The St. Louis area's finest attractions are within a 15 minute drive of Clayton: the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium (home to the St. Louis Cardinals), the St. Louis Art Museum, Muny Opera, St. Louis Science Center, the Saint Louis Zoo, Stifel Theater St. Louis, Fox Theatre, Enterprise Center (home to the St. Louis Blues) and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The newly renovated Forest Park is just to the east of Clayton. St. Louis Lambert International Airport is only 12 minutes away.
The Cross County Extension of MetroLink, the region's light rail system, opened in August 2006. From the Forest Park Parkway passenger station at the northeast corner of the central business district, the route continues through downtown Clayton and turns south on its way to Interstate Highway 44. The Central/Shaw Park MetroLink passenger station located in the heart of the business district connects by walkway with the new Shaw Park Garage & Transit Center, St. Louis County's eight-level, 1,284 space parking facility along Shaw Park Drive between Meramec and Central Avenues. Described as an inter-modal facility, the Shaw Park Garage & Transit Center serves as the hub for Bi-State bus and MetroLink passengers. MetroLink riders can park their cars in the new garage/transit center, then ride MetroLink to St. Louis area businesses and attractions. The Cross County MetroLink Extension and two Clayton passenger stations facilitate travel throughout the Metropolitan area and increase Clayton's viability as the area's "second downtown" and its position as the most desirable business location.