Deer Creek Park - The Rocket Ship Park

4 stars Review Philosophy

Deer Creek Park Takeaway. The "Rocket Ship Park". Great park for three-year-olds to ten-year-olds. Themed around space with the rock ship jungle gym, space rover platform, and space shuttle rocker. Good way to spend one to two hours with the kids. Big pavilion for parties. Easy parking. Clean bathrooms. Many ball fields, including volleyball. It's worth experiencing once if you have kids in Saint Louis.

Deer Creek Park rocket ship


  • 3200 N Laclede Station Rd, Maplewood, MO 63143
  • (314) 645-3600
  • Website
  • Yelp - 4.8 stars - 6 ratings
  • Google Maps - 4.6 stars - 789 ratings


Monday7 AM–10 PM
Tuesday7 AM–10 PM
Wednesday7 AM–10 PM
Thursday7 AM–10 PM
Friday7 AM–10 PM
Saturday7 AM–10 PM
Sunday7 AM–10 PM


Deer Creek Park Experience Summary

My kids and I had a great weekend going to some of the destination parks around Saint Louis, which include Deer Creek and Tilles Park in Ladue.

Deer Creek Park entrance

My wife was working both days of the weekend, so we scheduled Deer Creek Park into one of the "quadrants" - the time before or after a nap on Saturday and Sunday are each a quadrant.

I had read it should really be called the "Rocket Ship Park," and that internet sleuthing turned out to be 100% correct. The park's jungle gym is completely themed around space, with the main attraction being the rocket ship jungle gym.

Deer Creek Park tunnel

The rocket ship is a three-story behemoth of kid-inducing craziness. With over ten different ways, by my count, to access the crow's nest, there's plenty to do for kids up to ten. At the top is a steeper-than-expected slide that will have your kids doing loops for an hour.

The park overall was super clean, with ample parking and convenient bathrooms. We arrived early on Sunday morning, and there were already a half dozen families there that grew to a dozen by the time we left at 11 a.m. However, it never felt crowded or crazy.

Deer Creek Park field

In addition to the fantastic playground, there was also:

We spent a solid 1.5 hours there and only left because my sons were getting hungry for lunch, and I ran out of snacks. However, both of my sons rated Tilles Park ahead of Deer Creek Park, which surprised me. I think there were, on the net, more things for them to do at Tilles, even though the theme at Deer Creek was better.

Deer Creek Park big pavilion

Deer Creek Park Playground Breakdown

Rocket Ship Playground

An awesome twenty-foot slide highlights the playground's namesake Rocket Ship. The ride is considerably steeper than it looks from the outside, with a good turn in the middle and a pretty decent drop. I'd say the slide is maybe the top three steepest playground slides I've done.

Deer Creek Park big pavilion

My three-year-old son was scared of going down it the first three times, so I went down with him to get him used to it. He declared himself ready the fourth time, climbed up, and went for it.

He loved it after that and probably did it 40 times.

My older seven-year-old guy immediately ran up the path of least resistance and flew down the slide. He had fun climbing up all the different ways to get to the top. There are at least ten different ways to climb up to the top of the crow's nest.

Deer Creek Park big jungle gym

However, my younger guy was limited to three or four ways to get up and needed a spot for some of them.

Other Apparati

The rest of the playground is themed around space. In addition to the rocket ship, the park has a kind of lunar rover car you can "drive" and jump around on, and they have a little teeter-tootle space shuttle.

Deer Creek Park rover

Also, on the space theme, there are also two cutouts for taking pictures of yourself or kids as astronauts or aliens.

Deer Creek Park Space Shuttle

Non-spaced theme apparatuses include:

Deer Creek Park Shuttle

Deer Creek Park Amenities And Miscellaneous

Deer Creek Park had a really big pavilion right next to the playground for parties and then a smaller pavilion attached to the bathrooms on the other side.

The bathrooms were clean and well-kept.

Deer Creek Park bathrooms

Half a dozen fields were there, including a volleyball court, a couple of baseball fields, a soccer field, and then just a giant open space.

Deer Creek Park View From Top

Parking At Company

Parking was super simple. There are two parking lots. One lot is directly adjacent to the playground where the map told us to go. And then there is where I took an entrance intended for the sports fields.

Deer Creek Park volleyball

There was tons of parking on Saturday between 9 and 10 a.m.

Deer Creek Park Receipt

Deer Creek Park receipt

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