The McCord Family Adventures in the Northeast

City Museum

St. Louis, Missouri

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Heading to the northeast region of Missouri? There are so many choices it’s best to plan ahead but also keep your options open for something spontaneous. After all, there is no shortage of sights, activities, events, amazing food and great places to stay. There are natural wonders from caves to bluff-lined scenic river spots. If you’re looking for a vacation that has everything, you can’t go wrong. Lewis & Clark and Mark Twain had a lot to say about this area. You will too.

A trip to St. Louis isn’t complete without a stop in nearby Eureka – home of Six Flags St. Louis and known as the “Coaster Capital of Missouri” with ten roller coasters to satisfy thrill seekers of all types. Six Flags has eight themed sections all of which provide a wide assortment of rides, attractions, dining and live entertainment.

Six Flags St. Louis has over 300 acres dedicated to fun which includes access to Hurricane Harbor water park full of water slides, swimming pools and lazy rivers. A ticket into Six Flags gives you full access to both parks.

the World-famous St. Louis Zoo The Gateway Arch national park, a must-see museum and everything in between The World-famous St. Louis Zoo, the Gateway Arch national park, a must-see museum and everything in between

If you're looking for activities to keep the family entertained, look no further. St. Louis has a variety of attractions to keep tots, 'tweens and teens happy. They'll have so much fun, they won't even mind that some of these stops are as educational as they are entertaining. From fast-paced to lazy leisure spots, the St. Louis area has a huge list of choices for great times and family fun.

Saint Louis Zoo

This world-renowned, 90-acre zoo is home to more than 16,000 exotic animals; many are rare and endangered.

At the new McDonnell Polar Bear Point, visitors can get nose-to-nose with a polar bear in this state-of-the-art habitat that includes underwater views.

City Museum

Expect the unexpected. There are few words to describe this place and that’s why you have to go and see it for yourself.

City Museum is a guaranteed family favorite. If you find yourself near downtown St. Louis, make sure a stop at City Museum is on your must-do list.

Gateway Arch National Park

The Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States and recently completed a beautiful renovation to the park it sits on. Visit the Museum at the Gateway Arch which sits under the arch and captures the stories of Westward Expansion.

Nearby you’ll see The Old Courthouse which is the famed location of the Dred Scott case.

Downtown St. Louis

In the heart of downtown you’ll find Citygarden, a sculpture park with lively water fountains in which the public is invited to play.

Just a couple of blocks away, you’ll find Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball history. Be sure to take in a game and experience what it’s like to be in a true baseball town.

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Treat Yourself

Satisfy your sweet tooth with some of the most unique dessert destinations in the Midwest. The Fountain on Locust is a magically-decorated restaurant known for its dreamy sundaes.

A local favorite, Ted Drewes serves up its famous frozen custard. So thick and creamy you can turn it upside down and your spoon won’t fall out. Or take the kids to Fitz’s Restaurant – a root beer bottling company and dining establishment under one roof.

Forest Park

This park is larger than New York’s Central Park and was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair. Forest Park itself contains many exciting attractions. The Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum are within walking distance of each other. Take in a free musical at The Muny or cruise the Grand Basin in Paddle boats. Looking for another free destination in the park? Saint Louis Science Center has exhibits that are sure to connect with your curiosity.

Experience the magic and wonder of Mark Twain’s world...and much more Experience the magic and wonder of Mark Twain’s world...and much more
Mark Twain Museum

Head up the mighty Mississippi River north of St. Louis and you’ll find Hannibal, the boyhood home of Mark Twain. Hannibal is a magical and quaint town that inspired the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckelberry Finn.

Mark Twain Riverboat
Mark Twain Museum Mark Twain Riverboat

Head up the mighty Mississippi River north of St. Louis and you’ll find Hannibal, the boyhood home of Mark Twain. Hannibal is a magical and quaint town that inspired the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckelberry Finn.

Mark Twain Cave Complex
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statue in Hannibal, MO Hannibal, MO

Spend some time exploring the Mark Twain Cave Complex and visit Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home. Hannibal is a historic town on the Mississippi River and is known for its festivals. Get a picturesque look of the town from the water aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and when you come ashore don’t pass up the chance to visit the Karlock’s Kars and Pop Culture Museum.