Places to visit while on the road to the bowl game

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Going to the Liberty Bowl game and want to make a road trip out of it? Well, here are a few ways to stay busy with any extra free time on the way there or back.

St. Louis, Missouri — St. Louis City Museum

Voted the number one family attraction in the world, the St. Louis City Museum offers four floors filled with miles of tunnels, a full cave system, over 30 slides, a circus, an arts area, a large outdoor climbing space, Architectural Museum, a cabin that serves adult beverages and a roof with a Ferris Wheel.

Hayti, Missouri — Chubby’s

Known for having “some of the best BBQ and you don’t even have to leave your car,” Chubby’s is a drive-thru must on the way down to the Liberty Bowl. Wash down the BBQ with some cold sweet tea and top it all off with onion rings and coleslaw — all within the comfort of your own vehicle.

Cave City, Kentucky — Wigwam Village Motel

Talk about authentic! Built in 1937, the Wigwam Village Motel is one of the few surviving “teepee-style” motels from tourism’s Golden Era. Take a quick travel break to check out their 14 rentable units equipped with steam heat, cable television, tile baths, a playground with picnic tables and grills; also featuring a gift shop and guest registration teepee.

Memphis, Tennessee — Children’s Museum of Memphis

With a mission to create memorable learning experiences through the joy of play, this children’s museum offers 20 indoor hands-on exhibits and programs for children of all ages. Ride the newly restored Memphis Grand Carousel originally from 1909, sit in the airplane cockpit, climb through a skyscraper, zoom the cool mist zipline, splash in the water park or let the kids enjoy the child-sized city while you take a moment to relax.

Memphis, Tennessee — Memphis Escape Rooms

Attention thrill seekers: look no further than the Memphis Escape Rooms. Experience live-action entertainment where players are locked in a room full of puzzles and clues, ​having to use their wit to uncover the mysteries of the room and escape before the 60-minute clock expires.

Memphis, Tennessee — Memphis Botanic Garden

Offers over 90 acres of natural environment and 29 landscaped specialty gardens, this year-round property features My Big Backyard family garden, Fratelli’s Cafe, Live at the Garden outdoor concert series, special events, and educational programs for all ages. It just so happens Memphis Botanic Garden is four miles down the street from the Liberty Bowl stadium.