Watery Ways to Stay Cool

When the weather heats up, there’s no better way to have fun and stay cool than being in the water. Whether it’s the neighborhood swimming pool, the nearby lake or beach, or a thrilling waterpark, our community can keep its cool all summer long. Be sure to bring towels and plenty of sunscreens to enjoy endless hours of splashing and relaxing by the water.

  1. Photo By: Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts

    Central Park Lake


    Central Park Lake:  Encircled by a relaxing, 1.24-mile loop trail in Chesterfield. Splash into the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center, also located in this same park.


  2. Photo By: Kennedy Robinson, City of Ballwin Marketing & Communication specialist

    Vlasis Park Lake


    Vlasis Park Lake:  Provides bird watching opportunities in Ballwin, plus 0.5-acre fishing for trout, sunfish and catfish. Another pond on-site frequently attracts ducks.

  3. Photo By: St. Louis County Parks

    Tilles Park Lake


    Tilles Park Lake:  Complete with a spray fountain play area and surrounding features, it's inside one of the most visited St. Louis County parks.

  4. Photo By: Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts

    River's Edge Park


    River's Edge Park:  Visitors walk a peaceful, half-mile crushed limestone trail to a beautiful lake surrounded by a wall of mature trees in Chesterfield. 

  5. Boathouse Forest Park


    Explore 22 acres of waterways winding around Forest Park by renting a paddle boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board at The Boathouse at Forest Park.

  6. Missouri River Water Trail


    The lower Missouri River is an impressive, ever-changing and dynamic river. Discover it up close by floating the Missouri River Water Trail.

  7. Riverboat Cruises at the Gateway Arch


    Take a Gateway Arch Riverboat cruise for a romantic dinner, relaxing tour, or a floating party with live music and dancing.

  8. Des Peres City Hall


    The whole family will enjoy Des Peres City Park, with its pretty fishing lake and splash area for the kids.

  9. Photo By: Judy Peters

    Klondike Park


    Enjoy the beauty of the white powdery sands surrounding the lake at Klondike Park, which was once the site of an old silica sand quarry.

  10. The Park at New Melle Lakes


    The Park at New Melle Lakes features a 25-acre lake that's perfect for catch-and-release fishing, as well for renting a kayak or paddleboard.

  11. Photo By: Judy Peters

    Bromelsiek Park


    Bromelsiek Park has two great fishing lakes, plus one exclusively for your dog!

  12. Veterans Tribute Park


    Kids love the interactive and motion-activated water play at Veterans Tribute Park. And the two lakes here are great for fish-and-release.

  13. Photo By: Judy Peters

    Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park


    Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park:  Largest park in St. Louis. Picnic on sand beach, enjoy lake view, visit the “Dripping Springs” waterfall along south-east shore. 

  14. Twin Rivers Canoe Rentals


    Twin Rivers Canoe Rentals:  4-mile float and 9-mile float daily through October at Brookdale Farms; length/route vary based on canoe, raft, kayak or tube. 

  15. Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbor


    Six Flags’ Hurricane Harbor: Join the park's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2021 by starting with the water park features:  The Tornado, Bonsai Pipelines, slides.

  16. Photo By: City of Richmond Heights

    The Heights


    The Heights:  Swim in the indoor aquatic center, including four lap lanes, lazy river, hot tub, sauna, steam room and a splash pad.

  17. Photo By: The Great American Diving Company

    The Great American Diving Company


    Great American Diving Company:   Dive into underwater adventures through snorkeling and diving lessons. Ask about the annual, underwater pumpkin carving event.