St. Louis, MO is only a 5 hour trip from our house and to be honest before I got a territory in St. Louis for work I had only been one time! So when I was assigned this territory to work I was excited to get to spend some time and explore! I traveled to Missouri on average once to twice a month alone for work but I did get to bring my family for a few trips with me! This was excited for everyone! This is from our first family trip during spring break 2018 and 2019!
The Gateway Arch
The beautiful 630 foot monument is your first view crossing over the Mississippi into Missouri. It is pretty during the day and at night! Did you know it is the tallest manmade monument in the Western Hemisphere?? This bit of information made my husband a little nervous as we took a ride to the top! Make sure to visit their website to reserve a time for you and your family to ride up to the top. You can buy tickets there but they can sell out. Sometimes they only have one side open which could make your wait even longer. I would recommend pre buying tickets and hopefully you are ok with close spaces and heights! This is a must do if you visit the city!
What can I say about this museum except for the artists that created this had very creative imaginations. This museum is made up of repurposed architectural and industrial objects. I cannot even really explain this but say it is a must to check out. It isn’t just for kids although kids are able to climb up into different areas and some adults are definitely not able to fit. I will say that if you are just visiting and have small children don’t let them out of your sight. I may or may not have lost two of my kids for a short amount of time and freaked out so just sayin. Even after that it was worth it for the kids to run around and for the adults to awe in wonder. This museum is downtown.
St. Louis Zoo
The zoo is located in Forest Park. The zoo is only open until 5 pm during the week most of the year. The zoo is FREE admission so we have gone twice to visit checking out different things each time! This last trip my oldest felt like a seal trainer with their seal doing everything he was telling him to do through the glass. To entertain a teenager and everyone who passed by for a good 45 minutes is a miracle in itself! Even if you don’t have the full day I would visit the zoo with the fam!
We actually became members the day we went! The good thing was that our membership worked in many different museum centers including our own Cincinnati Museum so we considered it an investment to get a family membership. This also allowed us to get into the IMAX which was featuring Superpower Dogs (my kids adored it!). They had endless exhibits and activities for the kids of all ages. This was great appealing to a 3 year old as well as a 13 year old. They were able to play with the exhibits and really get some hands on learning.
The Magic House St. Louis, Children’s Museum
This children’s museum is located in Kirkwood, MO. This place I did actually visit way back on my first trip to the city. Our trip the The Magic House this time was on a short trip with only my husband and my daughter. I think this is a cute museum for any age but it is definitely catered toward the younger one’s which made it perfect for my 3 year old. There are many different exhibits that are interactive that even parents enjoy. My favorite part is when you touched the ball to make your hair stand up!
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A root beer factory and an American food restaurant located on Delmar Blvd. This was a treat for everyone! The delicious drinks you could choose any type of root beer, cream soda, grape pop, orange cream, strawberry, and many more! They even had delicious deserts featuring their sodas that they kids couldn’t eat enough! The casual atmosphere and games make it a good place for families with kids.
There are many other places that I would have liked to have gone and I know that my husband had a few other breweries he wanted to visit but we would have need another full week!