Where to stay in St. Louis: Drury Inn-Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri is known around the Midwest as a great family destination because of the many free attractions it offers. You'll need a few days to do justice to all the city has to offer. Wondering where to stay in St. Louis? While you're in … [Read more...]

St. Louis with kids: Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden, established in 1859, is regarded as one of the top public gardens in the world. This 79-acre paradise, located only five miles from downtown St. Louis, exists thanks to local 19th-century businessman Henry Shaw, who … [Read more...]

St. Louis with kids: Visiting the free St. Louis Zoo

Voted the #1 free attraction in the United States in 2016, the St. Louis Zoo is a "must-see" for anyone visiting the area. With no admission costs, well-kept grounds, beautiful sculptures and water fixtures, and the large collection of animals, this … [Read more...]

The Magic House: St. Louis Children’s Museum review

In the last few years, our family has visited a number of children's museums around the country. Generally speaking, you can't go wrong, but The Magic House: St. Louis Children's Museum stands out. Boasting 55,000 square feet of play-based learning, … [Read more...]

Southern Illinois pit stop: Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park

Southern Illinois is an area with many beautiful natural parks, forests, and lakes to explore. Just south of Carbondale, Ill., home to Southern Illinois University, you’ll find a park you won't want to miss if you're traveling through the area. … [Read more...]

Traveling with kids with Down Syndrome

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, it's my pleasure to share a personal post from our midwest travel contributor, who travels with her family of four kids, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Ten years ago, I found out that my newborn daughter had … [Read more...]

A Visit To St. Louis’ City Museum

When you hear the words “City Museum,” you might picture a building devoted to recording and educating the public about the history of a city—in this case, St. Louis, Missouri. You would be wrong. The building does contain bas-reliefs and barrels, … [Read more...]

End of summer getaway: Alhonna Resort on Lake of the Ozarks

Tucked into the side of a shady peninsula in a quiet corner of the Lake of the Ozarks is a homey, friendly resort that combines comfort and convenience with a low-key, no-fuss atmosphere. Alhonna Resort is a great place to get away from the crowds … [Read more...]

Big Surf waterpark in Lake of the Ozarks

Big Surf waterpark, in Linn Creek, Missouri, is an exceptionally well-maintained waterpark at the Lake of the Ozarks, offering thrill levels appropriate for all ages and comfort zones. Park Features: The wave pool The centerpiece of the park … [Read more...]

Exploring Bridal Cave Missouri with kids

Missouri is well known for its caves, and the Lake of the Ozarks, an hour south of the state capital, boasts several that are open to the public. Of these, the most well-known is Bridal Cave, which lies beneath Thunder Mountain near Camdenton, … [Read more...]