Forest Park opened in 1876 and it’s been a jewel of St. Louis ever since. Covering over 1,300 acres in the heart of the city, Forest Park and was once home to both the 1904 World’s Fair and Olympics. Today it’s a cultural hub holding the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum and the outdoor Muny theatre. Its beauty and activities draw in locals as much as tourists – so you know it’s worth the trip.
The park’s gorgeous grounds bring together athletes and art lovers, locals and tourists, kiddos and hipsters. There isn’t a better place to be in St. Louis on a beautiful day.
Besides its illustrious history and beautiful green spaces, Forest Park is also known for being a hub of activity.
Choose your own adventure - sing along to a musical like “Mamma Mia!” at the outdoor Muny theatre, watch the sea lion show at the zoo, fly a kite on Art Hill, take in the Monets at the Art Museum, go for a paddle boat adventure in the Post-Dispatch Lake, marvel at the past on display at the History Museum or gaze at the stars in the McDonnell Planetarium.
Forest Park hosts dozens of events each year, from the raucous LouFest music festival to the family-friendly Hot Air Balloon Glow and Balloon Race. In addition to all the cultural attractions, you’ll find golf courses, tennis and racquetball courts, a children’s playground, softball and soccer fields and Steinberg Skating Rink, which does double duty as a beach volleyball court in the summer. Heads up– with so much to do inside Forest Park, the roads and parking lots can get packed between Memorial and Labor Days.ActiveFamilySportyChillKidsArt & CultureEducationalLandmarkParkCan't MissOutdoorsHistoricalHealthyGood for GroupsPets