Fall Favorites

Places to enjoy the season in the St. Louis area


Lucas Ludwig

A picture of the Music Stand, a common wedding venue, at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.

Fall is notorious for many things, such as breaking out long sleeves and pants, switching off the air conditioning and buying everything pumpkin spice. While it can be easy to jet through the season indoors, here are some local places to spend the fall outside.

Visit Tower Grove Park
Address: 4257 Northeast Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

The 40-minute one-way drive may be daunting for some, but it can be worth it to see the fall foliage this park has to offer. The park’s 32 pavilions, ample picnic spots and historical sites make it an all-day adventure. During the fall, Saturday Farmer’s Markets, the Sauce Magazine’s Harvest Festival, Fall Frolic and weekly Laughter Yoga can be attended.

The park is one of the nation’s National Historic Landmark Parks, with rivaling parks such as Central Park in New York. The park is open year-round with events in every season. Home to seven thousand trees, the park is not only an escape from urban and suburban life, but it also counters environmental damage, all according to towergrovepark.org.

Explore Main Street in St. Charles
Address: 230 S Main St, St Charles, MO 63301

Staying west of the Missouri River, Main Street St. Charles provides an array of activities. Similar to Tower Grove Park, one can choose just to walk down the brick streets of the Katy Trail to admire the fall colors. If an organized activity sounds more interesting, a historic walking tour can be booked, as well as ghost tours and activities for kids. Similar to during the holiday season, St. Charles hosts a free pumpkin glow event on Main Street. The pumpkin glow was on Oct. 22 and 23 and allowed visitors to meet various Halloween characters surrounded by hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns.

Main Street is a Nationally Registered Historic District. It represents one of America’s earliest small towns. While the area has grown from its beginning, the city tries to keep its original charm alive. Home to approximately 25 restaurants, countless small businesses and Missouri’s First State Capitol Building, many find themselves spending hours here, all according to discoverstcharles.com.

The iconic concrete “zoo” sign located just outside of the gates of the Saint Louis Zoo. Photo by Lucas Ludwig

Experience Boo at the Zoo
Address: 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

For anyone who has younger siblings, the Saint Louis Zoo transforms into a fun, family-friendly fall activity. Lasting from Oct. 15 until Halloween, Boo at the Zoo offers live entertainment scheduled each night, a new fall menu and a Halloween gift shop, all according to stlzoo.org.

Note: Only the herpetarium and insectarium will be open for animal viewing.

Pick a Pumpkin at Dickherber Farms
Address: 7063 Highway N, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368

Dickherber Farms is a small, family-owned farm known for their creative bales of hay often designed to look like cartoon characters, superheroes and other family-friendly scenes.

While Dickherber Farms is open year round, many people choose to go during the fall for their themed activities. Dickherber Farms hosts a corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch and campfires during the season. They have a variety of photo opportunities including a small pond and themed wooden bench. Unlike some other farms in the area, Dickherber Farms has more than ten farm animals, including miniature horses, sheep, cats and pigs for their guests to pet, feed and play with, all according to saintlouis.kidsoutandabout.com.