Crowds gather for the St. Louis Symphony Concert on Art Hill on September 27, 2013. This annual event kicks off the Symphony Season and offers St. Louisans a magical night of free music on iconic Art Hill.
Photograph by Todd Owyoung
Great Forest Park Balloon Glow 2013
The 41st Annual Balloon Glow in Forest Park, held on September 20, 2013. This gorgeous photo captured the beauty of the event perfectly.
This photo captures The Boathouse — known for its fantastic views and terrific dining — in the middle of winter while a flock of birds fly above Post-Dispatch Lake. Since this photo has been taken, the Boathouse has replaced the pictured rowboats with paddle-boats.
This statue of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, was donated by Mrs. Alice Martin Turner in honor of her late husband, Harry Turner. He stands at the edge of the reflecting pool outside The Jewel Box. For more information on public art check out the Regional Arts Commission's website.
Built in the 1930s, the 75-foot waterfall known as the Cascades is named for the World’s Fair Cascades that ran down Art Hill during the fair. Located on a steep slope west of the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Cascades have been the site for everything from marriage proposals and weddings to family photos and spontaneous picnics.
Recently renovated with a gift from the Flegel family, the Cascades are the starting place for the new Forest Park River and continue to be a popular Forest Park destination.
Even during the colder months, you will find Park goers on the trails. After your outing, stop by the Forest Perk Café and grab a cup of joe or hot cocoa! Winter hours are 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Photograph by Bruce Seymour
Where better to have a picnic than Picnic Island? Located between the Emerson Grand Basin and the Boathouse, this is the perfect spot to take your family or significant other to find a cozy spot under a tree. With natural areas nearby you will also be able to bird watch or spy on turtles while you eat!
Art Hill has become synonymous with sledding after a grand snow — in fact, it's been a St. Louis tradition since 1905. For more on this history, check out this article from our friends at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Looking to the east, this aerial shows off the expansiveness of the Emerson Grand Basin at the bottom of Art Hill.
Post Dispatch Lake Aerial
Looking northward this view encompasses not only Post Dispatch Lake at its center but also Government Hill to the southwest, The Boathouse to the east, and in the distance the Saint Louis Art Museum and Emerson Grand Basin.
The Variety Wonderland Playground offers many accessible playground features such as this disc swing. Children with limited mobility may also enjoy this swing, with the ability to recline and be pushed. The playground is located next to the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.
Boardwalks at Steinberg Prairie
A wonderful place to spend your lunch break, the boardwalks at the eastern edge of the Park offer access to enjoy a hidden-away perspective. This is also a hotspot for wildlife sightings.
Wildlife in the Park
Box Turtles and Wood Ducks having a party in Murphy Lake; a hidden jewel of Forest Park.
Photo by Calla Massman
This couple is taking advantage of the serenity of Round Lake.
The Deer Lake riffles are a popular spot for the larger birds of the park including Egrets and several types of Heron.
Wildlife in the Park
Tribute Plaza at Kerth Fountain
One of the many ways to contribute to the Park is through our Brick Tribute program. Visit our Memorials & Tributes page to learn more!
A prescribed burn is a common management practice for natural areas. Forest Park has a variety of nature reserves in which this method is used on an annual rotation. Burns helps to control invasive species while giving native plants a chance to grow and thrive. This particular burn took place in the Deer Lake Natural Area in 2011.
Red Winged Blackbird
These little birds are common in Forest Park's natural areas. Take a stroll along the Deer Lake trails during mid summer and you are sure to see a few!
Nature Reserves of Forest Park
See if you can find this secluded spot in the Kennedy Forest. It is the only grove of Pine Trees in Forest Park! It offers a great place to relax that is unknown to most, off of the beaten path.
If you are very quiet, you might be able to spot one of these little guys scurrying along the riverway during spring or summer. There is a long stretch of waterway from Lafayette Bridge to Columbus Bridge that they have been seen the most frequently.
Wildlife in the Park
Coyotes are not a common sight in the park but every once in a while these beautiful animals sneak their way in!