29 Apr Big Kid At Heart: A St. Louis Itinerary
St. Louis isn’t just the Gateway to the West; it’s a popular gateway to fun, learning and entertainment for the whole family. Even locals who have lived here for years will tell you that young kids and big kids at heart enjoy visiting all the well-known and lesser-known family-friendly spots, no matter how many times they’ve been there.
So when you take your family to The Gateway City, be sure to include these attractions and restaurants on your St. Louis itinerary.
St. Louis Science Center
[Image: David Wilson/Flickr]
Not only does the St. Louis Science Center provide fun, hands-on learning, it’s also a free attraction. One of the top science centers in the U.S., your kids can experience science with their own two hands and eyes through attractions and more than 700 hands-on exhibits, like building a replica of the Gateway Arch. The James S. McDonnell Planetarium is another hit, where future astronauts can learn what it’s like to live and work on the International Space Station. But perhaps the real family hit is the 5-story-tall OMNIMAX Theater, that doesn’t just show you a movie, but makes you feel like you’re in the movie.
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Museums for kids are usually a snooze fest. But this museum isn’t. The City Museum is an exciting playground for young kids, and even teenagers and adults. Residing inside the 600,000 square foot former International Shoe Museum is a funhouse put together by unique shapes and recycled objects. On a rainy day, bring your family inside to race down the 10-story slide, crawl through a tunnel with sharks swimming above you and paint your own wall art.
Crown Candy Kitchen
[Image: Crown Candy Kitchen Facebook]
Whether you want lunch in between your sightseeing or a sweet treat after a day of fun learning and exploring, Crown Candy Kitchen will satisfy everyone’s salty and sweet tooth. This classic soda shop is one of St. Louis’ oldest attractions, first opening in 1913, and today still makes the best chocolate candy and sundaes around. For lunch, you can’t go wrong with a chili dog and a chocolate phosphate or a heart stopping BLT and chocolate malt. And make sure to buy some chocolate candy to take with you and munch on during rest of your trip.
[Image: Grant’s Farm Facebook]
One thing St. Louis is known for is being home to Anheuser-Busch. And Grant’s Farm is the 281-acre home to the Busch family. Kids and all animal lovers love visiting Grant’s Farm. It’s here where you meet face-to-face the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, with more than 50 living here. You and your kids can also feed a parakeet, bottle feed a goat, see zebras and antelopes roaming and even ride a camel. Grant’s Farm is open from the middle of April through the end of October, and while admission is free, a few attractions and parking cost a small fee.
[Image: Fitz’s Facebook]
Voted the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fitz’s serves tasty root beer and delicious foods. From salads to wraps to pulled pork sandwiches (made with Fitz’s Root Beer BBQ sauce), their menu tantalizes adult taste buds, while the kids menu also doesn’t disappoint, offering a good variety, smiley fries and a bottomless mug of Fitz’s Root Beer with every meal. And for dessert, you of course have to order a root beer float. Ask for a table near the bottling line; it’ll make the wait for your food seem like you’re not waiting at all.
Looking for a kid-friendly place to stay in downtown St. Louis? The Holiday Inn is a fantastic choice.
This post was sponsored by InterContinental Hotel group.
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