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3 Ideas for Family Fun This Summer in St. Louis
3 Ideas for Family Fun This Summer in St. Louis

As we gain hours of daylight and temperatures warm up, it’s a great time to take the family on an outdoor adventure around St. Louis. The Gateway region boasts some amazing parks and experiences that you may not have experienced since you were a kid. It’s time to put on some comfy shoes, grab a camera and become a tourist in your own town! Here are some things to put on your list this summer.

Rolling on the River

Get a whole new perspective of the riverfront and Arch by taking a cruise on a riverboat. As you glide up and down the Mighty Mississippi, you can enjoy a meal, walk the decks and choose from several optional specialty outings. Enjoy a day or evening ride on a replica of a 19th century paddle-wheel riverboat and enjoy informative narration by the captain or a National Park Service ranger. You’ll learn about the river’s important role in St. Louis history and what life was like when the city was founded more than 250 years ago. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids age 3-15 (kids 2 and under are free). Cruises run daily from March through November, and special Sunday brunch cruises are available.

Climb to New Heights

Summer days can be hot and humid, but you can still get the whole family moving and test your limits at Upper Limits indoor rock climbing gym. There are areas for climbers of all experience levels, so you’re sure to find a spot that feels comfortable even if you have no experience. During your first visit, a staff member will give you an orientation and help you get started. You can sign up for a Rock Gym 101 class that includes gear rental, instruction and daylong access. Be sure to stretch well before you climb as you’ll be using muscles that might not have seen much action in a while. Drink plenty of water and have fun!

Spread Your Wings

Ready to get up close and person with eagles, falcons and owls? Visit the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, which is on 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest, adjacent to Lone Elk County Park. There are nature trails to hike, including the 7-mile-long Chubb Trail near the Lone Elk County Park entrance. There are also free seasonal shows and educational programs designed to teach kids of all ages about birds from around the world. You can pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of their pavilions. Reservations are not needed to visit, but you can sign up for an hour-long guided tour of their facilities. Water and snacks are available in their gift shop.

There are also many other wonderful hiking trails around St. Louis you can enjoy this summer.

To learn more about strategies for keeping your joints healthy and free of pain, contact the experts at Orthopedic Associates!

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