16 Reasons to Explore St. Louis
Larger than New York's Central Park and chock-full of activities, this sprawling 1,293 acres attracts locals and visitors. Crowds arrive for seasonal events such as the Great Forest Park Balloon Race (greatforestparkballoonrace.com) and the St. Louis Wine Festival (stlouiswinefestival.com). But the park's plenty busy other times, too. Kids can climb on gigantic turtles in the turtle playground or take a hayride through the park.
A shuttle bus connects many of the park's museums, all of which are free. Tour the park by foot, bicycle, paddleboat or even Segway. For general information on Forest Park, visit the Forest Park website (314/289-5300; stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/). For specifics on the park's attractions, click ahead.