Visiting the Gateway Arch: Enter the monument through the Gateway Arch Visitor Center, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs are exits only. Please allow at least 30 minutes to go through security. Tickets sell out early and often, advance reservations are strongly recommended. Pending availability, additional tickets may be available for same-day purchase beginning at 9am each day through our website, call center, and ticket center at the Gateway Arch. Same-day ticket availability is not guaranteed and sells out early and often.
Ever wonder what it’s like working for the National Park Service? Pick up a cup of Joe or another beverage at the Arch Café, located on the lower level of the Arch Visitor Center, for a chat with an Arch employee. Topics and employees change each day – from interpretive park rangers to tram mechanics, to members of the park management team. Meet at the Arch Café tables in the tram lobby – just look for the ranger!
If you want to learn more about Gateway Arch National Park and St. Louis’ history, there are also some daily FREE opportunities for guests to mingle with NPS Rangers:
Walking Tour: Daily at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Explore Gateway Arch National Park’s trails with a ranger-led walking tour of the grounds. Exercise your body and your mind as you hear stories of St. Louis’ history. Participants should meet the ranger near the Arch Visitor Center entrance. (In case of inclement weather, the meeting place will be in the Arch Visitor Center lobby.)
Museum Tour: Daily at 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:15 p.m.
Learn about the purpose of Gateway Arch National Park and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the U.S. on a ranger -guided tour of the Museum at the Gateway Arch. Explore six exhibit galleries that focus on over 200 years of shared history. Tours will meet at the entrance to the Museum.
Touch Tables: Daily at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
For the young and the young at heart! Meet the ranger stationed with the cart in the Museum at the Gateway Arch. The cart includes objects that you can see and touch, including animal hides,
tools, and clothing from St. Louis’ early history. The ranger will share information and answer questions about the objects.
Ranger-Narrated St. Louis Riverfront Cruises: Daily through September 4 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
An NPS ranger leads the one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, located below the Arch on the St. Louis Riverfront. This cruise highlights the history of St. Louis and the role the Mississippi River plays today. A new Junior Ranger program for the riverboats will be available for the summer. $24/adults; $14/kids ages 3-15; $22/seniors (ages 60 and older; free for kids 2 and under. Tickets are available for purchase HERE