While writing about the St. Louis Zoo, I failed to mention the amazing parks in St. Louis!
Being a country gal, I forget that even within a city’s concrete blocks, natural treasures await for my family to explore. The parks in St. Louis do not disappoint, not only in their natural beauty, but also in their unique displays, offerings, and activities.
Say hello to Forest Park, one of the most fabulous parks in America. Several years prior to the family going to the zoo and park, my spouse and I took a road trip to St. Louis and had a romantic picnic at Forest Park.
Known as “the soul of the city,” Forest Park holds both history and beauty within its 1,293 acres. Here you will find not only the zoo, but also four other cultural institutions: the Missouri History Museum; The Muny; The Saint Louis Art Museum; and the Saint Louis Science Center.
The Muny, or St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre, is the largest and oldest amphitheater. You can choose from a variety of family performances, and ticket costs are reasonable.4 Amazing Parks In St. Louis That Will Not Disappoint Click To Tweet
Enjoy other amenities the park offers, including the World’s Fair Pavilion, tennis, boating, and even golf. There’s also a forest area for hiking, or do what my spouse and I did: just enjoy a simple picnic.
While Forest Park might be the cream of the city park crop, St. Louis offers an abundance of other great city parks you can take advantage of. Here are three more parks in St. Louis.
Located on the southern edge of Forest Park is Turtle Park, another great family stop that’s picture-worthy with its seven turtle sculptures. Kids can climb on these representations of Missouri’s turtle species as well as their eggs and a concrete snake.
Close to St. Louis famous Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium is an urban park and sculpture garden, Citygarden.
This park includes 23 extraordinary sculptures, six rain gardens, a spray plaza, waterfall, and beautiful gardens and landscaping. Most of the sculptures are whimsical, like the two white rabbits resting among the grass and trees.
Another key feature is a 14-foot long outdoor video wall, where movies, photography, and art videos are featured.
Although small, the park truly is a downtown oasis.
While kids and gardens don’t typically go together, this time, they do. Located within Missouri Botanical Garden is the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, which contains a limestone cave your kiddos can explore, the Splenuker’s Slide, a tree house, and a steamboat. When things heat up, the Splash Area turns on so kids can cool off. Many other hands-on activities are available here, along with a narrated tram tour that takes you throughout the gardens.
The Missouri Botanical Garden isn’t technically a city park, but its natural surroundings and kids area makes it feel park-like.