After a really fun visit to City Museum, we headed over to Citygarden which is located right in the heart of downtown St. Louis. This park is about a 5-minute walk from the Arch and is FREE to enter. There are lots of open areas for children to run, walk, and play. In addition to waterfalls and splash pads, the garden also offers plenty of shady spots to sit and relax.
You can bring your own snacks and drinks to the park (which ends up being really convenient if the kiddos play in the water features). There are also other food options:
- Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company– This cafe is located right inside Citygarden and offers seating inside and outside. They also offer a nice variety of coffees and smoothies. Their food menu includes a kid’s menu, gluten free, and vegetarian options. More info on Kaldi’s HERE
- Food Trucks-See what food trucks will be parked at the garden HERE
- Off-Site Restaurants-If you don’t mind doing a little walking or driving, you can eat at some great restaurants near Citygarden. You can find a great list of nearby restaurants HERE
Citygarden has about two dozen contemporary sculptures exhibits. The kids loved that they could climb and play on the sculptures.
Above: This is a photo of the waterfall (with wading pool and stepping stones). Right behind the waterfall is Kaldi’s Coffee Roasters.
If you are visiting Citygarden in the summertime, the kids can play in the water features. There is waterfall wall and a small wading pool with large stepping stones. There is also a few splash pad-type areas.
We were a few weeks too early for playing in the water, but my kids wanted to play in the water so bad. I recommend bringing swimsuits, towels, sunscreen, and/or a change of clothes if you are planning to play in the water.
I think you could spend as much or as little time as you would like at Citygarden. You could take a quick stroll through the gardens and sculptures or spend a few hours having a picnic and playing in the water. Either way, Citygarden is well worth a visit. It is a great attraction, and I love that it is FREE!
Citygarden // 801 Market Street – Saint Louis, MO 63101 // 314.241.3337
Citygarden Map HERE
Citygarden also offers special events like free concerts and free yoga classes (in the summertime). See a list of the gardens special events HERE
Have you been to Citygarden? What did you think about it?
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