12 Great Outdoor Activities in St. Louis

Searching for fun, healthy outdoor activities in St. Louis? There are so many great parks, trails, and other outdoor activities to enjoy in and around STL City and STL County. Here are several ideas for ways to get out and explore the great outdoors. All of these offer opportunities to experience the benefits of physical activity and environmental enrichment.

1. Castlewood State Park

Enjoy the scenic Meramec River valley and plenty of trails for walking, biking, and hiking at Castlewood Park—one of the best mountain biking spots in the St. Louis area.

2. Katy Trail State Park

The Katy Trail stretches 240 miles across Missouri, from Machens to Clinton. It’s a fantastic place to learn about local history while walking, biking, or horseback riding along the Missouri River.

3. Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis City boasts nearly 80 acres of splendid horticultural display. Favorite features include the Climatron rainforest conservatory, the 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, and the beloved children’s garden.

4. Citygarden

Located in the heart of downtown, Citygarden features a great view of the St. Louis Arch, unique sculpture art, beautiful gardens, and a splash pad for the kiddos.

5. City Museum

A true St. Louis gem, City Museum has both indoor and outdoor facilities. The awesome outdoor rooftop installation is open mid-May to October (weather permitting).

6. Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier is the perfect place to experience art and nature together. It offers walking pathways and trail hikes suited for all ages and abilities.

7. Creve Coeur Lake

Creve Coeur Lake is another excellent place for outdoor activities in St. Louis. The lake and surrounding park offer opportunities for a range of recreational activities—including walking, running, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding.

8. Adult Kickball at Tower Grove Park

The adult kickball scene is alive and well in St. Louis. If you don’t believe us, just drive by Tower Grove Park on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Sign up with a local adult kickball league (e.g., Team St. Louis) to join in the fun.

9. Pick-up sports games

With a simple Google search, you can find pick-up games for various sports (soccer, ultimate frisbee, flag football) at different locations around town. St. Louis Ultimate Association and St. Louis Pick Up Soccer are two organizations offering local pick-up games.

10. Outdoor yoga classes

You can take outdoor yoga classes at Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, the Arch, and other St. Louis locations. Yoga Buzz is a good resource for finding fun yoga events around town.

11. Fruit picking at Eckert’s Farms

The nearest Eckert’s location is in Belleville IL. But we also love the Grafton location, which is less crowded. Plus, the trip from St. Louis to Grafton features a beautiful drive along the river.

12. Local farmers’ markets

The Tower Grove Farmers’ Market and Kirkwood Farmers’ Market are popular places to experience new tastes, sights, and sounds in an outdoor setting.

Did we leave anything out? If you have more ideas for great outdoor activities in St. Louis, let us know. Contact us online or email info@btmastudios.com.

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