• Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Missouri Botanical Gardens Garden Glow Event

    The Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis is a beautiful place to visit year-round. During the holiday season, the grounds are transformed into a winder wonderland filled with over a million lights on display. The pathway runs approximately one-mile long and starts at the Visitor’s Center. Once you enter into the garden, you are immediately greeted with the Sparkling Spoehrer Plaza and lights in the shape of a tall tree. Just past the plaza is the Blizzard Beverage Bar which is the first of several…

  • 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 Rock Springs Park Christmas Wonderland – Alton, ILMore than 4…

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

    View Historic Ruins at Fort Belle Fontaine Park

    Fort Belle Fontaine is a St. Louis County Park steeped in history. This site was established in 1805 as the United State’s first military installation west of the Mississippi River. The fort took its name from a nearby spring named “Belle Fontaine” which means “beautiful fountain” in French. Lewis and Clark camped near this site at the start of their famous expedition and also stayed at the newly established fort and trading post on their return in 1806. The fort served as an important stop for…

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

    Explore Turquoise Waters and History at Maramec Spring Park

    Missouri is known for having an abundance of beautiful natural springs. One of these springs can be viewed 90 minutes west of St. Louis at Maramec Spring Park. An area of stunning beauty, the park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. An average of 100 million gallons of water flows from the spring daily into a pool of deep blue water. After being told of the spring and iron deposits in the area by local Native Americans, Thomas James first arrived to this…

  • 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 to pick our favorite trails, but there are a few…

  • 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 well worth the effort. Little Grand Canyon Trail Length: 3.6 miles…

  • 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 reason. Make the climb up the bluffs for a outstanding…

  • 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 a great place for fall fun near you. Patches on…