AAA Editor Notes
Forest Park is bounded by Lindell, Skinker and Kingshighway blvds. and Oakland Ave., covering 1,293 acres in the Central West End neighborhood, just west of downtown. Officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876, Forest Park is one of the country's largest urban parks and is adorned by several statues, monuments and works of art. Beloved by St. Louisans, the park is not only a popular spot for picnicking, jogging and bicycling but also is home to the city's major cultural institutions.
Venetian fountains propel water up to 30 feet high at the park's Grand Basin, an area lined with lovely terraces. The site is popular with picnickers, while paddleboaters enjoy exploring the canals and lakes. Rentals are available at the nearby Boathouse, also the site of a restaurant with a large patio and a beer garden that features entertainment on weekend evenings. Kids have fun at the park's half-acre Wonderland Playground, which also includes play equipment for the disabled and visually impaired.
A scenic six-mile loop trail encircles the park, providing recreational opportunities as well as access to most of the major attractions. Serving as a major trailhead, the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center also is a convenient spot for obtaining area information. In addition to the following listed attractions, the park also contains the Steinburg Memorial Skating Rink, which offers facilities for ice skating and sand volleyball, and the 27-hole Probstein Community Golf Course.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.