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5 Family-Friendly Destinations to Try in St.Louis

Kyle Smith
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The weather is getting warmer and the cold weather is finally going away. It's time to go outside with the family! Here's a list, in no particular order, of the best outdoor family-friendly places to visit in St.Louis. Did I mentioned that you can enjoy each of these without breaking your piggy bank? You'll be surprised how much fun you can have on the cheap in the Gateway to the West, St. Louis.

Missouri Botanical Garden
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The Missouri Botanical Garden offers 79 acres of splendid horticultural displays, including indoor conservatories and demonstration, formal and international gardens. The Missouri Botanical Garden is the perfect location to enjoy a leisurely stroll with the family. The landscape is breathtaking. They also have an incredible kid's garden. To visit the website, click here

St.Louis Zoo
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The St. Louis Zoo is a wonderful place to linger with the family and the best news is: it's free! Indeed, it's one of the few free zoos in the nation. You can't beat that, right? This zoological garden is the most popular attraction in the region and attracts approximately 3 million visitors annually. You can visit their website here

The Gateway Arch
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Located in downtown St.Louis, the Gateway Arch is one of the main historical attractions in St.Louis. The town symbol is an incredible 630 feet tall, and is something you must experience in person. The arch represents a door to the western part of the country. Learn more about visiting the Gateway Arch here.

It was an amazing experience to be on top and take a birds eye view of the area. The staff are friendly specially the lady at the information booth “Ms. Sweet Sue” - she was very helpful providing info about places to go and where to dine. You might think it’s pricey, but hey the fee that we pay goes to the maintenance and salary of this people who works at the Arch. It was worth spending for. I highly recommend to try it.

Grant's Farm
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Grant's Farm is a refuge for more than 900 animals, featuring more than 100 species. There's even a tramway that goes around the field of the 281-acre ancestral property of the Busch family. You can book your Private Guided Deer Parc Adventure Tour, at a limited capacity due to the Covid-19 reality, among many other things. Masks are required unless you are consuming food or drink.

What a pleasant discovery of an overlooked treasure. This destination blends historical facts about our 18th president with a free shuttle ride through a farm full of animals, a petting zoo, free beer, and viewing the Clydesdale horses made famous by the Busch family. Parking for a car is $15. Everything else is free. If you only go to Grants home that he lived in that used to belong to his in- laws, parking is free and everything else is free. - 636Jeff, Fredericktown, Ohio

To learn more about this location, you can visit their website here

Forest Park
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Last but not least, this Forest Park is one of the greatest free places to visit in St.Louis. Forest Park is also home to the St.Louis wildlife Park, the planetarium, the St.Louis Art Museum, and the St.Louis History Museum. You can visit the website here to learn more about this location.

Have you visited these locations before? Do you have another fun, free, outdoor location that you recommend? Please feel free to share in the comments.

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