City Garden649 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: 801 Market St, St Louis, MO 63101, United States, Saint Louis
- Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-3142413337
- Tags: Garden, Botanical Garden, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Picture the first bloom of flowers, the rainbow after a storm and the glittering seeds of a pomegranate. From the wild, blasts of colour that paint the sky, to the burst of patterns across the bodies of animals, it is without doubt that art and nature go hand in hand. Now picture a museum that combines the perfectly proportionate beauty of nature along with the maddening complexity of contemporary, man-made art. Now imagine that the museum you’re picturing isn’t a museum at all, but a large, luscious garden.
Welcome to City Garden, a 2.9 acre garden attached to a shopping mall but open on all sides. The garden is right next to Gateway Mall, a shopping complex whose development has mirrored that of St. Louis itself. The Garden itself has become very popular, thanks to its beautiful marriage of nature and sculpture. The park includes six rain gardens, a 102-fountain "spray plaza" in which children can play, as well as a 180 feet (55 m)-long pool with a 6-foot (1.8 m)-tall waterfall.
- The garden also includes Ginkgo biloba trees, native plants, and spacious sidewalks. With over 235 trees, plants, native wildflowers and shrubs, the park has become a fascinating horticultural hotspot, reflecting the diversity in the flora of the city. Three different soil mixes were devised to nourish each and every plant, and the foliage is very well looked after.
- There are water features, such as a small pool where very young children can wade.
- The park has larger works of art placed upon wide lawns and smaller pieces are in the more private areas. Bronze, stainless steel, fiberglass, polyester and different kinds of mediums have been used to create the displays. The most iconic statues is a huge bronze head lying on its side by the sculptor Igor Mitoraj. Many of the exhibits are so huge, visitors can actually walk through them. One display includes digital screens showing people walking by.
Enjoy your time in this oasis of beauty and peace in the heart of down town. Watch the sky turn into the sun’s canvas as the sun sets and feel at peace while pondering over the work of both man and Mother Nature.
City Garden Travel Tips
- You can’t picnic or play games here as this is mostly a garden for viewing pleasure.
- Tours of the park explore three aspects of Citygarden: the collection of sculpture, Citygarden's design and its landscaping. Please call 2 weeks in advance .
- The garden is not designed for private events and is intended for the enjoyment of the public.
- No skateboarding, bike riding, roller-skates, segways, in-line skates and other similar conveyances in the park.
- No climbing on the waterfall or the limestone wall.
- No barbecue grills or other picnic furniture are allowed in the site.
- Playing in the Lower Basin and the Boat Basin is allowed for children only when Park Monitors are on duty.
How to Reach City Garden
- Get off at the 8th & Pine MetroLink station.
- Bailey’s Range (American)
- Charlie Gitto’s Restaurants (Continental, Italian)
- Caleco’s Restaurant and Bars Do (Italian, Pizza)
- TGI Friday’s (Seafood, Burgers)
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48.15% of people who visit Saint Louis include City Garden in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
36.96% of people start their City Garden visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see City Garden
68.18% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting City Garden
City Garden Reviews & Ratings
This is a very nice area with a lot of sculptures to look at. Lots of space to be able to roam around. A couple of water areas for the kids to play in. The only reason why it's not 5 stars is this is downtown St Louis and the panhandlers are just thick. You can't go anywhere without running into at least 10 of them which diminishes the experience. However definitely a place to walk through and spend a couple of minutes.
So i have been here during the day and it was nice. Then my girlfriend and I went back at night a few months later to find its more enchanting and beautiful in the dark. The sculpture artist had a vision that i respect and look forward to seeing more magnificent art in the future. The tetrahedron at the top of the property above the horse was my favorite.
Great place to enjoy with the kids in the summer. Must bring swimsuits and flip flops and extra set of play clothes and dry towel. And its still fairly new seeing they rebuild it a couple years back do anybody know when if so comment below and please like my post. Thank you
The Splash Park here can't be beat for summer fun - it is one of the most requested spots by my children for us to go to! There are multiple wading pools and a very large splash pad to enjoy. Staff ensure that the children are safe and that everyone is following the rules. It is clean and sanitary. Be aware that you must pay for meter parking here!
Inviting place to visit and enjoy. Christmastide makes a wonderful winter experience. Children love it all year round. Fountain great respite for any visitor.