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Visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the Wheel at Union Station

Visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the Wheel at Union Station

Since the kids were off school on Valentine’s Day, Ben decided to take the day off work so we could have a local adventure day as a family. We had been wanting to check out the new St. Louis Aquarium which opened Christmas Day. We decided to combine the aquarium visit with a spin around the St. Louis Observation Wheel since both attractions are located at the stunning and historic Union Station. A combo ticket is available for a discount…

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Family Fun in South Haven, Michigan: What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

Family Fun in South Haven, Michigan: What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

If you are in the Midwest, a fantastic beach vacation can be found within a days drive to one of Michigan’s beach towns. We return year after year for a short beach trip to one of these charming destinations along Lake Michigan. I recently posted here about all about the wonderful family activities in St. Joseph, Michigan. Just 30 minutes north of St. Joseph and a 6 hour drive from our home base near St. Louis is the lakeside escape…

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Family Fun in St. Joseph, Michigan – What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

Family Fun in St. Joseph, Michigan – What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

One of the destinations I get asked about the most is our yearly trip to St. Joseph, Michigan. From St. Louis, it is less than a 5.5 hour drive to this amazing family friendly vacation spot. Since we are already up north in Chicago at least once a year to visit family, it is easy for us to tack on a couple more days for a mini beach getaway. The view below never gets old. Things to Do 1. The…

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Our Favorite Family Hikes in Arches National Park

Our Favorite Family Hikes in Arches National Park

Since we have been to Arches National Park three times now (2010, 2012, and 2019) I figured it would be great to condense all that info in to one post on our top picks of places to hike as a family. Since it is impossible to do everything, I’ve also tried to help you select a trail by adding my own personal rating from 1-5 for how easy the trail is (1 being super easy, 5 being more difficult) as…

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Favorite Family Hikes near St. Louis – Part 1, the Illinois side

Favorite Family Hikes near St. Louis – Part 1, the Illinois side

One of the questions I get asked the most is which hikes do I recommend in the St. Louis area, especially which hikes are good for kids. We are blessed with so many amazing hikes in the area, but I’m going to try and narrow it down to the ones I think give the best bang for your buck. I’m going to start with the Illinois side of the river as there are so many Missouri area hikes that it’s…

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Trail of the Week-Elephant Rocks State Park:Belleview, MO

Trail of the Week-Elephant Rocks State Park:Belleview, MO

I’ve been too busy to blog lately so this post is a couple weeks overdue but I want to take the time to share this hike. We consider this one of the best in Missouri and perfect for families. The park gets its name from the unique and massive granite boulders that stand on end like a train of circus elephants. The largest of these boulders, known as “Dumbo” is estimated to weight 680 tons! The oldest commercial granite quarry…

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Trail of the Week-Tanyard Creek Nature Trail in Bella Vista, Arkansas

Trail of the Week-Tanyard Creek Nature Trail in Bella Vista, Arkansas

Since we have family in northwest Arkansas, we make the trek to this region several times a year. Each trip we try to explore a different attraction. One of the highlights of our latest trip to the Natural State is the hidden gem of Tanyard Creek. The Tanyard Creek Nature Trail is located in Bella Vista, not far from the Missouri border. This beautiful trail was built by volunteers and donations to create a stunning slice of nature right in…

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Trail of the Week – Salt Lick Point Trail, Illinois

Trail of the Week – Salt Lick Point Trail, Illinois

Salt Lick Point is a favorite hike of ours on the Illinois side of the metro area. This hike is located on a former quarry site in Valmeyer, Illinois. In fact you can even spy interesting old remainders of this site’s former life. The preserve consists of three different trails. We like to make a loop by hiking a portion of the Salt Lick Trail along the bluffs, continuing along on a section of the Newman Trail, and then completing…

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