National Parks / Natural World in St Louis with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, St Louis has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around St Louis, Missouri offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of St Louis itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • The Earthways Center

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    (2 miles) St Louis

    The EarthWays Home, a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 at 3617 Grandel Square, was renovated in 1994 to showcase practical demonstrations of energy efficient systems, recycled products ...

  • Missouri Botanical Garden

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    (3 miles) St Louis

    Visit the country's OLDEST botanical garden in continuous operation! An oasis in St. Louis, with 79 acres of beautiful displays and gardens.

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  • City Museum

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    St Louis

    This St. Louis museum is one of the most unusual in the country, with multi-level madness, a rooftop Ferris Wheel and 3 stories of creativity - including caves!

  • Saint Louis Art Museum

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    (5 miles) St Louis

    The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 30,000 works of art.

  • Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

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    (9 miles) St. Louis

    A trip down memory lane in a beautiful historic building, taking you through the history of the telephone!

  • The Magic House Museum

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    (12 miles) St Louis

    Hands-on learning experiences in St. Louis that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills for kids!

  • National Great Rivers Museum

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    (17 miles) East Alton

    This 12,000-square-foot facility is the result of a collaboration of the Corps and the nonprofit Meeting of the Great Rivers Foundation and tells the story of the Mississippi River. The Museum ...

  • Edwardsville Children's Museum

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    (18 miles) Edwardsville

    All things fun and play in this colorful Illinois children's museum, with hands-on exhibits perfect for those little ones to learn through play.

  • Illinois State Museum

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    (84 miles) Springfield

    The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois' natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum's extensive collections and research activities provide ...

  • Auto WorldCar Museum and Kingdom Expo

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    (96 miles) Fulton

    The Backer Collection of vintage Automobiles consists of over 120 vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles dating from 1903 to 1993. 84 of these vehicles are displayed at Auto World; sitting ...

  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

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    (97 miles) Hannibal

    The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties includes eight buildings; six historically significant buildings and two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original ...

  • World Aquarium

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    (1 miles) St. Louis

    Over 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at this St.Louis aquarium, with interactive fun for kids too!

  • St Louis Zoo

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    (5 miles) St Louis

    he Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began a long and slow process to ...

  • The Butterfly House

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    (19 miles) Chesterfield

    The mission of the Butterfly House, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, is to foster a better understanding and increased awareness of our natural world. This facility presents an ...

  • Henson Robinson Zoo

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    (83 miles) Springfield

    Over 90 species from all over the world at this beautiful Springfield Zoo, giving kids a great day of animal-tastic learning!

  • Lazy L Safari Park

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    (92 miles) Cape Girardeau

    Africa comes to Missouri with this walk-thru zoo, with over 50 different species from all over the world, with a petting zoo and gemstone mining too!

  • Pole Position Raceway

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    (10 miles) St Louis

    High standard indoor karting, for over 48". Arrive and Drive available.

  • Six Flags St Louis

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    (27 miles) Eureka

    Six Flags St. Louis has it all - with those screaming coasters to those charming kiddie rides! With water rides too, get ready to enjoy this family classic theme park!

  • Blanchette Park and Aquatic Center

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    (19 miles) St Charles

    The Blanchette Aquatic Center is complete with two waterslides, an otter slide, a children's water playground, lily pad walk, diving area, lap swimming, and more. Added in 2004 is a drop slide sure ...

  • Raging Rivers Water Park

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    (26 miles) Grafton

    Fun in the sun over summer at this family friendly Illinois water park! With wave pools, rivers, slides and swirlpools...great fun for all ages!

  • Springfield Walks

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    (86 miles) Springfield

    Fun and fascinating walking tours around the wonderful city of Springfield, Illinois. Includes a full haunted history tour! Great for kids aged 5 and up.

  • Kidz Play Zone

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    (83 miles) Carbondale

    Fun indoor play with inflatables to bounce and bounce on! Kids can also enjoy the games table with foosball and air hockey.

  • Lazer Force Lazer Tag Caseyville

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    (8 miles) Caseyville

    A super atmospheric two storey lazer tag arena with full arcade and even indoor mini golf!

  • Go Ape Creve Coeur Park

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    (16 miles) St. Louis

    Zip, swing and climb through the ONLY treetop adventure course in Missouri! Great fun for active kids!

  • Knights Action Park

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    (82 miles) Springfield

    Water fun, go-carts, ferris wheels, golf, batting cages and so much more in this Springfield adventure park!

  • Rolla Skate Zone

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    (99 miles) Rolla

    The Zone is not just roller skating, but a ton of other fun activities for kids to spend the day! Laser Tag, Laser Maze, and a play area bouncers, as well as an arcade!

  • The Gateway Arch

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    (1 miles) St Louis

    The nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is an iconic attraction for kids to experience! They can visit the very top on a super fun tram, and even watch movies! Iconic St. Louis!

  • St Louis Science Center

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    (4 miles) St Louis

    Explore science and learning with your children as they begin to understand the world around them. Families can experience the remarkable natural world together in a nurturing child-friendly ...

  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

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    (8 miles) Collinsville

    A fascinating UNESCO site of what was once one of the greatest cities in the world!

  • Grants Farm

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    (10 miles) St Louis

    There are many exciting animal encounters possible at Grant's Farm, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family. The Farm is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different ...

  • Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center

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    (18 miles) St. Charles

    Near the Missouri River is this historical attraction featuring exhibits all about that famous Lewis & Clark expedition!

  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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    (86 miles) Springfield

    A historic attraction for kids where they can explore the home where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming president. A trip back in time!

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

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    (86 miles) Springfield

    A fascinating, historical and educational day with the whole family as you walk through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

  • The National Churchill Museum

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    (96 miles) Fulton

    An insight into the life and times of one of the world's most memorable political leaders in an accessible way for kids. Fascinating day of history in Missouri.

  • Americas Incredible Pizza Company

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    (11 miles) St Louis

    Amazing kids fun in St. Louis with roller coasters, laser tag, tiny town, go-karts, bumper cars, and of course....pizza!