This Family Friendly Road Trip Through Missouri Leads To Whimsical Attractions, Themed Restaurants, And More
Can you think of any two sweeter words in the English language than road trip? A road trip just offers so much promise, so much fun, and so many memories. This family friendly road trip through Missouri will lead you to attractions – from a popular aquarium to a beloved amusement park – the whole family will love. Once you’re ready to leave on this Missouri road trip, be sure to use our
ultimate road trip packing list to help make your trip a success.
Here are the
Google Map directions for this epic road trip that spans 661 miles and takes you from one side of the state to the other – and back.
You can easily personalize the directions to make this trip best for you and your family. Add or remove stops to meet your timeframe and your interests.
1. Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum – St. Louis
Let's kick off our road trip where the whole family will have a TON of photo-worthy moments. Laclede's Landing Wax Museum boasts more than 250 life-size wax figures, so everyone's sure to find a few of their favorites. Snap photos next to R2D2, Batman, Superman, and Shrek. If you're really brave, head over to the Chamber of Horrors for some spooky good fun. Here's the official website of
Laclede's Landing Wax Museum
Laclede's Landing Wax Museum, 720 N 2nd St, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
2. Uranus – St. Robert
We may never get to travel to another planet in our lifetime, but we'll always have Uranus, an out-of-this-world destination right here in Missouri. The roadside attraction in St. Robert offers a ton to do. Visit the General Store for its world famous fudge. Witness some pretty amazing feats at the Uranus Sideshow Museum, and play mini golf at Uranus Putt Pirates. Find information on the official website of
Uranus Missouri Towne Center, 14400 State Hwy Z, St Robert, MO 65584, USA
3. Wonders of Wildlife – Springfield
From waddling penguins to swimming sharks, Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield has a little bit of everything - even an adorable sloth. Carve out a ton of time for your visit, especially if you want to see everything, including the Open Ocean and the Great Barrier Reef. If you're up for an even
adventure, sign up for one of the encounters. Get up-close with penguins; go on a feeding frenzy with sharks, or go underwater in a metal cage for a little one-on-one time with the resident sharks. Plan your visit on the official website of
Wonders of Wildlife
Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, 500 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807, USA
4. Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant – Kansas City
With locations in both Missouri and Kansas, Fritz's Railroad Restaurant makes it easy for railroad enthusiasts to indulge in a hearty meal in a fun atmosphere. The menu features a slew of favorites - from burgers and fries to hot dogs and onion rings. But, what really elevates the whole dining experience is the way your food is delivered to you via a motorized toy train.
View days, hours, and a menu on the official website of
Fritz's Railroad Restaurant
Fritz's, 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
5. Worlds of Fun – Kansas City
Would a family trip be complete without a few hours - or an entire day - of rides, goodies, and cooling off in a crystal clear pool? Worlds of Fun, and its waterpark Oceans of Fun, is a picture-perfect way for the whole family to have a blast. The seasonal amusement park offers something for everyone, whether you like death-defying thrills or more laidback rides. View a season schedule, days, hours, and admission prices on the official website of
Worlds of Fun
Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161, USA
6. Rockbridge Memorial State Park – Columbia
Can you think of a better way for a bit of family bonding than a few hours at the park - hiking, biking, or even horseback riding? Rockbridge Memorial Park is perfect for breathing in the fresh air and getting up-close with nature. The popular state park is home to a rock bridge and Devil's Icebox, the latter of which is a wild cave. You can't currently tour the cave, but you can hike to it for a peek at it from the outside. Learn more on the official website of
Rockbridge Memorial State Park
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, 5901 South Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65203, USA
7. Union Station – St. Louis
Our final stop brings us full circle, back to St. Louis. Union Station boasts a ton of attractions, so you'll need a bit of time if you want to see and do it all. Drink in sensational views of the St. Louis skyline aboard The Wheel; play a round or two of mini golf; and go for a ride on the carousel. Union Station is also home to the St. Louis Aquarium, a rope course, a mirror maze, and an old-fashioned soda fountain. Stop by the official website of
St. Louis Union Station
for a full list of attractions.
St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain, 201 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
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Snow Creek in Weston
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