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Forest Park free

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  • Type: Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Forest Park is HUGE -- if you want to get an idea of how humongous, consider this: It's about 500 acres larger than New York City's sprawling Central Park. As such, this "forest" holds nearly 1,300 acres worth of things to do. You'll find everything from a zoo to summer concerts to museums to a golf course here. You can also jog its trails, boat its waterways, swing your racket on the tennis courts and much, much more. Just glance at this map; you'll see it takes effort to become bored here.

Most travelers describe Forest Park as "a gem," "an oasis" and "beautiful." But one TripAdvisor user writes that although it's massive and resplendent in activities, "anyone saying it is better than Central Park has never been there."

You'll find Forest Park west of downtown. Keep in mind that although the park is free, attractions inside may charge a fee. 

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