Forest Park is one of the best places to get outdoors in St. Louis.


No matter where you go in St. Louis, you’re never far from green space.

Forest Park, the green lung of the Gateway City, which is almost 500 acres larger than New York City’s Central Park, boasts a beautiful landscape sprinkled with old-growth forests, restored forests and woodlands, wetlands, tallgrass prairies and savannas. Walk on more than 30 miles of paths or explore the Emerson Grand Basin in a canoe. If you like sports, take advantage of the golf courses, tennis courts, skating rink and cricket field.

Additionally, St. Louis has a wellspring of public parks, miles of trails and an abundance of thrilling waterways. Whether you like to hike, bike or paddle, the region’s enchanting locales will help you create your next great outdoor adventure.

Looking for seasonal activities? St. Louis offers exciting places to swim, bird watch, ski and sled throughout the year. You can even pick your own produce at local farms and admire public art at open-air museums.

Whenever you visit, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get outside and stay active during your trip to St. Louis.

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Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum

Visit this historic cemetery and arboretum full of renowned architecture and culture by car, foot or bike using a map or on a guided tour.

Calvary Cemetery

Gravesites of Tennessee Williams, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and Dred Scott. Many architecturally significant private mausoleums and monuments, including that of the Nez Perce. These...


Vibrant and serene blending of lush plantings and internationally renowned sculptures with delights of water, stone, architecture and design. Open and accessible year-round. Located within...

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

North of I-270 and Riverview Dr., 4,300-acre conservation area at the confluence of America's great rivers - the Missouri and Mississippi. Hunting, fishing, hiking, biking,...

Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones - Confluence Point State Park

Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, this 1,118-acre park on the river bottomland offers a path to the confluence and the...

Creve Coeur Park

Non-gasoline boats permitted on 320-acre lake. Wildlife areas located along south and west shores. Frisbee golf course, picnic shelters, archery fields and much more. FREE.

Faust County Park

"The park was created in 1968 through the generosity of Leicester & Mary Plant Faust who donated the property, nearly 200 acres in the heart...

Forest Park

One of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York...

Fort Belle Fontaine

Site of Fort Belle Fontaine, first U.S. military installation west of the Mississippi River and a stopover point for expeditions heading west. On their return...

The Gateway Arch

Standing 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch, our nation's tallest man-made monument, anchors Gateway Arch National Park and stands as the iconic monument symbolizing the...

George Winter Park

A 125-acre park along the Meramec River with boat-launching facilities, fishing, trails, picnic sites and shelters. FREE

Greensfelder Recreation Complex

Indoor ice-skating rink, tennis courts, modern playground, hiking and horse trails, four fishing lakes, indoor roller hockey arena, dog museum and hayrides (Apr.-May and Sep.-Nov.)