Hi guys! This is the conclusion to my first Cheap Trippin’ installment. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it because I have certainly loved sharing it with you! In case you missed the first parts they are here and here. We had so much fun and learned so much in St. Louis. We already want to go back when the weather is warmer so we can do all the things we had to cut short due to the cold. Case in point, our last day was supposed to be the warmest of our trip. With temps in the high 50’s, I thought for sure we could go to the zoo and still head home in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I didn’t take into account how cold the wind was! Instead of trying to speed through the zoo, we decided to see some of the other things on our list, several of which were indoors.
First on our list was the St. Louis Art Museum. When we arrived at Forest Park, where the Museum is located, we were astounded. It is absolutely beautiful!! Also, it is huge and so much more than just the museum. I’ll insert some pictures we took at Forest Park. Unknown to us, the museum is closed on Mondays.
Next up on my list of must-see spots was the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. I thought the kids would love it but I have to say, it is absolutely breathtaking. I sat down in the pews for a good bit just trying to take it all in. The detail and reverence in every little inch of the Cathedral is mind-blowing. Also, they have a Mosaic Museum downstairs which is very informative and has some very interesting pieces in itself.
Lastly for this trip we had to travel downtown to the Old Courthouse and the Arch Museum. The Old Courthouse has to be seen. It is amazing too. Jason and the girls climbed up to the third floor balcony while I stayed below and looked at the displays they have up on the walls. The Courthouse was built in the 1820’s and is so full of history. The Arch Museum is inside the Old Courthouse but we actually didn’t spend time there because our time was already up on the parking meter we had parked at! We took a couple of quick pics in the doorway to the Arch, but didn’t go out to it. We decided that would have to wait for better weather as well.
All in all we absolutely loved our little getaway to St. Louis. At under six hours away from us I think we will definitely make a return trip. There is so much to see and do, and surprisingly, so much of it is free! Also for our family of 5, with 2 hotel rooms and gas included, our 2 day and 2 night trip was less than $1000! We got souvenirs, ate out for every meal, and had a great time. It was a great trip.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of Cheap Trippin’. We like to take little road trips fairly regularly as a family and I’d love to share some more of our favorite little spots with you. Is there somewhere in particular you’d like us to check out? Let me know in the comments below! And Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!