For this Family Travel Spotlight I chose St. Louis, MO. There is actually a ton of fun things to do around St. Louis!
If you visit obviously one thing you must see is the Gateway Arch. It is the nation’s tallest monument at 634 feet! If you are brave (unlike me!) you can Journey to the Top. I have yet to do this and may never! I am not a fan of elevators and the thought of a tram ride 634 feet up is scary! However tons of people do this yearly and enjoy it! I’m sure the view is amazing! Either way the Arch is something you must see!
Another wonderful place to visit and just a short walk from the Arch is Citygarden. This is a wonderful place to visit! Not only does it feature amazing art work (all of which kids can climb on) but it also has wonderful plants and best of all water features. Citygarden features 102 water jets that shoot up a various heights up to 8 feet! Children and adults alike delight in running thru them! This is also amazing at night, the water jets are lit up! In the Winter, Citygarden is decorated beautifully for Christmas.
A great place for kids is the Magic House. My kids just love it there! It is huge and has something for everyone. It is actually pretty fun for adults too. The Magic House features a Bubble Room, Water Room, Construction Zone and much more! They have very realistic play areas resembling the real thing including a bank, library, Pizzeria, grocery store, and even the newborn baby nursery at the hospital. The Magic House is great because it encourages pretend play that helps kids learn at the same time (without even realizing it!) They also have a large room that changes every few months so there is always something new to discover there.
A nice place to visit is the St. Louis Zoo. This is one of my favorite zoos and best of all its free! The zoo features tons of animals without too much walking in between, which is great for kids. They feature a wonderful Children’s Zoo as well for a small fee. The zoo is currently remodeling to include an underwater viewing area for the Sea Lions where you will be able to walk thru a tunnel with the Sea Lions swimming around you. This zoo also has a Sting Ray exhibit where you can touch the Sting Rays.
Looking for something else to do? Be sure to visit the City Museum. This place is awesome! It is fabulous for kids and adults!
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects.
This place is so neat because everything in it is taken from discarded, unwanted items. One of our favorite things there is the Enchanted Caves. This features a huge slide that goes up several stories, can’t remember exactly how many, but the walk to the top is quite long! The caves themselves are rather large and fun to explore, it really feels like you are in a cave! The City Museum also has an aquarium for an extra fee. This place is unlike any other I’ve been too. It is a beautiful work of art and a playground in one!
If you still have time left and have some adrenaline junkies you can check out Six Flags St. Louis. Six Flags has something for everyone. If you love scary roller coasters be sure to ride Mr. Freeze which takes you 70MPH in reverse! If your more like me and enjoy calmer roller coasters the Ninja and batman are for you. Like the slower rides? That’s ok too, they have plenty for you! As well as some water rides, a Toon Town for kids and don’t forget Hurricane Harbor! Six Flags huge water park that is included in the price! This is where I spend most of my time as St. Louis is hot in summer!
There is actually plenty more to explore in the area but I’ve listed the best ones! This is definitely one the kids would love but the adults can still enjoy as well!