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BIG MUDDY AD­VEN­TURES— Out­fit­ter/guid­ing com­pany con­ducts ca­noe/kayak/pad­dle board tours of the Mis­sis­sippi and Missouri rivers (from Her­mann to St. Louis). Day trips are con­ducted from Mar-Oct and cost $45-$125 per per­son. On­line reser­va­tions re­quired; day-of reser­va­tions ac­cepted if a spot is avail­able. Cus­tom tours avail­able. www.2muddy. com. Roo@2muddy.com, 314.369.4356.

BUT­TER­FLY HOUSE— The 16,000-sq.-ft. fa­cil­ity fea­tures an in­door trop­i­cal but­ter­fly con­ser­va­tory, but­ter­fly gar­den and gift shop. $6 adults, $5 se­niors, $4 chil­dren 3-12, free chil­dren 2 & un­der. Open Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm. www.but­ter­fly­house.org. Faust County Park, one mile north­east of Hwy 40 on Olive Blvd., 636.530.0076. Map 1-3D

CAR­LYLE LAKE— The largest man-made lake in Illi­nois lies one hour east of St. Louis and fea­tures swim­ming at a large sandy beach ad­ja­cent to a shaded pic­nic area. Fish­ing, boat­ing, sail­ing, wa­ter ski­ing and hik­ing are all avail­able. The area in­cludes the El­don Ha­zlet State Park. www.car­lyle­lake.com. I- 64 east to Hwy. 50, Hwy. 50 east to 127 and fol­low signs to Dam West Area, 618.594.2484. Missouri Map-3C

CASTLE­WOOD STATE PARK— Strad­dling the Mer­amec River, the park is open for day use only. In­cluded are pic­nic sites, play­ground, boat ramps and hik­ing trails. The river­side lo­ca­tion is per­fect for ca­noe­ing and fish­ing. Sev­eral bike trails are chal­leng­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced moun­tain bike riders. Wildlife abounds. www.mostateparks.com/ castle­wood.htm. 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd., off New Ball­win Rd and Hwy. 100 in west St. Louis County, 636.227.4433. Map 3-8A

CON­FLU­ENCE TOWER— Take in the panorama at the con­flu­ence of the Missouri and Mis­sis­sippi rivers, where Lewis and Clark launched their Corps of Dis­cov­ery, from the 150-foot-high Con­flu­ence Tower. Ob­ser­va­tion decks at 50, 100 and 150 feet. Ad­mis­sion $4 adults, $2 chil­dren 12-3, free chil­dren 2 and un­der. Open W-Su. www.con­flu­ence­tower.com. 435 Con­flu­ence Tower Dr., in Hart­ford, Illi­nois, 618.251.9101. Map 1-2F

FOR­EST PARK— One of the largest mu­nic­i­pal parks in the U.S. (big­ger than Cen­tral Park) cov­ers 1,300 acres at King­shigh­way and I- 64 (Hwy 40). Home to sev­eral of St. Louis’ top at­trac­tions: Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Science Cen­ter and Missouri His­tory Museum. Vis­i­tors Cen­ter of­fers in­for­ma­tion, lock­ers, food, self-guided iPod tour, bike rental at 5595 Grand Drive. In­ter­ac­tive

on­line map at www.Forest­parkmap.org. www.forest­park­for­ever.org. 314.367.7275. MetroLink-For­est Park Map 4-2D

GATE­WAY ARCH & GATE­WAY ARCH RIVER­BOATS— The Gate­way Arch ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes the Jour­ney to the Top ($13-$10), Mon­u­ment to the

Dream movie ($3), new Gate­way Arch Museum and the Arch Store, ac­cessed through the new en­trance just east of the Old Court­house (open daily 8 am-10 pm). Gate­way 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. Blues Cruise (8-11 pm) fea­tures live mu­sic ( Aug 9, 23) $22. www. gate­wa­yarch.com. 4th & Ch­est­nut St., 877.982.1410. MetroLink-8th & Pine Map 2-3F

LONE ELK PARK— Free-roam­ing elk and bi­son grace this 385-acre fenced wildlife dis­play, which is also home to white-tail deer, wild tur­keys, small mam­mals and the World Bird Sanc­tu­ary. Pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties avail­able. Ad­mis­sion free. Open daily 8am-sun­set. www.st­louisco.com/Park­sandRe­cre­ation/ParkPages/LoneElk. 1 Lone Elk Park Rd., off North Outer Rd. west of Hwy. 141 at I- 44 314.963.9211. Map 3-8A

MAGIC HOUSE—ST. LOUIS’ CHIL­DREN’S MUSEUM— In this par­tic­i­pa­tory museum (reg­u­larly cited as one of the top chil­dren’s mu­se­ums in the U.S.), vis­i­tors are treated to a mind-bog­gling ar­ray of ex­pe­ri­ences. Ad­mis­sion $10, free for kids un­der 1. Open Tu-Th noon-5:30 pm, F noon-9 pm, Sa 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Su 11 am-5:30 pm. www.magi­c­house.org. 516 S. Kirk­wood Rd., 314.822.8900. Map 3-7C

MISSOURI BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN— Seventy-nine acres of trees, gar­dens and con­ser­va­to­ries, a must­see for any vis­i­tor, any time of year. Free tours of the gar­den at 11 am daily. Gar­den open 9 am-5 pm daily (open 7 am W and Sa). Ad­mis­sion $12 adults, free chil­dren 12 and un­der, fees for some spe­cial ex­hibits. Flora Bo­re­alis, a night­time gar­den ex­pe­ri­ence, fea­tures lights, mov­ing im­ages and sounds dur­ing a 1-mile jour­ney ( Jun 29-Aug 26 7-11 pm) $10-$25. www.mis­souri­b­otan­i­cal­gar­den.org. 4344 Shaw Blvd., 314.577.5100 or 800.642.8842. Map 4- 4E POW­DER VAL­LEY CON­SER­VA­TION NA­TURE CEN

TER— State-run na­ture cen­ter in­cludes three paved hik­ing trails of vary­ing lengths. In­side there is a dis­cov­ery room for kids, a cut­away view of a Missouri pond with fish, a bird watch­ing area and a bee­hive. Area is open daily 8am- 6pm. Build­ing is open T-Sa 8am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion is free. https://na­ture.mdc. mo.gov/dis­cover-na­ture/places/pow­der-val­ley-cnc. 11715 Crag­wold Rd., off Geyer Rd. north of Wat­son Rd. near I- 44 314.301.1500. Map 3-8C

SPLASH CITY— Wet and wild fun at this Collinsville, Illi­nois, wa­ter park, in­clud­ing lap pool, lazy river, toddler-friendly wad­ing pool, lap pool, and 50-ft.high Mon­soon Moun­tain wa­tery play­ground with slides. Open Me­mo­rial Day-La­bor Day. $15 adults, $10 se­niors, $12 kids 3-16, free kids 2 and un­der, $5 off af­ter 4 pm. Free park­ing and in­ner tubes. www. splashc­ity.org. 10 Gate­way Dr., near the I-55/70Hwy. 157 in­ter­change, 618.346.7529. Map 1-3G

WIL­LOUGHBY HER­ITAGE FARM— Collinsville at­trac­tion fea­tures his­toric struc­tures, orig­i­nal tools, replica gar­dens, farm an­i­mals, an­tique trac­tors and 3 miles of hik­ing trails. Ad­mis­sion is free; fee for some spe­cial events. Groups are asked to make ar­range­ments be­fore vis­it­ing. Open daily 10am-7pm. www.collinsvillerec.com/willough­by­farm.html. 631 Wil­loughby Lane, 618.346.7529. Map 1- 4H

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