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Forest Park, Visitor's Center
5595 Grand Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63112
Science & Nature Museum
Live Music Venue
Forest Park Description
Imagine one fabulous zoo, a science center, skating rink, ball fields, endless places to ride bikes, and playgrounds, playgrounds, playgrounds all in one green 1,300 acre swath in the heart of the city and you have Forest Park, a magnet for families. Apart from the attractions—most of which are free—kids love the outdoor play parks, one of which offers giant turtle sculptures to climb and another that is disability accessible. Take a nature break from the park's cultural attractions to walk through an oak savannah or ride a paddleboat.
Babies: Forest Park is ideal for the stroller set, with well paved paths. Babies especially love the abundant butterflies that are attracted to the blooms planted around the Variety Wonderland playground.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Bikes are a great way to get around Forest Park. The visitor center rents them, but only has adult sizes.
- Accessible play. The new Dennis and Judith Jones Variety Wonderland playground is designed for all kids age 2-12, including a wheelchair-accessible tree house.
- Consult the website before going. Forest Park stages loads of special events, from tree climbing seminars to weekend hayrides in October and November.
- Save your legs. A shuttle bus runs a regular circuit around the park between Memorial Day and Labor Day for a nominal fee (all-day fares $2 adults, $1 children).
- Dine out. Picnics are popular in Forest Park, but kids love dining out at the Boathouse restaurant, watching the boaters on the pond, and feeding the ducks.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily dawn to 10 p.m.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours