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Forest Park, Saint Louis

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#3 of 15 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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  • Forest Park is great for families, and most of the attractions are free. The park is larger than Central Park in New York, and was created for the 1904 World's Fair. The Zoo is free and is truly a wor...  more »
  • Beautifully kept and maintained. Jogging and biking paths, trails, a boating pond (summertime), art museum, tennis courts... there‚Äôs something for everyone here.  more »
  • The Jewel Box is beautiful place for a family picture during any season. When we were there, several families were taking turns to get their Christmas pictures. The charge is nominal charge to pay for...  more »
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  • Forest Park is a great place to visit. Good running paths, lots of things to see. The museums and the zoo are great to see and explore. There are lots of great places for picnics and pickup games of all sorts. There are also lots of great places to take pictures and test / develop your photography skills and eye. Multiple waterfalls and places to just relax and forget you are in the middle of a big city. Forest Park has a lot of great amenities and I highly suggest you check it out. Just give yourself plenty of time. It will take a while to try to just see a small percentage of what Forest Park offers.
  • Can't say enough about the beautification of that Park!! It has changed over just a few years. To imagine that it's larger than Central Park in New York City, that it hosted the 1904 World's Fair, that many of the structures and buildings are still standing and now the beautification? Wow!! Love it! We go there as often as we can, if it's too cold or we don't have time to get out... we will just drive through and look at how it's lit up. I don't care how far away you live, or where you from, when you come to St Louis, you have to go to Forest Park... If just to drive around and see the historic buildings, visit a Museum or the Zoo, rated one of The Best in the country and it's free!! And taken in all it has to offer... It's well worth it and you won't regret spending the time there, I'm talking about just the park in general even if you don't get to go to the zoo.
  • The St. Louis Zoo is an outstanding facility,! Better now than even just 10 years , it just keeps getting better and better! Thanks to donor support and the benevolence of the St. Louis people this institution has given St. Louis major street cred in the world court and is a major player in the public domain. Gets 5 out of 5 stars for excellence in promoting animal welfare and their right of existence. As a work in progress the St. Louis Zoo is soaring to new heights! Worth a visit especially during off-peak hours. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • It's a park. But that's not even 1% of the story. Everything in the park is free to enter and that includes the zoo, science centre, state music, art museum, I mean it's incredible! On top of that it's a great walk to take with winding paths and roads, very unlike the grid layout of the rest of the city. Lush greenery, white gravel paths (separate walking routes from cyclists), it was a joy to walk around. The history of this place is amazing too, being the venue for a world fair and Olympics. I'm glad to have visited. It's also a good reason to live in St. Louis!
  • Simply amazing. I could spend so much time here just walking around and taking in the sights. I didn't have enough time to see everything this park had to offer but would love to one day. I was there on a warm Sunday and there was great parking and very little crowds. All I had was my cell phone to take pictures but they still looked good.

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