Planning a Family Vacation? Show Me Missouri!

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Since the baby was tiny last summer, we didn't get the chance to take a family vacation.  I didn't want to travel with a tiny baby, so we stayed at home and enjoyed the pool. 

We're taking a look at our calendar, and in between vacation bible school, riding lessons and summer day camp, we're all ready to take a trip. 

Since we've got a big family, flying is out of our budget. We stick to destinations within a 6 or 8 hour drive. 

Looking west from Kentucky, I realized that we've never visited Missouri! 

Louisville is only a 4 hour drive to Saint Louis, home to the Great Arch and the Saint Louis Zoo. We'd start our trip here. 

My kids would enjoy visiting the sea lions at the zoo, while my homeschooling heart can't wait to take them through the Insectarium to explore! An added bonus? Admission is FREE! 

After enjoying some of St Louis' world famous barbeque (YUM!), it's time to check the calendar for a sports event. My boys have never seen a live baseball game, so I'd love to visit while the St. Louis Cardinals were playing.


Other spots I'd like to hit would be the St. Louis Science Center and Grant's Farm. Grant's Farm is home to the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses — since Rachel is riding now, seeing those amazing animals would make her day. 


Our art museum here in Louisville is closed, so while we're in St. Louis, I'd love to take the children to the St. Louis Art Museum, since they're celebrating their grand opening this June! 

With good weather, I'd love to explore CityGarden with my family as well. We could grab a picnic lunch and enjoy the sculptures and green space there. After lunch, my kids could cool off in the spray plaza. 

While exploring the MDOT (Missouri Division of Tourism), I was amazed by the huge system of parks that Missouri has to offer. We love to spend time outdoors, so the Lake of the Ozarks State Park appeals to me for a late summer/early fall vacation. 


My husband is a scuba diver, so I'm sure he'd enjoy the unique experience of Bonne Terre Mine – a lead mine that now the largest fresh water scuba diving venue in the world. Fun! 

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Have you visited Missouri? What was your favorite attraction or area there? 

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  1. I am a former Missourian! I’ve been to almost all of the places on your list! I was blessed to grow up in STL and went to Catholic schools there. After college, I moved west and have lived outside of KC now for 20+ years. While my heart belongs to STL, I have to admit that KC has better BBQ! Hope you can make the trip! Enjoy.

    • Valerie —

      That’s awesome! When I was researching this post, I was amazed at all the fun things to do … and it’s only 4 hours away! I’ll be looking at visiting in Sept. ;)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. I like in St. Louis, MO and there’s so much to do here! The zoo is a must see. Also, the Butterfly House and the Arch.

    Cardinals games are awesome, so you should try to go. If you have any questions, feel free to email me,

    One place I don’t care for is the City Museum. Lots of people love it, but I guess it depends on the age of your kids. There are so many mazes, tunnels, etc. that adults can’t fit in and it makes me so nervous trying to look after a child.

    Grant’s Farm was great when my daughter was younger (under 5), but now we can walk through it in 30 minutes. Not really worth it.

    Oh and I think STL BBQ is better than KC BBQ :)

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