Forest Park has a lot to offer its visitors, and at a fairly low cost — from cheap date night events at the St. Louis Science Center to the free concert series Jungle Boogie Nights at the St. Louis Zoo. The Alestle offers highlights of some of Forest Park’s famous sites.
Hikers and nature enthusiasts can take a walk in Forest Park’s re-established wetlands, savannas and prairies and old growth trees located in the Kennedy Forest. Self-guided audio walking tours of Forest Park are now available for checkout from the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center. Visit www.forestparkforever.org for more details.
Forest Park is also the most popular spot in St. Louis for picnics. Pick a spot by your favorite park landmark that is close to the zoo, Planetarium, Art Museum, The Muny or the History Museum.
Fishing is allowed in almost all lakes and lagoons in Forest Park except where restrictions are posted. The main fishing lake is Jefferson Lake, located just south of Steinberg Ice Skating Rink. A valid Missouri fishing license is required. For more information or to purchase a fishing license, visit Missouri Department of Conservation at mdc.mo.gov/fishing.
The St. Louis Zoo has more than 20,000 animals — from elephants to penguins — and is considered one of the best zoos in the country. Admission is free and so are most attractions at the zoo, except some including the railroad and certain shows.
On Fridays from 5-8 p.m. this summer, the zoo will feature the Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert series free to everyone at the Schnuck’s Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo. For a list of performers and other information visit www.stlzoo.org.
Take a leisurely boat ride on Post-Dispatch Lake and take a tour of Forest Park by coming across some of its greatest landmarks. Pick up your boat at Boathouse Forest Park restaurant. Paddleboats and one and two person kayaks can be rented for $15 per hour. For more information visit www.boathouseforestpark.com.
The Science Center
The St. Louis Science Center is among the 25 Most Visited Museums in the country, most likely due to its ability to make science fun.
People of all ages are drawn to the exciting experiments; the 4-story, wrap-around screen of the OMNIMAX theater; and the Planetarium, where you can gaze up at a simulated night sky without interference from city lights.
The Planetarium features an upcoming cheap date night event called “Perseid Meteor Shower.” This event is for ages 21 and up. There will be a cash bar in addition to the ticket cost of $10 per person. At the event, a screening of a classic sci-fi movie will be shown.
Visit www.slsc.org for more information about upcoming events and more.
The Art Museum
The St. Louis Art Museum has more than 30,000 works of art from famous artists throughout history including Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. Galleries and exhibits range from ancient artifacts to modern art.
Art After 5, held on the fourth Friday of each month, features concerts by local artists beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be picked up at the information desk. The museum also hosts an Outdoor Film Series on Friday nights in July where movies are shown on a large screen on Art Hill. The event begins at 7 p.m. with music and local food trucks. The movies start at 9 p.m.
For those not as interested in art, the Grand Basin in front of the museum is a popular site for park goers to fly kites, picnic and view the fountains.
Admission to the museum is free. For more information visit www.slam.org.
The History Museum
The Missouri History Museum teaches an in-depth history of the 1904 World's Fair, the Lewis and Clark expedition and key events that shaped St. Louis.
Visitors can attend lectures or tours, watch films or theater performances, participate in workshops or simply view the exhibits.
Current exhibits include The Civil War in Missouri, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Between Two Worlds: Veterans Journey Home and more.
The museum is free to all. For more information visit www.mohistory.org.
Starting at 8:15 p.m., The Muny, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre, features big musical productions.
Visitors can see one or more of the seven shows to be performed this summer for free by waiting in line. There are 1,500 free seats that are given away at every show. The free seats are in the last nine rows of the theater and are available on a first come, first served basis.
A few of the shows patrons can expect to see this summer include Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” “Les Misérables,” “Mary Poppins” and “West Side Story.” Get a full list of the shows and other information at www.muny.org.