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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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COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 10

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 10

Day 10 started with a dramatic sunrise view and ended with enjoying our last Utah sunset of the trip. We began our day by leaving the hotel well before sunrise to head out to Dead Horse State Park for some sunrise photos. Dead Horse is well known as a great place to go for sunrise. The sun gradually rises to fill the canyon with golden red light. The wife grabbed some great photos while I entertained the kids on the…

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COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 9

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 9

We were excited to start day 9 by showing the kids some areas we had visited before as well as exploring some new discoveries. After grabbing a quick hotel breakfast, we headed back out to Arches National Park to see some sights before the rest of the tourists showed up. The biggest tip I can give for visiting Arches or any National Park is to go early. Drag yourself out of bed at sunrise or before and it will be…

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COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 8

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 8

We started out this trip with one last awesome breakfast at the Avon Cafe before bidding a tearful goodbye to my folks as this was the point where we parted ways for awhile. The kids were not happy about this separation from their beloved Nana and Papa. But we made it up to them by telling them that we were headed to a giant sandbox. That “sandbox” being the great state of Utah.

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP– DAY 7

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP– DAY 7

Day 7 of our trip found us at Bob’s place again for breakfast before we headed out to drive the Hagerman Pass Trail. The trail starts just outside Leadville and crosses the divide towards Basalt. The road mostly follows an old railroad grade including the remains of a train tunnel. The tunnel was completed in 1885 to cross the continental divide between Leadville and Aspen. At one time, a massive wooden trestle was located near the tunnel to switchback trains…

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