Free Fun At The St. Louis Zoo

I love finding free activities in towns that I visit so I was really excited to be in St. Louis last weekend and discover that their zoo had no entrance fee. Not only was it free, but it’s a fan favorite. It was just announced that is had been voted the second best U.S. zoo in the Readers’ Choice awards by USA Today (beating out the zoo I’m a member of, Brookfield Zoo in Chicago).

The zoo grounds were beautiful and the zoo was spread out so it didn’t seem very crowded for a Holiday weekend. The zoo boasts over 600 species so there was lots for us to see in our short afternoon there. We probably didn’t even see half of what the zoo had to offer.

Lucas noticed the train going around the zoo and just had to ride it. We sat in the back and the boys all got to help the Conductor. They loved saying “All Aboard!” into the loudspeaker.

And no trip to the zoo is complete without a stop to the snack area for an “Elephant’s Ear”!

We had a great time at the zoo. Can’t wait to go back!

Note: There is a fee to park but you can park a bit farther away and walk if you want it to be absolutely free :) Some attractions also cost money. We chose to do the train which was $5/person. There is an option to buy a decently priced package which includes the train and a number of other attractions. If we were there longer we would have probably chosen to buy the package.

Enjoying A Day At Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

(Disclosure: My family received a complimentary vacation on MSC Cruises but all thoughts are my own.)

On our recent cruise, we stopped in the Bahamas and spent a few hours at the beach in Great Stirrup Cay. We left the kids in the kid’s club on the boat (since they had gotten too much sun at our first stop) so it was just Sinisa and I. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the afternoon!

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The beach’s sand wasn’t silky smooth like at other places we’ve visited and the ground as you walk into the ocean is full of rocks. While I don’t think the beach itself was that nice, the water was amazing. It was clearer than the other islands in the Caribbean we’ve visited.

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Great Stirrup Cay was really busy. When we got to the beach a few hours after our ship had arrived, almost every beach chair was being used. I did notice that if we would have walked down the beach more there were open chairs but that was away from everything else (including the food).

Along with the beautiful water of Great Stirrup Cay, other perks included on duty lifeguards and the fact that our food and drinks were included just like they were on the ship.

Overall, it was a really relaxing afternoon. We enjoyed just sitting on the edge of the water with a cold drink in our hands as we chatted. We are looking forward to visiting again!

Kalahari Resorts {Giveaway!}

I am super excited to share about Kalahari Resorts, a wonderful family destination that I will be working with for the month of December. I’m extra excited because this will be the first vacation that our family has ever taken together!

It might be chilly inside but it’s hot at the Kalahari Resort so pull out that bathing suit and get ready to escape for a little fun! Check this place out:

The Waterpark Slides

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A fantastic place for the little ones to play

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Lazy River

Kalahari Resorts in the Dells has Wisconsin’s Largest Waterpark and includes fun and exciting rides and features for both your tiny tots and older kids.

· Their indoor waterpark recently installed a state-of-the-art Kids Play Zone named Tiko’s Watering Hole. Catered specifically for your tiny tots, this 5,000-square-foot, interactive play area features activities, slides and a 200-foot-long lazy river made just for them.

· The indoor waterpark also features America’s first indoor super loop slides. All three slides present a near 60 foot drop, and the Super Loop Sahara Sidewinder slides takes guests on a 250-plus foot journey from high above the roof of the waterpark to the water below.

· Our Indoor Theme Park has over 100,000 square feet of family fun with a ton of indoor attractions and activities.

· Other popular indoor attractions include:

-The Tanzanian Twister, a 40 mph exciting pipe-style ride
-Victoria Falls, a 84-foot family raft ride for the whole family
-Rippling Rhino, Kalahari’s longest tube slide at 400 feet long

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December 1, 2012 12:30-1:30pm Central time

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DISCOUNT:

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GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a fantastic prize package from Kalahari Resorts!!!

Package includes:

* 1-night stay in Hut or Desert Style Room

* Complimentary Indoor Theme Park Passes

Please note the terms of the voucher:

Wisconsin Dells location only. NOT VALID: Friday and Saturdays. Blackout dates include November 21-22, 2012, December 21-January 5, 2013, January 20, 2013, February 17, 2013, March 17-31, 2013, April 1-4, 2013, May 26, 2013, June 23 – August 18, 2013, September 1, 2013, and October 13, 2013. Please call (877) 525-2427 for availability. No cash value expires 1 year from date of issue.

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Giveaway ends December 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. This giveaway is only for the items stated and does not cover any travel, fees, etc. associated with the package.

(Disclosure: I am receiving a package from Kalahari Resorts in exchange for my posts.)