"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Jack must be an American – because U.S. workers gave up half their vacation days in 2016. We are in grave danger in becoming a nation of dull boys and girls. National Plan for Vacation Day on Jan. 29 intends on changing all that.
What it comes down to is: if you plan for vacation, you're much more likely to take it. In fact, 75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation at a time – or more. And with so many beautiful, fun options, we're here to show you just a few new things right here in the Show-Me State that you should plan on doing this year with your time off:
St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is a 125,000-square-foot $45 million attraction located in the former mall area within S.t Louis Union Station and will house thousands of aquatic species from around the world. The attraction is scheduled to open in fall 2019.
Missouri's National Veterans Memorial, Perryville, features a full size black granite Vietnam Veterans Memorial identical to that in Washington D.C. in a setting perfect for peaceful reflection. The Memorial is already open to the public, with the official grand opening scheduled for May 18, 2019.
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, will be reopening in fall 2019, following a major expansion that will include a new façade, more gallery space, and improved amenities and access.
NEW-ISH (BUT STILL BIG NEWS) ATTRACTIONS
The Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center, St. Louis, is part of the newly-expanded and pedestrian-friendly Gateway Arch National Park. The new entrance to the visitors center/museum is situated between the legs of the Arch. A fee is charged for The Journey to the Top Arch tram (a can't-miss experience) but admission to the museum is free.
Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield - Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium opened in 2017 and is the largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world. Their 350,000-square-foot experience features more than 1.5 miles of trails and exhibits, including a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium, and the Out to Sea Shark Dive.
NEW PLACES TO STAY
Camp Long Creek at Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, is now taking reservations prior to its opening in May, offering shepherd's huts, luxury tents and cottages for couples and families.
21C Hotel & Museum, Kansas City, is a boutique hotel, free contemporary art museum and restaurant now open in the city's vibrant downtown.
Angad Arts Hotel, St. Louis, is a luxury hotel celebrating the visual, performing and culinary arts at the heart of the city's Grand Center Arts District. Book your room by emotion: tranquility, passion, rejuvenation or happiness. Now open.
Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake of the Ozarks, will make its debut in 2019 after the first phase of the historic Tan-Tar-A Resort renovation is completed, with rooms featuring Margaritaville's signature "casual-luxe" design.
See how much fun there is in store for those days off you've been hoarding? Jack gave up his vacation days. Don't be like Jack. Start planning now and enjoy the vacation.
Written by Barb Brueggeman
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