See vintage motorcycles at The MOTO Museum.Photo courtesy of The MOTO Museum.
Father’s Day is a great excuse to plan a fun day of bonding for dad and the family, but with so many great options, it may be difficult to limit it to just one. Check out our list of best bets for a day out with dad and get ready to make memories all summer long. If it’s an adventure that you’re looking for, the St. Louis area has plenty of options.
Go Ape | Creve Coeur Park Dads of older children can take tree climbing to a whole new level when they visit Go Ape. Go Ape is composed of five different ropes courses that include rope ladders, swings, zip lines, and other obstacles. Each course gets progressively tougher and takes you higher into the canopy. To participate, you must be at least 10 years old and 55” tall. All visitors begin their adventure with a 30-minute safety course. Guides are on hand for help along the way. Creve Coeur Park is located at 13219 Streetcar Dr., Maryland Heights, MO.
SUP St. Louis | Chesterfield and Valley Park If you prefer adventure a little closer to the ground, SUP St. Louis can set you up with the right sized paddleboard and lessons to get you started on one of outdoor’s newest trends. SUP St. Louis brings equipment and professional paddlers to Waters Edge in Chesterfield or Simpson Lake in Valley Park. Customers will be paired with the proper equipment, given a lesson on land and continual guidance while in the water. Visit their website for more information or to schedule your family lesson.
If cruising back in time is more your speed, the area offers several museums and activities covering all things transportation.
Wabash, Frisco and Pacific Railroad | Glencoe Get up close and personal with a small steam engine train every Sunday from May-October when you visit the Wabash, Frisco and Pacific Railroad near Wildwood (note that the seasonal opening was delayed in 2017 due to flooding, but is expected to resume operations June 4). The railroad, run entirely by volunteers, takes passengers on a scenic 2-mile loop along the Meramec River. Trains depart every 20 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. The last train leaves the station at 4:15 p.m. Cost per rider is a $4 donation. The Wabash, Frisco and Pacific is located at 101 Grand Ave., Glencoe, MO.
Missouri History Museum | Forest Park Ever wonder what it would be like to get your kicks off Route 66? Hurry to the “Route 66: Main Street USA” exhibit at the Missouri History Museum before the exhibit ends July 16.. Visitors can drive this stretch of American history and explore the motels, custard shops and tourist attractions made famous along the route. While visiting the museum, be sure to check out the History Clubhouse. Reserved for younger audiences, the History Clubhouse gives children the opportunity to captain a steam boat, sell ice cream at the 1904 World’s Fair, and more. Tickets for the Clubhouse are free but limit guests to one hour in the exhibit during busy times. Missouri History Museum is located at Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park.
National Great Rivers Museum | Alton, Illinois Experience the roar of the mighty Mississippi River beneath your feet with a visit to the National Great Rivers Museum and a tour of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam. Interactive exhibits highlight the history of life along the river and allow guests to steer a barge and investigate how the lock and dam system works. During your tour of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam, you can walk out over the river and watch this busy dam in action. National Great Rivers Museum is located at 2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, IL, 62002.
The MOTO Museum | St. Louis Located one block from the Fox Theatre and across the street from St. Louis University, this hidden gem holds one man’s collection of rare and vintage motorcycles. Many displays include his personal story of how each piece was acquired. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are preferred. The museum is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., but can also be accessed through Triumph Grill on weekends when other events are not being held. MOTO Museum is located at 3441 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63103. The MOTO Museum also serves as a popular venue for private events, so please call before visiting to ensure it is open to the public.
Sometimes you just need to be silly and have fun. These game spots are sure to provide everyone with a crazy good time.
Swing-A-Round Fun Town | Fenton and St. Charles Swing-A-Round Fun Town has something for everyone. Attractions include an outdoor go kart track, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages and an indoor arcade and bumper cars. Snacks and drinks are also available. Purchase a pass for unlimited fun or individual tickets for the features you want. A smaller location in St. Charles includes miniature golf, batting cages and an arcade. Swing-A-Round Fun Town is located at 335 Skinker, Fenton, MO, and 3541 Veterans Memorial, St. Charles, MO.
Kokomo Joe's Family Fun Center | St. Peters For rainy days, Kokomo Joe's offers multiple attractions under one roof. Have a fun family competition while enjoying the indoor go kart track, bumper cars, laser tag, miniature golf course and arcade. The younger ones will enjoy miniature bowling and bouncing out some energy at Bounce Beach. When it’s time to refuel, take a break at Sunset Café, and then get back to playing with the family. Kokomo Joe’s is located at 4105 N. Cloverleaf Dr., St. Peters, MO.
Fitz Bottling Company | 6605 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO When the adventures have come to an end, swing over to University City’s Delmar Loop for dinner and a supersized root beer float at Fitz Bottling Company, America’s original soda microbrewery. Watch the vintage bottling line at work from your table on the main floor while you sit back and discuss your favorite parts of the day and plan your next adventure. The restaurant is open daily at 11 a.m. and includes a large American menu, a long list of original Fitz sodas, and the float and dessert menu. Fitz’s Bottling Company is located at 6605 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO. They do not bottle every day, so visit their website or call ahead for the bottling schedule.
Melissa Nordmann currently resides in St. Charles County. She enjoys attending her sons' baseball games and hiking with her family in many of the area's fabulous parks.
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