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Pagoda Circle

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Forest Park featuring a pond, a bridge and a garden

As one of the cornerstones of Forest Park for about a century, this grassy island and its bandstand offer an excellent concert spot.

Pagoda Circle is an islet containing an elegant white marble structure that brings a touch of grace to the lush fields and shimmering lake of Forest Park. Having stood here since the 1920s, the island’s Nathan Frank Bandstand remains an integral part of the local culture and provides the stage for all types of lively events. Come in spring or summer to admire the array of colorful flowers carefully set up around the bandstand.

Walk around the edges of Pagoda Lake and appreciate the views of the imposing bandstand. Spot the light green copper roof and the thick pillars holding it up. Snap photos of the Renaissance architecture of the bandstand, which can often be seen reflected in the water below.

The site has been known among locals as the Music Pagoda, in reference to the concerts it has hosted over the decades. Join the revelers at one of the events organized in Pagoda Circle. During these festivals, the park comes alive with food trucks, tents and music.

Consider the history of the bandstand, which replaced an earlier wooden incarnation from 1876. A local lawyer named Nathan Frank donated the money to replace it, after it burned down in the early 20th century. The bandstand, which was designed by architects Heffensteller, Hirsch and Watson, took on his name after his death in 1931 and was restored in 1993.

Find Pagoda Circle in the center of Forest Park, a little west of central St. Louis. Arrive at the Forest Park Metrolink station and walk south for a few minutes or take a bus to a stop within the park. You can also drive and drop off your car in the free parking lots near the visitor center.

Explore the park for other attractions such as the Municipal Theatre Association, the Franz Sigel Statue and the Dwight Davis Tennis Center.

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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
The price is $133 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in the heart of St. Louis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park and St. Louis Science Center. St. Louis Zoo and Barnes Jewish Hospital ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (977 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and helpful. The only negative is there was no laundry facility on-site, and the beds were not very comfortable. But the hotel was clean, full breakfast and staff were awesome."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

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Moonrise Hotel
Moonrise Hotel
4 out of 5
6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
The price is $167 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Missouri ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (956 reviews)
"2nd stay, just as great as the 1st visit. Clean, welcoming, no noise disturbance from the bar upstairs. Perfect!"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $289 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Located in Central West End, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. St. Louis ...
4.4/5Excellent! (986 reviews)
"comfortable and safe stay at saint louis"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

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2.5 out of 5
5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO
The price is $133 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is $289 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
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