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Forest Park, Saint Louis

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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. Use our Saint Louis vacation route planner to add Forest Park and other attractions to your Saint Louis vacation plans.
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Saint Louis is famous for its relatively low cost of living, so you can often find affordable rooms even in its most expensive hotels. The sprawling metropolitan region boasts nearly 40,000 hotel rooms, 8,000 of them in downtown. In this area, you can choose from a range of full-service hotels offering all the comforts of home within walking distance of the city's major attractions. If all you need is a decent bed, consider an inn near the airport.
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  • Wonderful park in the heart of St. Louis. The park offers a wide variety of activities - opera, art museum, zoo, science center and much more. The Muny Opera is an outdoor theatre open during the summ...  more »
  • The park is nice and we'll maintained. Things are very far apart so check into how to use the trolley. The World Fair Pavilion has nothing to do with the actual World's Fair & was disappointing but I ...  more »
  • Went there to go to the zoo but got to explore more this time. Museums , ponds, lakes, green areas. What isnt to like?  more »
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  • This park is quite impressive for being located so close to downtown St Louis. My wife and I explored a bit of the park as we made our way to the zoo. We fountain lake is a beautiful center piece to the green park. The park has lots of room for activities and we wished we had more time to lounge around and see the rest of the park. We will return on our next trip to St Louis and see what else this elegant park has to offer!
  • Bigger than Central Park. Forest Park has several building that were part of the 1904 World's Fair (art museum & place on the hill). Zoo if free, museum is free, Missouri history museum is free. Every year in June, Shakespeare in the park is free also. We'll manicured lawns. Wonderfully maintained walkways. And the hill in front of the art museum is a PERFECT place for a picnic, or to watch one of the free movies in the summer.
  • Went to the zoo, and the kids really loved every minute of it. The sea lion show was amazing, the sting ray cove was so much fun, and penguin house was so cool. The kids haven't had that much fun at a zoo in a long time. Definitely a must for any family vacation to St Louis!
  • Hands down my favorite place in Saint Louis city. I love being a city resident so close to this gem. Whether it be for exercise, art museum, zoo, history museum, the Muny, boathouse, golf courses, relaxing with a book on art hill or one of the many festivals... This park has it all. I participated in the I Love Forest Park 5k last year ((only 5k in the park that supports the park)) & I can't wait to participate this year as well. Wish there were more activities like this to help support the beautiful park. Highly recommend any and all festivals in Forest Park. My two favorites are the Film Festival on art hill (every Friday in July) & the Shakespeare festival (June). Both are free & cooler friendly! be sure to get there early if you want a good spot to sit. The Balloon Glow & Balloon Race are two popular events too. PRO TIP for Zoo goers who don't want to walk a mile or pay $20 for parking. Circle the two parking lots on the left and right of art hill. There is constantly cars coming & going. With a little patience and maybe three laps around the lot, you'll get great parking just a short stroll away from the zoo for free.
  • Well because its beautiful that's why! Love the showers in visitor's center for only $75 a year. The Art Museum's parking garage is awesome but $15 for non members come on. Lol helps you get your steps because I suggest parking in park and walking. There is free parking elsewhere.