About Forest Park

One of the most beautiful urban parks in the world — and one of the greatest civic treasures of St. Louis.


A bird's-eye view of the Park's 1,371 acres

A Park for Everyone

Forest Park was dedicated on June 24, 1876, coinciding with the centenary of the United States Declaration of Independence.

In their remarks, the Park's founders highlighted the vision that St. Louisans wanted a park that "the rich and poor, the merchant and mechanic, the professional man and the day laborer, each with his family and lunch basket, can come and enjoy his own ... all without stint or hindrance ... and there will be no notice put up to 'Keep off the grass.'" 

Photograph by Randy Allen | See more Park photos in this gallery.

Today that vision is still upheld, with the 1,300-acre park offering something for everyone — amazing destinations and institutions that challenge the mind, a Dual Path system that invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts, quiet places to picnic and read, and a variety of popular festivals and events — all set in the background of a city oasis, a place to escape it all. 

Quick Facts

  • Opened in 1876
  • Host of 1904 World's Fair
  • Free 
  • 1,371 acres
  • 6th most visited U.S. urban park
  • 13 million annual visitors
  • 45,000 trees
  • Location on Google Maps
  • Key Resource: Visitor's Center
  • Key Park Contact Information 
  • Home to five major cultural institutions: the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, The Muny and the Saint Louis Zoo.

What Others Say:

  • "One of America's great public spaces" — American Planning Association
  • "One of America's coolest city parks ... and one of the world's most beautiful city parks." — Travel + Leisure

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