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“The Gateway Arch, A must-stop attraction in St Louis”
Review of The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch
Ranked #1 of 226 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: From the thrilling views to the amazing stories, a visit to the Gateway Arch is an experience that never fails to inspire. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, you’ll find activities to please every member of your party. Attractions include the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch, the Museum at the Gateway Arch (open July 3, 2018), a documentary film about the construction of the Arch, shopping at The Arch Store, a new Arch Cafe, and cruises aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Tickets sell out early and often - advance purchase strongly recommended. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I recall as a young man when they were building The Gateway Arch. I would travel from the country some distance south of St Louis on a weekly basis. Our route always took us right past the worksite. During the period of building this magnificent monument, I was able to see the progress from the laying of foundations through to the topping off. I had always been in awe of how the structure was built. After it was completed, I was able to visit the monument with a tour of school children. I recall it was one of the most exciting field trips we had ever taken. Over the years, I have visited The Gateway Arch many times. It never loses is luster and there is nothing else in the country that compares. I would recommend visiting The Gateway Arch to everyone visiting St. Louis.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The Saint Louis Arch is another bucket list item. If you are claustrophobic, t h e elevators are very small. The view of the Mississippi River is amazing.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We had an early tour so not so crowded or long of a wait. Very knowledgable workers. Easy to figure out where to go.Lines moved fast. Bought our tickets at the courthouse which is just a small walk away.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank clarkshanks
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

I was debating about seeing this, it's an up and down trip, and it's a bit pricey for a family. However, the video and visitor center (which will be newly renovated and open July 2018) is very well done. The trip up is fascinating - like you're in an escape pod right out of Star Wars. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable if you take the time to talk with them. Definitely put this on the list when you're in St. Louis.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Erik M
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

I’ll put the most important tip first. Buy your tickets ONLINE and EARLY during peak times. They will sell out. The walk to the Arch from either entrance is about 8 minutes. Security is like the airport so you will have to remove the same things except your shoes. Your 4 minute tram ride up is in one of eight 5-person elevator cubes. If you are claustrophobic, don’t go. Once your 630 feet at the top, the views are awesome and visibly can be up to 30 miles on a good day. You can stay up as long as you want but it gets more crowded as the day goes on. A Ranger and staff are available at the top for assistance or questions. The ride down is 3 minutes in one of the 8 tram cubes.

My other suggestions would be to reserve the earliest time you can and during the week if possible. Our tram ticket time was for Monday 9:10am and they open exactly at 9 with only a 10 minute wait for security. Make sure you screenshot or print your tickets. Your phone will have “no service” once inside the Arch. Four port-a potties are available near the SW entrance. Restrooms are available inside. There are none at the top. Dress for the weather. There is no shelter for the entry lines that will wrap around the Arch during the day waiting to enter through security. Gift-shop, photo purchase area on the ground floor. We stayed right across from the Arch and walked so I can’t advise on parking. There are restaurants in the area, just not in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park. Give yourself 1-2 hours for the experience. I would definitely return. Enjoy.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Nyormirror
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