The Best Midwest Family Vacation
As far as Midwest family vacations go, Innsbrook Resort offers everything you could hope for and endless things to do. Not only are there 100 lakes, including 150-acre Alpine Lake, there is also a long list of outdoor year-round activities for every type of vacationer. It’s the Midwest’s best-kept secret!
If you’re planning your annual summer family vacation, spring break, or fall getaway, whether you stay a week or for a long weekend, Innsbrook Resort in Missouri (near St. Louis) and Sarah Bernard Chalets offer endless things to do. Kid and pet-friendly lakefront and woodland chalets make it easy for the whole family to relax together, cook together, and play together without ever leaving the resort.
Top 6 Family-Fun Things You Must Do at Innsbrook Resort
#1 – Spend a Day on the Dazzling, Refreshing, Pristine Lakes
Nothing says “summer” like a day on the lake! Innsbrook has over 100 shimmering lakes of all sizes and shapes that are perfect for spending quality time with your family and friends. Big motors aren’t permitted, so you can feel safe and enjoy the peace of nature while you swim, catch a few rays on the shoreline, canoe or kayak in total serenity, and cast a line with your kids to catch an award-worthy fish.
At Innsbrook and Sarah Bernard Chalets, don’t miss out on these fabulous activities that life on the lake offers. Our lakefront chalets have swim docks and/or shorelines and are outfitted with outdoor chairs, watercraft such as paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes, and life vests. You can also spend the day at any of the resort lakes lounging on the beach, fishing, or floating in the pristine water.
#2 – Cool off and relax in the Zero-Entry Swimming Pool & Lazy River
Innsbrook offers the perfect escape from the heat of the day. Besides cooling off in one of the lakes, the resort’s beautifully designed swimming pool is perfect for the whole family. Mom and Dad can relax in comfortable lounge furniture with a bevvie and a snack from the poolside eatery as the kids splash in the pool and swim the lazy river.
The pool is approximately 50 feet by 80 feet and four feet deep, and has swim lanes, so you’ll have plenty of room to practice your breaststroke or just swim at your leisure. A day at the pool is sure to bring laughter, cherished together-time, and a good night’s sleep! The pool is just a few minutes’ drive from our selection of chalets.
#3 – Summer Breeze Concert Series at the Outdoor Amphitheater
Most Saturday evenings, from Memorial Day weekend to August 31st, Innsbrook Resort offers its popular Summer Breeze concert series at the outdoor amphitheater at Charrette Creek Commons. Beginning at 7:30, you’ll hear some of the best music St. Louis has to offer as the sun sets and the stars pop. From oldies to Motown, to dance and country, there’s something for everyone.
Bring a blanket and a picnic or lawn chairs and a cooler with snacks and refreshments and spend a magical summer evening singing along to great music and making memories with family and friends. Innsbrook strives to find musicians who enjoy playing for audiences of ALL ages, so you can bring the entire crew.
#4 – Explore Seven Gorgeous Hiking Trails
Whether you’re are a Sunday stroller or an avid hiker, a bird-watcher, or a nature-loving photo enthusiast, Innsbrook’s seven hiking trails are fun for all levels. Fresh air and awe-inspiring scenery is a feast for the eyes and a wonderful way to get the kids interested in nature and preservation. From your vacation rental chalet, there are also trails right out your door that are ripe for exploring.
- Aspen Spur Trail, .59 mile – this fairly-straight trail looks upon the Aspen Spillway and meadow, providing wonderful views of waterfalls, grasslands, and wildlife.
- Meadows Trail, 1.51 miles – this trail is wonderful for exploring the diverse flora and fauna of Innsbrook. Bring your camera; the path boasts plenty of wildlife, colorful wildflowers, and beautiful scenery.
- Grendel Trail, 1.46 miles – this moss-covered trail traverses around scenic 6.5-acre Lake Grendel.
- Sonnenblick Trail, .93 miles – this trail meanders through the forest in the extreme southeast corner of the Innsbrook property.
- Wynnbrook Trail, 1.2 miles – this trail offers a bit more of a challenge for recreational hikers. Lake Wynnbrook is great for discovering the many wildflowers, trees, birds, and wildlife of the sanctuary.
- Lake Konstanz Trail, 1.79 miles – this trail circles around beautiful Lake Konstanz, offering expansive views of both Alpine Lake and Lake Konstanz.
- Tyrolean Trail, 1.97 miles + Waterfalls section: 1.10 miles – this trail provides different scenic attractions and all levels of challenge.
#5 – The Stables & Horseback Riding
Missouri is known for our beautiful countryside and our horse-loving communities. Innsbrook is no different! Spending a few hours with their gentle, loving horses will be something the kids remember for a lifetime. Whether or not you’ve been on a horse before, their experienced professionals offer excellent care for both the horse and the rider – children and adults.
The Stables at Innsbrook have large indoor and outdoor riding arenas, plus 20 miles of trails. There are also organized workshops, trail rides, hay rides, and more! Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl and gitty-up for a heartwarming, one-of-a-kind experience.
#6 – Get Your Game-Face On!
Who doesn’t love good competition between family and friends! Whether you’re an avid sportster or just love to play games, Innsbrook has you covered. Play a spirited doubles pickleball match, challenge each other on the basketball courts, dig your feet into the sand volleyball courts, or play a life-size game of chess or Jenga. Family fun for all, any time of day!
Innsbrook offers cornhole, life-size Jenga, croquet, horseshoes, softball, volleyball, and soccer with game rental equipment. Other games and sports include:
- Sand volleyball
- Tennis (and tennis racket rental)
- 18-hole championship golf course
- Driving range and putting green
Innsbrook also offers many additional family activities, including concerts, a music festival, art and garden shows, camps for kids, and outdoor movies. Most events are free or available for nominal cost.
Book Your Innsbrook Summer Family Vacation Now
If you’re looking for an unforgettable Midwest family vacation, no need to drive hours to southern Missouri for lakes, trails, and activities. Innsbrook Resort and Sarah Bernard Chalets offer full-service, family and pet-friendly accommodations, planning, and concierge services that will make you want to come back again and again! In just a short drive from St. Louis or Columbia, and a few hours from Kansas City and Illinois, you can be in paradise, enjoying a summer vacation like never before.