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Take a St. Louis staycation: Visit these 10 outdoor gems
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Take a St. Louis staycation: Visit these 10 outdoor gems

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Whether it’s the mountains or the beach or a new big city that beckons, summertime is prime family vacation time. But like just about everything else, a global pandemic has disrupted many pre-planned vacations. So, if you’ve got time off and nowhere to go, we’ve put together a list of local outdoor activities to help you plan an adventurous family staycation.

The risk of contracting the coronavirus is lower outside than indoors. However, many of these attractions still require masks for at least part of the process. Keep that in mind while planning an outing in the heat and humidity of a St. Louis summer.

Depending on the age of the children involved, it may be best to start early, take a break for lunch on a shaded patio and pick a different activity in the cooler evening hours. The region offers hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking, beautiful boutique hotels and scenic parks. Even the most familiar sites have added new ways to experience them with enhanced safety protocols.

Keep in mind that most places require advance reservations to limit capacity at any given time. With a little advance planning, you can rediscover local gems and create lasting vacation memories.

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