ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.


Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with Get Outdoors at the Gateway Arch

April 28, 2014

Release Date: April 28, 2014

Contact: Ann Honious, JNEM

Phone: 314-655-1614

Contact(s): Jenna Todoroff, CGPR 

Phone: 636-530-1235


Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with Get Outdoors at the Gateway Arch
Free event features rock climbing, kids’ walk, fitness classes, pioneer workshop, canoe relays, live music and more

WHAT: On Saturday, June 14, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with Get Outdoors at the Gateway Arch. Those of all ages are invited to the park grounds for this FREE event where local and regional organizations will showcase their dedication to outdoor recreation; and encourage families to get outside and explore nature.

“We are committed to demonstrating the exciting outdoor activities St. Louis has to offer at Get Outdoors at the Gateway Arch,” said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “This year’s event includes something for everyone—whether you’re looking for an outdoor thrill or hoping to learn more about nature’s offerings—that encourages education, exploration and adventure.”

The day’s free, family friendly activities include a kids’ walk, rock climbing wall, fitness sessions, live music, amateur radio demonstrations, pioneer activities, geocaching, orienteering, a bicycle safety town, solar-powered s’mores cooking, Bobber the Dog, and much more!

NPS partners Bi-State Development Agency and Jefferson National Parks Association will also be participating in the event. Please find a full list of event participants on page 2.

WHEN:             Saturday, June 14, 2014; 9 am – 2 pm

WHERE:           Gateway Arch Grounds

COST: FREE and open to the public

CONTACT: Call 877-982-1410 or visit



Boy Scouts of America

Visitors will perfect their pioneering skills with various camping, first-aid and slag-line activities.

Earth Ways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Experts will educate visitors on conserving energy and how to be more sustainable. Participants will learn how to cook “solar s’mores” with a solar oven.

Great Rivers Greenway

Visitors will learn about the St. Louis region’s system of trails and greenways, as well as the Bike St. Louis on-street bike plan.

Jefferson National Parks Association

JNPA will sell merchandise related to outdoor activities and National Parks.

Leftovers, Etc.

This arts and science learning center will lead kids’ crafts time using recycled goods.

Metro/Bi-State Development Agency

Adults and kids can learn more about the Gateway Arch Experience, and receive informational maps that detail the region’s Metro transit.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Visitors will learn about outdoor recreation programs at DNR sites across the state of Missouri.

National Park Service

NPS will distribute information that details St. Louis’s downtown national park, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.


Event-goers can say cheese at this photo opportunity in front of a scale model of the Gateway Arch.

Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis

Individuals will receive information on recreational opportunities for those with developmental disabilities in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.

Safe Kids St. Louis

Safe Kids, Cardinal Glennon’s injury prevention center, will educate event-goers with their Bike Safety Town.

St. Louis Area Geocachers Association

Children and adults will learn to use GPS receivers to find hidden geocaches on this course.

St. Louis County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

This emergency communications provider will demonstrate basic amateur radio equipment, and allow visitors to interact with station and handheld radios.

St. Louis County Health Department

Educators will use interactive displays to share nutrition and physical activity tips.

St. Louis Orienteering Club

Visitors will learn how to use a map and compass to navigate a special orienteering course (beginner and advance course available).

South City YMCA

The YMCA team of health experts will lead three fun fitness classes.

Troutbusters of Missouri

This nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people recover from trauma with fly fishing will demonstrate tying flies and decorative pins, and teach visitors the art of fly casting with a fly rod.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Visitors will participate in a canoe relay and interact with Bobber the Dog.

Upper Limits Indoor Climbing Gym

Visitors can test their boulder and climbing skills by ascending the rock-climbing tower.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods will demonstrate healthy eating and provide free trail mix to event-goers.

Live music by WildHeart

Emmy® Award-winning educators and entertainers Jan and George Syrigos captivate young audiences with songs about science, wildlife exploration and natural history.

PARKING AND ROAD CLOSURES: Parking is available at the Gateway Arch Parking Garage, located at 200 Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. Visitors are encouraged to check before heading to the event for the most up-to-date information on road detours and construction surrounding the Arch grounds.

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