When my parents first moved to STL in 2006 they bought a condo right across the street from Forest Park. And since my first visit, the park is somewhere I like to see each time I am there.
Forest Park opened in 1876 and spans a little over 1300 acres of land - larger than New York City's Central Park - and hosted the 1904 World's Fair. The park is free and home to the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, The Muny, and the St. Louis Zoo. Admission to the different museums and the zoo is free with the exception some of the special exhibits. The Muny even offers free tickets to shows on a first come first serve basis. I mean how awesome is that?
Also, meandering throughout the park is dual path that is welcome to both leisure walkers and serious workouts. It does not matter what time of year it is, hot or cold, there is always someone walking, running, or biking the paths. Since my parents have moved a bit further - a whole 2 or 3 miles away - we don't go as much as I would like. I do, however, want to make it a priority next week though.
^panorama of the Grand Basin from the hill/Art Museum on a beautiful afternoon. July 2013.
^Instagram of the Art Museum from the other side of the Grand Basin. December 2012.
^Saint Louis statue in front of the Art Museum.
^wine, apps, and books with the family on the hill. April 2012.
^World's Fair Pavilion. December 2013.
You could seriously spend hours wandering around the park. With all of the free options, everyone is bound to find something to do.
Have you heard of Forest Park?
Do you have a park like it near you?
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