• Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri

    Exploring Missouri’s Roaring River State Park

    While Roaring River State Park may be most well known as a great place for fishing, we discovered that it contains many opportunities for recreation for all. While on the way to visit family, we made an overnight stop to check out the beauty and attractions of this rugged park in far southern Missouri. History of the Park The reliable gushing water of Roaring Spring lead to the building of several mills at this site over the years. The name…

  • Kids,  Missouri,  Museums,  St. Louis,  Uncategorized

    The City Museum in St. Louis: A Unique Playground for All Ages

    The City Museum is one of those places you have to see in person to believe. Not your typical museum in any way, the City Museum is more like a giant jungle gym full of slides, tunnels, caves, and secret tunnels. Where else can you climb inside a giant whale, shimmy up a tunnel to an airplane, or ride down a 10 story slide? In addition, there are the more typical museum exhibits of unique and quirky collections. The museum…

  • Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids

    Explore Multiple Waterfalls at Burden Falls in Illinois

    Burden Falls is a more off the beaten path waterfall to visit in the Shawnee National Forest. The rugged beauty of this spot in far southern Illinois is well worth the drive. Even better, you can see part of the waterfalls right from the parking lot. Burden Falls Trail Length: Upper Falls can be seen right from parking area. Lower falls require a one mile each way or you can make a loop by doing some sketchy rock scrambling. Difficulty:…

  • Day Trip,  Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis,  Trips

    7 Great Day Trips from St. Louis

    Spring break and summer vacation are right around the corner. If you are looking to stay closer to home this year, here is a roundup of several great destinations all less than two hours from St. Louis. Load up the kids, pack all the snacks, and head out to explore these great destinations. * Be sure to check the websites of attractions before visiting for up to date COVID restrictions or closures. Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Take a trip just one…

  • Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri

    View Missouri’s Best Swimming Spot from the Johnson’s Shut-Ins Trail

    The scenic and popular Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is well known as a great spot to cool off on sticky summer day. This park in southeast Missouri features a section of dramatic rock gorges and chutes carved out by the Black River. Visitors climb over and along the rocks looking for the perfect natural water slides and swimming holes. While the day use area of the shut-ins can be bustling with summer swimmers, few people take the time to explore…