It's summertime, and the cottonwood fluff is floating over the shores of Post-Dispatch Lake. Spread a quilt beneath one of those big old trees, unpack the picnic-basket snacks and pop the wine cork. Then lean back on your elbows to watch the world go by. St. Louis loves its Forest Park, so the waterways and pedestrian paths around this spot get a lot of use: ambitious paddle-boaters on a mission to make it to the Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill; dogs of many varieties tugging at their leashes in search of a more perfect smell; sweethearts young and old, holding hands as they stroll. Although people (and dogs) abound, the mood on this stretch of shady grass between the lake and the path is peaceful, even when snatches of Broadway melodies from the Muny vie with guitar twangs from the Friday night bands featured at the Boathouse — the proximity of which is perhaps the best feature of this particular place to picnic. If you need to freshen up, or if you run out of wine, its clean restrooms and outdoor bar are just a few steps away.
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