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Outdoor Adventure in St. Louis
The Best Parks & Recreation Areas in Town
Despite its concrete confines, St. Louis houses tons of great ways to outdoors and get in touch with nature – mostly without ever leaving the city.
Just take Forest Park for example. Some of the city’s most scenic attractions are found in the 1,300-acre respite, including the Missouri Botanical Garden – a beautifully manicured garden and National Historic Landmark, known for its 12 gardens, dazzling collection of statues and structures, and other must-see attractions.
Check out the man-made attractions, like the Climatron greenhouse and the Butterfly House. The former creates an artificial rainforest climate for conservational purposes, while the latter is an 8,000 square foot butterfly conservatory.
Both provide beautiful respites from the hustle and bustle of the city, while also educating visitors on exotic wildlife and ecosystems.
Speaking of wildlife, the St. Louis Zoo, located only a short walk from the gardens, offers all the classic zoo-going experiences one would expect, only more. Over 100 years old, the zoo has accumulated an impressive collection of on-site attractions and must-sees over the years, including the Lakeside Crossing, Historic Hill, and the Red Rocks.
Looking to get some exercise while seeing the sights? Grab your bike (or strap on your walking shoes) and check out Grant’s Trail – an eight-mile multi-purpose trail traversing the suburbs of St. Louis.
The trail begins near Hoffmeister Avenue and Union Road in Lemay, and ends near Holmes and Leffingwelle Avenues in Kirkwood. Along the way, you’ll pass by Grant’s Farm and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, so be ready to check out the sights.
Just a short drive southwest of the city, the Meramec Caverns will dazzle and delight those looking to see some of the area’s natural wonders. The caverns, formed by hundreds of millions of years of limestone deposits, are home to a number of awesome natural rock formations. Put on your headlamp and check out the Wine Room, noted for its rare “Wine Table” cave formation, and the Mirror Room, housing an underground stream.