Memories and Magic: Family Vacation Ideas in Missouri
What better way to spend your time than on a fantastic Midwest family vacation in Missouri? There’s always time to enjoy the open road and all the amazing sights along the way. Below are some great family vacation ideas in the Show-Me State, featuring plenty of adventure parks for the kids.
Family Vacation Ideas in Missouri
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Start your day with a delicious breakfast of biscuits & gravy, pancakes and waffles at the Cook Shack Café. Once you’ve fueled-up for the morning, head to the nationally renowned Kansas City Zoo and meet more than 1,100 animals from throughout the world. Be sure to check out the highly popular kangaroo and chimpanzee exhibits.
Adventure Parks for Kids – Let Their Imagination Run Wild
Midwest family vacations in Kansas City continue at Legoland® Discovery Center. For generations, kids have created new worlds using Legos®. Luckily, there is a Legoland® adventure park right here in Missouri. Explore the 30,000-square-foot space and be dazzled by the Lego factory and the interactive Lego laser ride. The Discovery Center features mock-ups, constructed from the iconic blocks, of regional landmarks, as well as an area for building Lego race cars.
Wrapping Up One of Many Fantastic Midwest Family Vacations
Cap-off your picture-perfect day with a production at the Coterie Theater, named by TIME Magazine: “One of the Five Best Theaters for Young Audiences” in the nation. The Coterie is nationally recognized for its exceptional theatrical programming.
Play Around at St. Louis Adventure Parks For Kids
One of the best family vacation ideas in St. Louis features fun for kids and adults alike, but mostly the kids. In the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, visitors of all ages are enchanted by the Magic House Children’s Museum. You can make learning absolutely magical at this huge, three-story wonderland. One of the most hands-on adventure parks for kids in the country, the Magic House boasts hundreds of exhibits where kids exercise their creativity and develop their problem-solving skills. Little imaginations run free at themed play areas, including a grocery store, a fishing pond, a bank and a veterinarian’s office. Plus, the one-acre outdoor garden offers plenty of room to roam.
Family Vacation Ideas in Hannibal
Midwest family vacations provide a great opportunity to explore history while having a little fun. In Hannibal, embark on an adventure at Sawyer’s Creek Family Fun Park. This is one of Missouri’s unique adventure parks for kids, as this splendid destination pairs a phenomenal view of the Mississippi River with tons of kid-friendly activities. Show-off your putting skills with a game of miniature golf. Make a splash in the bumper boats. Feed the giant fish. Go for a whirl on the rides. Don’t overlook the Sweet Shop’s house-made candy, fudge, ice cream and specialty popcorn.
Adventure Parks for Kids and Adults in Missouri
Combine the great outdoors with serious thrills at Zip and Dip Zip Line Adventures, four miles north of Fredericktown. In addition to the ziplines, jump from a cliff into the cool waters of a flooded quarry. Make your own picture-perfect memories as you soar over the water-filled quarry. Choose a dry landing or create a splash with one of the wet landings.
Looking for a little friendly competition? You’ll find just the thing at Leisure Park. Located in Sedalia, this amusement center features a wide array of fun activities. Show-off your putting skills on two miniature golf courses. Channel your inner racecar driver on the go-kart track. Challenge the kids to a game of pool, pinball and air hockey.
There are plenty of great family vacation ideas in Osage Beach. Put your driving prowess to the test at Gran Rally Go-Karts. Possibly the largest go-kart track at the Lake of the Ozarks, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Zoom around the track in a single-seat kart or team up with a friend in a two-seater. Also in Osage Beach, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf offers high-seas themed fun for the family. Play your way through two professionally designed 18-hole courses, each featuring caves, waterfalls and lakes.
Imaginations run free at the Discovery Center of Springfield. Kiddos (and their parents) are wowed by this interactive science center, containing hundreds of exhibits and activities. Uncover the secrets of physics, chemistry, energy and health. Activities include, among other attractions: BodyWorks; Discovery Town; HighWire Bike; and WaterWorks.
Thrill-seeking Adventure Parks for Kids
There are many things to put on your list of family vacation ideas in Missouri, but thrill-seeking families find lots to love at our great theme parks.
At Silver Dollar City, in Branson, enjoy a heart-pounding adventure aboard Outlaw Run: one of the world’s steepest drops on a wood roller coaster (162 feet, at 81 degrees); a 720-degree (double) barrel roll; top speeds reaching 68 mph. Plus, the park has two dozen other rides; 60 unique shops; 12 restaurants; 40 live shows daily; a cave with the largest entry-room in America; and more than 100 resident craftsmen and artisans demonstrating America's heritage crafts.
Like roller coasters? Boomerang, at Six Flags St. Louis, sends riders through 1,650 feet of twisting metal track, forward and backward. In Kansas City, visit Worlds of Fun and ride Mamba, one of the tallest, fastest and longest roller coasters in the world.
Relaxing Family Vacation Ideas in Cape Girardeau
When summer temperatures soar, Missouri offers plenty of places to cool down. Pack the bathing suits and head to Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center in Cape Girardeau. Take a leisurely float on the lazy river and get adventurous on the giant flumes. The massive pool, with its zero-depth entry, is the perfect place for little ones to make a splash. The waterpark boasts many amenities, including a concession area and a space to picnic.
Missouri is one of the leading destinations for Midwest family vacations. See one of the state’s many adventure parks for kids and adults alike and use any of these great family vacation ideas to end the summer on a positive note.