Day 1 You'll See:
- Gateway Arch
- Gateway Arch Riverboat
- Busch Stadium Tour
- Chesterfield Mall
- Sports Fusion
Day 2 You'll See:
- City Museum
- Grants Farm
Day 3 You'll See:
- Six Flags St. Louis
Your grads have worked hard all year, and it’s time to celebrate this milestone event! What better way to reward their accomplishments than whisking them out of town on a fantastic three day St. Louis adventure? They’ll hit up historic landmarks, enjoy a narrated riverboat cruise, shop ‘til they drop at the largest indoor mall in the Show-Me State, tour Busch Stadium, meet the magnificent Clydesdales of Grant’s Farm, and burn off some of that end-of-year energy with visits to a few of the area’s most popular attractions – wrapping it all up with a grand Six Flags, St. Louis finale!
Gateway Arch - Journey to the Top Tram Ride
Kick-off your awesome three day Grad Trip with a St. Louis exclusive – a trip to the top of this fabulous historic landmark, the nation’s tallest monument, iconic designer “tribute in steel” to the Westward Expansion of the United States, and most-recognizable Midwestern attraction! The magnificent Arch springs powerfully from the riverfront Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis – near the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition - to a towering 630 feet, (63 stories!) cutting an imposing silhouette against the city skyline. A quick tram ride to the summit tenders an incredible bird’s eye view – you can see 30 miles in any direction on a clear day! Be sure to check out the Museum of Westward Expansion located in the visitor center just inside the Arch.
Gateway Arch Riverboat - 1 Hour Sightseeing Cruise
Once you’ve explored the Gateway to the West, you and your grads will embark on a delightful, one-hour educational sightseeing excursion! You’ll hear all about the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch, and other historic landmarks and haul up a boatload of fascinating details about the architecture and rich history of St. Louis. Your capable captain is joined by a Park Ranger who assists in narrating your journey back in time aboard the Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher – the only riverboats still operating on the St. Louis waterfront! How about a little post-cruise lunch at the Arch View Café?
Busch Stadium Tour
April 10th, 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals opened their brand-new downtown stadium with a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, going on to become the first team in almost 100 years to win a World Series Championship in the inaugural season of a ballpark. Fans of this MLB mega-stars will enjoy exploring the new “retro” Busch Stadium - exciting tours are offered year-round and provide visitors a unique look at the home of their favorite team. Check out the World Series trophies in the Champions Club, stop by the locker rooms, thrill to the view from the Radio Broadcast Booth and imagine yourself a big-leaguer in the Cardinals Dugout! Tours are an incredible experience for Cards lovers of all ages and even include a sweet discount at the Official Team Store – grab yourself a “licensed souvenir” or two you’re sure to cherish almost as much as the memory of your Busch Stadium adventure!
Who doesn’t love shopping? You’re in for a real treat – this is the Show Me State’s largest indoor mall, featuring more than 150 shops, three anchor stores, and an AMC Megaplex Theatre. You’ll find all your favorite retailers here; catch that flick you’ve been wanting to see, browse for souvenirs and accessories, treat yourself to lunch and dessert at St. Louis Bread Co. or Cheesecake Factory or perk up that vacation wardrobe with a quick stop by Claire’s, Pac Sun, Buckle, Hot Topic, Forever21 - and more!
What a day! Next up: a stop at Sports Fusion, the St. Louis area’s favorite destination for indoor family entertainment – the place to go when you’ve got the energy to burn! Featured attractions – in addition to the best laser tag in town – include the full service “Fusion Cafe,” a top-of-the-line arcade, a rock wall, a play structure, a sports court and an inflatable obstacle course – plenty of awesome options encouraging a healthy and fun recreational extravaganza! When was the last time you played dodge ball?
Day two in St. Louis begins with a visit to an unbelievably cool place where imaginations run wild! Housed in a recycled 600,000 square foot shoe company, this ever-evolving “museum” is a wonderful, eclectic fusion of post-apocalyptic playground, midway funhouse, surrealistic treehouse pavilion, and more than four stories of absolute architectural marvel created from ordinary, unique and amazing found objects. The fabulous brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, the City Museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the vigorous roar of approval of young and old, alike. “Grown” from the very stuff of the city, this beyond-awesome St. Louis institution springs from urban roots deeper than all others. Scavenging resources solely within municipal borders for its reclaimed materials and turning them into fantastic playthings and whimsical objets d’art, City Museum boasts fun features like cool salvaged bridges, archaic construction cranes, “actual miles” of tile, and two abandoned planes! The Museum affords visitors of all ages an opportunity to explore a re-purposed world full of unbelievable interactive adventure! Creator Cassilly says: “City Museum makes you want to know. The point is not to learn every fact, but to say, ‘Wow, that’s wonderful.’ And if it’s wonderful, it’s worth preserving.”
Grad groups out and about on Show Me State excursion will truly enjoy a tour of this popular landmark attraction/animal preserve; both the village and farm once belonged to 18th President Ulysses S. Grant and his bride, Julia Dent. In 1848, they received 80 acres of Dent family land as a wedding gift; in 1855, Grant took to sawing and notching the logs necessary to build a four-room, two-story cabin on the property, completed with the help of friends in just three days. The Grants established their farm and appropriately named it “Hardscrabble.” Years later the cabin - which had been moved for display at the 1904 World’s Fair - was purchased by August Busch Sr. and returned to Hardscrabble, just a mile from its original location, where it was restored to its present condition. Narrated tram rides treat guests to stunning views of the Farm’s historic highlights and an incredible menagerie of nearly 1,000 animals representative of more than 100 species around the world. Grant’s Farm promises a good time for everyone: rent a swan-shaped paddleboat and hit the lake, feed baby goats and twittering parakeets and tour Grant’s Cabin and the Bauernhof- the first building constructed on the Busch family estate. See the world-renowned carriage collection and stop by the Clydesdale Stable to be photographed with the Farm’s resident herd of these magnificent animals. Take a turn on the colorful carousel and find your seat on a waiting camel; an array of delightful dining options tender a delicious menu of old favorites, including hot dogs and brats, pretzels and pizza, funnel cakes, frosty refreshments, and frozen delights. Gift shops conveniently scattered about the Farm tender plenty of opportunities to discover that perfect souvenir of your excellent Grant’s Farm adventure!
Six Flags St. Louis
Rise and shine - the capable and fun lovin’ folk at Adventure Student Travel have definitely saved the best for last! Give your rooms the once over, grab a quick breakfast and head on out for one awesome play-day at this popular Show Me State amusement and water park - aptly dubbed Missouri’s “Coaster Capital.” Step right up - dozens of rides, top-shelf entertainment, special events and a mouth-watering menu of all your midway favorites await; grab your grad group and celebrate Six Flags-style! Head to Hurricane Harbor, where Big Kahuna, Wahoo Racer, the Tornado, Speed Slides and more guarantee your adventure will be a total splash! Hit the rails on American Thunder, Batman the Ride, Reverse Blast and Screamin’ Eagle – all tummy-turners certain to terrify with unforgettable loops, spins, free falls and drops; better save those corn dogs and funnel cakes for after your ride. Plenty of unique “shopportunities” ensure everyone takes home that perfect souvenir of this grand St. Louis grad getaway!