Family Fun

Independence: Trails, Rails and Swales

Waterfall Park in Independence.

Stoney Creek at Waterfall Park  Queen City of the Trails offers more than 11 miles of walking and biking paths and new lodge-like accommodations for outdoor enthusiasts. Coming this November to Independence is a new kind of hotel and conference center with distinctive, lodge-like accommodations and friendly service that puts comfort first.  Situated inside Waterfall Park, neighboring to Bass Pro ... Read More »

City Girl Meets Missouri Pumpkin Patch

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Long, long ago in a county on the east side of the state, my future husband – a farm boy – took me home to meet his parents. It was November, and as we drove through the fertile Missouri River bottoms near his family’s farm, we passed a glorious sight: Rombach Farms’ pumpkin patch.  Their display was breathtaking: rich and ... Read More »

4 Things You Will Love During Autumn in Pulaski County USA

Painted Rock Conservation Area

“Autumn”- almost a magical word, it brings a promise of beautiful colors, hearty comfort food, pumpkin, apple, caramel and cinnamon flavors, hoodies, leaf piles, bonfires, the harvest, and time with family. It might make you think of jack o’ lanterns and things that go bump in the night. All the glorious things that are pictured in your mind when you ... Read More »

Enjoy the Best Fishing Spots Around STL

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Downtown to midtown to the outlining counties surrounding St. Louis, The Missouri Department of Conversation (MDC) has a great suggestion on how to spend your day. Go fishing. Make that urban fishing, a program established by MDC in 1969 providing close to home fishing opportunities at 17 St. Louis city and county area parks. Some locations, such as Lafayette Park, ... Read More »

Platte County Annual Camping Trip: Parks, Phosphates & Parakeets

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August is the transition month for my family – summer vacation ends and school begins. This year there are two dates circled for the first day of college; one is our son’s and the other is our daughter’s. The weekends are clicking by and the final Platte County summer camping trip has been written plus circled in red on the ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: Wow-worthy Family Fun

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO superfan. He’s shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the third in a three-part series.   ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: Spontaneous Family Fun Awaits

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO superfan. He’s shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the second in a three-part series.    ... Read More »

Conquering Water and Air at Big Surf Waterpark

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You know that feeling when you’re climbing up the stairs to ride the biggest slide at a water park? The heart-racing, blood-pumping, out-of-breath feeling mixed with excitement? That’s the feeling I had as I started my vertical trek up to Zambezi Falls at Big Surf Waterpark at Lake of the Ozarks. I’m not usually afraid of heights or any amusement ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: A Family Destination

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO super fan. He has shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri, on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the first in a three-part ... Read More »

Kids Will Love the Lake of the Ozarks: family fun for all

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My first family vacation brings memories of rainbow flip flops, one long blonde braid swinging over my shoulder as I sipped Orange Crush and watched my dad play Pac-Man at an arcade. The heat made those flip flops stick to the bottoms of my feet and that Orange Crush taste so much better. The humidity made even the quarters sweat, ... Read More »