• Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Best Christmas Light Displays around St. Louis

    One our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around and look at the colorful light displays. Some of these trips are through elaborate set ups in various parks with millions of lights. Other displays are put up by festive homeowners who go all out to celebrate the season. No matter which side of the river you are on, here is a list of some great spots to check out this year. Lights in Illinois…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  Trips

    Best Hikes in Shawnee National Forest

    The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is one of our favorite areas to explore. You forget anything you ever thought about Illinois’s flat landscape when you view the rugged bluffs, trickling creeks, and dramatic overlooks that can be found in Shawnee. Shawnee has an amazing amount of scenic areas and parks to explore. There are trails available for all ages and abilities from a 1/4 easy trek to a multi-day backpacking adventure. It’s hard…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  St. Louis

    Explore Mighty Views and Rugged Terrain at Illinois’s Little Grand Canyon

    Arizona is not the only state that can claim a Grand Canyon. Illinois has its own version. While nowhere near as large or as grand, this rugged area is still an amazing sight. Not designed for the beginner hiker, this rough and tumble trail requires you to literally scramble up and down a slick waterfall in and out of a steep ravine. However, the constant stunning views both from above and below the bluffs are…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    The Best Fall Hikes Near St. Louis

    Fall is our favorite time for hiking. The weather is cooler, the bugs are almost gone, and the leaves put on a spectacular show. There are so many great spots near St. Louis that offer great vistas and beautiful fall colors. Here is a round up of 10 fall hikes we love within 90 minutes of St. Louis. Castlewood State Park Castlewood is one of the most well-known hiking spots near St. Louis and with good…

  • Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    The Best St. Louis Area Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

    While you could buy a ready to go pumpkin from the grocery store, it’s a lot more fun to make the trip to one of the many St. Louis area farms that offer pick-your-own patches. Not only do they present a beautiful backdrop for choosing the perfect pumpkin, but most of these patches have a variety of family friendly activities and entertainment. No matter which side of the river you are on, you can find…