Long weekend wanderings are the best, and finding plenty to do in Clayton, Missouri, is never an issue. Enjoy unlimited opportunities for nonstop excitement to fill your days. Our 3-day itinerary will help you gain a new perspective of your hometown.
Day 1: Urban Adventures in St. Louis
Fuel up before your urban exploration of downtown St. Louis with a delicious crepe at Rooster. A one-of-a-kind eatery near Tower Grove Park, they offer everything from gourmet coffee and brunch-worthy cocktails to sweet and savory French-style crepes. Once you’ve had your fill, walk it off with a visit to Tower Grove Farmers’ Market – they’re open Saturday’s 8 AM to noon. After, the Missouri Botanical Garden offers divine gardens and psychedelic art installations for a whimsical afternoon adventure and Cafe Flora is there when you’re ready to enjoy a quick sandwich or salad.
Finish your day by heading to the Broadway Oyster Bar. Find a spot on the patio close to the stage for the live music that happens most nights, and surrender yourself to the eclectic aesthetic with color-changing lights and lanterns and interesting knick-knacks hanging from the ceiling. Order the alligator, sausage, and shrimp cheesecake. This unexpected combo of deliciousness combines gamey flavors with gouda and cream cheese to create a savory dip that pairs perfectly with pita bread. When you’re ready to call it a night, head back home for a nightcap on the rooftop deck and enjoy the 360 degree city views.
Day 2: Explore Clayton
Begin your morning with hearty breakfast and coffee at Half & Half on Maryland Ave. Linger a little longer and plan your route back to Forest Park, where there is 1,300 acres of natural beauty like Flegal Falls, a 75-foot waterfall that centers as the perfect backdrop for photo ops and selfies. Or get moving with a hike, bike, walk, or jog along one of the many trails that weave through the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest.
After, hop on the MLB at Forest Park and head to St. Louis Museum of Art (Skinker station). Admission is free and, with over 30,000 works of art, plan on spending much of the afternoon in the cool halls. Celebrate creativity with a stop at Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery for a midday treat to beat the heat on your way back home. Pro-tip: try the Missouri Mud ice cream if you want to indulge in rich flavors of peanut butter chocolate fudge and salted caramel.
At home, make a quick change of clothing and then walk to dinner at Louie, a local eatery featuring Italian-style dishes and an extensive wine menu. Try the eggplant dip for a starter and the El Tigre cocktail to help set a relaxing pace for your night. Finish with Louie’s Panna Cotta for dessert before retiring on your private balcony.
Day 3: Wrapping Up Your Weekend
Kick off the last day with a boozy brunch at Wheelhouse Downtown, where you can fill your plate as many times as you want and pair it with bottomless mimosas. Then, walk over to the Stadium Station for a quick ride to Union Station.
From Union Station, head to the St. Louis Aquarium. Here, you’ll find dazzling exhibits of sharks, octopus, river otters, and so much more, transporting you to an underwater world beyond your imagination. Wander the halls and get lost looking at stunning sea rays and exotic blue lobsters. Or play in the tidal pools for a fully interactive experience and feel the hard, bumpy shell of the horseshoe crab or the smooth skin of the sea cucumber.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Uber to the Delmar Loop, the area’s most diverse collection of eateries. Find something for everyone on one of America’s greatest streets, with dining options of all cuisines. Enjoy a scrumptious snack or chow down on delectable dinners like the traditional St. Louis BBQ from Salt + Smoke or Krab Kingz for a mouthwatering cajun seafood boil.
After a long day of delicious food and exciting entertainment, come home to your personal retreat. Unwind poolside in the cabanas or snuggle up by the bonfire pits as you enjoy the scenic cityscape under the night sky.
In a city full of endless entertainment, there is no such thing as boredom. Spend your weekend exploring the best of Clayton, Missouri, and experiencing foods and adventures outside of your daily routine. The best part of living at Two Twelve Clayton is having a world of unlimited opportunities, right outside your doorstep.