The Core of Discovery is more popular during certain times of the year than others. Weather, holidays, school vacations can all impact attendance. To ensure your trip is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, we’ve compiled this list of travel tips.
You can get food at the Arch View Café during spring, summer and fall. The Café serves casual meals such as sandwiches, salads, and hot dogs. The Café is located on the Gateway Arch Riverboats dock. Concessions are available to purchase on the Riverboats snack bars year round. You can also get food on the Riverboat Dinner Cruises.
Box Lunches are available for pick up at the Arch View Café with advance reservations, call 1-877-982-1410. Box Lunches are $10 each, with your choice of Turkey, Ham, Chicken Salad or a Veggie sandwich. All box lunches include Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup, Fresh-baked cookie, Coffee, Iced Tea or Soda. These lunches are also available for a discounted price on the One-Hour Sightseeing Cruises.
There’s no shortage of local restaurants near the Gateway Arch Riverfront. Dine on foods exclusive to St. Louis such as toasted ravioli or thin-crust St. Louis-style pizza.
If you’re visiting other attractions in downtown St. Louis, check out the seasonal schedule of events to make sure you don’t miss anything. This vibrant city offers a variety of activities, including include dinner theater, sporting events, art exhibits, craft fairs, and concerts.
You can use a wheelchair by leaving a valid form of I.D. with a National Park Service Ranger at the Information Desk inside the Gateway Arch.
All attractions and facilities at the Gateway Arch and Riverboats, with the exception of the tram that takes you to the top of the Gateway Arch, are wheelchair-accessible. For hearing-impaired visitors, audio enhancement devices are available upon request at the Information Desk. The first floor of the Old Courthouse is also accessible by wheelchair.
Strollers are permitted everywhere except the trams and the top of the Gateway Arch. Parking for strollers is available at each loading zone at the base of the Gateway Arch. Since many families park strollers there, you may want to identify yours with a name and address.
Groups are always welcome at the Gateway Arch. Just call ahead to make your reservations (877-982-1410).
If you forget to pack an essential item, it’s not a problem. There are several shops where you can purchase souvenirs, sunscreen, water, film, batteries, and toiletries.
Besides the shops at the Core of Discovery, St. Louis offers a wide variety of shopping options.