Top Ten Best Places to Visit in Missouri That You Might Not Have Known About!

Published: August 10, 2014


So, you're visiting Missouri, what is there to do besides go visit the famous St. Louis Arch or go to Six Flags?  You'd be surprised as there are plenty of things to do all over Missouri!  Everything from yardsaling to things for history buffs 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 horticultural displays:  the Chinese Garden, the English Woodland Garden, the Ottoman 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 souvenirs 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, the 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 and 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 Cemetary, all three in Bloomfield, the Wagner Museum in Dexter, the Malden Historical Museum, and check out the Little River Conservation Area in Kennett.


  3. Old Greenville Days


    Down in southern Missouri when September comes, the Army Corps of Engineers puts on the Old Greenville Days in Old Greenville, Missouri.  Now, the town is 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 few old-timey children's games they have there.  For the history buffs, there are Civil War and Black Powder Rendezvous Encampments and also candle light tours, so be prepared for the boom of the cannons firing off!  It's free to get in and if you choose to come sell your goods, the vendor's booths are also free!

  4. The Heartland Home & Garden Show


    Here you will find over 100 exhibits on two levels and special show-only pricing and lots of giveaways.  Now, this event does cost $5.00 to get in, although 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 and air conditioning, and lawn and garden equipment.

  5. First Friday With the Arts


    The first Friday of every month from 5pm to 9pm, you can surround yourself with art!  Cape Girardeau shows off the work of many local, regional, and national artists.  Several galleries provide refreshments, some will participate in wine tastings and there are also soft drinks offered.  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 Benard Gallery, The Artist Studio, Annie Laurie Antiques, Pitter's 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.  There, from 4:30 pm until 9:00 pm, 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 several 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 (some with electric furnished and some without), picnic areas, trails to hike, picnic areas, and at the Big Spring Lodge, you can even 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, and river exploration kits at every Vistitor 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 and go horseback riding on the horse trails.  Hunting and fishing is permitted, provided you have a current license and it is 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, hiking, biking, horseback riding and even do a little mushroom and berry picking.  There is a limit on the mushrooms and such, so you'd better check before you leave!

  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 Vineyard and Winery, the Barrens Winery, Hemman Winery, and Hunter Valley Winery.  They offer a range of wines from dry to semi-dry to 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, a general store, feed store, hardware dry goods store, and the Remember When Toy Museum.  The toy museum has over 20,000 toys from "way back when".

Now, so far a summer goes, I would have to say that the 100 Mile Yard Sale is by far the best on this list.  For winter, though, I would have to go with the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail.  Such a great time to have a glass of wine and enjoy the holidays.  For autumn, I would definitely pick the Pumpkins on Parade in Jackson County.  Nothing says fall like carved and lit pumpkins.  I would definitely pick the Botanical Gardens for spring!


There are so many things to do and to see all over Missouri, this list just cannot cover them all.  By and far, this whole list will give anyone a great time, whether they go alone or with a friend or with family!