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City Garden
Hours: Sunrise to 10
This two-block section of downtown St. Louis is a metropolitan work of art. Adorned with sculptures, plants and fountains, it offers all sorts of nooks and crannies for kids to explore.
(314) 436-8855 
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Forest Park
Hours: 6 to 10
Paths, promenades and playgrounds are just the beginning. Located in the heart of the city, Forest Park offers 1,293 acres of things to do and see. Have a picnic, take a stroll, or make a stop at one of the parks numerous cultural attractions.
(314) 289-5300 
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Turtle Playground
Hours: Dawn to 10
Play on the swings, dig in the sand and crawl on top of oversized turtles modeled from concrete. Created by local artist Robert Cassilly and architect Richard Claybour, Turtle Playground is a fun, whimsical place to spend the day.
(314) 289-5300 
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Missouri Botanical Garden
Hours: 9 to 5 daily, with walking hours from 7-9 a.m.
This St. Louis gem was founded in 1859 and features some of city’s most beautiful scenery. Stroll the gardens and see the flowers with your kids, or visit the Children’s Garden and get your hands dirty as you dig, plant and discover.
(314) 577-5100 
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Tower Grove Park
Hours: Dawn to 10
This Victorian-style park features a newly remodeled play area and a brand-new wading pool. It also plays home to live music, farmers markets, and plenty of open space, making it a fun place to visit for the entire family.
(314) 771-2679 
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Francis Park
Francis Park is the heart of the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. While it serves as a spot for tennis and handball for some, it also is a wonderful place to have a picnic, listen to a band concert, take the children to the playground or watch a soccer or softball game.
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Benton Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
This historic, 14-acre park features a fishing pond, a rustic, picturesque bridge, and a stunning reflecting pool. The newly renovated playground is the perfect place to play, while the horseshoe and tennis courts offer entertainment for all.
(314) 289-5300 
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Carondelet Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
This historic, 14-acre park features a fishing pond, a rustic, picturesque bridge, and a stunning reflecting pool. The newly renovated playground is the perfect place to play, while the horseshoe and tennis courts offer entertainment for all.
(314) 289-5300 
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Central

Shaw Park
Hours: 5 to 11
Home to an outdoor aquatic park and an ice rink, Shaw Park is the perfect place for a day of play – any time of year. Picnic accommodations host space for a fun, family BBQ and special events are often held on the park’s grounds.
(314) 290-8464 
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Deer Creek Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
This Maplewood park features a playground that’s out of this world. Get your child’s imagination going with a ride on the rocket-ship slide, play on the swings, or get down and dirty in the digging area.
(314) 645-3600 
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North

St. Ferdinand Park
Hours: 8 to 11
Spend the day feeding the ducks at St. Ferdinand Park. Or pack a picnic for yourself and relax under a shady pavilion. However you choose to spend your day, St. Ferdinand Park offers plenty of space to play.
(314) 921-5700 
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Vago Park
Located Fee Fee Road and Midland Avenue
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
This 20-acre park has three playgrounds for kids to enjoy, complete with handicap accessible play structures. There’s fun for adults too, including horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, a fitness course and several picnic sites with BBQ grills.
(314) 738-2599 
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South

Watson Trails
Hours 8 to 5
Stroll along a walking trail at Watson Trails Park and you’ll find scores of fun along the way. This delightful park features three playgrounds, a duck pond and a pool, plus an activity center that hosts youth camps and nature classes.
(314) 849-3400 
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Suson Park
6059 Wells Rd.
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Introduce your kids to all sorts of animals at Suson Park’s animal farm exhibit, learn to fish, or simply stop by the playground – it’s designed for kids of all ages, and offers spectacular views of the nearby lake.
(314) 615-8822 
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Bee Tree Park
2701 Finestown Rd. south of Telegraph along the Mississippi
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Playing in a park can be hard if your kids are different ages, but not at Bee Tree. This park features side-by-side playgrounds – one for toddlers, and another for the older kids – plus plenty of walking trails for mom and dad.
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Bohrer Park
5705 S Lindbergh Blvd.
Hours: 9 to 8
There’s no shortage of slides at Bohrer park, and the swings sit conveniently in a nice, shady spot. This park is also home to a small duck pond, and it’s a great place to spend the day playing, or soaking up the sun.
(314) 615-4386 
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West

Vlasis Park
 
Vlasis Park is Ballwin's largest park. It is located North of Manchester Road between Seven Trails Dr., Ball Park Drive and Holloway Drive.

(636) 227-8950
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Faust Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Step back in time with a visit to Faust Park’s Historical Village, take a spin on an old-time carousel, or visit the Thornhill House and learn about life in the 1800’s. Faust Park is also home to the Butterfly House and a number of other attractions.
(314) 615-8328 
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Queeny Park
550 Weidman Road. Weidman and Carman.
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Play around in the tunnels that dot this park, visit the incredible playground, or go for a hayride (in the spring and fall). And don’t forget the family pet! Queeny Park is a great place for pooches – and it’s home to the Dog Museum too.
(314) 615-8347 
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Laumeier Sculpture Park
Hours: 8 to sunset
Fuse your love of art and nature at

Laumeier Sculpture Park. It’s free to the public and most of the artwork can be viewed from the paved path, making it an easy journey to take with a stroller.
(314) 615-5278 
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Powder Valley Nature Conservation
Building Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 8 - 5 (gift shop closes at 4:30 p.m.)
Sunday & Monday. Closed
Trails: Open daily: 8 - 6
Hike some of the best trails in the state, take in nature’s finest views, or visit the Powder Valley nature center. Your kids will love the workshops, classes and educational, hands-on exhibits – especially the giant, indoor tree house.
(314) 301-1500 
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Simpson Lake
1234 Marshall Road
Saint Louis, MO 63088
Hours: 7 to one half-hour past sunset
Simpson Lake is a small park that offers loads of outdoor fun. There’s a stroller-friendly path that surrounds the lake, a brand new playground and plenty of trails to enjoy with baby.
(314) 615-4386 
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Des Peres Park
Hours: Dawn till Dusk
The 42.5-acre park is home to City Hall and features lakes for fishing, newly updated playgrounds, side-by-side slides and rock climbing walls. A seasonal fountain offers fun on sunny days, while ball fields and nature trails entertain year round.
(314) 835-6150 
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Kirkwood Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Catch a show at the outdoor amphitheater, pack a picnic, or splash in the fountain on a sunny day. Kirkwood Park is full of fun, and it even houses a theater, aquatic center and an ice arena – plus a playground just for kids under 5.
(314) 822-5855 
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Larson Park
Hours: 6 to one half hour past sunset
The playground at Larson Park features a soft surface, so you don’t have to worry about tumbles and falls. It’s perfect for crawling kids – and bigger kids too, who might enjoy the swings and climbing area.
(314) 963-5300 
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Paul A. Schroeder Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
If you’re looking for a nice park with a little bit of everything, why not stop by Schroeder Park? You can play disc golf with older kids, have a picnic with the family, or play a game on one of the park’s many ball fields.
(636) 391-6326, ext. 400 
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Preservation Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Picnic under pavilions, spend some time on the playground, and stroll down perfectly paved walking trails. No matter how you choose to spend your time, it’s always a great day of play at Preservation Park.
(314) 434-1215 
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Tilles Park
Hours: 6 to one half-hour past sunset
Along with traditional park amenities, Tilles Park features a handicap accessible playground, designed by St. Louis Children’s Hospital. There’s also a small fishing pond and a brilliant holiday light display that runs from late November to January.
(314) 615-8782 
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KATY Trail
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Built over former train tracks, this trail offers an easy-grade ride. It’s mostly flat, so it’s great for families and rides with baby. Plus, the majority of the trail runs along the Missouri River, offering stunning scenery and gorgeous views.
(800) 334-6946 
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Zachary’s Playground at Hawk Ridge Park
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Located in Lake St. Louis, this playground is completely accessible to handicapped kids and those with limited mobility, so no one has to feel left out. There’s also a water feature that’s perfect to play in on a hot summer day.
(636) 561-4620 
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Illinois

Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton Illinois
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Illinois’ largest park is renowned for it’s abundance of year-round activities. You can hike, camp, or go horseback riding. And if you’re feeling adventurous, it’s just a short climb up McAdams Peak – where the views are magnificent.
(618) 786-3323 
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