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Forest Park, Saint Louis

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#3 of 20 in Parks in Saint Louis
The sixth most-visited urban park in the United States and home to the 1904 World's Fair, Forest Park is also well-known for hosting five major cultural sites, including the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, and Missouri History Museum. The 526 hectare (1,300 acre) park has plenty of space for recreation and paths for walking, running, or biking. The park's 45,000 trees provide shade in the summertime and picturesque scenes in the fall and winter months. In addition to the 13 million visitors it hosts annually, the park has also proudly welcomed new wildlife to its restored prairie and wetland areas. Add Forest Park to your Saint Louis travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Saint Louis trip builder website .
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  • Western border of the trendy Central West End. Birds and wildlife (mainly lovely squirrels) in the park's meadows, trees, ponds, man-made lakes, freshwater streams... Forest Park is even bigger than N...  more »
  • Each space is a different world. Architecture, Botany, Art, Water features, Ice skating, fine dining and miles of paths. An orchestration bigger than NYC Central Park.  more »
  • Just in St. Louis for a concert at the Fox Theatre, we took a drive through Forest Park, and walked around just a bit. It was a cold January day, but I can tell the place is a wonderful get away for a...  more »
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  • Forest Park is great. Lots to do and lots for free. The zoo is awesome and can be totally free. You have to pay for some things like the train and Children's Zoo section but that's optional. So many great things to see without spending a penny. The Art Museum is also free. There is golf and lots of trails. The Science Center is great and also free with a pay parking lot across hwy 40 and a free one in Forest Park. I wish the free one was bigger. We love the Zoo and buy a membership every year which supports the Zoo and saves money on the pay parking lots and "extras".
  • Very nice place with pond, fountain and bridges on the valley. It looks fantastic from the side of the Art Museum and Art Museum looks fantastic from the side of the pond. Despite the bad weather we were very pleased to be in that place. Museum is impressive with a very good collections from all over the world. Saint Louis zoo park is just nearby the Art Museum and is very great park too, which has, as the Art Museum does, free admission. You should have two days to explore the area or one very long day.
  • There is something for everyone here! Definitely worth a return trip! A tip before you go: download their map to your phone and pay attention to the free lots/street parking available throughout the park. You can save yourself $10 if you're willing to walk from down the street.
  • Forest Park is one of my favorite places in St. Louis. As a mom with a young child it has the perfect mix of activities. There is the boat house, which is a little expensive but it has a great pond/lake that has a lot of ducks to feed in season. It also has great, shady fields for running and kicking a ball around in. The fountain in the Grand Basin is beautiful and has great walking trails around it. It is also a great place to watch the sunset and has an awesome view of the art museum from below. The World's Fair Pavilion is one of my favorite places in the park. It is great for photo shoots and for watching St. Louis life. Lots of people come here to do dance classes, yoga, skateboard, hula hoop etc. Very fun to watch. Behind the visitor's center there is a great playground with a fun little water feature for the summer. It has a border of tall trees/hedges and so feels secluded and safe. Forest Park is, of course, home to the Zoo, the Art Museum, the History Museum, the Boat House. So much to do here. Gets VERY crowded on nice days and parking can be challenging. Go during the middle of the week for easier parking and more seclusion.
  • Love Forest park. So many different things to do, nice hiking, biking golf and so much more. Must see location if you are in St Louis. Hoping to see the Cascades waterfall come back to life. We went hiking with our family here and the kids still had fun walking around it and climbing up around the waterfall.
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