Forest Park

Vacation Travel Guide
Forest Park showing flowers, a garden and modern architecture

Nature, history and cultural institutions come together in one of the United States’ largest urban parks, which buzzes with St. Louis’ dynamic community spirit.

Get to the heart of St. Louis life by setting aside at least a day to explore Forest Park. Across about 1,300 acres (530 hectares), this vast green space incorporates a wide range of environments, including forests, creeks and lakes. Use the great sports facilities by coming ready to fish, golf, play tennis or play baseball. Reserve time to see the many famous St. Louis cultural attractions here too, some of which are housed in beautiful historic buildings.

Look for history everywhere you go as you wander the park. It opened its gates in 1876 and attracted over 20 million people in 1904 when it hosted the St. Louis World’s Fair. Since then, its significance has only increased, as several important buildings have sprung up within its boundaries.

Travel the world through art as you explore the many galleries of the sprawling St. Louis Art Museum. The collections within this grand turn-of-the-century building span the continents. Afterward, learn about Missouri’s fascinating past at the Missouri History Museum. See exhibits on topics such as the state’s civil rights struggle, St. Louis’ changing neighborhoods and the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair.

Bring your children face-to-face with nature at the St. Louis Zoo, which contains hundreds of different species and has a dedicated insectarium, a penguin and puffin area, and much more. Kids will also enjoy the Science Center, which is full of engaging, child-friendly exhibits, including a captivating planetarium.

In the evening, head to the Muny Opera, the largest outdoor musical theater in the U.S. Admire the beautiful setting, which offers the most magical way of seeing live music.

Reach Forest Park easily by car. The surrounding streets are also well served by public transportation. On a sunny day, the appeal of the park’s beautiful expanses of green is obvious. Come here in any weather and you will have a huge array of interesting indoor activities to choose from.

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Top Hotels Close to Forest Park

Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
2.5 out of 5
5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,461 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in the heart of St. Louis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Forest Park and Mississippi River. St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Science Center are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (981 reviews)
"Seems very clean. Nice front desk staff"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥19,313 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Central West End, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Forest Park and Mississippi River. St. Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes Jewish ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (994 reviews)
"Excellent!"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥15,225 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 29
Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis Art Museum, and St. Louis Zoo. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (964 reviews)
"Loved the outer space theme!"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Moonrise Hotel
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