Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium and National Museum

Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium and National MuseumWonders Of Wildlife Aquarium and National Museum is one of Springfield, MO's newest attractions. The 350,000 square-foot museum contains a 1.5-million-gallon aquarium aquarium and a mile and a half of exhibits.

Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium and National Museum opened in late 2017 and has been wowing visitors ever since. 1.6 million people came that first year - and who can blame them?

The aquarium is home to more than 35,000 live animals, including exotic fish, mammals, reptiles, and birds. The museum's immersive wildlife galleries contain a vast collection of game animals in stunning, highly detailed dioramas.

Wonders Of Wildlife (WOW) is the brainchild of Johnny Morris of Johnny Morris' Bass Pro Shops. The museum is adjacent to the Springfield Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters.

Wonders Of Wildlife Museum

The WOW Museum starts off with 1.5 miles of trails that lead you through a variety of immersive diorama vignettes and habitats. You'll visit the polar regions and the African savanna, America's National Parks and the Amazon rain forest. You'll even feel the temperature change as you travel from climate to climate through the different galleries.

The dioramas are spectacular, featuring hand-painted backgrounds and a loving attention to detail. Many of the dioramas are excitingly staged, feeling more like scenes from a wildlife film than a museum subject.

The museum is home to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and the International Game and Fish Association Hall of Fame. You can also visit a mock-up of Johnny Morris' first Bass Pro Shop, started right here in Springfeield.

Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium

If you think the museum sounds amazing, wait until you see the Wonders Of Wildlife Aquarium.

The WOW aquarium is home to more than 35,000 animals, including over 800 species of sharks, rays, jellies, eels, and other fish. Attractions include the Bait Ball, a three-story, tubular aquarium filled with thousands of herring and some accompanying sharks. Tide pool tanks allow for hand-on experiences with horseshoe crabs, small sharks, and even stingrays!

Perhaps most exciting is WOW's Shark Dive. See real live sharks, barracuda, and other aquarium creatures from the safety of a submerged shark cage. State-of-the-art air helmets allow you to enjoy this experience without diver certification.

The WOW aquarium is much more than fish, though. You'll also see eagles, owls, otters, brown bears, bats, and more. Some of the newest arrivals include a Linnaeus's two-toed sloth and some tiny, common marmosets.

Visit Wonders Of Wildlife

500 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807
Most folks spend four to five hours during their first visit to WOW, so prepare accordingly.

Learn more about Wonders Of Wildlife online at www.wondersofwildlife.org. You can also follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Missouri Lodging

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Visit The National WWI Museum and Memorial

National WWI Museum and MemorialThe National WWI Museum and Memorial, located in Kansas City, MO, is the only American museum solely dedicated to the Great War, as seen through the eyes of those who were there.

The First World War, erroneously called "the war to end all wars", lasted from July 28th, 1914 to November, 11th 1918. It was one of the largest and deadliest wars in history. More than 70 million military personnel joined the fight ... and more than 40 million military and civilians paid the ultimate price.

America's National WWI Museum and Memorial serves to preserve the memories of, and honor those who served in the Great War. It also works to educate those who came after, via interactive displays, eyewitness testimonies, and one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world.

The Liberty Memorial Museum

The Liberty Memorial first came into being in 1919, when the citizens of Kansas City raised more than $2.5 million for it in just 10 days. In 1926, a crowd of 150,000 showed up for President Calvin Coolidge dedication of the site.

In 2004, construction began on a new state-of-the-art museum beneath the Liberty Memorial, which opened in 2006. 2006 also saw the Liberty Memorial designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The site was redesignated as the National World War I Museum and Memorial in 2014.

Visiting the Museum and Memorial

The National WWI Museum holds more than 300,000 objects and documents from WWI. Easily the most diverse collection of such items in the world.

The museum's collections are presented through interactive exhibits and realistic battle scenes. Many of the highlights allow you to viscerally share in the sights, sounds, and stories of the First World War.

Your journey begins with a walk across a glass-floored bridge. Below, a field of 9,000 red poppies represents the wars' fatalities, with each flower representing 1,000 fallen soldiers.

You'll see a Renault FT-17 tank with a gaping hole blown in it's flank. Walk through a 20 foot wide, 15 foot deep, Howitzer shell crater in a French farmhouse. View a sobering recreation of No Man’s Land and visit life-size trenches for a small sense of what some WWI soldiers experienced.

Visitors can also climb to the top of the 217 foot tall Liberty Memorial Tower. Its height makes it one of the world's tallest war memorials.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial

2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108
Learn more by visiting the museum online at www.theworldwar.org. You can also follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Packards and Jaguars and Batman - Oh My!

Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, MOIf you could be considered a "gearhead," "car nut," "motorhead," or just love beautiful design, you owe it to yourself to visit the Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, MO!

The Route 66 Car Museum got its start as a privately owned car collection. Guy Mace, a retired chemical engineer, started collecting cars in 1990. After toying with the idea for several years, Mace opened the museum in 2016 to share both his passion and collection.

Locating the museum on historic Route 66 was a must. Luckily, Mace had a vacant, 20,000-square-foot factory along the route; a perfect fit for his collection of nearly 70 classic automobiles.

Mace's car collecting criteria has been whatever strikes his fancy. Consequently, the museum collection is diverse and interesting, with something for everyone.

Route 66 Car Museum Collection

The museum's collection of American and European models range from the start of 20th century to vehicles produced in the 2000's. The cars are arranged into four categories: Brass Era, Classics, Sportscars, and Celebrity vehicles.

Visiting the museum is like a walk through automotive history and the highlights are many. They have a 1926 Kissel Brougham, a 1936 Horch, a 1948 Packard Victoria Custom 8 Convertible, and a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, to name just a few.

Celebrity vehicles at the museum include the 1926 Hudson Speedster truck from the film "Grapes of Wrath," starring Henry Fonda. You'll feel like you've wandered into the Batcave when you see the 1966 Gotham Roadster and 1979 Gotham Cruiser. They also have the 1991 Ghostbusters Cadillac Wagon and the "Resident Evil" Zombie Protection Truck on premises.

Gift Shop and Chauffeur Service

The museum gift shop sells a variety of classic car and Route 66 memorabilia. Offerings include old signs and tools, scale model cars, vintage toys, apparel, keychains, and more.

Route 66 Car Museum also offers classic car chauffeur service for the Springfield metro area. Arrive at your next event or destination in high style with a chauffeur-driven classic car!

Route 66 Car Museum

1634 West College, Springfield, Missouri 65806
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays: 9am to 5pm - closed ​Sundays
Visit www.66carmuseum.com to learn more.

Missouri Lodging

Nothing tops off a Missouri getaway better than accommodations at a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B. We'll keep you snug and comfie with some of the best guestrooms around and fill your tummy with a scrumptious breakfast each morning. As locals, we can also guide you to all the best things to do and see in the area - and which things to avoid. Now that's service! Find your perfect Missouri accommodations now.

Roaring River State Park - Fishing, Swimming, Hiking & More!

Rainbow trout at Roaring River State ParkRoaring River State Park, located West of Branson in southwest Missouri, is probably most famous for the rainbow trout found in its namesake's clear waters. But that's not the only reason to visit!

Roaring River State Park is a 4,093-acre park about 8 miles south of Cassville, MO. It is nestled in a deep, shady valley surrounded by the rugged Ozark Mountains. The park offers hiking trails, fishing, swimming pool, picnic tables, store, and a nature center with information about the park.

The park's most striking feature, however, is also the source of the Roaring River.

Roaring River Spring

Roaring River Spring produces an average daily flow of 26 million gallons of cool, clear spring water. More interestingly, the spring emerges from the base of a limestone cliff, forming a pool that spills out to feed the Roaring River. A smaller spring on the cliff above creates a waterfall that splashes down into the main pool. It's a really special and unique place.

Fishing at Roaring River State Park

One of the first thing's you'll notice about the Roaring River Spring pool is all the fish!

The spring's cool, clear waters are perfect for rainbow trout and Roaring River is one of only three state parks stocked with the fish. You can even tour the trout hatchery while you're here. Most folks enjoy feeding and watching the trout in the spring pool. Anglers, of course, love catching them in the river.

If you want to do some trout fishing, you'll need a Missouri Fishing License, and a daily tag. Luckily the Roaring River State Park Store has all you need to get started. Before you know it, you'll be back at the river and catching your limit.

Take your catch to the park's handy cleaning and fillet station and you'll have those fish ready your next meal in no time!

Hiking, Picnicking, Swimming, & More

Roaring River State Park also offers seven nature trails equaling ten miles for hiking and biking. The trails are open year-round, providing excellent experiences, no matter the season.

The park also has over 50 picnic sites scattered throughout, along with a children's playground, and a swimming pool. The swimming pool, located across from the park office, is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Be sure to check out Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center's exhibits and programs on the park's natural history while you're here, too.

Roaring River State Park

12716 Farm Road 2239, Cassville, Missouri, 65625
Visit mostateparks.com for more information.

Roaring River State Park Lodging

You can camp at the park, and there's a big old hotel nearby, too. For real comfort and value for your accommodation dollar, however, neither can beat a Missouri Bed and Breakfast. Deep dish amenities, personal service, uncommonly comfortable guestrooms, and delicious breakfasts. No matter whether you're in Southwest Missouri or some other part of the state, you can bet that, nearby a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B is waiting for you.

The National Museum of Transportation Will Move You

National Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood MOIf you're a fan of planes, trains, and automobiles (boats, too!) then you should come to Kirkwood, MO and explore all 42 acres of the National Museum of Transportation!

The National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) is a private museum dedicated to the preserving the history of transportation vehicles. The collection is displayed in more than 190 exhibits over 42 acres and includes over 70 locomotives, 200 road vehicles, two planes, and a tugboat!

The museum’s collection started in 1944 with a mule-drawn streetcar named "Bellefontaine" and continues to grow. The grounds use more than four miles of historic track to display and move the collection.

Those among you with a sharp eye will will note that 2019 marks The National Museum of Transportation's 75th birthday. A variety of special events are planned to celebrate this event throughout the year.

Trains at the NMOT

The National Museum of Transportation has one of the most complete American locomotive collections around. Over half of the collection represents either a “one-of-a-kind” or is the last remaining example of that type.

Two such highlights include the world’s largest steam locomotive, the Union Pacific #4006 Big Boy, and "The Whale," an 1833 B&B&PR Passenger Coach - the largest tank car ever built. Many, many other unique trains are on the premises. The collection also includes freight cars, passenger cars, maintenance cars, and interurban and city transit vehicles, such as streetcars and trolleys.

There's even a full-scale miniature railroad on the grounds, plus a restored, full-sized trolley you can ride in spring and summer.

Automobiles and More

The National Museum of Transportation's auto and road vehicle holdings are also extensive, with more than 200 different vehicles in the collection Come see the one of a kind, 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car, the Bobby Darin "Dream Car," and one of only 9 still existing 1901 St. Louis Motor Carriage Company automobiles.

The NMOT collection also includes a Douglas Aircraft C-47A, a Lockheed T-33, and the HT Potts Tugboat. The museum's collection is ever growing - you never know what you'll find during your visit!

National Museum of Transportation

2933 Barrett Station Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Hours vary by season. Visit transportmuseumassociation.org for current information on times, special events, and more.

Missouri Lodging

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The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home in Hannibal, MO

Mark Twain MuseumStep back in time to the house and town that inspired Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and much more at The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home in Hannibal, Missouri.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, is an American literary icon. His novels “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” are just two classics from a body of work that included poetry, short stories, essays, and non-fiction. Author William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature.”

Clemens was born in Florida, MO but spent his formative years – ages 4 to 18 – in Hannibal, MO. It was here that he gained inspiration for some of his most popular novels. The fictional characters of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher, and many others had their roots in the real-life Hannibal of the 1800’s.

Luckily, for fans of the legendary author, Samuel Clemens’ boyhood home still stands and has been preserved as The Mark Twain Museum.

The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home

Samuel Clemens lived at 120 North Main Street, in Hannibal, from 1844 to 1853. It opened as a museum in 1912 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.

One of the first things you might notice about the house is its whitewashed, picket fence. If it makes you think of the fence-painting scene in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” you’re in good company. It made Sam Clemens think of it, too; the fence and memories of it inspired the scene.

The Mark Twain Museum collection includes many of Samuel Clemens’ personal artifacts. These include his famous white jacket, one of his pipes, writing desk, chair, and typewriter. It also houses an extensive collection of printed materials, including first editions of all his major works personal letters, handwritten manuscripts, and more.

One of the most stunning inclusions is 15 original Norman Rockwell oil paintings, created for special editions of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. The paintings are on display along with a variety of original Rockwell sketches and lithographs. Fascinating.

The Mark Twain Museum is made up of includes five historic buildings, two museums, and three museum shops. These include the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, The Becky Thatcher House, John M. Clemens’ Justice of the Peace Office, Grant’s Drug Store, and the Huckleberry Finn House.

The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home

120 N Main St, Hannibal, MO 63401
The Mark Twain Museum & Boyhood Home is open year ’round. Visit the museum website for events, directions, and hours. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Leila's Hair Museum - the World's Only Hair Museum!

Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, MOIndependence, Missouri is home to the world’s only hair museum. Leila’s Hair Museum displays thousands of works of art, all made from real human hair!

Hair art? Hair museum? Are we pulling your leg with all this hairy business? Absolutely not.

Hair art has been with us a long, long time, at least since the 16th century – but it flourished most during the Victorian era (1800-1900). People wove hair into intricate and beautiful wreaths, domes, jewelry, and more. Hair was also pulverized to powder, then mixed with medium to create the "sepia" painting technique.

Most of this art and jewelry was created before the age of photography as a memento of a loved one. Whether they were departed, distant, or just someone whom you always wanted to be close too, hair art and jewelry served as a reminder of their physicality. It goes without saying that the practice has become more an oddity than a hobby since.

So much so that, despite all art created with it, there’s only one museum in the world dedicated exclusively to hair. And it’s here in Missouri!

World's Only Hair Museum

Leila Cohoon was fascinated with hair from a very early age, becoming hairdresser in 1949. Her passion for the stuff became even greater in 1956 when she saw her first human hair wreath at an antique shop. This small wreath was the very first piece in what was to become a huge collection.

Since that fateful day, Leila’s collection has grown to include over 600 hair wreaths, over 2000 pieces of hair jewelry, and the world’s only hair museum.

Visitors to the museum will be stunned by the fascinating collection. The museum includes works involving the hair from Queen Victoria, four United States presidents, and a number of celebrities, including Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe.

The museum also exhibits works of sepia: paintings made using pulverized hair. The oldest piece in the museum is a brooch from 1680 containing a piece of hair encased in crystal. The museum also has reliquaries of Mother Mary, the cross, and St. Anne.

Leila’s Hair Museum

1333 S Noland Rd, Independence, Missouri 64055
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9am to 4pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Learn more with a visit to the museum website. You can also visit on Facebook.

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The Steamboat Arabia Museum - 200 Tons of Pre-Civil War Artifacts

artifacts at the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas CityThe steamboat Arabia sank on the Missouri River near Kansas City in 1856. Its rediscovery in 1988 revealed 200 tons of remarkably preserved, pre-Civil War artifacts - the largest collection in the world. Come see it at Kansas City's Arabia Steamboat Museum!

The Missouri River claimed numerous steamboats during their heyday in the 1800's. Prior to the addition of dams, the Missouri's unpredictable and sediment clouded flow proved quite treacherous. The steamboat Arabia was just one of some 300 vessels lost to the river in those days.

The Arabia, built in 1853, was a side wheeler with paddle wheels that were 28 feet across. Her boilers could consume up to thirty cords of wood per day - all to average an upstream speed of about 5 miles per hour. Originally used as transport on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, it began plying the waters of the Missouri in 1855.

The Sinking of the Steamboat Arabia

On September 5, 1856, the Arabia hit a submerged tree at Quindaro Bend, near the town of Parkville, Missouri. The tree ripped open the Arabia's hull and she began to rapidly fill with water. Luckily the boat settled into the Missouri's mud, leaving the upper decks above water for evacuation. A poor, lone mule, accidentally left tied to sawmill equipment, was the only casualty.

Salvage attempts were largely useless and, within a few days, the boat sank below the water and deep into the river bed's soft mud.

The Arabia stayed hidden in its unmarked grave for more than 130 years. During that time, the river shifted its course. The sunken steamboat was now a half a mile to the west of the river, resting some 45 feet beneath a farmer's cornfield.

Rediscovery of the Arabia

The Arabia went down fully loaded with 200 tons of goods meant for general stores and homes in frontier towns across the mid-west. Imagine, if you will, a pre-Civil War floating Walmart. Legends of her cargo contained promises of whiskey and gold and many hoped to find her.

In 1987, armed with maps, old newspaper clippings, and a metal detector, David Hawley finally did. Careful excavations commenced and, by 1991, the recovered ship and cargo became the basis for the Arabia Steamboat Museum.

As it turned out, thanks to the mud of the Missouri River, the Arabia was an unwitting time capsule of pre-Civil War life on the American frontier.

The mud had not only swallowed the ship, it had protected it from the destructive effects of light and oxygen. Much of her cargo was found remarkably preserved. Ready-made clothing, tools, guns, medicine, and dishes, were all discovered looking none too worse for the wear. Some sealed foodstuffs were even found to still be edible!

The Arabia Steamboat Museum

The Arabia Steamboat Museum, in Kansas City, offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to examine the wreck's long-hidden and well-preserved treasures.

The museum's vast collection will fascinate visitors. Artifacts are still being preserved and added to the collection on a regular basis. In fact, there are so many items from the steamboat Arabia that the museum isn't big enough to display it all! You can even watch the preservation process during your visit.

The Arabia Steamboat Museum
400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
10am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday - noon to 5pm on Sundays
The last tour starts at 3:30pm
Learn more at 1856.com

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The Hermann Wine Trail 2018 Holiday Fare Wine Trail

The Hermann Wine Trail 2018 Holiday Fare Wine TrailCome travel Missouri's Hermann Wine Trail this November for the annual Hermann Holiday Fare Wine Trail! 7 Hermann area wineries will host a celebration of good food and good wine, November 17th and 18th, 2018.

The Hermann Wine Trail is a group of seven, family owned wineries located along the Missouri River in central Missouri. They include the Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Dierberg Star Lane, Hermannhof Winery, OakGlenn Vineyards, Röbller Vineyard, and Stone Hill Winery.

The Hermann Wine Trail takes you from country farm settings to majestic wine cellars of the oldest family owned winery in the United States. Traveling along Missouri's Hermann Wine Trail is a great way to experience the area's rich history and variety of wine styles.

Special Wine Trail Events

The wine trail is open year-round, offering daily wine tastings. Even better, the trail hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.

  • The Chocolate Wine Trail event occurs the third weekend of February.
  • The Wild Bacon Wine Trail event is held the first weekend of May.
  • The Berries & BarBQ Wine Trail event is scheduled for the last full weekend of July.
  • The upcoming Holiday Fare Wine Trail will occur on the third weekend of November
  • The Say Cheese Wine Trail event is set for the second weekend of December.

Each of these special events, in case you couldn't tell by the name, features wine and food pairings. Best of all, The Holiday Fare Wine Trail event is just around the corner!

Hermann Holiday Fare Wine Trail 2018

November 17th and 18th, 2018

The Holiday Fare Wine Trail is the Hermann Wine Trail's annual celebration of good food, good wine, and good friends. Each winery along the trail will be offering special food and wine pairings to celebrate the end of the year holidays. Take a look at that menu!

2018 Holiday Fare Wine Trail Tasting Menu

Adam Puchta Winery
Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake with 1855 Cream Cheese Frosting, paired with 1855.
Bias Winery
Holiday Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Frosting, paired with Apple Weisser Flieder.
Dierberg Star Lane
Bacon Roasted Turkey with Pomegranate Sauce, paired with Pinot Noir.
Hermannhof Winery
Fire Braised Pork and Apple Stew, paired with White Lady.
OakGlenn Vineyards
Cranberry Almond Roll-ups, paired with Trolley Red.
Röbller Vineyard
Fall Harvest Soup, paired with Vidal Blanc.
Stone Hill Winery
Sweet Potato Round with Goat Cheese and Pulled Turkey Topped with Cranberry Drizzle, paired with Chambourcin.

To Participate in the Holiday Trail

To participate, purchase your ticket in advance at the wine trail website. On the day of the event, simply go to any one of the 7 participating wineries, show your ticket, and collect your souvenir wine glass. Thereafter you may visit as many of the other wineries you wish in any order you wish. Be sure to have your ticket and wine glass at each stop, however.

At your last stop on the trail, be sure to drop off your ticket so you can participate in the drawing. Winners receive a night’s stay at a Hermann Missouri B&B and a $30 gift certificate from each winery! WOW!

Learn more at the Hermann Wine Trail website. You can also follow this event on Facebook.

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Discover and Explore Johnson Shut-Ins State Park

Johnson Shut-Ins State ParkJohnson Shut-Ins State Park is famous for its natural water-park, carved out of purple-pink granite by years of erosion. Generations of visitors have come from all over to explore this natural playground.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park (it's actually "Johnson's" but more folks seem to know it without the possessive 's') is a public recreation area on the East Fork Black River in Reynolds County, MO. The "shut-ins" part of its name comes from its most famous feature: a steep-sided gorge or "shut-in" on the East Fork of the Black River.

The gorge is pocked with waterfalls, chutes, and potholes carved out of the ancient purple-pink granite by countless centuries of natural erosion. The area attracts visitors year-round but is especially popular in the warmer months. What could be more fun than to swim and clamber around this unique formation on a hot summer day?

More Than Just Shut-Ins

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park contains more than 8,780 acres to explore. It is much more than just a stretch of unique river gorge to splash around in.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins Fen Natural Area protects a small, sensitive wetland fed by groundwater rather than rainfall or surface sources. The fen provides habitat for unique species of plants and animals. These include arrowhead, wild sweet William, four-toed salamanders, and devil crayfish.

Another rarity within the park is the 18-acre, Johnson’s Shut-Ins Dolomite Glade Natural Area. This sedimentary glade is a very unique occurrence in the St. Francois Mountains. Consequently, it, too is home to an array of plants and animals not found elsewhere in the area.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park also supports two outstanding Missouri wild areas: the East Fork Wild Area and Goggins Mountain Wild Area. The two areas make up the largest chunk of unbroken wilderness remaining in Missouri. Neither are accessible by road and do not include paved trails or other park amenities. This makes them a magnet for experienced back-country hikers and campers.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins Scour Trail

In 2005, a broken reservoir atop Profitt Mountain sent over one billion gallons of water rushing through Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. The flood devastated much of the park, uprooting trees, smashing buildings, changing landscapes.

While most of the park was restored in the years following the disaster, evidence of the destruction remains. Most notable is the Johnson’s Shut-Ins Scour Channel: a 1.5 mile stretch without trees, flowers, or soil. This startling feature has become one of the park's most popular attractions, after the shut-ins, themselves.

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park offers camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and biking. Amenities include picnic spots, a gift shop, visitor center, bicycle rentals, and virtual tours. Learn more at mostateparks.com.

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Columbia Experimental Music Festival 2018 - Art, Music, and More!

Columbia Experimental Music Festival 2018Come to Columbia, MO October 5th through the 7th, 2018 for the Columbia Experimental Music Festival! Over two dozen artists from around the world will provide 3 days of adventurous art and music at 10 venues throughout downtown Columbia, MO. Don't miss it!

Columbia, MO has been the site of some great musical happenings of late and the upcoming Columbia Experimental Music Festival continues the thread.

Previously known as the "Dismal Niche Festival," the event attracts a variety of neo-classical, ambient, folk, and pop artists from around the region and the world. Previous years have seen such alternative luminaries as Laraaji, Jon Mueller, Kath Bloom, Moor Mother, and Scott Tuma.

The folks behind the Columbia Experimental Music Festival have released a similarly exciting roster of artists for this year's event. Guitarist Glenn Jones, string-trio Hear in Now, the Chicago collective ONO, and multi-instrumentalist Benoit Pioulard are all on the schedule.

2018 Columbia Experimental Music Festival Lineup

Thursday, October 4th
Opening Thursday Night Film Screening at Ragtag: TBA
Friday, October 5th
5pm - Tape Looping workshop with AMULETS at Hickman High
7pm - Aki Moone Art show with Vulvette at Resident Arts
8pm - Benoit Pioulard at KOPN
9pm - ONO, JoAnn McNeil, Cunningham/Bucko/Adams, Complainer at Cafe Berlin
12am - Scammers & Midwife + TBA at PDM

Saturday, October 6th
5pm - Oxherding & Tim Pilcher at Hitt Records
7pm - Glenn Jones & Benoit Pioulard at Stephens College Senior Hall
9pm - AMULETS, Entrancer, Eric Donte at Eastside Tavern
12am Afterparty (DJ Set): 18andCounting & Scales

Sunday, October 7th
11am - Morning meditation with Lake Mary & Friends at Firestone Baars Chapel
2pm - Glenn Jones at the Daniel Boone Regional Library
3pm - LOOSE LOOSE, Devin Frank Vanishing Blues Band, It's Me: Ross at Rose Music Hall
7pm - Hear in Now & Forest Management at Firestone Baars Chapel
10pm - Jennifer Simone & Mourning A BLKstar at Cafe Berlin

More Than Music - Art & Workshops

Despite its name, Columbia Experimental Music Festival offers more than just concerts.

Art is an integral component of the Columbia Experimental Music Festival. 2018 will see visual installations from Sasha Goodnow, Blank Thomas, Aki Moone, and others. You'll also be able to attend a variety of artists workshops. AMULETS, Midwife, ONO, and JoAnn McNeil are all on the schedule to present.

Columbia Experimental Music Festival 2018

October 5th through the 7th, 2018
Downtown Columbia, MO
Learn more at cargocollective.com. You can also follow the festival on Facebook.

Missouri Lodging No matter where your Missouri getaway takes you, a warm and friendly Missouri inn is somewhere nearby. Missouri Bed and Breakfasts are locally owned and operated, offering the kind of service and amenities you can find nowhere else. Book your room at a Missouri B&B today for the best in Missouri lodging!

Augusta Harvest Festival 2018 & MVP Sweepstakes

Augusta Harvest Festival 2018Come to Augusta, MO this September for the annual Augusta Harvest Festival: September 21st through the 23rd, 2018. Augusta has the distinction of being America's first Viticultural Area and this festival, held for over 100 years, celebrates that heritage.

Augusta Harvest Festival 2018 is a fun and entertaining celebration of the area's German heritage, wine history, and more!

The event kicks off on the evening of Friday, September 21st, with a “Swing'n in the Vines” concert and picnic in a vineyard. Saturday sees a Harvest Parade, 5K Run/Walk, competitions, contests, Fruit of the Harvest Dinner, and more. The fun continues Sunday afternoon with a variety of activities and events, including a Historical Walking Cellar Tour.

It all takes place in Augusta, MO, September 21st through the 23rd, 2018. Book your lodging for this annual event at a Missouri B&B today!

The 2018 Augusta Harvest Festival Getaway

The Missouri Winery Visitors Program (MVP) is offering an Augusta Harvest Festival Getaway sweepstakes package. Let the wineries of the Augusta Wine Trail treat you and a friend to a VIP experience at the Augusta Harvest Festival!

The Augusta Harvest Festival Getaway Sweepstakes Package

- 2 tickets to "Swing'n in the Vines" plus a port tasting in one of Augusta's original wine cellars
- Dinner for two on Saturday evening featuring wine from the Augusta Wine Trail wineries.
- 2 complimentary wine tastings at Augusta Winery, Balducci Vineyards, Montelle Winery, and Noboleis Vineyards.
- Lunch for 2 at Montelle Winery, including a bottle of wine on the terrace
- Lunch for 2 at Balducci Vineyards, including a bottle of wine
- 2 bike rentals and ice-cream donated by Pop A Wheelie
- a total value of more than $300!

If you're an MVP member, all you need do is redeem 500 points to be entered for a chance to win. More details can be found under the sweepstakes tab on the MVP website.

Missouri Winery Visitors Program

Missouri has a long history of producing award-winning wines. Stone Hill Winery won its first gold medal at the Vienna World’s Fair 1873! Missouri has 11 officially recognized wine trails and the Missouri Wine Association counts 132 official wineries with more joining.

The MVP (Missouri Winery Visitors Program) rewards visitors to Missouri wineries with points they can apply towards MVP Perks. MVP Perks include discounts on food and retail purchases, as well as things like the Augusta Harvest Festival sweepstakes package. Visit the MVP website for a list of participating wineries and current MVP Perks.

If you're not already an MVP member, visit the MVP website and become one today!

Attend Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018 and Win A Custom Harley!

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018The 12th annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest is just around the corner with concerts, contests, motorcross, and a chance to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle! Ozarks Bikefest 2018 is September 12th through the 16th all around Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

There's always something fun to do or see on the shores of the "Missouri Dragon", Lake of the Ozarks. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, boating and so much more. The man-made reservoir's natural beauty includes secluded woodlands, glades, and bluffs - yet is all just minutes away from shopping, dining, and more.

Further, a variety of popular events are held here throughout the year. One such popular annual event is just weeks away - Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest!

First, some clarity: Bikefest doesn't refer to the gentle, quiet, two-peddle velocipede type of bike; but rather big, loud, and fast motorcycles!

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest offers a host of rides, concerts, parties, contests, and other events all around the lake. More than 300 biker-friendly area bars and restaurants offer specials and other incentives during the 5 day, two-wheel celebration.

The biggest attraction beyond the fun of a biker get-together, however, are all the amazing rides around Lake of the Ozarks! Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country make their way there for its incredibly scenic rides which boast rolling hills, spectacular views, and natural beauty, making each ride a rejuvenating one.

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018 offers another big incentive to get out on the road: a free Harley!

Win A Custom Harley!

One of the most exciting aspects of this year's event is the chance to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle: a 2017 Harley-Davidson FXDL 103 Dyna Low Rider from Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson, to be exact!

To win, all you have to do is complete one or more of the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest Passport Rides. One or more completed passports is your raffle ticket chance to win. The bike will be awarded to one lucky biker via a random drawing on Sunday, September 16th at Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson.

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest 2018

September 12th through the 16th
Learn more details at www.lakebikefest.com. You can also follow this event on Facebook.

Lake of The Ozarks Lodging
No matter where your Missouri adventures take you, you're going to need somewhere to call your home base. Luckily, there are locally owned Missouri inns and B&B's all across the state, offering the very best in Missouri lodging. Missouri B&B's offer uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Choose your Missouri accommodations now!

Don't Miss KC Irish Fest 2018 - Labor Day Weekend

KC Irish Fest 2018Come and celebrate Kansas City's proud Celtic heritage at KC Irish Fest 2018! Enjoy three full days of Irish music, dancing, comedy, and more. KC Irish Fest will be held August 31st to September 2nd, 2018 at the Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City's deep Irish roots are the foundation for one of the nation's largest annual Irish festivals. KC Irish Fest attracts upwards of 90,000 people to the city every Labor Day weekend. If you've never experienced it, you're in for a real treat.

KC Irish Fest includes more than two dozen bands and dance groups performing both traditional and modern takes on Irish music. Irish Fest also includes a host of Irish comedians.

Beyond the entertainment, you'll also enjoy a variety of Irish heritage displays and workshops, shopping, Irish food, and more. There's even an outdoor Catholic Mass - the city’s largest - on Sunday morning.

Irish food and drink? You betcha. Vendors will be on hand selling all manner of items, including delicious food. KC Irish Fest also includes a Jameson Irish Whiskey Tasting Tent. Guests, 21 years and older, can enjoy a sampling of up to six different Irish or High Mark whiskeys. Each tasting includes a forty-five minute presentation by a Jameson Ambassador, followed by a 15 minute Q & A session. Tasting sessions are limited, however, so grab your ticket while you still can.

Kansas City Irish Fest also includes an Art in the Park showcase and genealogy experts to help you trace the lines of your Irish Family Tree. There's a whole kids area, too, and plenty to keep everyone in your group entertained.

Wishing you could visit Ireland first hand? Be sure to purchase some raffle tickets for a chance to win round trip airfare for two to Ireland!

KC Irish Fest 2018

August 31st to September 2nd, 2018
Learn more at the KC Irish Fest website. You can also follow the event on Facebook.

Northwest Missouri Lodging
Nothing tops off a Missouri getaway better than accommodations at a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B. We'll keep you snug and comfie with some of the best guestrooms around, then send you out on your way each day with a happy and full tummy. We're also happy to provide a local's point of view on things to do and see in the area - and what things to avoid. Priceless! Find your perfect Missouri accommodations now!

Get Out On The Water With Eminence, Missouri Float Trips!

Eminence Missouri float tripsLooking for a amazing way to get out and experience the great outdoors? Eminence, Missouri float trips on the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are the answer!

The Jacks Fork and Current Rivers are located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri’s largest National Park. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was established in 1964 to protect 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. These two clear, fast rivers are fed by natural springs; in fact, the area is known as Big Springs Country.

The Current River is the most spring-fed of all Ozark rivers, allowing it to be floated all year. River difficulty is measured by class, from I (easy) to IV (extraordinarily difficult). Most of the year, The Current River is very safe, rating a class I - occasionally a class II - with no rapids.

The Jacks Fork River is a tributary of the Current River. Jacks Fork
 is one of the wildest and most scenic Missouri Ozark streams. It is located in a valley so deep that it is practically a canyon. In fact, there are no bottomland fields along the first 25 floatable miles! The Jacks Fork River is rated as class I and II river, with many sections providing excellent fly fishing.

Missouri Float Trips in Eminence

Eminence, MO is often referred to as the canoe capital of the world, with many folks coming here for their Missouri float trips. Eminence, MO offers more than 120 miles of navigable waters just perfect to canoe, kayak, raft, tube, fish, swim, and generally enjoy.

The area is also home to a broad selection of outfitters offering canoe, kayak, raft, tube, and other Missouri float trips. They don't call it the canoe capital of the world for nothing!

As noted above, Missouri float trips can be enjoyed all year long in Eminence. The busiest months are June through August, of course. Plenty come for the fall colors, too though - best mid-October. May and June are the best fishing months.

Missouri Lodging
After a fun day on the water, you're going to be ready for a nice, full-night's rest. For the best comfort, quality, and value, book your stay at a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B!  Missouri Bed and Breakfasts are your source for personal service, an insider's knowledge of the area, and delicious, hearty breakfasts. Do yourself a favor and look us up the next time you're planning a Missouri getaway - you'll be glad you did!

Explore Missouri Highway 36 - VFW Memorial Highway

Missouri Highway 36Invention, innovation, history, Hollywood, heroes, and more: Missouri's Highway 36 may seem like just another long stretch of 4-lane highway ... but you'd be surprised.

U.S. Route 36, known as Route 8 from 1922-1926, runs east–west through six states, from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado to Uhrichsville, Ohio. The highway is part of the Chicago–Kansas City Expressway and America's Appian Way, which stretches from coast to coast. 

In Missouri, Highway 36 cuts across the North end of the state, from Hannibal to Saint Joseph. Missouri Highway 36 is a four-lane highway across the entirety of Missouri and has been since 2010.

So far I've described just a long road. Big deal, right? Wrong.

Missouri Highway 36 is surrounded, from state line to state line, with history, scenery, and great attractions. When you see how many famous and influential people have gotten their starts along Missouri's stretch of Highway 36, you'll begin to get the picture.

VFW Memorial Highway

Missouri's stretch of Highway 36 is named the "VFW Memorial Highway" and appropriately so. Missourians hailing from along 36 have proudly served, including some notables. Both General Omar Bradley and General Sterling Price, who was Governor of Missouri from 1853 to 1857, were from Randolph County, MO. Laclede, MO boasts the General John “Black Jack” Pershing Boyhood Home Museum.

Fame and Innovation along Route 36

Both world famous author, Mark Twain and brash millionaire, Molly Brown of Titanic fame had their humble beginnings in Hannibal, MO. Both the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum and Molly Brown Birthplace Museum are here. Jesse James, on the other hand, met his end in Saint Joseph.

Walt Disney spent some of the formative years of his youth in Marceline, MO. How formative? Disney famously said "more things of importance happened to me in Marceline than have happened since.” Further, Disneyland's Main Street USA is based on memories from his youth, including Marceline! How nice to find the Walt Disney Hometown Museum here in Missouri!

James Cash Penney was born in 1875 in Hamilton, MO and went on to change the way we shop with set prices and many other standards that remain in place. Oh, and he started a little company that bears his name to this day, albeit in somewhat abbreviated form: JCPenney. You can visit the JC Penney Museum in Hamilton.

The Missouri Highway 36 corridor has been home to lots of great ideas. In fact, one of the most lauded inventions of all time came to light here in Chillicothe, MO: sliced bread. The first machine-sliced, commercial loaves were produced here in 1928, on a machine invented by Otto Rohwedder. Rock Port, MO is the first city in the country to be 100% wind-powered and The Pony Express got its start in Saint Joseph, MO. The Pony Express National Museum is located in Saint Joseph to this day.

Missouri Highway 36 Today

The Route 36 corridor is more than just a path to the past. It's also home to many active Amish communities and the Missouri Quilt Trail. Northern Missouri boasts many beautiful parks, lakes, hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoor recreation areas.

You'll find lots of locally owned cafes, bakeries, wineries, craft breweries and more all along Missouri Highway 36, too. There's lots of good Missouri lodging, too in the form of locally owned Missouri B&B's, both in the Northeast and the Northwest.

So go ahead, get out on Missouri's stretch of Highway 36 and discover all it has to offer!

Discover Southeast Missouri's Elephant Rocks State Park

Elephant Rocks State ParkElephant Rocks State Park, located in Southeast Missouri, is a unique geological formation, scenic landmark, and popular state park all rolled into one.

At first blush, it seems a bit of a stretch to imagine a cluster of giant, billion-year-old boulders are a train of elephants. From the right angle, however, the unique, red granite boulders really do take on the appearance of a pack of pachyderms.

The curious formation was created nearly 1.5 billion years ago when molten magma was pushed to the surface. When the magma cooled, it formed the reddish-pink “Missouri Red” granite. Erosion slowly took the hard edges off the stone, resulting in the large, rounded shapes we see today. This same process has created depressions or "tinajitas" in the stone, which collect temporary pools of water.

The boulders, perched atop an isolated rocky peak, first caught the attention of architects and developers in the 1800s. The area's granite bedrock polishes to a high shine and is ideal for construction. Consequently, Missouri's first granite quarry opened nearby in 1869.

Today, granite quarried from the site can be found around the country - from California to Massachusetts. St. Louis received the lion's share, however, with “Missouri Red” granite and other Graniteville stone found in buildings and streets throughout the city.

The "elephant" formation was left intact, however, and has continued to intrigue geologists, history buffs, and hikers.

Visitors to Elephant Rocks State Park will be fascinated by the names and comments that 19th century miners carved into the stone. Children (of all ages) absolutely love climbing and clambering in and around the rocks.

Elephant Rocks State Park offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, picnicking, and climbing. The ruins of an old railroad engine house from the area’s quarrying days can also be explored. Missouri's first state park trail designed for those with physical and visual handicaps, "The Braille Trail," is also in the park. The paved trail guides visitors through 7 of the park's 131 acres with signs written in Braille and regular text.

Come discover and explore Southeast Missouri's Elephant Rocks State Park!

Elephant Rocks State Park

MO-21, Ironton, MO 63650
Hours:
April - October, 8am to 8pm
November - March, 8am to 5pm
Visit mostateparks.com for more information.

Southeast Missouri Lodging
Planning a Missouri getaway? Great idea! There's something fun to see and do in every corner of the state - the middle, too! Lodging at a Missouri B&B will go a long way towards making your Missouri vacation the very best it can be. Missouri inns make the best homebase for all your explorations, no matter what form they may take: hiking, biking, sightseeing, wining, dining, business, and more. Find your Missouri home away from home today.

 

Experience Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival 2018

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival 2018Come experience the 2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival! This 4-day musical celebration of the famed Ragtime composer includes both free and paid concerts, symposiums, and special events. The festival is scheduled for May 30th through June 2nd, 2018 in downtown Sedalia, Missouri.

Ragtime enthusiasts likely already know that Scott Joplin wrote his most famous composition - The Maple Leaf Rag - in Sedalia. Consequently, there could hardly be a more appropriate venue for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival.

The annual festival brings fans and performers to Sedalia from around the globe and this year is bound to be no exception. Music is the main focus, with a variety of free and ticketed concerts in and out of doors all festival-long. Internationally renowned musicians Richard Dowling, Bill Edwards, Jeff Barnhart, Evan Arntzen, Danny Coots, Marty Eggers, Matt Tolentino, Steve Pikal, Virginia Techenor, The Rhythmia, and many others are scheduled to perform.

Live concerts will celebrate music from the “Cradle of Ragtime," the Missouri Valley. Beyond Joplin, the festival will also highlight the works of James Scott, Brun Campbell, Charles Johnson, John William “Blind” Boone, and others.

There will be free concerts at both Gazebo Park and Stark Pavillion throughout the day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. After Hours at the Best Western will see professional and amateur musicians getting together to share music and laughs.

The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival is more than performances, however. Special events include a parade, a “Toast to Ragtime” bus tour, a series of Symposia, ‘live’ silent films, a Japanese Tea Ceremony, pub crawl, and tons more!

2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival Event Schedule

-May 30th-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Spotlight Concert with Martin Spitznagel at Liberty Center  - 7:30pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

-May 31st-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Procession from Maple Leaf Park To Stark Pavilion - 9:30 am
Opening Ceremony & Performances at Stark Pavilion - 10am to 5pm
Ragtime University - TBA
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 101 - 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 102 ‐ 10am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 103 ‐ 11am
Dance Lessons/Practice at Fox Theater - 1pm to 5pm
Cradle of Ragtime at Liberty Center - 2pm to 3:30pm
Donor Party (private) - 5pm – 6:30pm
Transitions in American Music: Thomas “Fats” Waller - 7pm to 9pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

-June 1st-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Performances at Maple Leaf Park - 10am to 5pm
Symposia at Liberty Center: Scott Joplin Mysteries - 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Real Ragtime Stories - 10am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime Without Borders - 11am
A Toast To Ragtime Tour - 12:30pm to 2pm
Dance Lessons/Practice at Fox Theater - 12pm to 2pm
Ragtime Revelations - 2pm to 3:30pm
The Ragtime Dance at Cakewalk Hall - 4pm
Easy Winners: 176 Keys of Fury! - 7pm to 9 pm
Ragtime Ramble Pub Crawl in Downtown Sedalia - 9pm to Midnight

-June 2nd-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Ragtime Era Fashion Contest - 8:30am Registration; 9am start
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Performances at Maple Leaf Park - 10am to 5pm
Symposia at Liberty Center: Main Street Souvenirs ‐ 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Legends of Ragtime Panel - 10:30am
Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Fox Theater - 11am to noon
A Toast To Ragtime Tour - 12:30pm to 2pm
The Legacy of Scott Joplin - 2pm to 3:30pm
The Ragtime Music Hall - 7pm to 9:30pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival

May 30 - June 2, 2018, downtown Sedalia, MO
Visit www.scottjoplin.org for tickets, direction, and more information.

Central Missouri Lodging
Missouri's a big state and, no matter where you are, there's lots to see and do. The same is true of Missouri bed and breakfast inns. No matter where your Missouri getaway takes you, you can rest assured that there's a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B somewhere nearby. Stay at a Missouri Inn for the kind of personalized service, value, and hospitality you simply can't get at a hotel or motel. Find your Missouri home away from home now!

Come Play For The Day At St. Louis City Museum!

stLouisCityMuseumIf you're really just a big kid disguised as an adult, or someone fascinated by the unusual, the St. Louis City Museum is for you! Its nooks, crannies, slides, caves, giant chains, and more - all created from locally reclaimed materials - are enough to bring out the kid in anyone!

The name of the St. Louis City Museum is rather misleading. The old shoe factory houses less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world.

A hodgepodge of seemingly random objects - a ferris wheel, a school bus, an old fighter jet - jut unexpectedly from its exterior. Inside is even zanier, with tunnels, caves, even a circus and a life-sized whale to walk through. The St. Louis City Museum has thousands of square feet of things to explore and many experienced visitors quite seriously suggest taking kneepads.

Yet this is NOT a children’s museum. In fact, children who visit must be accompanied by adults to enter!

The St. Louis City Museum, which opened in 1997, was the brain child of founder Bob Cassilly. Cassilly, who died in 2011, envisioned the City Museum as a space for his imagination's artistic creations. City Museum was built by Cassilly and a team of 20 artists, using locally salvaged materials.

Visitors are encouraged to play with, climb on and explore the museum's various exhibits. You'll find old chimneys, salvaged bridges, and a 10-story spiral slide that starts at the roof! The outside exhibit "MonstroCity" features a castle turret, a ball pit for adults, and two suspended jets!

The museum is one of St. Louis most popular attractions - and without advertising! More than 11 million visitors have walked through the doors since it opened and, yes: it can be crowded. There is often a line waiting to get in every morning. Folks wishing for a less busy visit should consider visiting on a weekday or after 5pm on weekends.

If you plan on visiting, tips include taking a flashlight, wearing closed shoes, and, as we said above: knee pads are suggested. Luckily, the City Museum gift shop has the latter for sale!

St. Louis City Museum is an active installation - an “ever-expanding collection of architectural relics” - so you never know what you'll find when you visit!

St. Louis City Museum

701 North 15th St., St. Louis, Missouri, 63103
Monday through Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday through Saturday: 9am to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Learn more by visiting www.citymuseum.org.

Northeast Missouri Lodging
Whether you're in Missouri on business or to get your knees dirty at St. Louis City Museum, you're gonna want somewhere comfortable to call home. When it comes to the best lodging in Northeast Missouri, look no farther than a locally owned and operated Missouri B&B. In fact, excellent lodging in the form of Missouri Inns and B&B's can be found all across our fair state. So go on, the next time you're in Missouri, treat yourself to the best lodging there is: book your stay at a Missouri Bed and Breakfast Inn!

Discover Central Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State ParkHa Ha Tonka State Park is a public recreation area in Central Missouri, five miles south of Camdenton on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. The park features trails, caves, sinkholes, a spring ... and a the ruins of a massive, abandoned stone mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of Missouri's many must-visit attractions. Its winning combination of intriguing history, outstanding geologic features, lake, and trails make it the perfect park for anyone and everyone!

The park is a geological wonderland of sinkholes, caves, sheer bluffs, and a huge, natural stone bridge. 70-acres of the park were designated as the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area in 1981.

Ha Ha Tonka Park is also home to Missouri’s 12th largest spring. Many believe this is the source of the park's odd name. “Ha Ha Tonka,” is supposedly the Osage phrase for “Laughing Spirit." Many think this is in reference to the park's gushing springs.

The natural spring and fascinating geology are not Ha Ha Tonka State Park's biggest claim to fame, however. That would be reserved for the impressive stone ruins of Ha Ha Tonka Mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion is frequently referred to as a castle, which is the very effect its builder was going after. Robert Snyder was a wealthy Kansas City businessman with dreams of building his own, European-style castle, right here in Missouri.

Snyder made his fortune in St. Louis and Kansas City during the late 1800's. By 1905, he'd amassed enough wealth to follow his dreams. Stonemasons from Scotland, a European supervisor, and Kansas City architect Adrian Van Brunt were hired to bring Snyder's three-and-a-half story tall vision to life.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was designed with an iconic center atrium that rose three and a-half stories to a skylight. The plans included nine greenhouses, a carriage house, and an 80-foot private water tower. Local stone was quarried and local timber cut for the construction.

Snyder never saw his dream completed, however. Instead, in 1906 he had the ignoble honor of becoming one of Missouri's first automobile accident victims. The incomplete mansion languished until 1922 when the family was finally able to complete construction. Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was leased out in 1937 and run as a hotel until a fire gutted the structure in 1942. The estate lay abandoned for decades before the State of Missouri purchased it in 1978.

Visitors to Ha Ha Tonka State Park will enjoy the ruins of Snyder's turn-of-the-century stone castle. The ruins are currently off limits but they provide impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. A series of well-maintained trails and boardwalks provide easy access to the park's many attractions. Swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and more are all available.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
April through October - 7am to sunset
November through March - 8am to sunset
Learn more about Ha Ha Tonka Park online at mostateparks.com.

Central Missouri Lodging
No matter where your Missouri adventures take you, you're going to need somewhere to call your home base. Luckily, there are locally owned Missouri inns and B&B's all across the state, offering the very best in Missouri lodging. Missouri B&B's offer uncommonly comfortable amenities, nutritious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Choose your Missouri accommodations now!