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Parks & Outdoor Activities in St. Louis

The St. Louis area offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. The City of St. Louis has more than 100 parks alone, including Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Or, visit the rolling hills, state parks or wine districts of eastern Missouri or southwestern Illinois. Here are some of the St. Louis area's best places to get back to nature.
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Top Ten Things to Do and See in Forest Park
Forest Park could be called the heart of St. Louis. The 1,300 acre park is home to the city's top cultural institutions and plays host to many of the region's favorite events and pastimes. Here are ten Forest Park attractions that shouldn't be missed.

The Jewel Box in Forest Park
The Jewel Box is a public greenhouse in Forest Park in St. Louis. It's a popular destination for weddings and those interested in gardening and flowers.

Suson Park in South St. Louis County
Suson Park in St. Louis County is a good destination for families. It has a playground, fishing pond and picnic areas, but the biggest draw is the animal farm with its cows, pigs, horses and more.

Powder Valley Nature Center in St. Louis County
Powder Valley Nature Center in St. Louis County is run by the Missouri Department of Conservation. It has hiking trails, picnic areas and a visitor's center for guests to enjoy.

Castlewood State Park in St. Louis County
Castlewood State Park is located on the bluffs of the Meramec River in St. Louis County. It's a good place for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.

The Best Parks for Children in St. Louis
St. Louis has some great parks for children. Here's information on the best parks for kids in the St. Louis area, including information on playgrounds, water features and more.

Top Things to See and Do at the Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of St. Louis' top attractions. It's a great place to visit any time of the year, but the Garden really comes to life in warmer months. Here are some of the top things to see during a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Pick a Day to Spend With the Kids at Eckert’s
Take your kids to Eckert's Orchards for a fun day picking berries, apples, peaches or pumpkins. Just 25 minutes from St. Louis, Eckerts is a fun destination for families spring, summer or fall.

The Shaw Nature Reserve
Go to the Shaw Nature Reserve for peaceful hikes and to see Missouri nature at its finest. Just 30 minutes from St. Louis, the reserve is great for kids and families.

Photos of Longview Farm Park in St. Louis County
Longview Farm Park in St. Louis County is a great place to spend a sunny day. There are walking trails and a peaceful lake for those wanting to relax a little, plus horse stables, a playground and picnic area that are perfect for families with kids. Here are photos of a summer day at Longview Farm Park.

Hike or Bike the Katy Trail
The Katy Trail is a great place to hike or bike. The trail, which was once part of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas rail line, runs some 225 miles across mid-Missouri. Recently, plans were announced to extend the trail an additional 50 miles. Here are details on the extension, and what you can expect during a day on the Katy Trail.

Shopping at Soulard Farmers Market
Soulard Farmers Market is the oldest and one of the most popular farmers markets in St. Louis. The market is open year round, offering a wide variety of fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses and more. Here's information for planning your next trip to Soulard Farmers Market.

Catch a Show at The Muny in Forest Park
The Muny Theater in St. Louis is the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater. Catching a world-class musical in majestic Forest Park is a must-do activity during summers in St. Louis.

Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the top free attractions in the St. Louis area. It offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus special events throughout the year. Here's information on visiting Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Citygarden Photo Gallery
Downtown St. Louis just added a great feature for the entire community. Part wading pool, part sculpture garden, part city park, the Citygarden is sure to become a favorite place to play and relax for St. Louisans and visitors. Here are pictures of City Garden taken on a beautiful August weekend.

Public Swimming Pools and Water Parks in St. Louis
Here's information on public swimming pools and water parks in the St. Louis area, including hours of operation and how much it costs to swim.

Share Your Opinion - What's the Best Way to Keep Cool During a St. Louis Summer?
It's just a matter of time before the heat and humidity settles in during a St. Louis summer. What's your favorite place to go to keep cool during a St. Louis heat wave?

Splash City Water Park in Collinsville, Illinois
Splash City Waterpark is a family attraction in Collinsville, Illinois. It has wave pools, slides, a lap pool and other fun water features. Here's information on hours, admission prices and special events at Splash City.

Photos of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
Johnson's Shut-Ins, near Farmington, Missouri, is a great place to spend a hot summer day. The State Park has hundreds of waterfalls, chutes and natural pools, along the Black River, that are perfect for swimming and exploring. Here are images from a recent trip to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

Share Your Opinion - What's the Best State Park in Missouri?
When the weather's nice, there's nothing better than spending time outdoors. In Missouri, that could mean taking a trip to a state park. So, what's the best state park in Missouri and what do you like to do there?

Pumpkin Patches in the St. Louis Area
Fall means changing leaves, Halloween costumes and the chance to pick your own pumpkins. Here are some of the most popular pumpkin patches in the St. Louis area.

Celebrate Christmas at Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park
Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park is one of the St. Louis area's most popular Christmas light displays. Here's information on hours of operation, admission prices and how to have a great time at Winter Wonderland.

Coed Slowpitch Softball Leagues in the Greater St. Louis Region
Coed softball is a St. Louis tradition. Finding a softball league can be a bit daunting, as many leagues recruit teams just by word-of-mouth. So if you’re looking to field a team, but aren’t sure where to play, here’s a list of some of the more popular coed slow-pitch softball leagues in the greater St. Louis region.

Favorite Winter Activities in the St. Louis Area
St. Louis winters can be harsh, but there are many ways to enjoy the cold and snowy months. Here's a list of the St. Louis region's favorite winter activites, including ice skating, snowboarding, sledding and even skiing!

What to Do in St. Louis in Winter
Winter in Missouri and Illinois can be cold and dreary. But, St. Louis does have some good cold weather events and activites to beat the winter blahs. From eagle watching to ice festivals to sledding on Art Hill, there are plenty of ways to spend a winter day in St. Louis. What's your favorite (or least favorite) thing to do in St. Louis in the...

Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park
Steinberg Skating Rink offers outdoor ice skating in the heart of Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. The rink is open each year during the winter, with special extended hours during the holidays. Here's information about ice skating at Steinberg Rink.

Hidden Valley Ski Resort in St. Louis County
Hidden Valley is the St. Louis area's only ski resort. It's open each year during the winter months and offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing for visitors of all ages.

Photos From a Day of Bald Eagle Watching
See pictures from a day of bald eagle watching in Alton and Grafton, Illinois.

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