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Forest Park

5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA
| +1 314-367-7275
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Forest Park St. Louis Missouri United States

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Forest Park

Forest Park is to St. Louis what Central Park is to New York—but it’s even bigger in size. Opened in 1876 and host of the 1904 World’s Fair, the 1,300-acre green space serves as a scenic backdrop to the city, featuring everything from waterways and wildlife to historic homes and monuments. With 13 million visitors annually, the park sees loads of locals and tourists, who spend their leisure days here walking, picnicking, and exploring the five major cultural institutions on-site (including the Missouri History Museum, The Muny amphitheater, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the Saint Louis Zoo). There’s also a tennis center, a revered golf course, and, come winter, a skating rink, plus places where you can rent paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards for a fine day on the water.

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almost 8 years ago

A Great Walk or Ride

Forest Park is a haven for active recreation. Featuring a dual-path system made up of parallel hard and soft surface paths, there are more than five miles of trail to serve those on wheels—or heels. Volunteer and self-guided walking tours are also available. Opened in 1898, the original asphalt bike path was intended "for all persons riding horses, bicycles, and tricycles." Eventually the limestone-chip walking paths were also added. Though the hard and soft paths diverge in some places (for example they narrow at road crossings and are split by landscaping elsewhere), they generally run parallel, and each is 10 feet wide.
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almost 8 years ago

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Every year on the third weekend of September, more than 150,000 people gather for the second oldest hot air balloon event in the United States, The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. Seventy hot-air balloons launch for a Hare and Hounds event from historic Forest Park, in the middle of St. Louis, site of the 1904 World's Fair. The "hound balloons" fly across the city in an attempt to drop their marker as close as possible to the landing spot of the "hare" balloon, which launches first. Watching these colorful craft fly above the city is truly something to behold. In Forest Park the night before the Race, the Balloon Glow features 70 balloons tethered to the ground and illuminated from within by their burners, which is a spectacular sight. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow have become a tradition for four generations of families from St Louis and around the country. All events are free—no entrance, parking or other charges.