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Vacation planning almost always revolves around the time of year you want to travel. Some areas are best visited in the summer or winter because they have the best seasonal activities for those times of the year. The best time to visit St. Louis is spring and fall due to the milder temperatures and attractions that are favorites during those seasons. Here are a few reasons for each.

Things to Do in St. Louis in the Spring

Some people would say that spring time is the best time to visit St. Louis, because that’s when the lush green carpet in America fills out, and the splashes of colorful flowers grow above it. April and May in St. Louis are not yet warm enough to be uncomfortable for some people, but the flowers are blooming, and the scent of new things growing is in the air.

One of the favorite spring attractions in St. Louis is Grant’s Farm. Initially owned by Ulysses S. Grant, this farm has a petting zoo, shows about and with animals, and has lots of exotic animals on display. Six Flags St. Louis is also a must-see if you have the kids with you. This family fun park opens mid-May with its full schedule and has some of the best rides and activities in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Zoo is also a favorite. In the spring, they present a sea lion show that will thrill all ages. And don’t forget the Gateway Arch! In addition to visiting the arch monument, you can take a riverboat cruise on the Mighty Mississippi and view it from the water.

Things to Do in St. Louis in the Fall

Others would say that autumn is the best time to visit St. Louis. The temperatures are very mild, but there is less rainfall in the fall, making the air a little drier and more pleasant.

The Apple Fest at Eckert’s is a lot of fun for the whole family. Eckert’s is a fabulous day trip, from wagon rides and children’s attractions to live music and food. Another excellent day trip is Brookdale Farms, which has a pumpkin patch and hayrides available. And don’t miss the Corn Maze! With a whopping 17 acres of winding and twisting paths, this is a favorite of visitors for fall fun.

Other activities include a river cruise, Halloween parties, and haunted house tours, and Big Muddy Adventures, which offers paddleboat tours of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

While you’re here, make sure you book a vacation rental at JZ Vacation Rentals. We know St. Louis and can help you find fun activities for the whole family!

If you like to see the world beginning to teem with life, color, and action, St. Louis is the perfect spring destination. One internet search will give you dozens of things to do here in the spring, along with ideas for places to stay while you’re here. One of the best is JZ Vacation Rentals and for good reason!

Spring Time in St. Louis

This region is well-known for springtime beauty. The hallmarks of spring in St. Louis are new lush grass, an explosion of colorful flowers, and the opening of parks and other outdoor recreation. Here are a few things to do in St. Louis to enjoy the season of new life while you vacation to this perfect spring destination.

The Gateway Arch

This landmark, built to “commemorate Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a transcontinental United States,” is an annual favorite, and there is no time better than when temps are mild. You can take a tram ride to the apex or enjoy a riverboat cruise for a different view of this magnificent monument.

Visit Lafayette Park

Locals will say this is the oldest public park west of the Mississippi and was the first public park in St. Louis proper. This beautiful park is full of events. Don’t miss the House Tour!

National Dance Week

If you or someone in your group is into dance, don’t miss this week! This event is a movement-lover’s dream vacation—with everything from ballet, modern dance, and other traditional western-world forms to Middle Eastern and African troupes.


No matter where you go in St. Louis, you will always find a spectacular restaurant choice. That said, most people go to the Central West End. But if you’re a true foodie, zero in on the Cortex District to the south. Officially called the Cortex Innovation Community, it’s a technology and cultural hub with some inventive eateries you won’t want to miss.

Why JZ Vacation Rentals?

Simply put, we know St. Louis. Our staff lives here and is nearby if there is anything you need at your vacation home. Our homes are well-appointed, with stocked kitchens and rooms that are spacious but still cozy and comfortable.

When you rent one of our vacation homes, you will see the difference the details make. We’ll take care of those while you tour and enjoy St. Louis and everything it has to offer—which we think is quite a lot!