Swope Park is s.e. of downtown at jct. Meyer Blvd. and Swope Pkwy. This 1,805-acre park contains golf courses, tennis courts, picnic grounds and a swimming pool. A lagoon offers fishing, boating and ice-skating. During the summer, musicals and popular entertainers are presented nightly in the outdoor Starlight Theatre.
The park's Lakeside Nature Center houses native Missouri wildlife, has educational displays and offers nature trails. The center's staff rehabilitates injured wildlife.