St. Louis Outdoor Activities

St. Louis Outdoor ActivitiesFive state and hundreds of neighborhood parks make St. Louis one of the greenest urban regions in the nation. Visit some of the most beautiful nature sights in the city and spend some time outdoors, soaking in the St. Louis sun.

Citygarden
Enjoy the beauties of nature in an urban environment as you walk through Citygarden in downtown St. Louis. This unique urban park and outdoor sculpture garden combines greenery with concrete. Bring your iPod along for a guided tour.

Address: 8th and Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 - MAP
Phone: (314) 241-3337
Web: www.citygardenstl.org

Forest Park
Don't miss out on Forest Park, one of the top parks in the nation! Home to the 1904 World's Fair, Forest Park remains the soul of St. Louis and the most popular park in the state of Missouri. The outdoor oasis is home to acres of plants and greenery, sports areas, entertainment venues, famous museums and historical sites.

Address: 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112 - MAP
Phone: (314) 367-7275
Web: www.stlouis.missouri.org

Fairground Park
Since 1908, Fairground Park has hosted a variety of outdoor activities for people of all ages. Once home to the historic St. Louis County Fair, these fairgrounds have been transformed into a large park filled with sports fields, trails, and pools.

Address: 3715 Natural Bridge Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63107 - MAP
Phone: (314) 289-5330
Web: www.stlouis.missouri.org

Great Rivers Greenway
Spend some time outdoors and bike or hike along some of St. Louis's longest trail at the Great Rivers Greenway, the city's fastest growing and largest network of green belts, parks and trails. The Great Rivers Greenway is a developing system meant to connect new and existing parks and recreation areas.

Address: 1000 Saint Louis Union Station, St. Louis, MO 63103 - MAP
Phone: (314) 436-7009
Web: www.greatrivers.com

Missouri Botanical Gardens
Stroll through the 30 gardens at the Missouri Botanical Garden, including the Seiwa-en Japanese Garden, English Woodland Garden, the Biblical Garden and the Ottoman Garden. Be teleported to the tropics in the Climatron, packed with exotic plants and birds. Younger guests will love the special Children's Garden, filled with educational and fun outdoor play areas.

Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110 - MAP
Phone: (314) 577-9400
Web: www.mobot.org

Meramec Caverns
Missouri has over 6,000 caves, but the Meramec Caverns are the largest commercial caverns in the state. According to legend, Jesse James used these caves as a hideout during the 1870s. Located only an hour away from the Gateway Arch, these caves are considered St. Louis's "Buried Treasure."

Address: I-44, Exit 230, Stanton, MO 63079 - MAP
Phone: (636) 451-5400
Web: www.americascave.com

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Visit the area where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers converge at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. This urban conservation area provides roads, trails, and river access through the wildlife habitats. Outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing is allowed, but regulated.

Address: 801 Strodtman Road, St. Louis, MO 63138 - MAP
Phone: (314) 877-6014
Web: www.mdc.mo.gov

Route 66 State Park
Sample a slice of life along the most famous historical east-west route at the Route 66 State Park. See Route 66 showcases or just enjoy nature. This park contains outdoor history tours, campgrounds, trails, and swimming holes.

Address: I-44 and Lewis Road, Exit 266, Eureka, MO 63025 - MAP
Phone: (636) 938-7198
Web: www.mostateparks.com

St. Louis Zoo
Roam with the animals at the St. Louis Zoo. See creatures big and small interacting in their natural environments. Lions and tigers and bears, and more!

Address: 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 - MAP
Phone: (314) 781-0900
Web: www.stlzoo.org