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What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation

By Linda S. Rellergert MS, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Vacations are an opportunity to see and experience new sights and new activities. While everyone needs some quiet time, vacations should also be about doing. Make your next vacation an active one. Need ideas? Read on for some suggestions.

Use vacations as an opportunity to experience a different climate and geography, and the activities unique to them. Mountains, seashore or dessert each have unique beauty, and a chance to try mountain climbing, surfing or rafting. Information on parks, historic and educational sites across the country is available from The National Park Service locally at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Arch) and on the Internet at


  • Spend a day or two or more at an amusement park. Six Flags, Worlds of Fun and Silver Dollar City are home state attractions while Florida boasts Disney World, Busch Gardens and more. Not only will you have a chance to scare yourself silly on the rides, you’ll also put in plenty of walking time getting around to all the park’s attractions. A fun way to get those 10,000 steps and more.
  • Send your family to camp, a resort or ranch this summer. Camps are often designed around a specific activity like horseback riding, golf or tennis. Or, a resort may offer these kinds of activities that appeal to different family members so everyone gets to spend time doing what they like to do. Families get back together in the evening for group activities like campfires, movies and story telling.
  • Be a tourist in your own community. Where would you take out-of-town visitors? How long has it been since you’ve been to such local attractions as the Arch, the zoo, Forest Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, the Butterfly House? Visit all of the new St. Charles County parks to see what they offer—horseback riding, Frisbee golf, camping. Swim at a local pool. Aren’t you fortunate to live here, because there are far too many places to visit in just a week!



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