Ah…St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, home of Cardinals Nation and the best frozen custard you will ever have. This city is full of excitement, growth, and opportunity. Your countless hours of Google searches and house hunting online has finally paid off because you have found a place to call home in St. Louis, MO. As you embark on your journey and open a new chapter in your life in the one of the best cities in the mid-west, there are a few things you should know about being a “St. Louisan”, before your move.

  1. You Better Jump on the Cardinals Bandwagon:

Whether you love or hate the St. Louis Cardinals, it’s important to show your Cardinal pride. Cubs fans are never overlooked in Busch Stadium, so be sure to leave your Cubs jersey at home and sport your Red and White on game day for your own well-being. Cardinals fans have the largest and strongest fan base in the MLB, so that also makes us pretty ruthless when it comes to dissing on other teams, especially the Chicago Cubs. The best advice for a newbie, when it comes down to Cardinals baseball, is to either beat them, or join them.

St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium

  1. Thin Crust Pizza, Toasted Ravioli, and Ted Drewes are STL Staples:

That’s right, we the people of St. Louis love our pizza, and we like it thin and smothered in Provel cheese! Most out of towners are appalled at the idea of thin crust pizza, but our advice is to at least try it once. Most of the local pizzerias also have some of the best appetizers which include Toasted Ravioli. This deep fried meat/cheese stuffed ravioli noodle will change your life forever. However, the best part about St. Louis is the frozen custard. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard has attracted ice cream lovers from all over the country for years. Visitors flock to the South City area to try the BEST frozen custard around. The best part about Ted Drewes? It’s open even in the fall/winter, so you can always satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

  1. Kids Will Love It Here:

One of the best things about St. Louis is all the family fun things to do around the city. The St. Louis Zoo was recently voted the best free attraction in the country! Not only is it FREE, but there are so many awesome exhibits and shows to see, so the kiddos can have a fun time and connect with nature. The St. Louis Science Center is also a kid friendly and FREE hotspot for entertainment, which is located just down the road from the zoo. St. Louis is also home to one of the coolest museums around; The City Museum. There are tons of things to climb and discover, not to mention there is even a bar outside for the adults!

City Museum St. louis

  1. St. Louis is the Blues Capital of the U.S.:

This city is home not only to the St. Louis Blues hockey team, but St. Louis is also the original birthplace of Blues music. Incredible musicians like Chuck Berry, James Crutchfield, Ike Turner, and Walter Davis called St. Louis home and the birthplace of their music careers. Be sure to carve out some time to take a stroll by Blueberry Hill in the Loop to learn all about St. Louis and its incredible music history.

  1. Visiting the Arch is a Must:

You can’t be a St. Louis resident without visiting its most well-known landmark! The Gateway Arch will take you 630 feet up into the sky to view your new city from almost every angle. It’s a once and a lifetime experience you just can’t miss.

St. Louis Arch

  1. Everyone Will Ask You Where You Went to High School:

No one really knows why this is such a common question and topic of conversation for almost every St. Louis native. Some say it’s an easy way for us to classify you based on the school and area you grew up in. If you’re not originally from St. Louis, be sure to let everyone know ahead of time before you get a bunch of awkward stares when you answer with a unheard of high school.

  1. The Lou is full of History:

St. Louis was founded in 1764 by French fur traders. Being located directly on the Mississippi River, it was an ideal place to make a living and barter. Louis and Clark began their expedition to the West in St. Louis in 1804, giving St. Louis the nickname “The Gateway to the West”. One of the most famous landmarks, Anheuser Busch Brewery, was also established in St. Louis in 1852. You can take a tour of the brewery any time, and if you’re 21 or older you get a free beer at the end!

  1. We Tell Cheesy Jokes on Halloween:

For some reason, St. Louis has a Halloween tradition that not many other cities follow. If you want candy while trick-or-treating, you have to tell a joke, and it better be good. Most who are not originally from St. Louis are taken by surprise when it’s time to tell a joke on Halloween, make sure you’re prepared! Here is a list of some easy jokes to remember this Halloween!

Trick or Treat

  1. Halloween isn’t the Only Time of the Year the Ghosts Come Out:

The Lemp Mansion is not only known for being a historical landmark, but it is also known as being one of the most haunted hotels in the country. Thrill seekers from all over flock to the mansion to brave staying the night amongst all the spirits that dwell there. Learn more about the history of the Lemp Mansion and their hauntings here.

Lemp Mansion St. Louis

  1. St. Louisans Love Their City:

People from St. Louis really love their city, and are proud of all it has to offer. There is so much to do, see, and learn about this unique and eclectic city on every corner. We take pride in our Cardinals, delicious foods, involvement, and history. We are happy to share our beautiful city with everyone who chooses to visit or call St. Louis their new home.

It is important to know a few things about any city you have chosen to move to before you arrive. St. Louis is definitely a wonderful city to call home, and when it comes to moving, no one knows it better than Fry-Wagner, your local St. Louis movers. Fry-Wagner has been moving families to and from St. Louis since 1908! Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an in-home estimate today!