One of the best ways to spend a day outdoors in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden is an urban oasis for locals and tourists alike. The garden offers 79 acres of green-themed wonders, from the Japanese gardens to the tropical plants inside the Climatron. The winding paths are ideal for leisurely strolls, and the children’s garden is a great place for kids to run off the candy you thought you’d agreed not to give them.
You’ll find all kinds stopping to smell the roses - kids in the children’s garden, painters with their canvases by the hyacinths, photographers snapping shots by the Tower Grove House and couples holding hands while strolling the paths.
A full calendar of signature events, from the Lantern festival to the summer concert series to the Garden Glow during the holidays.
Aside from the sheer beauty of the grounds, the children’s garden is a destination all its own, with a mini farmer's’ market, treehouses, a splash pad, a sandbox, and a stream complete with locks, dams and bridges. On Wednesday nights in the summer, locals crowd the grounds with blankets and picnic baskets to listen to the free concerts of the Whitaker Music Festival. In winter, visitors stroll in awe through the festive holiday lights of the Garden Glow.
Go in the spring when everything is in bloom - you won’t be sorry. Parking is free but sometimes limited depending on the crowds. Additional off-street parking is also available. Entrance fees vary by time and day so check the website before you go. (It’s free to St. Louis city and county residents on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.)ActiveFamilyExploreChillKidsArt & CultureCasualCan't MissOutdoorsGood for Groups