Visiting STL in March? A Guide to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and Riverboat Fun
Although the Arch is temporarily closed for renovations, that doesn’t mean you’re short on monumental experiences in March. If you’re visiting St. Louis for spring break, or are in town for the Missouri Valley Conference or NCAA basketball tournaments, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Gateway Arch Riverboats are great destinations for springtime, family-friendly fun.
- Visit the Old Courthouse’s museum exhibit galleries and learn more about early St. Louis, Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition, and the settlement of the Great Plains. You can also take in the historic building’s restored courtrooms, and an exhibit gallery focused on Dred and Harriet Scott and their freedom suit.
- Women’s History Month programs at the Old Courthouse last all March and include the Virginia Minor Mock Trial (weekends at 2 p.m.) and a women pioneer portrait painting workshop (Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.). You can view the “Pioneering Women at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial” free exhibit daily.
- Check out free, National Park Service activities, including the Saturday Family Tour (Saturdays, 10 a.m.), Art & Music at the Old Courthouse (Thursdays, 2 p.m.) and ranger talks and interactive tables (all day). Check in with the ranger at the Information Desk in the Old Courthouse to participate.
- If you’re interested in getting outside, rangers lead guided walks to the Gateway Arch (weather and staff permitting). Just inquire with a ranger in the Old Courthouse if you’d like to participate.
- The Old Courthouse shows the award-winning documentary Monument to the Dream that chronicles the construction of the Gateway Arch for free every day.
- The Gateway Arch Riverboats, located on the Mississippi Riverfront below the Arch at 50 South Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., offer one-hour sightseeing cruises every day beginning March 5. National Park Service rangers lead sightseeing cruises weekends at 1:30 p.m. Cruise times vary each day, so call 877-982-1410 to find out the schedule. Click here to purchase tickets online, or you can get them in-person at the Old Courthouse.
- The Gateway Arch grounds are open during this time, so you can visit the exterior of the monument. The Arch grounds can be accessed by foot via the Walnut Street Bridge (located at Memorial Drive and Walnut Street near the Old Cathedral) or the Arch Grand Staircase.
- Take more of the CityArchRiver projectincluding a closer look at construction of the Arch’s new museumwith an observation deck in Luther Ely Smith Square, located between the Arch and Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
Reminder: A list of several downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch is available at http://getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available near the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check www.gatewayarch.com/directions for up-to-date information on road detours and construction before their visit.