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101 Family Day Trips and Day Trips Around St. Louis



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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from St. Louis. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Long Row Lavender
Tenderloin Farms (lavender)
Meert Tree Tree Farm (sunflowers in season)
MO Botanical Garden
Forest Park
Lafayete Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park


Get Wild on a Hike

  Babler Outdoor Education Center
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Mastodon State Historic Site
West Tyson Park


Time Travel Today

  Missouri History Museum
Missouri Civil War Museum
Thomas Sappington House Museum
Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Field House Museum
Grant's Farm


Make Life a Beach

  Monsanto Lake Beach
Long Branch State Park
The Fugitive Beach
Finger Lakes State Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

  Raging Rivers Waterpark
Collinsville Aqua Park
St. Vincent Park Rec and Water Park
The Recreation Station Aquatic Station


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum
  City Museum
The Magic House
National Blues Museum
World Chess Hall of Fame
Edwardsville Children’s Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
HealthWorks! Kids' Museum
St. Louis Science Center


Explore These Cities

  Jefferson City
West Plains


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Museum of Transportation
Boathouse Forest Park
Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railroad
St Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
Gateway Arch Helicopter Tours


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Eckert's Country Store & Farms
Thies Farm and Greenhouses
Broom Orchard
Mills Apple Farm
Centennial Farms and Orchard
Daniel's Farm and Greenhouse
Braeutigam Orchards


Game On!

  Gateway Grizzlies
O'Fallon Hoots
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Ambush


Treat Yo' Self

Ices Plain & Fancy
Baileys' Range


Connect with Nature

  Missouri Botanical Garden
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Shaw Nature Reserve
Creve Coeur Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Greensfelder Park


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Six Flags St. Louis
St. Louis Carousel
Holiday World


Talk to the Animals

Endangered Wolf Center
  Lone Elk Park
  The Butterfly House
World Bird Sanctuary
Saint Louis Zoo
Suson Park
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Wildlife Rescue Center
St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station


Monkey Around at these Playground Destinations

  Fox Park
Turtle Playground
Millennium Park
Tilles Park
Faust Park
Schranz Memorial Park
Deer Creek Park
Queeny Park
Hawk Ridge Park (Zachary's Playground)


Get Active Indoors

Miss Kelly's Gym
Sky Zone
The Little Gym
Monkey Joe's


Challenge Yourself

  RYZE Adventure Park
  Go Ape
Adventure Valley
Escape the Room
Mastermind Room Escape


Shop Your Heart Out

  Frisco Train Store
Imagination Toys
Saint Louis Galleria
Happy Up Inc.




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Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown St. Louis. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away