Forest Park is located in the city of St. Louis, just west of downtown. It first opened in 1876 and houses many iconic local and national landmarks. The World’s Fair of 1904 was located in Forest Park, and many of the building are still there today including the World’s Fair Pavillion which is very popular for wedding receptions.
Forest Park also hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition which was also in 1904.
The St. Louis Zoo is located in Forest Park, along with multiple golf courses, tennis courts, running trails, picnic areas, and many other attractions for the local resident of St. Louis City and County to enjoy.
The St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Science Center are all located in Forest Park, which is why some call Forest Park the “Heart of St. Louis”. One of the great things about all the attractions in Forest Park is the most if not all are free to the public. Tax payor funding and private citizen donations are where the majority of the money comes from to fund the attractions in Forest Park.
Since the early 2000’s Forest Park has undergone a restoration whose goal to improve the landscape and habitat, as well as the running trails, golf courses, and other attractions at the park. Forest Park is one of if not the largest inner city parks in all of the United States of America.