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

    Discover a Hidden Treasure at Silver Mines Recreation Area

    Back in the 1800s the rush was on to discover precious metals. While most people think of Colorado or California as the place to hunt for gold or silver, silver ore could be found even in Missouri. In 1877, the Einstein Mining Company began operations along the scenic St. Francis River. Silver, Tungsten, and Lead were mined here until operations ceased in 1946. The mining operation was not widely successful, but a small company town…

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

    Marvel at the Wonder of Whitewater Rapids at Millstream Gardens

    You might not expect to find rapids and whitewater conditions in Missouri, but the stretch of St. Francis River through Millstream Gardens Conservation Area features just that. In fact, this section of the river is the home to the Missouri Whitewater Championship each spring. During the third weekend in March, racers and fans alike line the shut-insโ€™ rocky outcroppings to watch kayakers compete in a number of races. This rugged area gives visitors a feel…

  • 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…

  • Illinois,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    The 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,  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 militaryย installation west of the Mississippi River. The fort took its name from a nearby spring named โ€œBelle Fontaineโ€ which means โ€œbeautiful fountainโ€ 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…