After your first full day of vacation, the thing utmost on your mind is probably getting a good night’s sleep. After all, without rest, all you’re going to have is a cranky family with no ability to separate people when they start growling at each other. Although there are many excellent hotels and campgrounds in the St. Louis area, here are four worth noting.
For a mix of a “good hotel” feel with British refinement, check out the Cheshire Hotel. It has several types of rooms to choose from, is pet-friendly, and amenities include an outdoor pool, a daily full English breakfast, daily tea service, complimentary chocolates, bicycles for close attractions, and restaurants located in the building.
Better than most places, this hotel understands that traveling can be stressful for kids… and a challenge for mom and dad. Therefore, they offer a few kid-friendly amenities just for the more youthful members of your family. Some, like the hotel-wide scavenger hunt, is meant to keep the kiddos occupied inside by looking for special aspects of this establishment. Others, like the “Royal Kids Club” backpack helps keep them occupied no matter where they are in the city.
This 4-star campground is located about thirty minutes from the Gateway Arch, which is a perfect for getting away from it all. Both primitive and RV sites are available. Located on 140 acres, they offer many simple back-to-nature activities, like fishing, hiking, sand volleyball, archery, and watercraft activities. For the guests’ convenience, there is free WIFI throughout the grounds.
#3: Klondike Park
For those who prefer an outdoors experience during their vacations, there’s Klondike Park, which is a tent-only facility (no RV’s, please) with picturesque cabins for those who don’t like sleeping on the ground. Don’t get concerned when the kids complain about not having WIFI in the park, because this park has a ton of amazing features, like biking and hiking trails, fishing, family activities, and nature programs.
Jellystone Park has multiple attractions. For those who prefer the great outdoors, this facility has a large campground that’s accessible to tents and RV’s alike! Besides the typical fire ring and picnic table, there is free WIFI throughout the grounds. If you’ve always wanted to try camping, but don’t want to invest in all the equipment, this is the place to go. They have permanent tents, complete with air conditioning, and can house up to 6 people! However, if you prefer to enjoy nature from a distance, check out the family resort cabins. But whether you decide to sleep in a cabin or tent, Jellystone Park has the best kid-friendly atmosphere for miles around. Amenities include an outdoor pool, mini golf, video arcade, arts and crafts, and outdoor programs, just to name a few. Altogether, that makes Jellystone the best family-friendly resort in the area.
This post originally appeared on Daring Penguin Travel Blog, published January 10, 2016. It was part of a larger article, 30+ Places to Check Out in St. Louis.