THE POLAR EXPRESS™ TRAIN RIDE IS BACK WITH REAL TRAIN TRIPS AT ST. LOUIS UNION STATION FOR CHRISTMAS 2022

St. Louis — September 8, 2022 — Tickets go on sale today at 9 a.m. for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station at www.stlpolarexpressride.com.

The real train rides — a St. Louis holiday tradition — are rolling to the North Pole again to tell the magical story of a boy’s search for the real meaning of Christmas. The train rides begin at St. Louis Union Station on November 18 and continue through December 30, 2022.

Coach tickets for this St. Louis holiday event begin at $35 and may be purchased online at www.stlpolarexpressride.com. First Class and Premium seats also are available. Prices vary by day, time and ticket class. Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. 

Trains will depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. every night during the season. Trains also run at 8:30 p.m. on selected dates.

The beloved story of The Polar Express comes to life when the real train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented characters, including the boy, the hobo, the Conductor, dancing chefs and Santa and his elves. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. It’s an immersive, family-oriented experience that will create lasting holiday memories. 

The Pancakes With Santa holiday meals in Union Station’s beautiful Grand Hall also are returning for the 2022 season. The meals will be held on November 19, 20, 26, 27 and December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, and 24. Guests will experience a unique 3D light show on the Grand Hall ceiling and enjoy pancakes topped with strawberries and whimsical whipped cream Santa faces. Guests can take their own photos with Santa during the breakfast. Seatings begin at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Passengers can book holiday rides on the St. Louis Wheel and an adventure at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station where Santa and his elf will dive in Shark Canyon on selected dates. Guests can enhance the magic by staying overnight at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton, in a decorated holiday suite. Get hotel information and train tickets at www.STLpolarexpressride.com

St. Louis Union Station is located at 201 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. Follow on social media @unionstationstl. Phone inquiries: (314) 942-6942.

5 Places To Visit If You Just Need Some Rest And Relaxation

Life can sometimes feel relentless. There are so many responsibilities and things you have to do, this list is endless. That’s particularly the case if you have kids. The amount of free time you have to just rest and enjoy life simply doesn’t exist. 

Unfortunately, daily stress can take its toll on your body and mind. People who constantly grind away without giving their bodies a break eventually get sick or burn out. 

The good news is that there are multiple locations all over the world offering a chance for worn-out dads to relax and unwind. Here’s where you need to go:

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Cape Elizabeth in Maine gets a little cold in the winter, but it’s a wonderfully peaceful place to go if you want to rest and relax. What could be better than exploring the region’s rugged landscape and 19th-century lighthouses? Indulge in classic New England architecture and then head down to one of the many beachfront cafés for lobster. 

Lake Louise, Alberta

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Lake Louise in Alberta is about a thousand miles from anywhere. This isolated body of water offers stunning scenery that evokes a sense of peace. There are some places to stay nearby. However, if you go, it is better to take your accommodation with you. Check out Adria camper vans for sale and find one that fits your family’s needs. 

The lake is at its most spectacular when wind speeds drop to zero. When this happens, the surface of the lake remains perfectly still and, like a mirror, reflects the mountains around it. 

Rio Celeste, Costa Rica

Outside of San José, Costa Rica is an overwhelmingly rural country. And while tropical in nature, you can find some natural wonders that look spectacular. One of these is the Rio Celeste in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. The water looks bluer than usual but that isn’t just because it’s clean. Instead, it has to do with the volcanic chemicals that it absorbs on the way down to the valley. 

Seven Sisters, East Sussex, UK

People tend to think of the UK as a crowded island with no open countryside, but that simply isn’t the case. In fact, the government and authorities strictly enforce the green belt, meaning that most buildings are crammed into town boundaries. As such, the landscape remains wild and untamed, even in the highly populated south. 

If you go out of London to the English Channel, you’ll come across what looks like paradise on Earth. The Seven Sisters are the white cliffs that the country is so famous for. Formed by limestone deposits from sea creatures living millions of years ago, these geological formations provide the perfect backdrop for feeling more relaxed and happier about life. Plus, you can also see plenty of sheep grazing in bucolic green fields. 

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Lastly, we have the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, one of the most famous tourist destinations on the planet. Here you’ll find warm waters in the middle of the country’s frozen wasteland, powered by rich underground lava fields. On clear nights, you can spot the Northern Lights. 

Want A Family Vacation In Costa Rica? Here’s What To Do

Want A Family Vacation In Costa Rica? Here’s What To Do

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For many American households, sightseeing, road trips, and family travels are vital for bonding. Over the years, tourists from the US have found Central America to be a travel destination. And Costa Rica is often among the region’s first four tourist destinations, with a tourism recovery rate of 33%. The US is often among the top four countries that visit there. Here are some fun, family-friendly ideas to maximize your time in Costa Rica. 

  1. Ziplining

This recreational activity, also known as ‘canopy tours,’ involves sliding across a suspended steel cable from one point to another. Worldwide, Costa Rica is notable for these suspended cables overlooking spectacular views. With an abundance of rainforests, this Central American nation makes it a point to get as many tourists as possible to try ziplining for the first time or once in their lifetime. While the idea of sliding across suspended steel cables may seem frightening, it is an exhilarating experience you should try out.

The exciting thing about Costa Rica’s Ziplining is the deliberate classification of these steel cables. The basic categories are reserved for beginners, others are family-friendly, and a few for experienced zipliners. You will find some of these at EcoGlide in La Fortuna, Los Sueños Zipline in Herradura, and Black Stallion in Tamarindo. If you are an expert and experienced zipliner, you may want to try out Aventura in Monteverde.

  1. Private boating tour with a fishing charter service

This is quite common for tourists who visit this Central American nation. Private boating or marine tours are common in Costa Rica because of the abundance of water bodies. Some marine tours offer added services like fishing. If you are interested in this, you may want to learn more about the Costa Rica Fishing Charters that specifically offer boat rentals for this activity. This is something you and your family can enjoy doing for several hours. The exciting part is that you can make private boating tours and fishing a constant activity during your period in this country.

  1. Sunset sailing cruise

Costa Rican weather temperatures are consistently warm and tropical. According to weather reports, the average temperatures range between 72 and 82 °F. Without freezing temperatures, a sunset sailing cruise is a fun activity you will want to try out when you visit. It is ideal for families and couples looking for exciting activities while the sun goes down. Because it is an open cruise, you see the beautiful Costa Rican sky as it transitions to nighttime.

Some tourists use this moment to snorkel or have early dinners on the ocean. Some resorts may offer morning sailing with free snorkeling if that is your choice. Sometimes, the sunset sailing cruise is complimentary if the vacation lodge is close to the beach. It is worth noting that an accredited sailing cruise will offer life jackets as part of mandatory practice. Any other cruise which does not must be ignored. Safety is a prime concern when on these vacations. Aside from this, it is recommended to have some travel essentials on you.

Memorial Day Weekend at City Museum Service Members Get in Free with a Paid Admission, May 27 – 30

Music from Air Force Band’s Midwest Winds, May 27 at 2 p.m.

St. Louis — May 23, 2022 — City Museum is celebrating service members with free admission for members of the military accompanied by a paid admission on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 – 30, 2022. 

Memorial Day weekend, City Museum is open from 10 a.m.until 6 p.m.on Friday; 10 a.m.until 9 p.m.on Saturday; 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday; and 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Monday. 

At 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27 the Midwest Winds will entertain guests with songs inspired by the experiences and exhibits found on City Museum’s four floors. 

The Midwest Winds woodwind quintet is an ambassador of the Air Force Band of Mid-America, providing a highly professional product to communicate esprit de corps and render honor to the Air Force and country. The group offers a wide range of musical literature from classical and contemporary music to marches and patriotic crowd pleasers to light popular music.

This performance is free with General Admission.

For more information, visit www.city museum.org. City Museum is located at 750 N 16th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. On social media: @citymuseum.