Forest Park was established in 1874 as one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It officially opened to the public in 1876 and was the location of the 1904 World's Fair (the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904). Several structures from the Fair still exist today, the St. Louis Art Museum and the 1904 Flight Cage in the St. Louis Zoo. In 2004, the City of St. Louis completed a $100 million face-lift to Forest Park to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 1904 World's Fair.
Forest Park attracts more that 12 million visitors each year. It is home to some of the region's cultural attractions including the St. Louis Art Museum, the MUNY, and the Missouri History Museum. Other attractions include the Jewelbox, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, the St. Louis Zoo, Steinberg Skating Rink, Dwight Davis Tennis Center, the Boathouse, and the Probstein and Highlands golf courses. Forest Park hosts the annual "Great Forest Park Balloon Race" every September and the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival in early summer each year. Cyclist, joggers, walkers and nature lovers equally enjoy the paths, trails and open green spaces of Forest Park as a natural "oasis' in the city of St. Louis.
Amenities: 1370 acres of parkland with picnic site and pavilions, playgrounds, Steinberg Skating Rink (seasonal), an archery range, racquetball courts, paved trails for walking or biking, softball fields, volleyball courts, handball courts, rugby fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, many lakes which cover 45 acres of land (some stocked), as well as the above listed attractions.
defined by Skinker Blvd on the west, Lindell Blvd on the north, Kingshighway on the east and I-64/40 on the south.
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
314-289-5300 (St. Louis Parks Department)
Forest Park Forever Organization Website, St Louis City Parks Webpage