We live in St. Louis, just minutes from this park, and it is one of our favorite ways to spend time outdoors with the five kids. On a day that is warm, but not hot, rent a paddle boat at the Boat House. We bring a lunch or snacks on board, and let the kids do the paddling. You get the boat for an hour ($17 with tax) and you have time to paddle to the center of the park--the grand basin. You will have a beautiful view of the Art Museum, and there are several fountains to steer toward and give the kids a wet thrill :) We like to float a bit, and eat lunch in the center of the basin, and then head back. You go under 2-3 bridges, depending on your route. Many times, after we return the boat, we follow the gravel bike trail back to the Grand Basin, and sit by the water and just read the afternoon away, fly a kite, or run up the huge Art Museum hill for the fun of rolling down!! The whole day is just simple outdoor fun that you'll love!
*There are bathrooms and water fountains near the boat rental, and inside the free Art Museum.
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