In­door At­trac­tions

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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.

AN­I­MAL PLANET

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.

WILD RIDES

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.

Rag­ing Rivers

Grant’s Farm

Gate­way Arch River­boat Cruises

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