Date: May 20, 2017 | Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Walking Tours of Downtown St. Louis. Take a 2 hour walking tour of downtown St. Louis and learn about the fascinating 251+ year history of the city and about some of the groundbreaking architecture located there. Tours are held every Saturday, at 10am, April through October. Experienced tour guides, volunteers from Landmarks Association of St. Louis will share remarkable stories about Downtown St. Louis.
There are three Downtown Tours available:
The East Tour - The Heart of Downtown - leaves from the Old Courthouse on the Kiener Plaza side of the building on Broadway.
West Tour - Beyond the Arch - a tour of the west half of Downtown-leaves from the main entrance to the Union Station Hotel on Market Street.
North Tour - Washington Avenue - 3rd to 18th Street - a tour of Washington Avenue-leaves from the entrance to the TIGIN Restaurant in the Hampton Inn on Washington Avenue.
All tours start at 10am and take place on every Saturday, April - October. Each tour is $10 (cash only) per adult, 12 and under are free. No reservations needed for groups under 10; groups over 10 call 314-690-3140. See website for complete details of each tour.
The Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, is located in downtown St. Louis on land that was donated by Auguste Chouteau and Judge John B. Lucas to the city under the stipulation that it would forever be used for a courthouse. The courthouse that is seen today began as a brick building in 1828 and has undergone many periods of construction, demolition and renovation to become the beautiful building that it is today.
Exhibits at the Old Courthouse include tracing St. Louis' history, the historic slavery trial of Dred Scott and his wife Harriet, two restored courtrooms, one restored to its 1860's appearance and the other to its 1910 appearance. Many special events are held at the Old Courthouse throughout the year. Admission to the Old Courthouse is free and is open daily from 8am to 4:30pm; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.