I live near the Zoo at Forest park and find it to be a wonderful source of activities and continuing education for young and old.. As an educator, the Zoo continues to be a great resource for all. If visiting, be sure to see what childrens' and families' day course may be available. I am extremely interested in talking to cslang or anyone else with memories of elephant rides, the purchase of this elephant, or anything else pertaining to the first years of the St. Louis Zoo. Any family members still around from the first elephant riders, photos or certificates. Putting together history project for this time in Zoo history.
Better than ever!. 2004 is the 100th anniversary of this magnificent urban park, a beautiful remnant of the World's Fair, and you really should check it out for yourself. I'm old enough to remember operettas at the Muny, riding my horse on trails that are now smoothly paved for wheeled users, screaming down Art Hill on the inverted hood of a '54 Chevy, seeing the monkey/pony show at the Zoo, riding an elephant there named Miss Jim, boatrides, ice skating, golf, matches at the Dwight Davis tennis courts, the Science Center, the Jewel Box floral displays, the Spirit of St. Louis at the Missouri Historical Society. Still, my memories are eclipsed by the great fun to be soaked up there today. See for yourself.
The centerpiece of St. Louis and the seventh-largest urban park in the country..
The central park of St. Louis has 60 miles of pavement to run, walk, skate or bike along, in addition to 20 lakes and ponds and 30 ball fields. St. Louis' incredible art museum, zoo (don't miss the polar bears), science center, golf course, history museum and the Muny outdoor theater are all within the boundaries of the park. In winter, snow-covered hills make cross-country skiing possible. Tobogganing on Art Hill is a tradition, as is skating at Steinberg rink.
In warm weather, find see-and-be-seen recreational types in jogging bras and tight shorts dodging inline-skating beginners. In winter, you'll see families sledding and skating and lots of dogs happily romping (albeit on leashes). Remember, this is a public park, so use your best judgment, and don't meander through the park at night.
Best park hands down. This is the best urban park in the country hands down. If you want to offer a rating on something, you should see the topics at hand yourself. It offers a central location with a skyline view of the central west end. It has the history of the Olyimpics, and Worlds Fair both in 1904. World class facilities such as the Science Center, History/Art Museums, Stienberg Skate Rink, 27 holes of golf, Muny which is the largest outdoor off Broadway Theater in the country, the Jewel Box and the Stl Zoo, one of the best in th world. I could go on and on, but you need to see it for yourself to realize no city has a better urban park period.
More to see.... I selected Forest Park because you can visit the History Museum, Art Museum, Jewel Box, Science Center/Planetarium. Go Ice Skating, Bicycling, Blading, Walking, Golfing. Watch ballgames, paddling in Boat Lake, see a show at the Muny or see the Zoo!
The Park's the Place. There is so much to do there, that a tourist really needs a couple of days to see it all. The Zoo, the Science Center and the Art museum are my top picks. In the summer time, I would recommend catching the Muny in action.
3. A great attraction for young and old, lovers and recreation seekers.
Allow more than a day. Million things to do... bike, skate (inline & ice), boat, golf, handball, tennis, archery... PLUS Art Museum, Zoo, History Museum, Science Center - all great in their own right.
beautiful scenery plenty of things to do,
walking running boating zoo. science center is there a golf course . you can just pick and choose what you want to do day and evening
Almost like Central Park in NY. This reminds me of Central Park in NY but on a smaller scale and with a lot less people. There is still a crowd but the park is big enough to handle it. There is a ton of stuff to do here (Zoo, Muny, Museums, Picnicing, etc.)
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