Visit Maryland Heights, St. Louis’ backyard (Visitmarylandheights.org) had the best spring and summer activities at Creve Coeur Lake. Creve Coeur Lake Memorial park always features playgrounds, spray fountain play areas, hiking trails, and water trails. There is a disc golf course, archery range, tennis courts, and fishing areas. Creve Coeur Lake is the largest in St. Louis County, taking up most of the 2,145 acres of its park. It is a historic site with ties to the foundation of St. Louis. People that originally settled in the region built hotels, bridges, and railroads to the lake, which would eventually become a park. In the 1980’s Sailboat Cove was implemented and it added to the lake’s natural splendor with modern amenities.
Here are some highlights:
– Great Rivers Greenway, a public agency that promotes the preservation of rivers and parks in the St. Louis area, partnered with the St. Louis County Department of Parks to provide 6 miles of beautiful water trails full of scenery across the lake. The expedition is a two-fold adventure: one part is for observing the natural flora and fauna that inhabit the areas around the lake; the other is an informative movie about the history of the park. Participants are encouraged to get additional information as they go along by looking at the brochure. Some parts of the tour will coincide with the hiking trails that circle the lake.
– The Go Ape! Treetop had a successful opening this 2018. Participants were able to take part in an above-ground adventure that includes zip lines, “Tarzan” swings, and rail tracks, all from the treetops. Bookings were available for weekends and Mondays in April and May. June and July expeditions were able to be booked daily. On August 14th the booking availability resumed to weekends only. More information can be found at their official site.
– Creve Coeur Lake Rentals opened in April and remains open until October, making this current fall season the perfect time to spend some time on the lake by renting a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. If you prefer dry land rent a bike or quadricycle to enjoy the lake’s many trails.