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“Gorgeous old bridge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Eads Bridge

Eads Bridge
Ranked #86 of 253 things to do in Saint Louis
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st louis mo
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325 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Gorgeous old bridge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We experienced the bridge from a horse and buggy ride on Laclededs Landing so we didn't get close enough.... However, NEXT time, we'll be walking across that bridge! Always a good trip when we're spending time in down town St. Louis :-)

Visited April 2014
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“Good side trip.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

Had fun with the kids looking at the bridge. Walked around the area for a while, had fun looking around. Good short trip on our way after lunch.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Walk Across It; It's Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

Eads Bridge is an amazing piece of architecture that you can safely walk across. If you have even a slight interest in bridges, this is definitely worth your time to check out.

My visit to the Eads Bridge began by getting a good look at it from the dedicated river & bridge overlook on the northeastern most part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (i.e. The Archgrounds). The steel structure is eye-catching and magnificent to look at even from a great distance away.

Leaving the overlook, I walked back through part of the park, and down Washington Avenue to the riverfront. Once on the riverfront, I saw an informational display, part of which talked about the Eads Bridge. It’s neat to see the main pillar of the west side of the bridge up close. If the river level is low enough, you can even walk along the riverfront and underneath the bridge.

There are three ways to travel on and across the bridge; by walking, by car, or via the Metrolink train. You can walk or drive a car across the Eads Bridge for free, but as you might expect, there is a cost to ride the Metrolink.

From there, I walked back up Washington Avenue to where it intersects Memorial Drive, which is where pedestrian and vehicle access to the west side of the bridge begins. There can be a lot of vehicle traffic in that area, so double check traffic before crossing the street there. You'll then see that there is a dedicated pedestrian walkway on the south side of the bridge that spans its whole length. Note that pedestrian access to the bridge is wheelchair and handicap accessible, but that space to maneuver once on the bridge is extremely limited. This is because the walkway is narrow, as only two normal size adults can stand side by side and still walk comfortably down the sidewalk. The pedestrian sidewalk has bulky concrete barricades that separate the it from vehicle traffic, making it relatively safe.

I was pleasantly surprised to find there are overlooks built into the pedestrian walkway at various junctures of the bridge, including near the middle. The view of the river and St. Louis from a bridge overlook is simply spectacular, and these are the best picture-taking spots.

There were a couple blemishes on my experience. First, there was construction on the bridge deck during my visit. It didn’t get in my way while walking, but you don’t get the best view possible from a car with the construction signs and barricades in the way. Eventually the construction will be gone though, and the bridge will be back to its full glory. Also, I did notice a small amount of trash and small shards from broken glass bottles in a few spots along the pedestrian walkaway, as well as a couple instances of graffiti. For a bridge that’s over one mile from end to end, I don’t think that’s too big of a deal.

Overall, I’m really enamored with the Eads Bridge, and even more so after walking across most of its span. This bridge is magnificent and architecturally stunning even when viewing it from a distance, and to be able to walk, drive, or ride a train across it just puts icing on the whole experience. It has stood the test of time, and it’s well worth your time to visit it.

Visited September 2013
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“Nice view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

I routinely walk across the bridge into the city for all sort of events and I am never disappointed by the view. There is a side to walk on that is protected by concrete walls so it is saft to travel this bridge by foot. There are a couple of places to take pictures along the way.

Visited June 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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“impeccable architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013 via mobile

If architecture and bridges are of any interest to you then this is an absolute stop for you! Wow...consider how today no one can build a bridge as pretty or structurally sound as Mr. Eads?

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