Estes Park with kids: Hi Country Stables review

Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacularly beautiful, but with kids, there can be limits to the distance and elevation you can reasonably expect to cover on foot. Fortunately, there’s another way to get up to the heights: a trail ride with Hi … [Read more...]

Tips for Rocky Mountain National Park with kids

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the United States’ premier family destinations, a jewel in the national park crown. In the summertime, the weather is beautiful, the scenery spectacular, and the opportunity to interact with nature unparalleled. … [Read more...]

Open Air Adventure Park Estes Park

Estes Park, Colorado, is known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. But mountains aren’t the only outdoor adventures you can find in this small town. Tucked off highway 36 on the way out to the Beaver Meadows entrance of the park is the … [Read more...]

Aerial adventure in St. Louis: Go Ape-St. Louis

Driving through beautiful Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park in St. Louis, you could be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled across an Ewok village. Actually, it's Go Ape-St. Louis, an aerial obstacle course with ziplines.   The Go Ape … [Read more...]

Where to stay in St. Louis: Drury Inn-Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri is known around the Midwest as a great family destination because of the many free attractions it offers. You'll need a few days to do justice to all the city has to offer. Wondering where to stay in St. Louis? While you're in … [Read more...]

St. Louis with kids: Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden, established in 1859, is regarded as one of the top public gardens in the world. This 79-acre paradise, located only five miles from downtown St. Louis, exists thanks to local 19th-century businessman Henry Shaw, who … [Read more...]

St. Louis with kids: Visiting the free St. Louis Zoo

Voted the #1 free attraction in the United States in 2016, the St. Louis Zoo is a "must-see" for anyone visiting the area. With no admission costs, well-kept grounds, beautiful sculptures and water fixtures, and the large collection of animals, this … [Read more...]

The Magic House: St. Louis Children’s Museum review

In the last few years, our family has visited a number of children's museums around the country. Generally speaking, you can't go wrong, but The Magic House: St. Louis Children's Museum stands out. Boasting 55,000 square feet of play-based learning, … [Read more...]

Southern Illinois pit stop: Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park

Southern Illinois is an area with many beautiful natural parks, forests, and lakes to explore. Just south of Carbondale, Ill., home to Southern Illinois University, you’ll find a park you won't want to miss if you're traveling through the area. … [Read more...]

Traveling with kids with Down Syndrome

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, it's my pleasure to share a personal post from our midwest travel contributor, who travels with her family of four kids, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Ten years ago, I found out that my newborn daughter had … [Read more...]