Vacationing Missouri Style!

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For me the months of May and June are special times of the year when I think of my parents and all the things that they have done for me over my life. I have some really amazing parents for whom I am so very grateful! As kids, they where always helping to open our eyes about different ideas, and cultures by always making it possible for us to travel to lots of places. Even at times when finances where tight they made going on family vacations a priority! One summer my parents loaded up our minivan with a tent and camping supplies and we took a cross-country road trip! What a great experience to see so many states with their vast array of beauty and history! It’s an experience that I believe helped shape me into the person I am today!

Now that I am a mom I hope to be able to provide that kind of experience for my own kids one day! I would love help open up their world by taking them to lots of new places! For that reason I enjoy researching different places to go!

I just finished doing a bit of research on Missouri, and I have come to realize it is a place my kids would love so much! Both of my kids love to be outdoors and are happiest when they just have the freedom to roam and explore. With it’s 51 state parks, I get the feeling that Missouri has a lot of outdoor adventures that would be right up their alley! Let’s just imagine I could take my family of 4 there for four nights…. What would we get into!

Day 1: I think I would go to the Lake of the Ozarks! Did you know that this lake has more shoreline then the state of California?? I didn’t! My kids love playing in water and it looks like an amazing shoreline with lush green forests that meet the water. Two of my kids’ favorite things!

Day 2: I would visit one of the Meremac Caverns near the Ozarks. This collection of caverns have been formed from limestone deposits over a million years old! I can just imagine my kids loving exploring these and making some cool discoveries

Day 3: Horseback riding along the Katy trail (America’s longest rail-to-tral for hiking and biking). I don’t really know how to horseback ride but I think it would be fun to learn!

Day 4: History! I love to learn and teach my kids about the history of our nation! Missouri is home to some of America’s most famous authors, Mark Twain and Laura Ingelles wilder. You can visit their homes and really get a sense if what life was like on the frontier.

Have you ever traveled to Missouri? Or perhaps you live there. What is your favorite thing to do there!

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Leanne Cox is a guest writer for She is a stay-at-home mom to two kids, and a credentialed preschool teacher. Leanne teaches “mommy-and-me” and “preschool style” music & movement classes through her business “Little Stars Music & Movement Classes” . She is passionate about encouraging early childhood education through hands on learning and exploration.

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  • What a lovely, thoughtful post. Sounds like you did some nice research about what there is to see in Missouri.

  • If you get between Springfield and Branson there is a little town called Ozark, and on the square is a little coffee shop called 2nd street coffee and on Friday nights from 9-11pm is a clean family comedy show and my son (he is 15 years old and the youngest cast member) is a cast member there… we would love to have you stop by and enjoy the show. Most of the time there is live local music too from 7-9pm too… There is a $5.00 cover charge but that includes a drink…

    Let me know if you plan on coming just drop me a line on Facebook and I will look for you there… :>)

  • Loved reading about Missouri, I am from there and now live in Tennessee…grew up in St. Louis and went to high school in a little town called Roach, is near Camdenton, MO at the lake of the Ozarks..a beautiful place to go to school and to visit..

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