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This morning we went to the Mark Twain Cave. (http://www.marktwaincave.com). My wife and I enjoy going on Cave tours. This was a fun Cave. Not for someone that is not good with tight spaces. Lots of good stories about Mark Twain and the books he wrote and the characters that went into the caves inspired by this one. They have another Cave on the property that was not discovered until 1929. That Cave was also featured on the discovery channel. We did not do that tour due to needing a flashlight for that tour so flashlights and toddlers could be a handful.
For Lunch we went to FatBacks BBQ in Quincy, Illinois. (https://www.fatbacksbbq.com). We decided to go to Quincy because there was not a lot left for us to do in Hannibal so we thought we would explore elsewhere. We picked bbq well because why not. It was really good. Service was lacking. People were being skipped when the food was being brought out. Other than that it was good. It was a small restaurant, it would be easy to drive by if you weren’t looking or GPSing it. I had the brisket it was really good. The baked beans were really good.
After lunch we went to a place called Going Bonkers. (https://www.goingbonkers.com/bonkers_il/pricing). It’s like a watered down Dave and Busters. It’s great for little kids that need to blow off some energy. Our 22 month old daughter loved it! She like the climbing and the slides. And! It was very cheap…… if you only wanted to do the ropes course. I think we paid $5 for our daughter and I! And it’s good cardio for the adults.
For dinner we went to a restaurant called Fiddlesticks. (https://www.fiddlestiksrestaurant.com). This place was hoping! The food was good. Highly recommended. They have a little bit of everything.
Today we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Since we squeezed in two major museums yesterday it allowed time to add another visit on the trip to the zoo. Originally, we saw the zoo in the travel planners online but did not know if we would have time to make it there. But we did!
For breakfast we we to a local place called Do Rite Doughnuts. Nice little place. Very interesting flavor of doughnuts. Worth checking out if you are around. They had candied bacon and other flavors. I was going to post pictures of the doughnuts but they seemed to disappear before I could. I highly recommend the raspberry jelly filled doughnut!
The kitchen of the doughnut shop. Getting ready to make tr raspberry filled. You can even see the jelly in that tall container.
Before we went to the zoo we did a little shopping. My wife wanted to go Neman Marqus. The wall paper in the dressing room was like something from the 1970’s. After amlmost signing away our house and our cars for a shirt. I kid you not! We went to a another store for overstocked clothes. Still expensive! We also checked out some other stores but one problem we had was aperently no on in Chicago wears anything bigger than an XL. Now I am in between XL and XXL depending on the style but I guess no one here eats meat and potatoes. Then we were off to the zoo!
One of the neatest things about the zoo is that it does not charge admission. Now that’s not the only reason to go. It does have many animals to see, but it does not have elephants. But that should not be enough to keep you from the zoo. They have a new exhibit opening in 2016 that will have polar bears and penguins. We thought it was already open but it was not. But they still had plenty to see. It was just outside of the city, there was a great view of the city in the distance. There is a lot of walking involved so keep that in mind if you have kids or are not able to be as mobile.
Big cat house. Looks like an old train station.
There is a mother part of the zoo when you first come in that is a petting zoo. That is fun if you have kids. The whole zoo is great if you have kids. But the petting zoo is modeled around a farm. Lots of farm animals like cows and chickens and such. There is a barn where you can watch cows being milked by machines.
After we went to the zoo we went to Oz Park. The main reason we went there was that it was on the way to dinner and it had Wizard of Oz statues. Being from Kansas it baffled me that Chicago would be the home of anything Oz. But it was. It was a nice little park. Not a real big park, but they did have softball parks there and tennis courts.
After going to the park, we went to a pizza place called Lou Malnati’s Pizzaria. It was good and it was highly recommended by a local we meet at the Kansas City Union Station and front desk lady at our hotel. It was my wife’s first attempt at a deep dish pizza. After many reservations about trying deep dish, she actually liked it.
We bought tickets to the Cubs vs. Brewers at Wrigley Field through StubHub. The game started at 7:05Pm so we had pizza on the way. Now my wife is not a big sports fan but I encouraged her to take in a ball game at Wrigley Fieldeeing how it’s Da Cubs. Not to mention it’s historic value at Wrigley. Da Cubs won 4-0. It was good game but not a lot of people were on base and things like that, so not a lot of stolen bases.
All together we walked about 14 miles. Which, unless you are a runner is a lot. We ended up taking the train home since we were exhausted. Which was fun since mass transit is limited in Kansas City. My wife talked to a lady at the game about the best way to get back to our hotel and she was shocked we walked that far.
Lincoln Park Zoo: http://www.lpzoo.org
Do Right Doughnuts: http://doritedonuts.com