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Best Parks in St. Louis

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Citygarden

If downtown is the heart of St. Louis, then Citygarden is the thrumming beat of the city. This urban sculpture park offers a respite from the concrete jungle with water features, lush green grass and foliage, gorgeously maintained themed gardens, and a dining venue. Finished and presented to the community in 2009, Citygarden occupies two square city blocks and serves as a retreat for the denizens of St. Louis. The park is home to 24 sculptures, some interactive, giving guests the chance to walk-through and climb atop these modern marvels. The water features are popular during the hot summer months when children can be found playing on the spray plaza, wading pool and waterfall stepping stones.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Fairground Park

Dedicated in 1909, this landmark park's history actually dates back to 1855. Once home to an amphitheater, Fairground Park now holds a nine-acre fishing area, rest areas, a playground, softball, soccer and football fields, a pool and a skating rink. Much has changed since the livestock and poultry showings of its early days. Today, the park is a favorite amongst locals and reserved to many visitors each year. Best of all, the park entrance showcases old bear pits from the 1800s, reminding everyone who enters of the rich history to be learned here.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Tower Grove Park

A gift to the City of St. Louis from 19th-century merchant Henry Shaw (who was also responsible for the adjacent Missouri Botanical Garden), this park was laid out in the mid-19th century as a Victorian walking park. Much of the park is car-free, with winding roads for walking and biking. Unique flamboyant Victorian pavilions may be reserved for picnics notably the Turkish and Chinese pavilions and the lovely "Ruins" area is a restful spot with a pond and fountain. Other features include a beautifully restored Victorian bandstand, tennis courts and a small wading pool.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Forest Park

Born in 1879, this park attracts history lovers from around the world. Dubbed as the 'Heart of St. Louis', Forest Park is a stirring nexus of history and nature, where rolling meadows and serene ponds are accentuated by agile streams. Memories abound in this urban park, which hosts reunions and many other events year-round. Within its scenic landscape are remarkable attractions like the St. Louis Science Center, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Muny Amphitheatre and the Missouri History Museum. Another notable attraction of the park is the Saint Louis Zoo which is a treasure trove of wildlife like bears, apes and penguins. Similarly, the charming, pink Cabanne House, which serves as the forest headquarters stands in striking harmony with the other ancient edifices cradled in the park. A marvelous synergy of historical intrigue and natural delight, Forest Park takes a place of pride in St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Steven F. Schankman Family Plaza

Near the entrance to Highway 40 lies a beautiful plaza that features a breathtaking structure created of steel. This structure, sitting 36 feet (11 meters) high and 100 feet (30 meters) long is the largest sculpture of any public zoo in the nation. The plaza, located outside of the zoo grounds, is a donation from the Schankman family and the sculpture is entitled Animals Always. The artist, Albert Paley, worked with zoo staff and visionaries to create the art work. Visitors can count the 60 animals represented in this work and enjoy photo opportunities while marveling at the intricate and gorgeous detail.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Clifton Heights Park

To the average traveler, this park may appear unimpressive. However, there is an interesting history behind this public landmark site. The lake, which is actually more like a pond, originated from a sinkhole. The park was created in 1912 for the residents of Clifton Heights, while additional property was added in 1922, making the neighborhood park a total four and a half acres. Turn-of-the-century Victorian homes line the park area, which houses a playground, a rest area and, of course, the lake.

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