A couple and their dog enjoys outdoor recreation in St. Louis.


Green space is essential, and in St. Louis, you’re never far from it. We make it easy – and fun – to get outside and stay active.

No matter what time of year you visit, St. Louis offers exciting places for outdoor recreation, from swimming to skiing and golfing to bird watching.

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Adventure Valley Zipline Tours

Ten-zipline canopy tour and paintball park. More than 1.5 miles of ziplines, an 1,100 ft. long 50 mph "super-zip" and a ride in a six-seater...

Gateway Region YMCA - Downtown at the MX

If you are looking for a complete experience to give you an opportunity to nurture your body and spirit for years to come, an ordinary...

Mastodon State Historic Site

Museum of Missouri’s Ice Age animals and the Native Americans who hunted them more than 10,000 years ago. Picnic area, trails. Adults, $4; under 15,...

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Historic Route 66 crossing over the Mississippi River. One of the world's longest bicycle/pedestrian bridges.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Three woodland trails on 112 acres. Nature Center features exhibits, wildlife viewing area and gift shop. Closed Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Riverboats at The Gateway Arch

Enjoy a narrated, one-hour sightseeing cruise or a Skyline dinner cruise with live music, a delicious buffet and the best view of St. Louis (reservations...

Rockwoods Reservation

Offering 1,843 acres of rugged forest with springs and streams. Trails, picnic areas and education center with exhibits and classroom. Building is handicap-accessible.

Route 66 State Park

A 419-acre park with multi-use trails located on old Route 66. Museum features Route 66 memorabilia. Gift shop. Picnic areas. Boat ramp provides access to...

St. Louis County Parks and Recreation

St. Louis County Parks offers a variety of recreational, educational and historic activities: wildlife drive, display farm, transportation museum, army post museum, sculpture park, fishing,...

Shaw Nature Reserve

Twenty-four hundred acres of natural Ozark landscape with 1.5 miles of Meramec River frontage and a diversity of native plant and animal habitats. Ponds, prairies,...

Start Bar

Unlike anything in St. Louis, Start Bar combines past and present to create an entirely new experience. This is where arcade meets bar. Where you...

Steinberg Rink

Ice skating Nov.-Mar., plus summer activities. Skate rental. Summer sand volleyball league. Hours vary by season.