Fontbonne is a couple minutes away from one of St. Louis’ greatest achievements; Forest Park. Forest Park is a beautiful park that many locals adore, including myself!
The park sits on a little over 1,200 acres and is actually larger than Central Park in New York. Throughout Forest Park you’ll find rolling hills, beautiful landscapes, and quite a few attractions. It is home to the History Museum, Art Museum, the Muny, the Science Center, and the Zoo. Both the History and Art Museums and the Zoo are free admission, which a is awesome for college students!
I love spending time at Forest Park, whether its walking around the sprawling park or going to a museum. I recommend a visit to Forest Park at least once, but if you’re a local, you should make a visit a weekly habit! Just walking around can be a great stress reliever, especially with finals coming up!
Below: A photo of the fountains near the Art Museum.
What makes Fontbonne special? If someone were to ask me that I am not sure what I would say at first if having not thought about it prior. Though once I begin comparing and contrasting how Fontbonne varies from my friend’s colleges I think of things right off the bat, such as how it is amazing how a student can create an academic relationship with his or her professors so easily on our campus. For a small-sized campus, it seems much easier to go and see your professor, being confident that they will be in their office as scheduled to help with any problem. There are days when I may have an unplanned problem arise and I just think to myself that there is a particular professor available that I can go and talk to at that very moment because of their office hours. I bet that there are not many of the same opportunities at larger universities because of the busy schedules teachers may have compared to Fontbonne University.
Another reason that makes Fontbonne different is that we have a great atmosphere, in the large yet small city of St. Louis. There is never a dull moment once you have a small list of adventures planned out. Pinterest comes in handy when wanting to come up with ideas, just to get the noggin thinking. Fontbonne’s location is right by a large city park, where there is a zoo, outdoor theater, tennis courts, art museum, history museum, and much more to explore. As a student in a new town, I would say to take time to explore new areas of the world just as someone who likes to travel may do.
I know that I’ve talked about Forest Park before, but it is truly a jewel of St. Louis! Forest Park offers so many opportunities (which are usually free!) and is a beautiful place that continues to amaze me. Now that spring is here, I am able to spend more time outside and bike over to Forest Park, right down the road from Fontbonne. This past weekend, I volunteered at Forest Park with a few friends and helped to plant seedlings in the green house! Forest Park is a fantastic place to go to for a variety of reasons: spend time with friends, find peace and solitude, study, explore the art/ history of St. Louis, or to just get outside. I love going to Forest Park for so many reasons and there is never a dull moment there. If you get the chance, ride your bike or take a walk around the sidewalk around the perimeter of the park; it is a beautiful trail and allows you to see the entire park!
See a calendar of events happening at Forest Park soon.
It feels like almost yesterday that I was laying out, jammin’ out, and studying my heart out on campus. Oh wait, that was yesterday! With an exception to a few evenings, STL weather has been incredible!
What is there to do in STL on beautiful days like these!? Plenty..
You can take a walk in Forest Park, visit the famous city museum playground, find a lake to go fishing, find a bar to go fishing (if you’re 18 years & up), take a trip to the St. Louis Zoo, attend one of Fontbonne University’s baseball, softball, lacrosse or golf outings, shop downtown Clayton or the Galleria Mall, walk to Knoll park which is just across the street from FU, find a place to build a bonfire, find a place to not build a bon fire and save the environment, take your significant anywhere and everywhere, message me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@evanj_247) and I will personally, yes, personally assist you in finding something to do around STL. The possibilities are endless.. The End..
“YOLO” – it really is a good quote when you actually think about it..