Family Travel in St. Louis, MO
The Eugene Field House was opened in 1936 and was the first historic house museum in the city of St. Louis. In 2007, it was dedicated as a Historic Landmark. Originally the home of Eugene Field, a children's poet and newspaper reporter, the home was saved from demolition during the Great Depression and converted to a museum. It's a great place for a family who has an interest in history -- and antique toys -- to visit.
Grant's Farm, owned by the Busch family, is spread over 281 acres and houses over 900 different animals, including elephants, camels and the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. Over 24 million people have visited Grant's Farm during the past five decades. The tram ride is a must to view the animals, but locals warn that the lines can be long. It's best to visit later in the day. Admission is free, although parking is paid.
Perhaps lesser know, but still worth visiting -- particularly if you have a little girl who is a fan of doll houses -- is the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis. Past visitors have said the mini settings and dolls are in very life-like and realistic settings. Check the website for admission discount coupons.
Although it's called the Museum of Transportation, this museum focuses on trains. If anyone in your family is a train fanatic, you absolutely cannot skip the Museum of Transportation! The museum has an impressive collection of full sized trains, including passenger cars and steam engines. Take a ride on the miniature railroad or explore the grounds on the trolley.
Six Flags St. Louis is a giant theme park that offers guests shows, attractions and rides. Known for its awesome roller coasters, Six Flags is a favorite among ride thrill seekers. Because the park can get busy, ideal times to visit are on summer weekdays and any time during April, May and September. Six Flags St. Louis also has an attached water park. Admission to the water park is included with your regular ticket purchase.