If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a little while, you know that I (and my family) are Midwest transplants and that we are all southern-born and bred. Toon is from New Orleans and Jam and I hail from Jackson, MS. Now, if you’ve really been reading this blog for a while then you may also know that I haven’t always been very fond of Omaha, or the Midwest, in general. I mean…it’s not the South. 🙁 I know, I know, I need to get over it, especially since I’ve been here for over 5 years now, but it’s hard. It’s just not home…yet.
But I digress.
The Midwest, Omaha in particular, does have its perks; I have to admit it. The cost of living is decent, the food is good and the fall is beautiful. One of the major selling points, for me though, is that Omaha is so close to other awesome places. Before moving here, Toon nor I had been to places like Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago…and now all of these places are a hop and a skip away i.e. within driving distance. If only because of that, the Midwest gets a point in its corner! Now we’re always jumping into the car to head out on a quick, family getaway. Based on the places we’ve stayed, food we’ve eaten and things we’ve done, I decided to create a quick, getaway guide for other families like us in the Midwest.
What to Do
Adventureland Altoona, IA
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory St. Paul, MN
Mall of America Bloomington, MN
City Museum St. Louis, MO
Worlds of Fun Kansas City, MO
Meramec Caverns Stanton, MO
Where to Stay
Best Western St. Louis Inn
Holiday Inn Kansas City Airport
The Westin Crown Center
What to Eat
Pappy’s Smokehouse St. Louis, MO
Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant Kansas City, MO
Matt’s Bar Minneapolis, MN
Imos Pizza St. Louis, MO
I’ll admit that even though we’ve been here for about 5 years, we only recently started traveling. I’m sure that there are hundreds of places we have yet to visit, so comment with your suggestions!
What are the best places for families to visit in the Midwest? Where to stay? What to eat? Let’s hear it!