St. Louis, Missouri: Giant Concrete Turtle Park

Nonthreatening giant turtles, designed with kids in mind. But the 40 ft. long snapping turtle by the late Bob Cassilly has a fierce jaw you can dangle from.
Address:
6401 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO
Directions:
I-64 exit 34C. Make an immediate right onto Oakland Ave., which parallels the interstate. Drive a quarter-mile. On the right, between Oakland Ave. and the south side of I-64.
Hours:
Daily dawn - 10 pm.
Admission:
free
RA Rates:
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Turtle Park. Turtle Park

Fun place for the kids. Lots of turtles, big and small, to climb on. Directly across from the zoo.

[Jeff Hartman, 07/19/2010]
Giant Concrete Turtle Park

Giant concrete turtles sculpted by St. Louis artist Robert Cassilly. Kids can climb and play on a red-eared slider, a soft-shelled turtle, a map turtle, a giant serpent, and some box turtles and eggs. Great fun!

[Angela, 01/30/2009]
Giant Concrete Turtle Park

You can see this park from highway 40, near where you turn off for Forest Park. Three giant concrete turtles sit in a small park, made by the same guy responsible for the City Museum, Bob Cassily. Kids can and do climb all over these statues, which is what they're there for. There was actually a small scandal recently when the parks department covered the statues with a weatherproof coating which the artist strongly objected to, even to the point of threatening to remove the sculptures. Now, where you're going to move a 5 ton concrete turtle that's bigger than most New York apartments is anyone's guess....

[beqi, 04/29/2003]

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