Wednesday Evening Social Activities

Big Muddy Paddling Adventure

Downtown STL Microadventure

Join Big Muddy Adventures on their newest trip, the Downtown STL Microadventure! Don’t let the name fool you; there’s nothing small about this 45 minute adventure through the heart of Downtown St. Louis. We’ll meet on the riverfront levee and shuttle less than a mile to our put-in location on Laclede’s Landing. We’ll push off near the historic Eads Bridge, the oldest bridge on the Mississippi and begin with a short paddle upstream (just like Lewis & Clark), learning about some notable historic landmarks and catching unparalleled views of some of St. Louis’s oldest riverfront buildings. We’ll then turn our canoe downstream, paddle under the Eads Bridge and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Gateway Arch and downtown’s skyscrapers. The trip will end just south of the Arch, where we’ll enjoy snacks and refreshments on the historic cobblestone levee!

No paddling experience or special equipment is necessary, we’ve got you covered! Expert guides will provide you with everything you need for the adventure and help you board one of the extraordinary voyageur canoes.


When does this trip run? Wednesday, June 8. We will have an early trip starting at 6:15 pm and a late trip starting at 7:45 pm, so you can also participate in the St. Louis Walking Tour if you want to do both.

Who is this trip best for? Everyone!! This is a great trip for anyone interested in the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch National Park, historic architecture or the Great River City of St. Louis. Provided you’re at least 6 years old, all are welcome & no experience needed! (1 adult per child under 10 years old, please)

Where and when does this trip start and end? This trip begins when we meet on the riverfront levee, just south of the Gateway Arch, and ends about an hour later at the same spot. Trip times vary depending on the month, so please check the calendar for full details.

What is included in this trip? All necessary safety and paddling gear- life jackets, paddles, canoes, Big Muddy Adventures guides, shuttling to our starting location and post-trip snacks and refreshments!

What do I need to bring? Personal gear - rain wear if necessary, water bottle, appropriate footwear (waterproof boots, river shoes) and cash to tip your awesome guides.

How much does this trip cost? $40


St. Louis Walking Tour

Fourth of July celebration under the newly completed Gateway Arch, 1966. Missouri Historical Society Collections.

See STL: Downtown Origins

The Missouri Historical Society will be conducting a walking tour on Wednesday, June 8. The tour will start at the University City-Big Bend MetroLink Station, close to the Knight Center, at 5:30 pm. The tour will begin with a guide on the train who will point out sights along the way. The group will leave the train near Busch Stadium and continue walking through the downtown area. The tour will end close to 7:30 pm near Laclede's Landing. You can either take the MetroLink back to Washington University or continue on to the 7:45 pm paddling adventure.

Stand where it all started and walk in the footsteps of city founders, steamboat captains, visionary architects, and more. Wind your way through the streets of downtown St. Louis while falling in love with its gorgeous architecture, learning the amazing history that shaped it, and hearing fresh perspectives on this beautiful, complex city. Focusing on the eastern portion of downtown, this tour includes the non-negotiables, like the Gateway Arch, Eads Bridge, and the Old Courthouse, as well as lots of hidden history along the way!

See STL walking tours are approximately 2 hours in length and are wheelchair accessible. Tour starting/ending points are included in your booking info. The cost is $20.

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