I usually blog about photography related topics or sessions I have done, but I had to blog about our family vacation to St. Louis since it was our first real vacation as a family! And of course I had my camera with me so I had to post some pictures from the trip! So I guess this is photography related, ? .
So as I said earlier, we had our first official family vacation over the weekend! My fiance, Josh and our 12 year old son, Ian all had a great weekend! We went to St. Louis, Missouri. We left for St. Louis at about 10 on Saturday morning. Our first stop of all places was Wal-Mart. I know, I know...we started our trip out with a BANG! I personally HAVE to have Mt. Dew! The other two drink it too so there's that...?. Our first official vacation stop was the St. Louis Zoo. Neither myself, nor my son has ever been to the zoo. Heck, I've never been to St. Louis at all! He is 12 and I'm 32 so yes I know it's kind of sad! Unfortunately the goats weren't available and they have become one of my favorite animals. I think it's because of all the adorable goat videos on Facebook!
You know you are in the right place when you see this!
This huge polar bear had his own snow!
A beautiful underwater view.
I think they were sleeping...maybe even hiding.
Loved the giraffe's!
Seeing a rhino in person...wow!!
After spending a few hours at the zoo we went and checked into our hotel room. Our 12 year old son wanted to rest at the hotel but that didn't last long because well...he's 12, he doesn't need to rest, ?! And we had stuff to do! Our next stop was the Gateway Arch or rather what most people call it, The Arch. We didn't go up in the Arch due to not having enough time. Again, my son and I had never been so just going and seeing it was really cool. Next time we go to the Arch, we plan to go up in it. It was about time for supper at this point and The Old Spaghetti Factory was pretty close so we ate there. You guys are going to think I never go anywhere or do anything but I have never been to The Old Spaghetti Factory either. I did actually live a pretty sheltered life, lol. It was probably the best spaghetti I've ever had! That restaurant was absolutely beautiful! I wish I would have taken my camera in with me but the place was packed so it probably would have been a little rude to be taking pictures while people were eating, but it definitely crossed my mind!
Me and my son in front of the Arch.
Me and my fiance at the bottom of the Arch.
My son in front of the Gateway Arch.
After eating supper it was time to go back to the hotel for the night. Bedtime came pretty quick! The trip is a 2 hour and 45 minute drive, then we walked around the zoo for a good part of the day, then went to the Arch so we were pretty wore out.
The next morning we got up at about 8am, went to the hotel lobby and ate breakfast. After we had breakfast we packed up our stuff, then packed it in the car and we were off again! The day would be spent at the St. Louis City Museum. My fiance and I had heard a lot of good things about the museum so we were excited even as adults! Of course the night before our son looked it up on YouTube so he knew what to look forward to. He was pretty excited after seeing what it was all about. We got to the museum 45 minutes early which was fine because there was so much to see outside. And of course, one of my favorite things to do, take LOTS of pictures. Keep in mind that this was even before going in. I probably took the most pictures at the museum and could have taken more! I do have to say I am glad I took my camera but it was really hard to do everything there is to do with a DSLR camera around your neck. I made the mistake of wearing flip flops. You definitely need to wear tennis shoes to do everything at the museum. The bad part is I read you should wear tennis shoes and it totally skipped my mind. Regardless we all still had lots of fun and all agreed that we want to go back. The only thing that I was disappointed about was that the roof of the museum was closed.
Very cool view of part of the outside of the City Museum in St. Louis.
One of the castles you can go into and climb to the top.
The bus that "hangs" off the edge of the building roof. And yes, you can get in it!
One of the planes you can play and explore in.
MonstroCity, a interactive sculpture and playground.
Awesome staircase leading up to the 2nd floor.
MonstroCity, where there are two planes suspended in the air that you crawl through wrought-iron slinky tunnels and visit the cockpits or stand on the wing!
The ceiling of one of the "Enchanted Caves".
The tiny train table.
Beautiful area on the first floor. There is continuous mosaic piece covering the floor and making their way up the columns.
Another cool place to explore.
Inside the endless "Enchanted Caves" you can explore.
A small section of the many spindles painted by kids along the staircase.
Fiberglass hanging from the ceiling that was donated by Boeing. It's the same stuff you wrap around the outside of an airplane.
Have you been to St. Louis? Are there any places that we need to go to next time we go to St. Louis? Or have you been to the places I mentioned? If so, what did you love and not so much love?
Below are the links for the places we went to in case you want to plan your own trip!
St. Louis City Museum
St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis City Museum