10 Parks in the St. Louis Area You Should Visit This Spring
Thanking the rain may not be your first thought when spring brings yet another day of clouds. But perhaps we can find solace in the fact that there is some truth to the old “April showers bring May flowers” adage, and we’ll get to enjoy the fruits of our hard-won patience. Picture yourself now, firmly settled on Art Hill in Forest Park, with more than enough sunshine to spare.
Here are 10 parks we love in the St. Louis area, perfect for spring frolicking.
No list of parks in St. Louis would be complete without mentioning Forest Park, which nearly always tops lists of best St. Louis attractions. At 1,371 acres, it’s one of the largest urban parks in the nation and houses a few other St. Louis gems: the city’s historical outdoor theater The Muny, the Saint Louis Art Museum and more.
Tower Grove Park
Another of the city’s urban park gems, this one has 11 different pavilions for events and gatherings, various walking paths, open fields and all-around greenery. The park also borders the Missouri Botanical Garden, where you can spend an afternoon in the beautiful floral-laden outdoors and hear music on Wednesday nights during the free summer concert series.
Castlewood State Park
Castlewood State Park in Ballwin is about a 45-minute drive from St. Louis, but believe us when we say it’s worth it. For a morning or afternoon hiking, biking or jogging the many trails available in this 1,818-acre state park, you can’t do better if you’re looking for some restorative time with nature.
An urban charmer, Clifton Park is nestled in the primarily residential Clifton Heights neighborhood. You can spend an afternoon at Clifton Park admiring the beautiful architecture of the homes or the New England-style red brick of several adjacent roads, running around on the playground or walking around the park’s elegant pond, complete with flocks of geese and ducks in warmer weather.
The open trees and grassy plains just across the street from the Clayton Business District is a site where you can often find families enjoying a picnic, groups of kids playing a game of pickup soccer or business executives taking the family dog for a walk during lunch. The park also houses a community pool during the summer and skating rink in the winter.
Ladue’s Tilles Park may be best-known for its Winter Wonderland light show during the holidays, but during the spring and summer it’s an equally beautiful place to rest under the shade of an oak tree or glide through the summer breeze atop one of the park’s two playgrounds, perfect for kids and young families.
Renovated Arch Grounds
This year marks the grand opening of the multi-year, 380-million CityArchRiver project renovation to the Arch grounds and surrounding national park. New amenities include updated Riverview Pathways where visitors can reach out and touch the water, an urban park across Highway 70 that connects Downtown St. Louis directly to the Arch Grounds and much more.
This beautiful sanctuary of greenery in St. Louis County has many amenities to its credit, including a playground, dog park, walking and biking paths, a native tree trail and several sites for picnics and special events. The beauty of the landscape makes it a popular location for wedding photos and celebrations.
A picturesque park in south St. Louis County, Suson Park the perfect place for kids to play on the playground, walk the many trails, fish, bike and even visit the park’s noted animal farm, where you can see cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens up close. Both the park and animal farm are free and open to the public.
North St. Louis’ O’Fallon Park is a popular destination in the city for a picturesque afternoon stroll, picnic, jog or hike, just minutes from the Mississippi River. The park’s lake is also a well-loved fishing destination, and additional amenities include tennis courts, a football field, basketball courts and more.