Families can slumber safari-style at Glamping St. Louis.Photo courtesy Glamping St. Louis.
When you’re planning a vacation with young children, sticking with chain hotels that provide standard amenities like a spacious suite, a private bathroom and a mini-fridge is a nice option, but for the family that has outgrown the need for an onsite swimming pool and is ready for something a bit more adventurous, here are a few fun options around St. Louis:
At Glamping St. Louis, families can enjoy a night in nature with many of the amenities of home. The safari-style camp, which is nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Charles County, features comfortable beds, fresh linens, soft carpets, futons and more. Safari tents are heated and air conditioned to provide comfort throughout the year. At the nearby Marina Lodge, guests have access to free Wi-Fi, private restrooms with flushing toilets, and canoes. Glamping St. Louis Owner Lee Crockett says the campsite’s location near a marina makes it a fun spot for families to relax and unwind in nature, while also being just a short drive to stores and businesses.
Camps can be configured to sleep up to 12; an additional teepee is available for children to play or sleep inside. Crockett plans to add an Airstream camper, which accommodates up to four. A minimum two-night stay is required. For more information or to make reservations, visit glampingstl.com.
In Eureka, families can “engineer” an overnight adventure in a converted caboose. The retrofitted train car, which is part of the St. Louis West/Historic Route 66 KOA campground, sleeps up to four with one queen bed and two single beds. The tiny train car also features its own bathroom, air conditioning and a mini-fridge. For more information, visit koa.com.
Die-hard racing fans can spend a night in the center of the action this summer at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The racetrack will offer 18 Try It Tiny Village housing units capable of sleeping up to four in the infield of the oval track during the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race (an additional two units will sleep two).
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Gateway Motorsports Park for the first Gateway Tiny House Village," said Maggie Daniels, Founder of Try It Tiny. "Race fans now have another option to enjoy their favorite sport while staying in an exclusive tiny house village. Motorsport enthusiasts will have a front row seat to enjoy the action, living between Turns 3 and 4 during race week."
A three-night stay for a four-person unit ranges from $1,750 to $2,250. Each house is equipped with a full bathroom and kitchen. The experience will be offered Aug. 23-26 and includes general admission tickets to the race, an infield parking pass, paddock passes and concierge service. Reservations may be made at tryittiny.com/gateway.