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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.

Top things to do in Forest Park

Top Hotels Close to Forest Park

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥11,535 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Downtown Clayton, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Saint Louis Galleria Mall, Washington University, and The Loop. Forest Park and St. Louis Zoo ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,223 reviews)
"It was beautiful and the staff was wonderful. Unfortunately the age was showing with ceiling leaks and fogged windows and faded/stained carpet in high traffic areas"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥16,491 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Missouri ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (958 reviews)
"Liked the location, comfortable rooms and rooftop bar. Also good service."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Moonrise Hotel
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
The price is ¥14,729 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in the heart of St. Louis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park and St. Louis Science Center. St. Louis Zoo and Barnes Jewish Hospital ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (974 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
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Forest Park


Best Lodging Options Near Forest Park

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ St Louis - Forest Park/ Hampton Ave 
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ St Louis - Forest Park/ Hampton Ave 
2.5 out of 5
5823 Wilson Avenue, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥9,338 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ St Louis - Forest Park/ Hampton Ave 
Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥16,491 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Moonrise Hotel
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
The price is ¥14,729 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥11,535 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Angad Arts Hotel
Angad Arts Hotel
4 out of 5
3550 Samuel Shepard Drive, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥13,809 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Angad Arts Hotel
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
The price is ¥31,900 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
Aloft St. Louis Cortex
Aloft St. Louis Cortex
3 out of 5
4245 DUNCAN AVENUE, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥13,312 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Aloft St. Louis Cortex
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
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Mod Apartment Next to Forest Park/bjc/washu
St. Louis, MO
Mod Apartment Next to Forest Park/bjc/washu
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