November 24, 2017

Fun in Missouri: 5 Spots for Kids + Road Trip Rewards Program

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If your travels may take you to Missouri this summer, be sure to check out the new Road Trip Rewards program that kicked off yesterday. Through this program you’ll be able to save money at hundreds of attractions across Missouri, including the Missouri History Museum, Meramec Caverns and the Pony Express National Museum. Here’s how it works:

Stop by any McDonald’s in the state and make a purchase. Now here’s the key. Hold onto the receipt because the receipt is your coupon, or at least it’s the key to activating any of the coupons you find on the Missouri Division of Tourism website. In addition to savings on state attractions, you’ll also find coupons to save at hotels, water parks, and even at Ted E. Bear’s Toy Factory. This program runs through August 31.

If you’ve never been to Missouri, there are several cities that are ideal for family fun, including Branson and St. Louis. Here are a few of the must-stop spots in Missouri:

  • Branson Landing: A beautiful waterfront, your kids will love the Branson Express Train that operates daily, as well as the fountain show. Enjoy the 120-foot geysers and blasting fire cannons choreographed to light and music. Shows are at noon and 7 p.m. each day.
  • Faust Park (St. Louis): There’s so much for kids to do at Faust Park, including a visit to Butterfly House and the St. Louis Carousel. On the weekends, you may encounter historical characters dressed in period clothing teaching kids about what life was like in the 1800s.
  • Gateway Arch (St. Louis): Take a four-minute narrated tram ride to the observation area at the top of the arch. Enjoy the displays in both legs of the arch. The north leg features photos on the construction of the arch, while the south leg shows life on the St. Louis riverfront in the 1800s.
  • St. Louis Museum of Transportation: This is a great place for families to learn all about the history and science of transportation. Explore on your own or take a guided tour through exhibits focused on cars, planes and trains. Little ones will love Creation Station as they get a chance to explore all modes of transportation.
  • Table Rock Dam (Branson): Check out interactive nature displays and educational programs at the Dewey Short Visitors Center. You can also pick up maps of nearby walking and biking trails. Take a guided walking tour that leads you deep inside the dam to learn first-hand about what it takes to create hydro-electric power.

Have you been to Missouri on a family trip? I’d love to hear any other suggestions you may have for places to go and ways to save in Missouri this summer.

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