Hikes,  Kids,  Museums,  Playgrounds,  St. Louis

Ultimate St. Louis Summer Fun List

School is out and it’s time to play. If you are trying to find the very best playgrounds, hikes, museums, and more to keep your kids happy and entertained this summer, then this post is for you! Scroll on down to find family fun for a variety of categories whether you are looking for water fun or to just stay cool indoors.

All About Animals

Audubon Center at Riverlands โ€“ West Alton, MO
Big Joel’s Safari – Wright City, MO
Critter Lane Petting Zoo – Bonne Terre, MO
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary – Ste. Genevieve, MO
Endangered Wolf Center – Eureka, MO
Grant’s Farm – St. Louis
Lone Elk Park – Valley Park, MO
Marcoot Jersey Creamery – Greenville, IL
Purina Farms – Gray Summit, MO
Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo – Nashville, IL
Sophia Sachs Butterfly House – Chesterfield, MO
St. Louis Aquarium – St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis ZooSt. Louis
Suson Farm – St. Louis
Tied Dyed Iguana Shop – O’Fallon, IL
Treehouse Wildlife Center – Dow, IL
Two Rivers Wildlife Refuge โ€“ Brussels, IL
Wild Animal Adventures-Staunton, MO
Willoughby Farm – Collinsville, IL
World Bird Sanctuary – Valley Park, MO

Perfect Playgrounds

Airplane/Township Park – Edwardsville, IL
Boo Memorial Playground-Carbondale, IL
Brendan’s Playground – O’Fallon, MO
Central Park โ€“ Chesterfield, MO
Deer Creek Park-St. Louis
Faust Park โ€“ Chesterfield, MO
Forest Park Nature Playscape – St. Louis Forest Park
Hannah’s Playground-Breese, IL
Hawk Ridge (Zachary’s Playground)-St. Louis
Jakeโ€™s Field of Dreams โ€“ Wentzville, MO
Jaycee Park – St. Charles, MO
Kadeโ€™s Playground โ€“ Herculaneum, MO
McAuley Playground โ€“ Cottleville, MO
Moody (Longacre) Park – Fairview Heights, IL
Oโ€™Day Park โ€“ Oโ€™Fallon, MO
O’Fallon Family Sports Park-O’Fallon, IL
Queeny Park-St. Louis
Schranz Memorial Park – Swansea, IL
Shaw Park– Clayton, MO
Tillis Park โ€“ St. Louis
Veteranโ€™s Tribute Park โ€“ Weldon Spring, MO
Wildwood Community Park โ€“ Wildwood, MO
Wonderland Playground-Forest Park, St. Louis

Magnificent Museums

City Museum– St. Louis
Edwardsville Children’s Museum – Edwardsville, IL
Great Rivers Museum – Alton, IL
HealthWorks Kid Museum โ€“ St. Louis
Lincoln Presidential Museum – Springfield, IL
Magic House Children’s Museum โ€“ Kirkwood, MO
Magic House Made (Art & STEM satellite location)
Missouri History Museum (Kidโ€™s area) – St. Louis
Myseum – Town & Country, MO
Play Street Museum โ€“ St. Charles, MO
St. Louis Arch & MuseumSt. Louis
St. Louis Art Museum
St. Lous
St. Louis Science Center
– St. Louis
Ste. Genevieve Museum Center โ€“ Ste. Genevieve, MO

Indoor Entertainment & Gyms

Altitude Trampoline Park-Glen Carbon, IL
Blacklight Mini-Golf – St. Louis
Busy Einstein Play Center โ€“ Arnold, MO
Defy โ€“ St. Louis, MO
Edison’s Entertainment – Edwardsville, IL
Grandmaโ€™s Playroom โ€“ St. Louis
Kokomo Joeโ€™s โ€“ St. Peters, MO
Marcus Theaters $5 Tuesday Movies
Rock & Play โ€“ St. Louis, MO
Sky ZoneFairview Heights, IL & Fenton, MO
St. Louis Carousel โ€“ Chesterfield, MO
The Edge – Belleville, IL
The Minifig Lego Shop โ€“ Kirkwood, MO
Urban Air โ€“ Fairview Heights, IL & Cottleville, MO
Urban Fort Play CafรฉSt. Louis
We Rock the Spectrum Gym-Edwardsville, IL & Fenton, MO

Historical Sites

Cahokia Mounds-Collinsville, IL
Daniel Boone Home & Village-Defiance, MO
Fort de Chartres-Prairie du Rocher, IL
Jefferson Barracks & MO Civil War Museum
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site – Hartford, IL
Mastodon State Historic Site-Imperial, MO
Missouriโ€™s 1st State Capital โ€“ St. Charles, MO
Sandy Creek Covered Bridge โ€“ Hillsboro, MO
Ulysses S. Grant Nat. Historic Site-St. Louis

Water Parks

Aquaport โ€“ Maryland Heights, MO
Bridgeton Outdoor Family Aquatic Park -Bridgeton, MO
Carlyle Lake – Carlyle, IL
Chesterfield Family Aquatic Park โ€“ Chesterfield, MO
Crestwood Aquatic Center โ€“ Crestwood, MO
Fairview Heights Rec Center โ€“ Fairview Heights, IL
Heights Aquatic Center โ€“ St. Louis
Korte Rec Center-Highland, IL
Manchester Aquatic Center โ€“ Manchester, MO
Maplewood Aquatic Center โ€“ Maplewood, MO
Northpointe Aquatic Center โ€“ Ballwin, MO
Raging Rivers Waterpark – Grafton, IL
River Rapids Waterpark โ€“ Ste. Genevieve, MO
Splash City Waterpark – Collinsville, IL
Timbers of Eureka Pool โ€“ Eureka, MO
Wapelhorst Aquatic Center โ€“ St. Charles, MO
Webster Groves Aquatic Center โ€“ Webster Groves, MO
White Birch Bay Aquatic Center โ€“ Hazelwood, MO

Splash Pad Fun

Bethalto City Park โ€“ Bethalto, IL
Brendanโ€™s Playground โ€“ Oโ€™Fallon, MO
City Hall Park โ€“ Dardenne Prairie, MO
Citygarden – downtown St. Louis
Fox Park โ€“ St. Louis, MO
Jaycee Park โ€“ St. Charles, MO
Kadeโ€™s Playground โ€“ Herculaneum, MO
Leon Corlew Park โ€“ Edwardsville, IL
Millennium Park โ€“ Creve Coeur, MO
Muckermanโ€™s Childrenโ€™s Fountain – Tower Grove Park
Oโ€™Day Park โ€“ Oโ€™Fallon, MO
Oโ€™Fallon Family Sports Park โ€“ Oโ€™Fallon, IL
Route 66 Splash Park โ€“ Sullivan, MO
Schranz Park โ€“ Swansea, IL
Shaw Park โ€“ Clayton, MO
Sylvan Springs Park โ€“ St. Louis, MO
Theresaโ€™s Splash Pad/Gusโ€™s Playground โ€“ St. Louis
Tillis Park (Litzsinger Rd.) โ€“ St. Louis
Vago Park โ€“ Maryland Heights, MO
Veteranโ€™s Tribute Park โ€“ Weldon Spring, MO
Zacharyโ€™s Playground โ€“ Lake St. Louis, MO

Outdoor Fun

Brauetigram Orchards – Belleville
Eckert’s Orchards – Belleville, Grafton, Millstadt, IL
Laumeier Sculpture Park- St. Louis
Missouri Botanical Gardens – St. Louis
Paddle boats at the Boathouse in Forest Park
St. Louis Cardinals or Gateway Grizzles game

Swing Around Fun Town โ€“ St. Charles & Fenton, MO

Transportation Fun

Frisco Train Store – Valley Park, MO
Grafton Sky Tour Gondola โ€“ Grafton, IL
St. Louis Wheel – St. Louis Union Station
Iron Spike Model Train Museum-Washington, MO
Museum of Transportation โ€“ St. Louis
Ride the ferry at Grafton, Brussels, St. Genevieve, IL
Wabash, Frisco, & Pacific Railroad-Wildwood, MO

Take a (kid-friendly) Hike

Babler State Park โ€“ Wildwood, MO
Cahokia Mounds โ€“ Collinsville, IL
Castlewood State Park – Ballwin, MO
Cliff Cave County Park โ€“ St. Louis
Cuivre River State Park โ€“ Troy, MO
Elephant Rocks State Park – Belleview, MO
Ferne Clyffe State Park – Goreville, IL
Garden of the Gods – Herod, IL
Giant City State Park– Makanda, IL
Glassberg Conservation Area – Eureka MO
Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park – Middle Brook, MO
Kress Farm Garden Preserve โ€“ Hillsboro, MO
Mastodon State Park โ€“ Kimmswick, MO
Meramec Spring Park-St. James, MO
Olin Nature Preserve โ€“ Godfrey, IL
Pere Marquette State Park – Grafton, IL
Pickle Springs Natural Area โ€“ Ste. Genevieve, MO
Powder Valley Nature Center – St. Louis
Rockwoods Reservation โ€“ Wildwood, MO
Salt Lick Point Trails-Valmeyer, IL
Shaw Nature Reserve โ€“ Gray Summit, MO
Silver Lake Trail – Highland, IL
Watershed Nature Center – Edwardsville, IL
Willoughby Farm โ€“ Collinsville, IL
Dozens more great kid hikes can found HERE!

Kid Friendly Restaurants

Crown Candy Kitchen – St. Louis
Fitz’s Bottling Co. – St. Louis
Hi-Pointe Drive in – St. Louis
Gus’s Pretzels – St. Louis
St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain โ€“ St. Louis
St. Louis’s Incredible Pizza Company
Ted Drewes – St. Louis

Take a Tour

Bonne Terre Mine-Bonne Terre, MO
Busch Stadium Tours – St. Louis
Hakuna Matata River Cruises-Grafton, IL
Melvin Price Lock & Dam-Alton, IL
Meramec CavernsSullivan, MO
Onondaga Cave State Park -Leasburg, MO
St. Louis Riverboat Tour

Don’t forget you can find over 50 playgrounds, 100 hikes, and more adventures by location using our Adventure Map. Each point on the map links to a post with more photos and all the information for visiting. You can also find dozens of kid friendly hikes around the area on our Midwest Hikes page.

Looking for a printable list to track your adventures? You can download a PDF copy of the list HERE.

Have any other fun ideas to add? Leave us a comment or send us an e-mail. Have a safe and fun summer!

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