A couple of weekends ago we visited Simpson Lake, which happens to be right in our own backyard here in St. Louis. It was a mere 15 minute drive from our house and yet I didn’t even know it existed!! It is located in Valley Park, MO (a suburb of St. Louis), find it on the map here.
The park was nice, especially for something in the middle of suburbia. It isn’t huge but there is plenty to do. There is a fantastic playground that Maya had a blast playing on. It is huge and not really meant for littler ones but as long as one of us climbed up with her she did great. The equipment is practically brand new. Unfortunately, they choose blue for the slide and it does get a bit hot in the sun so be careful. I think Maya would have been happy if we just spent the whole morning playing on the playground equipment.
One of our favorite things to do as a family is hike. My husband loves to put Maya in the backpack carrier and go for a little hiking adventure. There isn’t really any hiking at Simpson Lake, but there is a nice little path the goes around the west side of the lake. It has some very nice views of the lake and is a nice easy walk 1 mile walk. The path is paved so really anyone could tackle this path, even those in wheelchairs or with strollers. We enjoyed our little stroll.
The lake is great for kayakers and canoers. In fact there was a kayaking class going on while we were there. We also saw several people fishing off the docks. You can also take a boat out on the lake, but only those with electric motors, no gas motors allowed.
Overall, we were impressed. Maya loved the playground, there are plenty of places to eat a picnic lunch, the path was nice, and the water access is great if we want to go canoeing here sometime. If you live in the St. Louis area and you are looking for a quick little afternoon activity that won’t cost you anything I would definitely recommend checking out Simpson Lake. We certainly enjoyed ourselves.