Forest Park, the seventh largest urban park in the United States, is a natural oasis in an urban environment. Located on 1,371 acres in the center of the St. Louis metropolitan area, Forest Park is about 500 acres larger than New York City’s Central Park. It contains St. Louis’ major museums – the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum –as well as the Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo, and The Muny, which is the country’s biggest outdoor theatre. Forest Park is also home to the Jewel Box, a flower conservatory that’s a popular venue for special events.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the bike and pedestrian path that circles the park, making the park a popular year-round playground. Annual events include the free Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis (late May/June) and LouFest, a two-day celebration of modern music and green living held in August.
How to get there:
From downtown, take I-64 west to Exit 34D (Forest Park/Museums) and continue north into Forest Park. For more information, call (314) 289-5300 or visit www.forestparkforever.org.