If you are going to Busch Stadium. Be sure to take a cooler with plastic bottle drinks and snacks. You will pay a fortune for everything in the stadium and if it is a hot day you will definately need to drink.
Crime is a very real problem in the St. Louis area. But, don't let that scare you off, as there are many more GREAT places than there are bad places. Like many have been saying, try to avoid East St. Louis, unless you are just driving through on an interstate or something. And, the cities directly surrounding East St. Louis can be sketchy too....Madison, Venice, Washington Park, Brooklyn, Centreville. There are also some parts of Alton, Belleville, and Granite City that aren't the greatest.
Downtown St. Louis is beautiful, with little crime. But, don't wander too far out of downtown, and I wouldn't stay downtown after work hours, as it can feel very deserted and unwelcoming. (Unless there is a sports game...then it is extremely busy!)
St. Louis has tons of Suburbs, most of which are really nice. If you're looking for a nice hotel, try the suburbs in Illinois or farther out of downtown. The downtown hotels are nice, but expensive. And if you stay in a cheap hotel in the city of St. Louis, it's probably not in a very nice area.
Just to clarify, NOT ALL of the Illinois side of St. Louis is bad. Yes, East St. Louis and the surrounding towns can be pretty bad, but there are tons of other Illinois suburbs that are very nice. There are nice hotels in Fairview Heights, Caseyville, Collinsville, Shiloh, and O'Fallon. You'd be perfectly safe there. Some of the Illinois suburbs have upscale neighborhoods like Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Bethalto, Godfrey, Waterloo, and Columbia. So the point of all this is to say that the Metro East (The Illinois Suburbs), for the most part, is very nice. East St. Louis is just a small part of the Metro East, so don't worry about it! (Can you tell I'm from Illinois??)
Do not come here with a polyanna attitude towards racial sensitivity. We are a mixed community.
Don't anticipate trouble, but don't be naive either. Black and white tension is present here, but if you treat others as you would in turn like to be treated you shouldn't have any trouble.
It isn't as bad as the more southern states, but there is sensitivity. It is also somewhat dependent on what area you are in. Also remember when out partying....as most crowds are highly mixed.
Okay, I know we don't have much going on after 3am in STL, but just go home ok?
Many locals and visitors are lured to the East Side for many reasons. Look you've had enough to drink, and the sun will be up soon anyway. Call it quits. But if you must go to the East Side otherwise known as the Ill side BE WARNED. No it's not South Central, but there are frequently reported shootings, and other violent acts occuring more in that area than any other area surrounding our city.
Many are lured by the late night clubs, strip joints etc. Keep your wits about you. There are drugs, gangs, and drunk drivers as well as violent drunks who just need to go home. There have been rapes, murders, etc. So most of all women be warned. DO NOT WANDER ALONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!! There are plenty of police so if you get in a situation where you have lost your group or need a ride let them know.
Sure you may go and have no experience with any of the above, but just be warned, violence is unpredictable. If you are visiting, just avoid this area especially if you are not with a local. And even if you are, just be alert.
The Metro Link does not stop in front of the Zoo, its about a Mile and half away and although there is supposed to be a shuttle, we never saw one and ended up taking a short bus ride to the zoo to avoid hanging out in the cruddy neighboorhood we the Metro Link stopped.
Soulard in a wonderful section of St Louis known for its jazz bars and electic restaurants. Every year they have HUGE St Pat's and Mardi Gras celebrations. We are happy party people, BUT by the end of Mardi Gras night, all there was left was underaged girls flashing their boobs and being instantly groped by 2 dozen flashing hands while everyone whooped and hollered and the cops stood by watching. I wondered if these cops would have like their daughters being groped. It was a little over the edge.
St. Louis is a big city, with normal American city problems. St. Louis has many bright and wonderful areas, as well as a few not so appealing areas also.
In response to the Greyhound Station comment, were you drunk or were you last in St. Louis during the 1960s?
Greyhound is on 13th street near downtown.
This area would make the south bronx cry, its a very, very run-down area and very dangerous. Never, and the greyound drivers will tell you this, venture outside the greyhound station to walk downtown even during the day and you will run into problems.
Saint Louis City looks terrible, vacant buildings visible from all angles on the highway. downtown is boarded up in the most places
The one that is most common is East St.Louis. That part of town is run down and it can be unsafe in most spots. The only thing over there is a casino(which isn't very good) and strip clubs. Just like any other town, you can tell if you've drivin into a bad part of town. Just be aware of your surroundings, remember how you got there in the first place, stay calm, don't roll your window down or get out of your car if you don't feel safe. One more area to be aware of is the inner city. You'll be able to tell if your in it, just by the change in buildings and just an overall sense of change. I know all of this from experience, from when I first moved here from Kansas and I got lost.
St. Louis IS a big city, and with it come the inherrent dangers of being in one. Just be especially careful in any area that doesn't seem right, watch your money, etc. You know the drill. Also, I would stay out of East St. Louis, in Illinois. It has a pretty bad reputation for crime.
Our weather can be a danger!--- As this picture shows. I'm holding one of the many pieces of hail that bombarded us just last Tues., April 10, 2001. We have some severe thunderstorms and tornados. This hail storm was associated with 4 tornadoes that hit the area that night. We live where the largest hail fell--some baseball size---causing EXTENSIVE damage to all our vehicles and some also to our home. So when you hear storm warnings here---which are frequent---heed them!
You don't want to be walking alone in Downtown St Louis at night - just be smart and be careful. And as many others will tell you - don't even think about going to East St Louis (on the Illinois side of the river) - it's bad!
St.Louis is a nice city, but not the safest! Be careful in th area around the Fox Theatre, if you're at the Fox for a play,musical, or concert just make sure you're car is locked and you have nothing valuable in it, also be careful on the Illinois side of St.Lous, E. St. Louis. East St.Louis has quite the bad reputation for people living the St.Louis area.
Stay out of North St. Louis [the area just north of the downtown area], East St. Louis [Area across the river from the Arch made famous in the movie National Lampoon's Summer Vacation] and Mid-town [area just west of Union Station and northeast of Forest Park]. Still good things to see in some of these places but these areas are better seen from a distance rather than up close and personal especially if you're from out of town. Higher crime rate and less to see. That sounds like a lot of places but it's really not. Remember that St. Louis is a huge city. I'm just telling you to avoid these areas because theres probably nothing you want there, trust me on this one...I don't even go through these areas unless it's absolutely necessary.
I'm sure we have them but there's really no need for pick pockets in St. Louis anymore since the Gambling Boats were legalized. You can just walk up and hand your money over to them and it's all real legal like.
as in all big US cities,hundreds of young criminals come to the malls especially in the evening;you will probably meet these people,usually issued from the black community;you should avoid walking downtown after dark;in st louis,the police is everywhere,and the judges send regularly all these criminals to jail;(in france,the judges protect these young criminals,it is the opposite in the USA)