Out for a short walk through St. Louis' most beautiful "urban oasis" - FOREST PARK. A cloudy evening, but dry. A true gem in the city.
Forest Park is one of St. Louis' most treasured resources.
Located in the heart of the city, it is the heart of the city - St. Louis' Urban Oasis. Boardered by the cosmopolitan Central West End to the east, Forest Park West/Demun district to the west, Dogtown District to the south and Debaliviere and Loop districts to the north.
Forest Park, officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,293 acres it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City.
In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition..The St. Louis World’s Fair...drew more than 20 million visitors from around the world to Forest Park. The Olympics were also held on the west end of the park.
Today it attracts more than 12 million visitors a year. It is more than a scenic backdrop to our city. It is an active participant and catalyst in the St. Louis community. Monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes combine to form a unique cultural institution that is vitally important to the entire St. Louis region. The park is recognized as an important gathering place where people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds can gather and mix in a positive way.
It is the home to many of the major cultural institutions in the city, including:
The Saint Louis Zoo - Voted #1 zoo in USA in 2005
The St. Louis Art Museum
The History Museum & Jefferson Memorial
St. Louis Science Center - 5th largest in the World
The Muny Opera Theatre, North America's Largest Broadway Theater - 13,000 seats.
It also serves as a sports center for golf, tennis, baseball, bicycling, boating, fishing, handball, ice skating, roller blading, jogging, cricket, rugby and more, including
2 - 18 hole golf courses
7 miles of quad track
Steinberg Ice Rink and Roller Rink
The Boat House - with over 3 miles of canals and boat boat rentals including guided gondolas
Dwight Davis Professional Tennis Center (St. Louis Aces Tennis Home)
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK THEATRE
METRO RAIL > FOREST PARK STATION
NEW LINE UNDER CONSTRUCTION - NEW SUBWAY TUNNELS (portals) FOR CROSS COUNTY LINE (U/C)