Saturday is designated as conference sightseeing day for attendees who want to spend some time exploring the city of St. Louis before heading home. These options are also open on weekdays should you prefer to arrive earlier in the week for sightseeing before the conference activities begin.
Explore St. Louis
800 325 7962
Discover the Top 25 Things to do in St. Louis on the Explore St. Louis website. A few are highlighted below.
The Gateway Arch (located next to NAYDO's Hyatt Hotel)
If you haven't been to St. Louis Gateway Arch recently, you are in for a treat - it's not like you might remember it! Located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch grounds now connect the riverfront, city and region in new and breathtaking ways. With a sleek underground entrance facing the city and an expanded and redesigned visitor center, museum and theater the Gateway Arch is the perfect place to spend some time and that is why NAYDO has selected it for the Friday Night Party! More details on that later. If your travel plans don't allow you to stay for the Friday night party, try to arrive in St. Louis to allow time for a visit before the conference starts.
Union Station Things to Do
A must see and so much to do at Union Station!!!!! Engage with the aquatic animals at the new St. Louis Aquarium, enjoy the view fron St. Louis Wheel, take a ride on the Carousel, play Mini-Golf, watch the Fire and Light Show.
12th & Lynch St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
314 577 2626
Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where you can visit the Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a variety of premium brands. Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, the largest and oldest brewery site was selected based on its access to the Mississippi River, the large presence of German immigrants in the 1800’s, and the natural cave formations that were used to store beer prior to artificial refrigeration. Regardless of the experience you choose, as you walk through the halls of the historic St. Louis brewery, you are transported in time. From the history-rich architecture - including three National Historic Landmarks - to cutting-edge brewing technology, you will witness first-hand the heritage and timeless tradition Anheuser-Busch employs to brew beer.
National Blues Museum (very close to America's Center and NAYDO hotels)
615 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
314 925 0016
Few forms of American music can claim a history as long, as tradition-rich, and as complex as the Blues. Since its origins in the Deep South long ago, the Blues has been a bedrock for virtually all American popular music of the last hundred-plus years. Established in 2016, the National Blues Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving and honoring the national and international story of the Blues and its impaact on American culture in the United States.
Whether it’s jazz or folk, country or pop, rock or rap, the Blues has exerted a deep, profound influence that resonates to this day. With distinct roots in centuries-old African-American culture, the Blues has always been about those feelings the word itself conjures up: feelings of sadness and solitude, and of being impacted by forces outside of one’s control.
“By giving voice to those feelings, the Blues helps both performers and listeners not only escape their troubles, but also rise above them.” How appropriate for a world on pause because of a worldwide pandemic!
Throughout its existence, the essence of the Blues has remained constant, reinforcing basic elements that connect artists from different eras, geographies, and stylistic approaches. That’s because, above all, the Blues is a feeling as much as a form – and as universal as life itself.
Mississippi River Cruise Options
Watch for more details on Mississippi River cruises when they re-open.