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Friday, May 24, 2013

The Eight Best Memorial Day Picnic Spots in St. Louis

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Forest Park (Highway 40 [Interstate 64] & Hampton Avenue) St. Louis' most celebrated park covers a whopping 1,371 acres (Central Park's a measly 843!) and is home to more bucolic scenery than seems possible. There's a reason the site was chosen for the 1904 World's Fair. Simply put, there's a ton of stuff to do: paddle boats, the zoo, cultural edification at the art and history museums, and, if you're the sort, golf. The list goes on and on and on, but the main point here is that a Memorial Day spent at Forest Park will not be a boring one.

See also: - A Walk in Forest Park

Des Peres Park (12325 Manchester Road, Des Peres; 314-835-6150) The trails and lake on the 42.5-acre park are favorites of locals, but for your Memorial Day gathering you'll probably get more use out of the many designated picnic spots, or maybe even the grand gazebo -- sure to make other picnickers fume with jealousy. There are a number unique features here that might pique your interest, namely the shuffleboard courts (because who can resist a shuffleboard?) and the play fountain that opens on Memorial Day: perfect timing!

       The final picnic | RFT photo
  •        The final picnic | RFT photo

Bellefontaine Cemetery (4947 West Florissant Avenue; 314-381-0750) Okay, granted, this pick comes off a bit morbid, but hear us out! Bellefontaine Cemetery bills itself as an attractive spot for lovers of history and Mother Nature, and after all, this is Memorial Day. Besides the many historic military figures buried on the grounds, famous St. Louisans in general are interred throughout. Famous graves aren't the only draw: across more than 300 acres, you can find exceptional architecture, including mausoleums, and larger monuments that demonstrate a diverse collection of Classical, Romanesque, Gothic, Egyptian and even some forms of modern architecture. There's also the arboretum, featuring 4,181 plants and 4,173 trees -- you can sit underneath a Shingle Oak that might just be the single largest tree in the state. The angle of repose is an attractive one this Memorial Day.

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