5 Things You Need to Know When Visiting the Gateway Arch
Between taking the Tram Ride to the Top, exploring the Museum at the Gateway Arch, participating in National Park Service ranger-led programs, watching the documentary movie “Monument to the Dream,” shopping at The Arch Store, and dining at the Arch Café, and there is so much to see and to do at the Gateway Arch!
As you plan for your visit, we want you to keep in mind these five important things:
- Know before you go! The Gateway Arch Visitor Center and the Museum at the Gateway Arch are free to enter; but tickets are required to take the Tram Ride to the Top and to watch the Documentary Movie “Monument to the Dream.”The Tram Ride to the Top sells out early and often, especially during spring break, holidays and the summer travel months. Reserve your tram and movie tickets in advance on our reservations page or call 877-982-1410.
- Determine your best way to the Arch. Visit our directions page to find your way to the Arch from any of St. Louis’ convenient highways and bridges, as well as walking directions and public transit information.
- Plan ahead for parking. Gateway Arch National Park does not have dedicated, on-site visitor parking. Visitors should go online to Explore St. Louis’ downtown parking directory for a list of preferred parking options located near the Arch and Old Courthouse. All of these parking locations have been verified by Explore St. Louis for handicap accessibility and safety standards. Metered street parking is also available around the Arch and Old Courthouse. Two handicap-accessible curbside drop-off and pick-up areas for Arch visitors are located at the west end of Luther Ely Smith Square, on Fourth Street across the street from the Old Courthouse.Curbside drop-off and pick-up areas for Arch visitors are located on the north and south sides of Luther Ely Smith Square, at Market Street & Memorial Drive and at Chestnut Street & Memorial Drive, near the beautiful new west entrance of the Gateway Arch. Parking is available on the St. Louis Riverfront levee for a cash fee.
- Accessibility at the Arch. The recent renovations to Gateway Arch National Park were completed under the guidance of Universal Design principles, allowing those of all abilities to experience the Arch’s grounds, visitor center and museum.Due to its unique design, the Tram Ride to the Top is not handicap accessible. The Keystone Exhibit, located in the tram lobby, is a replica of the final section placed at the top of the Arch and offers an accessible experience for everyone. Webcams at the top of the Gateway Arch give keystone exhibit visitors a live view through the replica’s windows.
- There is only one entrance to the Gateway Arch. All Arch visitors must enter the monument at its new west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Arch legs are exits only.