My oh my. I cannot believe that as I’m typing this I’m sitting in the St. Louis airport getting ready to head back to Ohio. If you follow me on Instagram (which you probably should be) then you already saw my Instastories about my adventures around St. Louis with Taylor from Blonde & Ambitious Blog. But really, go over real quick and hit “follow” so we can connect more! I’m always sharing stories and wanting to talk more with you guys! Because we legit crammed so so so much into Labor Day weekend, I feel I owe you guys a St. Louis, Missouri weekend travel guide. This is definitely a city you neeeed to visit!
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I think in order to recap the weekend the easiest, I’ll just share a timeline of everything we did. That way you can see what we did each day as well as read about what I thought of each activity.
- St. Louis Galleria
- Cheesecake Factory
Friday was a travel day. I got into St. Louis around 3 pm and Tay picked me up from the airport. From there, we hit up the St. Louis Galleria, which is one of the largest malls I’ve been in–3 floors!! Yeah… T and I only made it through like maybe one floor? If that? I bought some cute things from LUSH and Charming Charlie, so make sure you stay tuned for a St. Louis haul. I’m so happy with all my purchases, but I highly doubt my wallet is 😉.
Cheesecake Factory is one of my fave places to eat, so I was not opposed to getting it in St. Louis. I thought I’s be a good girl and start the weekend off on a “healthy” note and order the Chicken Tacos from their Skinnylicious menu. They are seriously bomb.com y’all.
- Go Ape
- St. Louis Outlet Mall
- Central West End
- Candle Fusion
- Mission Taco Joint
- Jeni’s Ice Cream
Well…since you see that 3 of the highlights are food, you can now see why I’m glad I went easy on Friday! Saturday was such a jam-packed day, but so worth it! And it shouldn’t be surprising that I was dead around 10 pm.
The first St. Louis weekend activity was hitting up the Go Ape treetop adventure in Creve Coeur, Missouri. I’ve been ziplining before, but never been to a treetop adventure! This was a full-on ropes course that will sure test someone’s (AKA my) fear of heights! We went at 9am which was the perfect time for how hot it was going to be that day. The Go Ape in St. Louis had 5 stations – all ending in a zip line. I think my fav part of the course was the Tarzan swing, where you jump off a ledge and swing into a rope wall and climb up it!
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Rounding out this weekend doing some final shopping and wandering around St Louis before I head home this afternoon! Seriously had so so so much fun this weekend with @blondeandambitiousblog and can’t wait to talk all about our adventures on blissfulgal.com later this week! If you guys have a @goapeusa near you, you need to check it out! I hope you guys lived it up on this long weekend too! #travelpic #travelbug #goapeusa #stlouis
For lunch, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hit up Cane’s! There’s one in Columbus, but that’s about 2 hours away from me. I did hear a rumor that they are putting one near me, so let’s all pray…
Okay, it shouldn’t be surprising that the outlet mall drained our wallets. With it being Labor Day weekend, every store was having MAJOR sales! I scored an awesome Vera Bradley purchase along with something from Kate Spade. Stay tuned later this week to see my haul from the weekend 😉
From there, we went to Central West End, which is such a cute little area! The homes and buildings are older and so ornate that you cannot miss an opportunity to just walk around! Plus, at night there was tons of music and everything was so lively.
Our first stop was at Candle Fusion, where Tay and I got to make our own candles! This place was seriously awesome because they have walls full of scents that you can choose for you candle to make it really your own scent. It’s crazy because all the scents smelled exactly like the real deal! Making a candle is so easy too- when you walk in, you grab a paper, start sniffing the scents and write down your faves. Then, you work with one of the candle experts to choose up to 4 scents that go well together to make your own blend. Once you stir the scent into the wax, you create a name for your candle and you’re done!
While we were waiting for our candles to set, we grabbed some (amazing) tacos from Mission Taco Joint. We wanted something light and everyone seemed to be raving about it. Plus it was just a store away so it was a super convenient spot to wait. Okay though, we absolutely need to talk about those tacos. You order them a la carte, so you really get to customize exactly what you’re getting. I got the shrimp taco and fish taco- 2 was enough to make me full! Tay got flautas (kinda like fancy taquitos) and loved them too!
And because Jeni’s Ice Cream was right across the street, we couldn’t pass that up either! It was my first time at a Jeni’s and now I can see what all the hype is about! The flavors were so unique and the ice cream was so thick! I got Salty Caramel and it was to-die for!
Wishing I could have @jenisicecreams again this morning for breakfast! I went last night for the first time with @blondeandambitiousblog and it blew me away! Yesterday was def a good food day with @raisingcanes, @missiontacojoint, and ending with ice cream. Calories don’t count on vacation…right?! 🤔 We also did LOADS of shopping at the outlet mall, so I’ll def be sharing my Labor Day Sale steals later this week on blissfulgal.com! And today we’re going to hit up the St Louis Arch and some sightseeing! Make sure you check out my and @blondeandambitiousblog Instastories to see all the adventures!What are y’all up to this weekend?! #stlouis #icecreamlover #travelfun #labordayweekend #laborday
- St. Louis History Museum
- Forest Park
- Gateway Arch
We got around to sightseeing in the afternoon because we filmed a fun YouTube video in the am and went to listen to Tay’s mom speak at church. Our first stop was Forest Park to visit the St. Louis History Museum. I’m a huge museum person, so I was already excited to go, but when I found out it was free, I kinda jumped a little more for joy! The museum was so gorgeous and as someone who loves photos, their panoramic display was so cool! They also have a civil rights and a world’s fair (an older Olympics) display. We didn’t stay here long (probably about 45 minutes to 1 hour) but it was fun to visit.
Tip: If you have time, make sure you visit the St. Louis Zoo! I didn’t get a chance to go, but Taylor raves about it and it’s also free!
After, we walked around Forest Park to take some pictures! This park is seriously so gorgeous and everywhere we walked had something beautiful about it. This park is so huge though that I don’t think we even hit a quarter of the park walking around for about an hour! I’m sure all the trees would be so gorgeous in the fall with the changing leaves!
The last adventure was to Downtown St. Louis to go to the Gateway Arch! This was on my list of things to do in St. Louis, because how could you not visit a staple of the St. Louis skyline?! When we bought the tickets, they said to allot about 45 minutes for the entire experience, but I would suggest planning more time than that. It could also be that it was Labor Day weekend, so there were already more people visiting, but it was packed! With so many people, they were running about 40 minutes behind, so it seemed we were waiting in lines forever!
Then, finally we got to the tram that would take us to the top! Ummm… that pod that carried us up held 5 people and was the tiniest thing I have ever been in! So make sure you like the peeps you’re in the tram with. 😉 However, the view from the top made the wait and crammed tram 1000% worth it. We got to the top right at dusk so the view was stunning. So yeah, you need to go. And it was only $13 for a ticket!
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- Ross Dress for Less
Monday was my travel day back home from St. Louis. *insert all the sad emoji faces here* Because I needed to get to the airport around 2 pm, we just got ready, packed up and went to Chesterfield Commons to hop around some shops. And then, I saw a Ross. I knew we shouldn’t have gone to any more stores haha! But since I don’t have a Ross anywhere near me, it wasn’t a question whether or not we were going in. Tay and I got matching shoes (which you would have seen me talk about on Instastories if you follow me over there!) but you’ll have to wait for my haul to see those 😉
Then we got some lunch at Chick-fil-a and made our way to the airport. And just like that, this jam-packed, fun-filled weekend was over.
Although the weekend went by way faster than I would have liked, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit Taylor in St. Louis! We chat on the daily, so finally meeting her in person was SO. MUCH. FUN. I’m also so glad that the internet makes the world so much smaller because it’s given me wonderful friends like Tay 🙂
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I’ll definitely be hitting up St. Louis again, so if you’ve been before, what else do you recommend I visit?!