St. Louis Summer


I don’t know about you, but the summer of 2023 flew by like a warm tropical breeze only to be gone as quick as that first Pina Colada. We blinked and now we’re already headed into the festive season of fall. I’m not one to linger too much; I am always looking forward to the next thing but I thought I’d pause and take a moment to share a little bit of my summer with you all. 

This summer did not go as planned, we did way more stationary camping than I thought. I was ready to head north but our camper and truck had other plans. If you didn’t know already, my family and I are full-time RVers. Yep, we live in our camper like gypsies with the intention of seeing everything that the beautiful U.S.A. has to offer. While we love that, every once in a while we need to make it back to home base for maintenance (read new tires), rest, and family time. While we’re there we always try to sneak in some of our St. Louis favorites. 

My husband and I both grew up in Missouri, and while I don’t consider myself a native St. Louisan I still cheer for the Cardinals and eat my weight in toasted ravioli when I get the chance. There are several things I like to try to squeeze in when we’re there, so below is a list of some of my favorite St. Louis (ish) spots for you to put on your own travel list. These are all geared more toward families by default, but solos and duos can definitely enjoy these places as well. Check them out: 

  1. The City Museum – this is a favorite for all ages. The brain child of sculptor and artist named Bob Cassily, this awesome building is full of climbing structures, history, art, theater, and good ole’ physical fun. The artists and volunteers are continually adding to the wonder and excitement. Be sure to wear something comfy and good climbing shoes! You can check out the gallery here
  2. The Arch – a staple day visit for tourists and locals alike! It makes an impact when you see it from an airplane window, and then actually get inside and see the view from the top. Riders beware, the elevator pod you take to ascend is quite tight. The museum is great!
  3. Historic Saint Charles – this community is by far one of my favorites to visit. If you’re a history buff, you might enjoy it even more than I do! Established in 1769, this river town is still thriving and jiving. Plenty of shopping, dining, and perusing to be done down it’s cobblestone streets. You can check here ever so often to see what festivals they have going on. 
  4. Ballpark Village – located just steps from the Busch Stadium. If you love baseball, this is the place to be! There’s a tremendous amount of bars and dining, and you won’t miss out on any of the game as it’s displayed everywhere you go. 
  5. The Magic House – you’ll want to reserve a whole day for this one! The Magic House is located in the Kirkwood community and is one of the most fun educational experiences a family can have. I’ve been to a lot of children’s museums around the country but this one is the gold standard to me. The exhibits they entertain are ever changing, so there’s always something new to check out. 
  6. The Missouri Botanical Gardens – a real gem in the city. If you’re looking for some fresh air and a place to get some light exercise this is a great option. Once you visit, you’ll see why so many couples decide to use it as a wedding/reception venue! My favorite spot might be the orchid house, but the Japanese garden is a top favorite too. The Chihuly exhibits are not to be missed! 
  7. Six Flags St. Louis – calling all theme park lovers! Just 34 miles west of downtown St. Louis, you can really wear your family out with all the excitement Six Flags has to offer. Be sure to bring your swimsuit to cool down at Hurricane Harbor while you’re there. 
  8. Elephant Rocks State Park – for when you need a little more nature. I actually grew up just 20 minutes from this geological wonder. Take a picnic lunch and spend some time exploring the giant boulders and trails. There isn’t much cell service there, so it might just be what your family needs if you’re looking to un-plug. 
  9. Johnson Shut-Ins – just down the road from Elephant Rocks is another landscape favorite! Crystal clear stream waters that ebb and flow through more bouldering rocks await you at this state park. There are nice bathrooms and changing stations near the camp store, and a paved walkway that will get you to the waterfalls and swimming pools. For littles, you might want to stick to the shallow creek beds at the beginning. The farther downstream you adventure, the rockier and more dangerous it gets. Please use appropriate safety gear! 
  10. Meramac Caverns – this is a fun destination to visit anytime of the year. The tour of the cave is about an hour and a half long and well lit (there’s also a light show at the end). 

So that’s it for now, I really could make this list triple the size (the art museum, the science center, Forest Park, the Delmar Loop…)  but maybe I’ll save that for another blog post. I’d love to know what you have found in and around St. Louis that might make that list! Comment below if you have a suggestion. 

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