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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

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥17,267 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Central West End, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. St. Louis ...
4.3/5Excellent! (963 reviews)
"Always clean"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
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 ¥14,009 per night from May 23 to May 23
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! (977 reviews)
"Location."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
3 out of 5
4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,009 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Central West End, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and World Chess Hall of Fame. Cathedral Basilica of ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,440 reviews)
"Location Cleanliness Friendliness of staff"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Forest Park

Best Lodging Options Near Forest Park

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 ¥17,267 per night from May 31 to May 31
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
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 ¥14,009 per night from May 23 to May 23
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
3 out of 5
4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,009 per night from May 11 to May 11
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis 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 ¥10,833 per night from May 16 to May 16
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
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
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 ¥9,231 per night from May 11 to May 11
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ St Louis - Forest Park/ Hampton Ave 
Mod Apartment Next to Forest Park/bjc/washu
Mod Apartment Next to Forest Park/bjc/washu
St. Louis, MO
Mod Apartment Next to Forest Park/bjc/washu
Plush Living Next to Bjc/zoo/forest Park/washu
Plush Living Next to Bjc/zoo/forest Park/washu
St. Louis, MO
Plush Living Next to Bjc/zoo/forest Park/washu
Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
4630 Lindell, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥10,730 per night from May 13 to May 13
Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.