Why Suson Park in St. Louis County is a Great Place for Kids

Animals at Suson Park
Photo by David O'Brien

Suson Park is a well-loved outdoor destination in the St. Louis area for kids and families. Parents will make the drive to Suson Park in south St. Louis County because it has something other local parks do not: a working animal farm. 

See the Animals

The most popular attraction at Suson Park is the animal farm. Visitors of all ages can walk through the farm and get an up-close look at the horses, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, goats, and more. The animal farm has several barns and enclosed pastures where the animals spend their days, along with educational signs to let visitors know what breeds of animals they are seeing. The farm is open daily April through September from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and October through March from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. You can also schedule a free tour by calling (314) 615-8822.

Keep in mind, if you grew up on a farm or in the country, the Suson Park animal farm is small by comparison, but it does give those who live in urban areas an idea of what life is like on a farm.

Farm Fridays

Another good way for your children to experience Suson Park is during Farm Fridays. These special events for kids are held several times a year during warmer months. Guides give tours of the barns to teach children all about the animals and their important roles in keeping a farm running. Farm Fridays also include hayrides, face painting, candle making, pony rides and more. Admission is $10 for children 12 and younger. Adults are free. Farm Fridays are held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other Amenities

In addition to the animal farm, Suson Park has many of the same amenities as you'd find at other parks in St. Louis County. There is a large outdoor play area in the middle of the park that's good for children of all ages. There are also several pavilions that can be rented for parties or picnics, many of which are shaded by large trees. For those who like to fish, there are three lakes stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation that are open for public fishing. Lastly, there is also a one-mile trail around the largest lake that is a nice place for walking or jogging.

Location and Hours

Suson Park is located on nearly 100 acres at 6073 Wells Road in south St. Louis County. It's not far from the intersection of I-270 and I-55. To get to the park, take I-55 South to exit 193 at Meramec Bottom Road. Turn right on Meramec Bottom Road, then right again on Wells Road. Go about half a mile down Wells Road and turn left into the park. Suson Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes after sunset.

More Outdoor Fun

Suson Park is just one option for getting your kids outside in the St. Louis area. If your children like animals, you might also consider making a trip to Grant's Farm or the World Bird Sanctuary. Admission to both attractions is free.

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