This 1,300-plus-acre local gem attracts about 13 million visitors each year, according to Forest Park Forever’s website, with its indoor and outdoor attractions – most of which are free and allow for a budget-friendly date. Make a day of it at the Saint Louis Art Museum to explore its numerous exhibitions, but don’t just make a beeline from the door to your parking spot: Tour the sculpture garden tucked behind the museum. Take a walk around Art Hill, see the fountains gleam in the sunlight, and appreciate the lush green trees that turn vibrant red in the fall.
If you and your partner are up for burning more calories, visit the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Science Center or Missouri History Museum. Refuel with a meal at The Boathouse at Forest Park, which offers lakeside patio seating, a bar and live music on most weekends. The Muny, the oldest and largest outdoor theater in the country, also resides in the park, providing a relaxing way to end your day with top-notch musical theater.