You’ll see “Forest Park” again and again on this and any other self-respecting list about St. Louis. It is home to the Zoo (more on that later), Art Museum (free), History Museum (free), Shakespeare in the Park (free) and Science Center (not free).
One of the largest urban parks in the country, Forest Park’s 1,293 acres are 453 more than New York’s Central Park. There’s a golf course, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, an ice skating rink in the winter, plus a paved loop for running, biking, roller blading, walking, etc. Whatever other sport you can think of, someone is probably playing it there. There will be even some you can’t think of: The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, in which participants in hot-air balloons chase another hot-air balloon shaped like a giant Energizer Bunny, is must-see just because … oh, how to put it, hot-air balloons chase another hot-air balloon shaped like a giant Energizer Bunny.