Be Wowed by Nature


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family activities , Family Fun , outdoors
Wildly Wonderful
Author: Hoffman Lewis

Why stay indoors when there’s so much exploring to do? Missouri, with all of its natural beauty, boasts so many opportunities for adventure you may have trouble deciding what to do first.

Discover the wonders that lie beneath the earth at Fantasy World Caverns , in Eldon. Be amazed by the stunning rock formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, cave coral and “soda straws.” The hour and fifteen minute tours are given by reservation only, so call ahead to make your tour appointment, and then embark on a fascinating tour.

In Hannibal, visit Mark Twain Cave – the cave featured in five of the iconic Mark Twain’s books. This cave holds some key distinctions: it is registered on the list of National Natural Landmarks; it is one of only a few “labyrinth” caves (where the passages form crisscross patterns) in the entire world. There are no stairs; however, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Enjoy the always-pleasant temperature; the cave remains 52 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Also in the Mark Twain complex, Cameron Cave offers a different underground adventure; you tour the cave by lantern light, seeing it as it was when first discovered. This tour gives you a new perspective on cave exploration.

Say hello to remarkable aquatic creatures at the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium, located in Kansas City’s Crown Center shopping and entertainment complex. See sharks up close, as well as rays, seahorses, starfish – there are 30 displays, holding more than 5,000 sea critters. Each day, the aquarium hosts fascinating, fun talks and demonstrations. Be sure to set aside plenty of time to see everything this wonderful place has to offer.

In St. Louis, learn about the dedicated people who spend their lives helping animals. The Wildlife Rescue Exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center shows visitors how endangered animals are captured, cared for, and released back into the wild. Interactive exhibits and hands-on activities help visitors understand the process of saving some of the world’s most interesting and rare creatures.

  Fantasy World Caverns
Fantasy World Caverns includes a large underground lake, and a wide variety of formations including ...

  Mark Twain Cave Complex
This is the cave author Mark Twain described in five of his books. The cave was first shown in 1886. ...

  Cameron Cave
Cameron Cave offers a different underground adventure; you tour the cave by lantern light, seeing it ...

  Crown Center Complex
Three-story, indoor shopping complex with more than 60 shops and restaurants; two hotels; two live theaters; ...

  Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium
Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium transports you into an amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with ...

  The Saint Louis Science Center
The mission of the Saint Louis Science Center is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology ...