Ha Ha Tonka State Park

I instituted a Mother’s Day tradition when I was pregnant to go on a nature walk every year as a family. Making memories through experiences and not things. Now that we are in Missouri, we have a lot of state parks we want to hit up.

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This year was Ha Ha Tonka State Park, or as I like to call it Honka Tonka.

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This is a really cool park that is known for its “castle.”

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A businessman from Kansas City built this mansion in the early 1900s as a haven in the wilderness to get away from the city life. The house burnt down but there are still remnants of the frame which have made it look like a castle. You can find out more here.

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It is near the Lake of the Ozarks, and there is a beautiful natural spring. It is an absolutely amazing view.

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There are walking trails around the building property, but it also goes down and up from the spring.

Some of the trails are pretty brutal, so I would not recommend it for kids under 10 if they are walking freely. I was struggling near the end to walk correctly. Lots of stairs.

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We would not have done this without the Tula. It was so easy to take George along, and we got a really great workout with his added weight. And there is nothing sexier than a man with his baby man.

There are a lot of little picnic areas or places to stop and take in the scenery or take a break.

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This is a great free tourist destination if you are at the lake or driving though Missouri.

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Fun way to spend Mother’s Day, but maybe not so much to impress a toddler.

4 thoughts on “Ha Ha Tonka State Park

  1. Beautiful pictures! As a baby wearing addict, I love seeing other Mamas with their baby wearing gear on. Thanks for the post.

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