Have you been to the Arch half a dozen times? Or never been before?
Now might be a good time to plan a visit, because this iconic St. Louis monument is turning fifty next week!
The Gateway Arch’s official birthday is being recognized on Wednesday, October 28, the day the final section of steel was put in place. If you can make it out for the 11 a.m. ceremony commemorating the event, you might land yourself a free cupcake. But even if you don’t, you can take advantage of dollar rides to the top of the Arch all day.
If you’re free this Saturday (the 24th), head to Kiener Plaza downtown for the Arch 50 Fest. I read there will be lots of food, children’s activities, and a fireworks display to cap it off at the end of the night.
Either way you slice it, these are two prime opportunities to get out and connect with your inner St. Louisan.
Know Before You Go
Before embarking on adventure to visit this historic monument, why not brush up on your history of it?
The Gateway Arch website has a neat, concise timeline with several highlights from the Arch’s storied past. For instance, did you know the idea behind having a monument on the St. Louis riverfront dates back to 1933?
Additionally, note that entry to both Arch 50 Fest (Saturday, Oct. 24) and the Recognition and Birthday Ceremony (Wednesday, Oct. 28) is free.