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Kid Friendly St. Louis, Missouri – Gateway to the Family Fun West

774px-st_louis_gateway_archThis guest post is written by Renee of www.kidsinstl.com, a website full of great information when living or traveling in St. Louis.


Are you planning a trip to St. Louis and think the only great places to see are The Arch, St. Louis Zoo, and Six Flags?  Well, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that there are some great local favorite places to visit that your family won’t want to miss.   


Well Known Places to See:

St Louis Gateway Arch – The Gateway to the West is the tallest national monument in the US.  When visiting the Arch you can take a trip to the top for a great view then browse through the Museum of Westward Expansion.


St Louis Zoo – Want to visit one of the best zoos in America?  Well, look no further.  The St Louis Zoo has not only hundreds of animals to see, but also a Children’s Zoo that hosts hands on activities and a playground with a spray area.  There are also many educational programs that are often open for walk-in participants.  Most important the zoo is FREE!


Six Flags – A great theme park that has rides for all ages, live entertainment and a seasonal water park.


Local Favorites:

St Louis Carousel at Faust Park – This 1929 carousel has been restored to its original beauty and is running for all to enjoy a ride.  There is also a great state of the art playground for the kids to use up some energy.


Missouri Botanical Gardens – Take a stroll through a wonderful garden with hundreds of different flowers and a great children’s play area.


Lone Elk Park – Wildlife management area to drive through to see bison, elk, deer, wild turkey and waterfowl.  Also the home of the World Bird Sanctuary.


The Magic House – Hands on learning experiences that encourage experimentation.


City Museum – A children’s indoor playground and funhouse.


Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum – one of the largest collections of flying antique, classic and sport aircrafts.


St Louis Science Center – Hands-on experience that deals with science from space to dinosaurs.


Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes – One of the longest running on-site puppetry theatres in the US.


Museum of TransportationThe Earl C. Lindburgh Automobile Center, Creation Station, Trolleys, Streetcars & Buses, Miniature Train Ride, Historic Railroad Engines & Cars, Planes. Boats & More.


Miniature Museum of Greater St Louis – Miniatures in all scales.

One of the best ways to find out what is going on in St. Louis on a specific day is to check out the event calendar at www.kidsinstl.com.  Not only does this site provide a daily family event calendar, but also has a list of local Kid-Friendly Hotels and Kids Eat For Free Restaurants.

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