park Service? If you are a family who loves to check off lists and track where you have traveled, make sure you grab a National Park Passport Book. The Gateway Arch gift shop sells them in their store for $9.95. Get it stamped and make it official! This is a great way to track all your wonderful experiences across America.
Tips before you go
- Purchase your tram tickets before you arrive. Rides to the top sell out quickly. If you know which day you are visiting, purchase your ticket beforehand. They also offer several packages which may include the St. Louis Riverfront Cruise and Documentary Movie.
- Give yourself plenty of time before your tram ride. To get to your tram ride you will walk through the museum. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in all the history before riding to the top. It adds to the experience!
- Go to the bathroom before you get in line. Once you give your ticket and are through there are no bathrooms. Depending on how busy it is, you can be in line for 30 to 45 minutes. Plan ahead.
- The Gateway Arch is a National Park and you will go through security and metal detectors before going through. Make sure you do not have anything on you that may be taken away.
If you are planning a trip to St. Louis, Missouri make sure you have added a visit to The Gateway Arch to your itinerary!