Explore Downtown Clayton, MO

Visit St. Louis Area’s Business and Financial Hub

Crowne Plaza Clayton

Downtown Clayton, MO, is the St. Louis area’s business and financial hub, and also includes several architecturally stunning residential neighborhoods. This vibrant downtown district features many excellent restaurants, as well as art galleries, cultural attractions, and premium boutique shopping.

With its prime central location, the Clayton Plaza Hotel places the best of the city right at your fingertips. Our hotel is within walking distance of a MetroLink station and a number of wonderful things to see, do, and experience. Browse our list of nearby attractions below, and don’t hesitate to ask us for more information.

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Forest Park (1.5 miles driving distance)

Measuring over 1,300 acres, Forest Park provides a calm oasis in the center of St. Louis, and is in many ways the city’s cultural epicenter. Forest Park was the site of the World’s Fair in 1904, as well as several events in the 1904 Olympics. It’s also home to some of St. Louis’s most popular attractions, including:

St. Louis Zoo –

Admission is free at this large zoo, which opened over a century ago and features over 18,000 animals.

St. Louis Art Museum –

Beautifully renovated and expanded within the last five years, this museum also offers free admission and a wide-ranging collection of art dating from the Pre-Columbian era to present day.

Missouri History Museum –

Expanded in 2000, this museum offers free admission and a fascinating collection of Missouri-related exhibits.

The Muny –

The nickname for the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis, an outdoor amphitheater that stages productions in the summer months. Click here to visit their website for more information. 

St. Louis Science Center –

This museum also includes the McDonnell Planetarium and the recently-built Exploradome, and offers free admission.

Gateway Arch (10 miles driving distance, or short MetroLink ride)

No visit to St. Louis is complete without catching sight of the city’s famous arch. Completed nearly 50 years ago, it’s the world’s tallest arch, and includes a visitor’s center and an observation area.

Busch Stadium (8.5 miles driving distance, or short MetroLink ride)

Catch the St. Louis Cardinals in action at this nearly 44,000-seat stadium, which opened in 2006.

Washington University in St. Louis (1.3 miles driving distance, or short MetroLink ride)

This prestigious undergraduate and graduate institution counts Rhodes Scholars and Nobel laureates among its alumni, and boasts a leafy, 170-acre campus.

Delmar Loop (1.8 miles driving distance)

Whether you’re interested in vintage clothes or high-end boutiques, you can find them here in this exciting neighborhood, which is also home to great restaurants and The Pageant Concert NightClub, a popular concert venue.

Galleria Shopping Center (2 miles driving distance, or short MetroLink ride)

The Galleria offers many high-end stores, featuring the newest and most popular fashions. It also has an array of delicious restaurants in which to enjoy a meal.