Forest Park

Forest Park showing flowers, a garden and modern architecture
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Nature, history and cultural institutions come together in one of the United States’ largest urban parks, which buzzes with St. Louis’ dynamic community spirit.

Get to the heart of St. Louis life by setting aside at least a day to explore Forest Park. Across about 1,300 acres (530 hectares), this vast green space incorporates a wide range of environments, including forests, creeks and lakes. Use the great sports facilities by coming ready to fish, golf, play tennis or play baseball. Reserve time to see the many famous St. Louis cultural attractions here too, some of which are housed in beautiful historic buildings.

Look for history everywhere you go as you wander the park. It opened its gates in 1876 and attracted over 20 million people in 1904 when it hosted the St. Louis World’s Fair. Since then, its significance has only increased, as several important buildings have sprung up within its boundaries.

Travel the world through art as you explore the many galleries of the sprawling St. Louis Art Museum. The collections within this grand turn-of-the-century building span the continents. Afterward, learn about Missouri’s fascinating past at the Missouri History Museum. See exhibits on topics such as the state’s civil rights struggle, St. Louis’ changing neighborhoods and the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair.

Bring your children face-to-face with nature at the St. Louis Zoo, which contains hundreds of different species and has a dedicated insectarium, a penguin and puffin area, and much more. Kids will also enjoy the Science Center, which is full of engaging, child-friendly exhibits, including a captivating planetarium.

In the evening, head to the Muny Opera, the largest outdoor musical theater in the U.S. Admire the beautiful setting, which offers the most magical way of seeing live music.

Reach Forest Park easily by car. The surrounding streets are also well served by public transportation. On a sunny day, the appeal of the park’s beautiful expanses of green is obvious. Come here in any weather and you will have a huge array of interesting indoor activities to choose from.

Top Hotels Close to Forest Park

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63105
The price is $128 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,892 reviews)
"Accessibility, location, and safety surperb, and the staff Sky and Travis provided me with excellent customer courtesy and friendliness"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

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The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO, 63108
The price is $242 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"We had a great experience at the Chase. The location is perfect and it is close to all major attractions but away from the madness of downtown. The neighborhood is great and there are lots of restaurant and bar options close by. The hotel itself I very clean and the staff was extremely helpful and ..."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63112
The price is $201 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,004 reviews)
"Surprisingly nice hotel in the loop neighborhood, very well decorated unique rooms with high quality linens. Rooms still get full service every day by staff that all seem to really care!"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Moonrise Hotel
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Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Louis/Forest Park
Home2 Suites by Hilton St. Louis/Forest Park
3 out of 5
920 S. Taylor Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110
The price is $114 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
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Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63105
The price is $128 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO, 63108
The price is $242 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63112
The price is $201 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Moonrise Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
2.5 out of 5
5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110
The price is $162 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO
AC Hotel St. Louis Central West End
AC Hotel St. Louis Central West End
2.5 out of 5
215 YORK AVENUE, St. Louis, MO, 63108
The price is $130 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
AC Hotel St. Louis Central West End
Kasa Forest Park St. Louis
Kasa Forest Park St. Louis
3.5 out of 5
5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63112
Kasa Forest Park St. Louis
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
4 out of 5
4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63108
The price is $146 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
Forest Park Hotel
Forest Park Hotel
3 out of 5
5915 Wilson Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63110
The price is $127 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Forest Park Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.