Things to Do In and Around St. Louis
For things to do in St. Louis, please visit https://explorestlouis.com/25-things-to-do-in-st-louis/.
Browse the other pages to learn more about St. Louis.
For a brief history of St. Louis, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis.
To visit Mark Twain’s boyhood home, see https://www.visithannibal.com/attractions/.
Optional Tours and Banquet
On Wednesday, September 5, you can choose one of four optional Technical Tours to attend from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm and then choose one of two optional Social Tours to attend from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. All tours have a small charge and include transportation to and from the America’s Center. Sign up for all tours using the IAC Registration Form.
Technical Tours (1 to 4:30 pm)
- Washington University Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE) Tour: Here’s an opportunity to tour Washington University’s Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering’s six aerosol labs (www.aerosols.wustl.edu), characterization facilities and a pilot clean energy combustion facility. CASE laboratories include those of Profs. Axelbaum, Biswas, Chakrabarty, Thimsen, Turner, Wang and Williams. You will also see the beautiful Washington University campus. The tour includes a reception. The transportation fee is $15. Limited to the first 150 who sign up.
- Washington University Cortex Innovation District Tour
The Cortex Innovation Community (https://cortexstl.com/ ) is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets. The area has been described as a little European, a little New York, and totally St. Louis. On this tour you’ll see first hand the development of this center, and hear from aerosol entrepreneurs (Drs. Susanne Hering, Fred Brechtel, Jiaxi Fang) and visit a couple of aerosol start-ups in action. The transportation fee is $15. Limited to the first 50 who sign up.
- Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
http://www.anheuser-busch.com/) Visit and hear first-hand from research engineers as to how beer is produced at scale, and learn of the challenges including the need for clean water and air. You will get to see the inner functioning of one of the largest beer makers in the world. The transportation fee is $15. Limited to the first 20 who sign up.
- Boeing Aircraft Prologue Room Tour
From biplanes to spacecraft, the Prologue Room (http://www.boeing.com/company/tours/prologue-room.page) portrays milestone events and displays models of aircraft and spacecraft that played pivotal roles in shaping the history of aerospace. On this tour, you can view actual-size Mercury and Gemini capsules, large-scale models of some of today’s military aircraft, including the Eagle, Hornet, Apache, and Air Force One, as well as rockets and missiles, and commercial jetliners. Hundreds of scale models, dioramas, paintings, photographs and videos tell the story of the companies that make up The Boeing Company. The transportation fee is $15. Limited to the first 50 who sign up.
Social Tours (5 to 9 pm)
- Anheuser-Busch Brewery & Schoolhouse Tour
Your Destination St. Louis certified tour guide will familiarize you with the rich history of the colorful Busch family en route to the King of Beers – the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Situated in a 100-acre complex with over 70 red brick structures, the Brewery buildings are known for their unique architecture and several are National Historic Landmarks. During the tour, you will see the World-Famous Clydesdales, the Beechwood Aging Cellar, and the Brew House. No visit would be complete without sampling the family of Anheuser-Busch products during the tour! Enjoy a stop at the historic Old Lyon Schoolhouse building on the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Campus, which has been transformed into a museum housing hundreds of artifacts from the Anheuser-Busch archives. Originally constructed in 1868, the Old Lyon Schoolhouse building is one of three national historic landmarks on the brewery campus, along with the historic Clydesdale Stables and iconic Brewhouse. After the tour, enjoy dinner on your own in the Biergarten. The tour fee is $60, including all transportation, but not including dinner, which is on your own during the tour.
- Forest Park and the Delmar Loop Tour
Start your tour with a beautiful driving overview of Forest Park. Your Destination St. Louis tour guide will highlight the history of “Meet Me in St. Louis” at Forest Park — the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and one of the largest city parks in the United States. Today, Forest Park is home to the world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center and the Muny, the largest outdoor theater in the country, among other attractions. Experience “The Loop”, a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and recently named “One of the 10 Great Streets in America,” by the American Planning Association. The Loop is a six-block area complete with restaurants, shopping, art and entertainment and is named after the old streetcar turn-around that was once a part of the Delmar line. The motorcoach will follow that old route down Delmar Blvd., entering The Loop through the majestic Lions Gate. Originally erected in 1909, the lions were replaced in 1989, from molds of the original cats. The St. Louis Walk of Fame is located in The Loop, honoring the famous citizens of St. Louis with brass stars and biographies. A few of the honorees include Tina Turner, John Goodman, Tennessee Williams, Scott Joplin and Josephine Baker. You can play a tune on the world’s best jukebox at Blueberry Hill where Chuck Berry and other St. Louis stars used to perform regularly in the intimate Duck Room. Other must-sees include The Pageant, a state of the art concert venue, the Tivoli Theatre and Pin-Up Bowl, a retro bowling alley and martini bar. Dinner is available on your own at one of many fun eateries. The tour fee is $30, including all transportation, but not including dinner, which is on your own during the tour
IAC Banquet at the Gateway Arch
THURSDAY, September 6, 2018
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, and officially dedicated to "the American people," it is the centerpiece of the Gateway Arch National Park and has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis, as well as a popular tourist destination.
The Arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947; construction began on February 12, 1963, and was completed on October 28, 1965. The monument opened to the public on June 10, 1967. It is located at the site of St. Louis's founding on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
The entire Arch is booked for the exclusive use of IAC Banquet attendees. Unlimited rides can be taken on the Tram, an engineering marvel, for trips to the Top of the Arch. A blues band will perform for the entire duration of the banquet.
An open bar service is included, followed by a seated dinner. The banquet is available to the first 500 people who sign up during registration for a fee of $85 per person.