From the riverboat casinos, breweries and historical neighborhoods in St. Louis and fabulous fountains and barbeque in Kansas City to the “Live Music Show Capital of the World, Branson, to the awesome outdoor lifestyle in the Lake of the Ozarks region, the state offers visitors a seemingly endless line-up of unique vacation experiences. You’re never far from a state park or historic site as there are 85 of them throughout the state. There are 840 miles of trail for hikers, backpackers, bicycle riders, off-road vehicle users and horseback riders. Some of the state’s top attractions include the Gateway Arch and St. Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Cameron Cave in Hannibal, and the American Jazz Museum and Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City. Wine lovers will be pleased to know there are 96 wineries in the state where you can sample wines and take tours. For golfers, the picturesque Lake Ozark region offers play on gems like the Tan-Tar-A Resort Oaks Course and Old Kinderhook. Why not introduce your children to the real world of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn? Visit Hannibal, where your kids can immerse themselves in the world of Mark Twain with a tour of the author’s home, a cruise on the Mississippi River, an exploration excursion of the caves in his books and visits to various historic homes. Other great family-oriented activities throughout the state include hiking the Ozark Trail, splashing at a water park in Branson and visiting the Harry S. Truman home and presidential library in Independence.
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Drop in for an hour, come for lunch, or spend the entire day wandering through world-class galleries. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the cultural jewel of Kansas City and just three blocks from the Country Club Plaza, and admission is free. The Nelson-Atkins, recognized as one of America’s finest art museums, strives to be the place where the power of art engages the spirit of community. With 40,000 works of art, the Nelson-Atkins is best known for its new Bloch Galleries, featuring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, plus its Asian art, photography, American paintings, American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a beautiful setting for a walk or picnic, is an oasis in the city and home to notable sculptures.
Love to wander through the Nelson Art Gallery just about any day... Always great on a Sunday afternoon when I'll grab tea and dessert (or full lunch) at the great Rozelle Court. So beautiful. Add a walk down through tree shaded paths, and around art installations surrounding the buildings, ahhh, my idea of a great afternoon.
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The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw. Today, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display - widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. It features 79 acres of horticultural displays, including indoor conservatories and demonstration, formal and international gardens.
The Missouri Botanical Garden (formerly Shaw's Botanical Garden) was founded in 1859 and is the country's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It is a National Historic Landmark with nearly 80 acres of gardens and historic structures. Outdoor and indoor displays include the Climatron tropical rain forest housed under a geodesic dome; the Kemper Center for Home Gardening; a Japanese Garden; the George Washington Carver Garden; historic Tower Grove House; the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum; and the seasonal Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden. This landmark is a horticulturist's dream!
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Nationally known for its bass fishing, this beautiful clear water lake with gorgeous vistas is also an ideal setting for swimming, boating and water sports, and rivals some Caribbean islands with its excellent scuba diving.
Beautiful , large lake that has a lot of boats running around - but still is nice. Hiking around, walking near, swimming and more here! Bring the family, picnic and just relax. A great place to watch sunset is the boat ramp near Moonshine Beach!
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Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots. Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle built by a prominent Kansas City businessman high atop a bluff. More than 15 miles of trails traverse the park, leading visitors to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and down to the lake.
What a fantastic find! Many different trails, some lead into each other. We went to the castle; slightly uphill, but on a paved path and many people of varied ages and abilities were visiting. You cannot get all the way up to the castle (looks as though it used to be paved along the perimeter) We also hiked the Colosseum trail, the Spring trail and to the water tower (Many steps up). The natural bridge was a beautiful sight but it was a little strenuous on the full loop, rocky and uneven in places. Beautiful views from various points. Kayaks available for rental & people were fishing. NO entrance fee!! Small visitor area upon arrival. Picnic areas throughout the park. Wonderful stop!!
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Scenic spring and picturesque mill dating to 1894.
There is so much to do in this area, and lots of springs to visit. Alley Spring is the crown jewel, with lots of parking, and in normal times the store, school, and mill are open to visit in addition to the spring. The spring is a gorgeous blue, and there is a short .3 mile walk around the back of the spring and along the creek/outflow. If you add the Overlook Trail to the loop, it’s 1.5 miles with a great view from above.
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The site of the 1904 World's Fair, America's second largest urban park is a prime St. Louis recreation spot.
Forest Park is one of the most beautiful and attractive parks around! First of all it is very large, so there is room for everyone. You don't have to be surrounded by other people if you don't want to. It is easy to find a nice quiet spot for reading, meditating, or resting! Or you can hang out with the crowd on Art Hill! Second, there is a lot to do! Picnicking, zoo, art museum, science center, history museum, golf, handball, tennis, picture taking, hiking, walking trails, special events, bird watching, duck watching, fishing, weddings, school outings, boating, baseball, soccer, restaurants, etc. Third, it is easy to get to. Either via street or highway and there is plenty of free on-street parking. You can drive, bike or take the train. However you get there, get there when you can!!
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Sight & Sound Theatres is the nation's largest Christian theatre company and one of the highest attended live theatres on the East Coast and in the Midwest. This inspiring family experience includes a majestic 2000-seat theatre, a massive 300-foot wrap-around stage, a professional cast, spectacular sets up to 40 feet high and a variety of live animals. Go back in time and witness the greatest stories of the Bible as they come to life right before your eyes!
This is the 3rd year that we have attended the show. It is a large venue with comfortable seating, great view and with a performance that includes music, singing, live animals and actors playing characters from the Bible, This year it feature outstanding sets and a story about Samson.
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29th SMASH-HIT SEASON! Celebrating 29 Years of Legendary Family Entertainment! Experienced by over 6 Million People! World Class Production and Special Effects! 5 Brothers and 1 Sister performing on 20+ Instruments! BRANSON'S MOST POPULAR SHOW!! CALL EARLY! THE HAYGOODS SELL OUT FAST! The Haygoods are Modern Family Entertainment at its BEST! This group of six siblings, (5 brothers and 1 sister), bring an all-new show to the Branson stage every year. Stunning visual effects and a state of the art stage presentation are the backdrop to an amazing array of musical styles, performed with more energy and excitement than anything you have ever experienced! The hits of today's Country, Rock, and Pop artists along with the music of the last 5 decades, are showcased in an electrifying ride of song, rhythm, and sound that you won't soon forget! Fans of all ages LOVE The Haygoods and their music!
Seriously GOOD VIBES here!!! First timers and our entire familys' expectations were highly exceeded for the duration... nobody wanted it to end! Something for everyone too. We all enjoyed the engaging atmosphere of infectious energy, laughter, various musical talents and fun hearted enthusiasm that the amazing HAYGOOD family offered. The show takes great creative pride in all details from performance to effects and even audience participation. The kids were "fanning out" and thrilled! Actually, not just the kids;) Next time we'll definitely get up front seating. DON'T MISS THIS SHOW! This Minneapolis, Minnesota family is road tripping with the CDs now:)
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You’re always guaranteed a great time at Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, Missouri! With multiple shows operating throughout the season and special events taking place throughout the year, Clay and his incredible staff go the extra mile to provide a safe, fun, family environment for you, our guests! This year we have performances by Clay Cooper's Country Express, with a cast of 25 performing old & new country, rock, gospel, patriotic and current hits , Dean Z - The Ultimate Elvis doing a 20 year span of Elvis Greatest Hits, The Haygoods a talented family performing on over 20 instruments, with great visual effects and singing, Hot Rods & High Heels 1950's show, a musical journey through 1950's with 8 singers & dancers and band, and #1 Hits of the 60's, performing top hits from the 60's with over 100 costume changes! You don't want to miss these fantastic shows! Save your ticket stub and get a discount on your next regular show within the same year!
The variety of music was amazing, and so was the whole show, but the patriotic finale was truly once-in-a-lifetime. I absolutely LOVED Clay's tribute to all who serve, the original song by Clay and his wife Tina, and most of all the Pledge of Allegiance being recited by Clay's son, along with their wonderful story about how in his son's school, they take turns reciting the Pledge every day, and a different student gets to recite the Pledge over the intercom each day. If all schools and performers got kids this excited about faith and loving their country, this country and the whole world would be a much, much better place. God Bless Clay and the entire Cooper family. I truly can't thank you all enough.
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Family-owned and operated since 1978, the Pirtle Winery produces superior, quality wines with a great deal of character and individuality. Our winery is a popular destination for visitors to historic Weston, Missouri and provides a unique escape from everyday distractions. Drop by for a tasting and following your tasting enjoy one of your selections on our new deck, vine covered wine garden, or in The Cellar.
In Weston you will find a wonderful little winery in an old church building where you can taste different wines, sit and relax with some wine and cheese and brouse the winery with your friends.
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