The Aquaport, which is open from May 29 through September 7, contains all the classic elements of a day of summery family fun. Keep wee ones safe and happy in an 8,000-square-foot family-fun pool full of bubblers, sprinklers, and fountains; relax on a 750-foot-long lazy river for hazy flotation that would put Samuel Clemens to shame; and delight fun-deprived ossicles on six colorful slides of varying length and intensity. Thrill-seeking teenagers and tall children enjoy the extreme bowl, a striped tube that sends riders straight down an enclosed slide and into a funnel-shaped bowl that swirls the intrepid traveler around like a lima bean in a kitchen-sink strainer before depositing him or her into a pool below. More-traditional fun-seekers relish rapids slides on inner tubes and the 50-foot-long racer slides.
The chefs at Kobe Steak House of Japan practice the delicious art of teppanyaki grilling. The spectacle happens at every table, where expert personal chefs flip foodstuffs into the air and sauté veggies before diners' very eyes. Specialties on the dinner menu include the filet and scallops combo ($28) and the USDA strip-loin steak and salmon pairing ($23). Vegetarians can consider the veggie delight platter ($15), with ingredients cooked until crispy-tender. Purists at heart, the staffers reject the use of microwaves and prosthetic extra arms in cooking, and all of their sauces are prepared in-house with fresh ingredients.
Massage is the main focus at A Gathering Place, where professionals both teach beginners how to conduct massages and use their own skills to soothe clients' muscles. Staff members are skilled in a variety of massage modalities ranging from classic aromatherapy and hot-stone massages to the more unique shamanic healing, vibro-acoustic sound therapy, and a melting chocolate hot-stone massage.
The floating oak dance floor of U Can Dance Studio has been privy to myriad styles of fancy footwork since its inception in 1991, from ballroom and swing to hip-hop, disco, and samba. Stretching across 4,000 square feet, the pristine surface supports the nimble soles of the studio's certified instructors, who expertly lead students of all ages and levels during group classes and private lessons. Public dance parties beckon pupils to show off their newly gleaned skills and pictures of their dog wearing a tutu to one another in an encouraging environment.
On the eastern side of Missouri and close to the border of Illinois is St. Louis, located right in the heart of America's heartland. Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport is about 20 miles from downtown.Though it was originally a hub for railroads and the fur trade, St. Louis eventually became known for being the headquarters of brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which began producing there in 1852. On a tour through the red-bricked brewery, you can sample beers and visit the stables where the company keeps its iconic clydesdale horses. Crowne Plaza is situated in an area called Bridgeton, lined with nearly 8,000 well-maintained, single-family homes built in the 1960s. A suburb nearby, Hazelwood, holds a speed park where kids and adults race miniature stock-cars around the hairpin turns on a two-story track. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.