Best Picnic Spots

Who doesn’t love a good picnic? There’s something so nostalgic about packing your favorite foods and beverages in a cooler or basket and enjoying them while spread out on a blanket outdoors. While the backyard is a great setting for picnics, our community has plenty of idyllic spots for families to set up their spread for the day. These picnic spots offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a scenic view, a dog-friendly park or a romantic spot with some privacy.

  1. Faust County Park


    Faust Park:  In-between fanning out picnic spreads to enjoy, this park offers a 1920s carousel to ride, butterfly house, historic buildings and a large playground. 

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    Chesterfield Central Park

    Chesterfield Central Park:  Pack a picnic to have under covered table area before going fishing, biking, admiring outdoor artwork or enjoying sunshine at the playground.


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    Wildwood Community Park

    Wildwood Community Park:  This location is ADA-accessible, and has picnic areas, picnic shelters, picnic tables and a shaded dog park area; pavilion can be rented.

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    Queeny Park

    Queeny Park:  There's even room at this Weidman/Mason Road location for corporate picnics; afterward hike nature trails, play tennis or go to playground.

  5. Castlewood State Park

    Castlewood State Park: Great for family gatherings in Ballwin; features several picnic sites, complete with picnic table and pedestal charcoal grill, then go biking. 

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    Suson Park

    Established in 1964, Suson Park features a working animal farm. There's also a Lakeside Shelter you can reserve.

  7. Lone Elk Park

    Visitors see bison, turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer as you drive through Lone Elk Park, or stay and picnic there and then walk the trails.

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    Tower Grove Park

    The Victorian pavilions at the historic St. Louis city park and arboretum, Tower Grove Park, are a favorite site for families, schools, and community events.

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    Laumeier Sculpture Park

    105-acre Laumeier Sculpture Park combines art and nature, making it in a unique place to walk or picnic. They also offers classes, concerts and events.

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    Faust Park

    There’s a variety of educational programs and guided tours for at Faust Park, which includes the original estate of Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates.

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    Indian Camp Creek Park

    If you're looking for a great spot for a group, check out the two small shelters and four large shelters at Indian Camp Creek Park.

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    Frontier Park

    Watch a tugboat float down the Missouri River while you enjoy a picnic at Frontier Park…on the grass, at one of tables, or group pavilion.

  13. Quail Ridge Park

    Enjoy 250 acres of rolling pastures, wooded hillsides, and the natural surface and paved trails along Peruque Creek at Quail Ridge Park.

  14. August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

    There are 100 lakes on 3000 acres to spread a blanket and picnic by or watch a sunset at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. 


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    Fort Zumwalt Park


    Picnic next to the lake at Fort Zumwalt Park while watching the ducks paddling around the water, or play a rousing game of disc golf.

  16. Lafayette Park

    Lafayette Park:  Circa 1851, this 30-acre city park has historic elements (cannons and 1867 house) as quaint, nature-oriented getaway for peace and quiet picnic outings. 

  17. William F. Dierberg Meditation Park

    William F. Dierberg Meditation Park:  This 2-acre park features picnic benches, walking paths, open green space, a butterfly garden and a fountain. 

  18. Oak Knoll Park

    Oak Knoll Park:  Includes a rentable picnic pad, picnic tables, playground, restroom and walking path.

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    Forest Park Pavilion 7

    Forest Park Pavilion 7:  This site, which can hold 100 people, contains 10 picnic tables and one grill pit. 

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    Highland Park

    Highland Park:  Covered picnic table and grill are available, along with a playground for youth 2-12, a Little Library, spray ground feature and fitness equipment.

  21. Kirkwood Park features a fishing lake, amphitheater, community center, ice arena, racquet center, playground, horseshoe pits. Carissa Roller and her son Eli (pictured) picnic under the trees at Kirkwood Park before heading of

  22. Walker Park is located in downtown Kirkwood and includes a bubbling fountain, beautiful bronze turtles, and a unique butterfly chair.

  23. Blackburn Park is located at the intersection of Edgar Road and East Jackson Road in Webster Groves and features of the nearly 38-acre park include ballfields, tennis courts, walking paths, and a bird sanctuary.

  24. Laumeier Park is one of the first and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the country with more than 70 works of large-scale outdoor sculpture throughout the 105-acre park.

  25. Tower Grove Park’s landscape of grassy meadows, approximately seven thousand trees, and many varied flowerbeds make the park an important urban green space and a perfect place for a family picnic. 

  26. The Gateway Arch


    The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century.

  27. Citygarden


    Citygarden is an urban sculpture park located in downtown St. Louis. The park is an oasis of free interactive art, fountains and gardens spanning two blocks in downtown St. Louis.

  28. Missouri Botanical Garden


    The Missouri Botanical Garden offers 79 acres of splendid horticultural displays, including indoor conservatories and demonstration, formal and international gardens.

  29. Forest Park


    Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States.  At around 1,300 acres it is bigger than Central Park in New York.