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The 126-acre O'Fallon Park was dedicated in 1876 and named after Colonel John O'Fallon, a veteran of the War of 1812 and an assistant Indian agent to his uncle, William Clark (Lewis and Clark Expedition). Today, the park is home to five acres of fishing waters, plus a boathouse, four comfort stations, several picnic shelters, a playground, softball fields, barbecue areas, tennis courts, a basketball court and a small pool. It serves as a meeting ground for reunions, school outings and individual events. However, group permits are required.
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.
A day full of fun awaits you at the natural haven called Castlewood State Park. This local park offer a myriad of activities to enjoy for visitors. Established in 1974, the park spans across an area of 1,818.3 acres (736 hectares). The Castlewood State Park is popular among families and other locals who come here for picnicking and barbecue parties. There are well marked trails for adventure enthusiasts who can enjoy mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, hiking and more. The flora and fauna at the park invites nature enthusiasts and photographers quite often. Summers at this park are quite lively as there are several programs held for cultural history and nature lovers.