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Forest Park

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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The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis ¥12,780
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis

212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Zoo and St. Louis Science Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central West End Station is 14 minutes by foot and Forest Park Station is 24 minutes.

    Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO ¥8,776
    Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO

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

    5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central West End Station is 26 minutes by foot.

      Kasa Clayton Apartments
      Kasa Clayton Apartments

      Kasa Clayton Apartments

      5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in DeBaliviere Place, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 9 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 21 minutes.

        Kasa St. Louis Stylish 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
        Kasa St. Louis Stylish 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

        Kasa St. Louis Stylish 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

        St. Louis, MO
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in DeBaliviere Place, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 9 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 21 minutes.

          Kasa St. Louis Beautiful 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
          Kasa St. Louis Beautiful 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

          Kasa St. Louis Beautiful 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

          St. Louis, MO
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in DeBaliviere Place, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 9 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 21 minutes.

            Kasa St. Louis Designer 2bd/2ba Forest Park Apartment
            Kasa St. Louis Designer 2bd/2ba Forest Park Apartment

            Kasa St. Louis Designer 2bd/2ba Forest Park Apartment

            St. Louis, MO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in DeBaliviere Place, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 9 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 21 minutes.

              Kasa St. Louis Heavenly 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
              Kasa St. Louis Heavenly 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

              Kasa St. Louis Heavenly 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

              St. Louis, MO
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in DeBaliviere Place, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 9 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 21 minutes.

                Kasa St. Louis Comfortable 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment
                Kasa St. Louis Comfortable 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

                Kasa St. Louis Comfortable 1bd/1ba Forest Park Apartment

                St. Louis, MO
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in DeBaliviere Place, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 9 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 21 minutes.