Yes, it's hot, and when you need a break from the steam, check out these cool indoor experiences.
The list of great family attractions only starts on this page, including wet attractions, animal attractions, exciting attractions and indoor attractions. Bonus: admission to many of them is free, although you may pay for parking and special exhibits.
Grant’s Farm, the 281-acre ancestral estate of the Busch family, includes the Bauernhof for refreshments, animal shows, camel rides, pony rides, paddleboats, Clydesdale stables, the Tier Garten animal feeding and petting area and a tram ride through the 160-acre Deer Park. Free admission; parking $13 per car. www.grantsfarm.com. 10501 Gravois Rd., east of Lindbergh Blvd., 314.843.1700, Map 3- 8D.
Purina Farms Visitor Center
offers plenty of hands- on contact with cats, dogs and farm animals, a full-sized barn, hayloft play area, theater, pet center, canine demonstrations, refreshments and gift shop. Admission is free, reservations encouraged. Open W- F 9:30 am-3 pm, Sa-Su 9:30 am- 4 pm. www.purinafarms.com. Take I- 44 west to Gray Summit, north on Hwy 100 for two blocks, left on County Rd. MM one mile, 314.982.3232. or 888.688. PETS, Map 1- 4C.
WATER: IN IT, ON IT
Raging Rivers Water Park
features a wave pool, lazy river, 600-foot raft rides and more. Admission $25.95 for guests 48 inches and taller, $21.95 for seniors & guests under 48 inches, discount after 3 pm. Fees for parking, tubes, lockers. www.ragingrivers.com. 100 Palisades Pkwy., off Hwy 100 near Grafton, Illinois 618.786.2345, Map 1-1E. Six
Flags-St. Louis offers more than 100 rides, shows, games, attractions, concerts and Hurricane Harbor water park. Admission $66.99 adults; $51.99 children 48 inches and under; free kids 2 and under. Parking $20-$25 per vehicle. www. sixflags.com/stlouis. Near Eureka, southwest of St. Louis on I- 44 at Exit 261, 636.938.4800, Map 1- 4D. At the Forest Park
Boathouse, pedal boats, kayaks and canoes are available for rental at $15-$20 per hour. Open daily at 11 am. www. boathousepaddleco.com. Forest Park, on Government Dr. 314.367.2224, Map 4-2D. Gate
way Arch Riverboats offer sightseeing and dinner cruises on replicas of 19th- century steamboats available daily: one-hour cruise $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-15. www.gatewayarch.com. 4th & Chestnut St., 877.982.1410. MetroLink-8th & Pine, Map 2-3F. Big Muddy Adventures conducts canoe/kayak/paddle board tours of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, from Hermann to St. Louis. Day trips cost $45-$125 per person. Online reservations required; day- of reservations accepted if a spot is available. Custom tours available. www. 2muddy. com, 314.369.4356.
Swing-A-Round Fun Town
has go karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting cages, arcades, food and more at two locations. All-day passes $25.95; attractions also priced separately. www.swing-around.com. Fenton: 335 Skinker Ln., 636.349.7077, Map 3-9B; St. Charles: 3541 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., 636.947.4487, Map 1-2D. Let your inner Tarzan loose in a session at the Circus Harmony Flying
Trapeze Center, equipped with state-of-the-art safety gear, trained instructors and more fun than you can shake a monkey at. 2-hour class $60; multi-class discounts. Open W-F 3:30 & 6:30 pm; Sa 10 am, 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 pm; Su 12:30 & 3:30 pm. www.circusday.org/ circus-harmony-flying-trapezecenter/. Chesterfield Athletic Club, 16625 Swingley Ridge Rd., 314.504.4298. Map 1-4D. Pole Position Raceway Indoor
Karting offers speedy thrills on electric karts delivering genuine racing excitement in this 56,000-square-foot, stateof-the-art, 1/4-mile, indoor racing facility. Adults and kids 48 inches and taller welcome anytime. Open M-Th 11 am-9 pm, F 1-11 pm, Sa 11 am-11 pm, Su 11 am-6 pm. www.polepositionraceway.com. 8800 Watson Rd., 314.925.7545, Map 3-7D.
Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises