Forest Park is known as the heart of St. Louis and features several recreational facilities, including John Davis Park and the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. This is not only for the tourists who enjoy it all year round, but also for the inhabitants. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is a popular event in summer with the Energizer Bunny Balloon, which runs a race track defined by a 1.5 mile long grass track and a ten foot high balloon. We have several leisure facilities, including a skate park, golf course, ice rink and indoor pool.
The Forest Park will offer hay rides for the first time from October this year, and visitors can ride the Forest Park Explorer for free in the spring and summer months. Leisure facilities at the park include John Davis Park, the Grand Forest Park Balloon Race and Energizer Bunny Balloon Race, as well as a variety of other events and events throughout the year. The forest park offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing, camping, horseback riding, hiking and much more.
The Missouri History Museum is considered one of the best in the world and also hosts a variety of events, including the Grand Forest Park Balloon Race in spring and fall. Some patrons see the park as equivalent to the Smithsonian, while others have spoken out in favor of it, citing it as a reason for their move to St. Louis.
People living in the St. Louis area bring visitors from the city to Forest Park to display the display cases. The St. Louis Mounted Police is headquartered in Forest Park and is always - moments away - necessary to help visitors. St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis Police Department have been very generous in their support of the park.
The park's 1300 hectares include a nature reserve of almost 170 hectares, set up in interconnected corridors to allow wildlife to thrive. The Missouri Department of Conservation maintains trails in Kennedy Forest, and the Center for Conservation at Forest Park is a multi-faceted program that uses the zoo's Forest Park campus for native wildlife research and education. The projects are being implemented in collaboration with the St. Louis Zoo, the University of Missouri-Columbia and other partners.
In Forest Park, a variety of species depend on habitat health and vitality for their survival, and nowhere is this more evident than here in St. Louis. Since 2000, the park has restored many areas of the prairie and wetland within its park. These new habitats are designed to reduce flooding and attract a much greater variety of birds and wildlife. A wide range of bird species, mammals, reptiles and amphibians can be found all over the world, but in the forest park they depend on the health and vitality of our habitat.
In 1898, a movement began to celebrate the centenary of the Louisiana Purchase, and Forest Park was chosen to host the fair. In 1904, the St. Louis World's Fair (popularly known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition) drew more than 20 million visitors from around the world to Forest Park. We had the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Louisiana's purchase by the United States.
George Kessler, the fair's landscape architect, has dramatically transformed the park, developing it as part of numerous EPA projects, including the construction of the City Opera and the Jewel Box. Today, these structures are two of the Forest Park listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The wetlands in the western part of the park were drained and transformed into fountains with five interconnected lakes.
The St. Louis Zoo is considered one of the best zoos in the country and has more than 1,000 animals and over 2,500 species. The Missouri History Museum documents the Missouri State Fair and other key events that have shaped St. Louis over the centuries. Forest Park is home to the US Museum of Natural History and the University of Missouri, as well as the St. Louis Science Center, which includes the McDonnell Planetarium and Muny Opera. There is a museum of art and history, an art museum, a library and a children's museum.
The Lower Muny Parking Lot, known as Riffles, is one of the most popular parking lots in St. Louis County. Many businesses and organizations in the metropolitan area have chosen Forest Park as their headquarters and office. The "Forest Park" featured on the cover of Guided by DeMun has gained popularity in recent years, judging by the number of paddleboard stand-up paddleboards on sale in the park.
Forest Park borders the St. Louis River, the Missouri River and the Mississippi River to the east and west. The park borders the city of St. Louis, Missouri, as well as Missouri State and Missouri State University, and borders the headquarters of the US Army Corps of Engineers in Jefferson City.