In recent years, the St. Louis region has built an extensive network of biking/hiking trails that run through some of the region's most glorious scenery. But plenty of other outdoor adventures await the intrepid traveler, including ziplines, canoing, horseback riding, paddleboating and parasailing, all designed to quicken your heartbeat and raise those adrenalin levels.
Seventy-nine acres of trees, gardens and conservatories, a must-see for any visitor, any time of year. Free tours of the garden at 11 am daily. Garden open 9 am-5 pm daily (open 7 am W and Sa). Admission $12 adults, free children 12 and under, fees for some special exhibits.
Fly high above the Mississippi and Illinois rivers on the only parasail in Illinois. No wet gear needed; all flights take off and land from the back of the custom boat, outfitted with the latest safety equipment. $75 per flyer, $15 ride-along. Hours: Sa, Su and holidays 11am-dusk.