How to Enjoy Your Time in St. Louis
There are many things to do in St. Louis in addition to attending the conference. Be sure to check out the recommendations below so that you can truly make the most of your trip.
Places to Eat
While at the conference, your lunches will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday. For your other meals, the hotel has three restaurants on site: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, RED Kitchen & Bar and the Brewhouse.The hotel breakfast buffet at the RED Kitchen & Bar has extended hours for the OFOF Conference, starting at 6:30 AM. You can also grab a coffee and pastry at the Starbucks® on-site if you need a quick bite at breakfast.
Outside of the hotel, there are several traditional St. Louis foods that you might want to try.
And for those wanting to explore St. Louis’ local food scene, former North Central SARE Administrative Council member, Kevin Warner of Fair Shares, provided us with a list of places you might want to try.
- Kounter Kulture (take out only)
- Annie Gunns
- Five Bistro
- Bailey’s Range
- Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
- Small Batch
- Schlafly Bottleworks
- Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall
- Cardwell’s at the Plaza
Things To Do
Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse: Right next door to the Hyatt, rests the grand Gateway Arch and the historic Old Courthouse. You can go up to the top of the Arch, and you can also check out some historical exhibits in the Old Courthouse.
City Museum: Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.
St. Louis Zoo: Voted America’s top free attraction, the Zoo is located on 90 acres in beautiful Forest Park, and home to more than 600* species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. It is one of the few free zoos in the nation.
Science Center: Learn and explore at the St. Louis Science Center. General admission is always free. Of particular interest to conference attendees would be the Grow Exhibit, which takes you on the journey of food!
Attend a Cardinals game: Lucky for OFOF attendees who are baseball fans, the season kicks off on Thursday, April 5th for Missouri’s nationally lauded Cardinals team. Single tickets, when available, can be purchased at the Cardinals’ website under 2018 Single Game Tickets. Busch Stadium is within walking distance of the Hyatt.
Learn about Forest Park, the Magic House and Six Flags and discover more things to do in St. Louis at Explore St. Louis’ website.
St. Louis has several taxi services as well as Uber and Lyft. The Metro service can provide you with transportation via bus or light rail and has pickup and drop-off locations close to the Hyatt. And, the St. Louis Trolley is a cheap and convenient way to explore the downtown area.
Remember to use good sense when you’re traveling. Always go out in groups and avoid staying out late at night. If you have a vehicle with you, make sure to put all bags and valuables in the trunk and out of sight. Staying safe will allow you to keep having fun!