Ten Best Places to Go In Missouri

Published: August 10, 2014

 

So you're visiting Missouri, what is there to do besides go visit the famous St. Louis Arch or go the Six Flags?  You'd be surprised as there are plenty of things to do all over Missouri!  Everything from yardsaling to history to gardens, they're found all over Missouri! 

  1. Missouri Botanical Gardens

    Missouri Botanical Garden

    There are plenty of things to do here year round.  In winter they have the Orchid Show, in the summer they have the Whitaker Music Festival (Wednesday nights), and during Labor Day weekend they have the Japanese Festival.  During the holidays, they have the Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show.

     

    They have some incredible horiticultural displays:  the Chines Garden, the Enlgish Woodland Garden, the Otootman Garden and the Victorian District.  They even have a tropical rainforest in the Climatron observatory! 

     

    You can eat at the Sassafras, the Cafe Flora, and the Terrace Cafe.  The Terrace Cafe is open from April through October.  After a snack you can buy souveniers from the Garden Gate shop or from the Little Shop Around the Corner.

  2. 100 Mile Yard Sale

    Want to eat, shop, and do some sight-seeing?  Or maybe you have a load of knick-knacks, quilts, craft items and clothing you want to sell.  The 100 Mile Yard Sale is the place to be for any of those things! 

     

    For five days in May, May 21 through May 25 in 2015, you can visit all kinds of booths and tables all along Missouri State Highway 25.  This gigantic yard sale runs from Jackson Missouri down to Kennet, Missouri. 

     

    There are also plenty of shops to visit along the way, from Granny Pickers in Bloomfield to Petal Stone Home Decor & Jewelry in Dexter to Andy's Creations in Kennett. 

     

    If you've got time to do a little bit of sight-seeing, you might want to stop by the Oliver House Museum in Jackson, the Civil War Memorial, the Stars & Stripes Museum and the Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, the Wagner Museum in Dexter, the Malden Historical Museum and check out the Little River Conservation Area in Kennet.

  3. Old Greenville Days

    Down in southern Missouri when September comes, the Army Corps of Engineers put on the Old Greenville Days in Old Greenville.  Now, the town has been long gone, but come autumn, you can find arts and crafts, eat some funnel cakes and chow down on fried pies while listening to bluegrass and gospel music.  The kids can have loads of fun participating in the old-timey childrens games.  For the historians, there are Civil War and Black Powder Rendezvous Encampments and also candle light tours, so be prepared to hear guns and cannons firing off!  It's free to get in and vendor's booths are also free if you choose to come to sell your goods!

  4. The Heartland Home & Garden Show

    Here you'll find over 100 exhibits on two levels and special show-only pricing and lots of giveaways.  Now, this event costs $5.00 to get in, children 12 and under are free to get in. 

    The booths cover everything from the latest products in countertops, windows and doors, hot tubs and pools, rooftops, heating & air conditioning, and  lawn & garden equipment. 

  5. First Friday With the Arts

     

    The first Friday of every month, from 5-9 you can surround yourself with art!  Cape Girardeau shows off the work of many local, regional and national artists.  Several galleries provide some refreshments and there is wine tasting and soft drinks.  Several galleries in Cape participate in this event, including Discovery Playhouse, Broadway Gallery, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Art Gallery at Crisp Museum, River Campus Art Gallery, Black Door Gallery, Edward Bernard Gallery, The Artist Studio, Annie Laurie Antiques, Pitters Cafe and Lounge, and the Aarful Rose Gallery.

     

     

  6. Pumpkins on Parade

     

    Come October up North in Jackson County, Missouri, not too far from South Kansas City, you can head on over to Cave Springs.  From 4:30 until 9:00pm the scent of autumn is in the air, the crispness just starting as you head down trails lit up with hundreds of carved pumpkins!  There are lots of things there for the kids to do and food vendors to help fill your bellies. 

  7. Big Spring National Park

     

    One of Missouri's first state parks, Big Springs National Park, located four miles south of Van Buren, at the end of State Route 103, has campgrounds (electric furnished and some not), picnic areas, the Big Spring Lodge where you can rent a cabin. 

     

    In the summer, they have slide shows every Friday and Saturday at Big Spring and Alley Spring Campgrounds, nature hikes, a Junior Ranger program, river exploration kits which you can find at every Visitor Center.  At Round Spring Cavern, they conduct two hour lantern tours for the public and for the more sporting folk, there are underground hikes.  You can float, fish, canoe, and swim in the rivers and springs there in the summer months. 

     

    There are many hiking trails to be found all over and you can bring your horse for horseback riding on the horse trails.  Hunting and fishing is permitted, provided you have a current license and it's in specified areas only!

  8. Mingo Wildlife Refuge

    Over in Puxico there is the Mingo Wildlife Refuge.  You can go hunting, fishing, view the wildlife, go boating/canoeing/kayaking, go hiking/biking/horseback riding, and do a little mushroom and berry picking. 

  9. Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail

    Along this trail in Southeast Missouri, there are five wineries, all family owned and operated.  Apple Creek Vineyard and Winery, Tower Rock Vindeyard and Winery,  the Barrens Winery, Hemman Winery, and Hunter Valley Winery all participate.    They offer a diversity of wines:  dry, semi-dry, sweet and fruity.  This is Missouri's eighth and newest wine trail, stretching 40 miles from the center of Perry County southward through northern Cape Girardeau County.  If you visit all the wineries in the month of August, 2014 and turn in your ticket at the end, you will get a free ticket allowing you to participate in this coming winter's Taste of Holidays event in November. 

  10. Cedar Falls Historic Village and Remember When Toy Museum.

    In Canton, Missouri, north of Hannible and sitting alongside the Mississippi River lies the Cedar Falls Historic Village.  They have an old country schoolhouse, a cannon factory, general store, feed store, hardware dry good store, and the Remember When Toy Museum.  The Toy Museum has over 20,000 different toys from "way back when". 

     

     

Now, so far as summer goes, I'd have to say that the 100 Mile Yard Sale is by far the best on this list.  There are so many things to do and see all over Missouri, this list barely covers them all.  For the winter, though, I'd have to go with the Mississippid River Hills Wine Trail.  Such a great time to have a glass of wine and enjoy the holidays.  For autumn, I'd definitely pick the Pumpkins on Parade in Jackson county.  Nothing says autumn like carved and lit pumpkins!  By and far, this whole list will give anyone a great time whether they go alone or with the family!