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What's there to do near you???

Posted by on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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 Earlier I posted asking if anyone was from St. Louis that might have ideas other than the few that I knew of off the top of my head that were good learning field trip ideas and it got me thinking what there is to do around where YOU live.

I said in the other post that St. Louis has alot to do with free admittance, some of these places have other activities that you can do but you have to pay for them. IMO, the free stuff is good enough for my kids ages.

FREE: St. Louis ZOO; Soda is $4 but just being able to see the animals for free is amazing. The park itself is kept clean (ish...depends on how busy the day is) and if you get there early enough, some of the areas that usually require admission are free too! If you ever find yourself in St. Louis, I highly recomend that you put the ZOO on your list of "things to do" while you are here!   Parking in the parking lot is expensive, but there is a ton of free street parking if you don't mind a hike.  http://www.stlzoo.org/

FREE: St. Louis Science Center; Parking is $10 for the whole day, but if you don't mind walking a little bit, you can find free parking not far from here. There are tons of exhibits that are great for any age. I am 30 and I LOVE going to this place. About half is hands on and they have a great theater but it will cost $9 for adults $8 for kids. With all there is to do in this place, you could run around here all day and still not see everything there is to see, or at least remember it all.   http://www.slsc.org/ 

FREE: Missouri History Museum; I have never personally been here, but I hear it is a great place to see. I have friends whose kids went here on school field trips and wanted to go back. I have driven past here before but I am unsure about the parking situation. I am pretty sure there is close free parking for this facility.   http://www.mohistory.org/  

FREE: St. Louis Art Museum; Again, I have never been here myself, but everyone I know who has been here says it is amazing. Parking is FREE and CLOSE and it has a spectacular view of Forest Park.   http://www.slam.org/  

There are also TONS of caves that you can visit in the area, but they will cost you anywhere from $8 per person-$20 per person depending on the cave. They have tour guides and one even has a "train" thing you can ride through on.                                 http://missouricaves.com/mo-map.htm

I now live in Central Texas and I heard there is a cave nearby, but not close enough to where I would drive for how much it costs. There is also a drive through safari that I went to around here that I thought was over priced for what you get. They charged per person instead of carload (the first time we went it was $10 per carload) and the drive through was maybe 1/4 mile and we didn't see very many animals, they had a small area that had a TON of goats that you could go in and pet, but they were so crowded in there I would not suggest letting your children go in the pen.

I am glad I have family in St. Louis so it makes the long trip worth it by itself, but the free stuff to do makes it even better. What is there to do where YOU live?

by on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:33 PM

We live outside of Columbus so there is quite a bit to do, actually.

Lauralee3267
by on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM
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NYCitymomx3
by Bronze Member on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM
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NYC here.   I wouldn't even know where to start.  Endless things to do here - and we try to do them all!!!!!

momof3inapril09
by on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM

 I would LOVE to visit NYC. I think I could spend an entire week exploring Central Park!

Quoting NYCitymomx3:

NYC here.   I wouldn't even know where to start.  Endless things to do here - and we try to do them all!!!!!

 

momof3inapril09
by on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM

 Columbus Ohio?

Quoting mem82:

We live outside of Columbus so there is quite a bit to do, actually.

 

bmw29
by Bronze Member on Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM

I'm 20 minutes away from Charlotte. There are tons of things to do but I still try to avoid the city. I'm a country girl. LOL

wanderingwolf
by on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Well in Columbus OH there is the Columbus Zoo and Aquariam http://www.colszoo.org/

COSI http://www.cosi.org/

Franklin Conservatory http://www.fpconservatory.org/

Ohio Historical Village http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/places/c11/index.shtml

Zoombezi Bay (formerly Wyandot Lake) that is next to Columbus Zoo (it's a water park) http://www.zoombezibay.com/

OH state fair naturally, lots of concerts. 

Here where I live (near Logan, OH and Chillicothe, OH) we have the Hocking Hills State Park (Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Conkels Hollow, Cantwell Cliffs, Cedar Falls) where you can do all the hiking you please.  http://www.oldmanscave.net/

Lake Logan where you can swim (part of it is for swimming, the other part is for fishing-lots of people seem to live on the other side). http://www.hockinghills.com/lake_logan.html

If you go south into Vinton County (I live in Hocking) then you can encounter Moonville, OH (a small town during the 1800s)-the bridge is said to be haunted.  You can find the graveyard but the town and it's ruins are all gone.  Lots of teenagers-college kids go up there and party during the night.   http://www.forgottenoh.com/moonville.html

In Lancaster, OH we have the Skyview Drive In (about the only drive in left operating in OH): http://www.skyviewdrivein.com/

 

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Feb. 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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Quoting NYCitymomx3:

NYC here.   I wouldn't even know where to start.  Endless things to do here - and we try to do them all!!!!!




We r in CT, so one of the things we can do is hop the train into the city!!
mem82
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

yeppers

Quoting momof3inapril09:

 Columbus Ohio?

Quoting mem82:

We live outside of Columbus so there is quite a bit to do, actually.

 




5BMom
by on Feb. 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM
We don't have a lot of big things here in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho... We have a botannical garden, art galleries, Hemingways grave and memorial, horseback riding, skiing, biking, hiking, camping, hot springs, symphony, antique faired, a small theatre company... A couple hourd in several directions we have ghost towns, ice caves, the snake river gorge, Craters of the Moon Natl Park, the City of Rocks, lots of farms, the Salmon River where the spawn and die every year, river rafting, Zoo Boise, and more.
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