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Celebrate the beginning of 2015 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park. Start a new tradition with your friends and family as you get some healthy exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.
There are 41 First Day Hikes from which to choose. Visit the website for details, meeting location and schedules at specific parks.
Note: The address shown above is for the Missouri State Parks headquarters in Jefferson City. Hikes are scheduled in locations throughout the state.
First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks. Join hikers from all 50 states. For details, visit americasstateparks.org.
Eagle Days is one of the most popular winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks. This free event is a blast for the entire family. Take binoculars and cameras.
The astronomy club is on hand at Willmore Lodge for eagle viewing.
The wild eagle programs are at Osage National Golf Resort; presented on the hour, each day. Dickerson Park Zoo personnel give programs where you see and learn about owls, hawks and turkey vultures. Vendors and a petting zoo for the kids are on-site.
The Bagnell Dam Access, beside the Osage River below the dam, hosts eagle viewing, with free hot chocolate, eagle nest building demos, rope making, a coloring contest and a photo contest. Additional programs at School of the Osage Heritage Elementary. Check the website for details, locations and schedules.
NOTE: The address shown is for Willmore Lodge. Events take place at a variety of locations.
This is a joint exhibition featuring pottery by Bo Bedilion and paintings by Naomi Sugino Lear. Both artists have exhibited works in mid-Missouri and nationally; both are faculty at Columbia College, Columbia.
Elizabeth Rozier Gallery is located in the Union Hotel at Jefferson Landing State History Site in Jefferson City.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March through Labor Day. For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum at 573-751-2854.
The City of Cape Girardeau's first public art exhibit consists of seven substantial pieces, placed along the Broadway Corridor in downtown Cape Girardeau.
The seven artists are: Andy Arvantes; Mike Baur; Beth Nybeck; Dan Perry; Ben Pierce; Stephanie Sailer; Chris Wubbena.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Lake's biggest winter event. More than 20 bars and restaurants around the Lake of the Ozarks participate in the huge event.
A $10 wristband gets you access to ride the buses, as well as entry in to all participating locations – including pick up and drop off to sponsoring hotels. Scan our website for details, locations and wristband information.
Don't forget your Mardi Gras attire.
Note: The address and phone shown are for the Lake Area Visitors Bureau.
Enjoy original wartime posters and editorial cartoons and see how art reflected the hopes, fears and patriotic devotion of Missourians at the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center in Columbia.
As a way to celebrate all U.S. veterans, State Historical Society military artifacts from a variety of time periods will be on display during this special exhibit: "Art for a World at War: WWI Posters and Editorial Cartoons."
Join the park naturalist to watch bald eagles glide across the skies above the Montauk valley. View an active eagle’s nest in the park.
A spotting scope and binoculars are available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and cameras.
Dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Stone Picnic Shelter at Montauk State Park. Call for more info.
The Eagle Days events take place on these two dates ONLY.
Transition Spaces 14.3 is an exhibition space devoted to the work of artists within 150 miles of Cape Girardeau. The works of Benjie Heu, a professor in the Department of Art, will be on display in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University. There will be an artist talk at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7.
Artist Bernard Perlin designed some of the most iconic American propaganda posters of World War II. As an artist-correspondent for Life and Fortune magazines, he sketched major military personnel and noted political figures. He accompanied commando missions into Nazi-occupied Greece, recorded the preparations for the final air war on Japan, and was aboard the USS Missouri for the formal Japanese surrender.
Upon his return to the United States, Perlin became a noted painter, with works now in the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and other major institutions. His illustrations appeared in popular magazines through the 1960s. Perlin continued to paint until his death in January 2014 at the age of 95.
Bernard Perlin: An Artist Goes to War is the first retrospective of Perlin's incredible work as a war artist. Join us for an exhibit of his work at the Kirksville Art Center November 7, 2014-January 3, 2015.
For more information on Bernard Perlin, visit www.BernardPerlin.com.
A sampling of media encompassing ceramics, paintings, drawings, processes of printmaking, sculpture and digital technology. There will be an opening reception from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on May 1. The exhibit will be on display in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
Experience Chillicothe’s history through these 17 larger than life scenes; a unique way to transform the streetscape of a community is through artistic renderings on barren walls.
The themes include the Utica Brick Plant; Sports; and historical depictions of Chillicothe as it existed in 1928—the year we became the Home of Sliced Bread.
Citygarden combines sculpture, plants, fountains and architecture into one location in downtown St. Louis. The area offers a vibrant, serene blending of lush plantings and internationally-renowned sculpture with water, stone, architecture and design. The Terrace View restaurant is on-site.
Citygarden is bounded by Eighth, 10th, Market and Chestnut streets.
Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s more shoreline than the coast of California. The Lake of the Ozarks offers access to public beaches; great fishing; and plenty of room for fun and recreation on the water.
Cities around the Lake of the Ozarks offer hundreds of dining and lodging options. Abundant recreation activities include, among other things: golf; horseback riding; boat excursions; wineries; airplane and helicopter tours; ziplines; spas; and shopping.
Marinas and rental services offer a variety of choices, ranging from a pontoon boat to fishing boats, ski boats to houseboats, and personal watercraft.
Please note: the address provided with this listing is for the Bagnell Dam, in Lake Ozark.
Handmade colonial Windsor chairs made using traditional hand tools and techniques of the late 1700s. No power tools, nails or screws are used. Visitors are welcome to watch the process of crafting these beautiful chairs.
it...little word...big show. it - where 50 amazing singers, dancers, and musicians combine their astonishing scope of talents to create Branson's ultimate entertainment experience. From Broadway to country to comedy to patriotic to gospel to rock-n-roll, it is everything you want to see in a Branson show–and more.
From the energy and emotion of huge production number with brilliant lighting and sound to the warmth and charm of the on-stage talent, this is the show with it. The stars of it, including the Hughes Brothers and their families, create a sensational show for everyone, especially the show connoisseur looking for top-of-the-line entertainment with an emotional connection.
Presented January thru October at the Hughes Brothers Theatre.
Tickets: $39; ages 12-17, $15; ages 6-11, $9. VIP seating available in rows 1-6. Add a sit-down, table top dinner with your show.
Visit our website for details, schedules and tickets.
A 15-foot-long, steel replica of the Cuba-Salem branch train sits at the intersection of Route 19 and Washington Boulevard. Father and son team Glen and Curtis Tutterrow sculpted the train in three pieces, which were welded together. While visiting the train, please enjoy the 12 outdoor murals along the Route 66 corridor. Mural brochures are available in some area businesses and at the I-44 Visitor Center (Exit 208).
The train replica is located in a landscaped pocket park along the Route 66 corridor in the town's historic district with shopping and dining available.
Unusual "squirrel cage" jail, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also serves as a visitors' information center in Gallatin, MO.
The Daviess County Squirrel Cage Jail was completed in 1889. Its unique architectural design provided answers to concerns about prisoner security, worries about both prisoners breaking out and accomplices breaking in: rotary jails, where a round "squirrel cage" divides into jail cells and spins on a single axis inside a perimeter of stationary bars.
Eight rotary jails are known to have been constructed, all variations of the patented design by the Pauley Jail Building & Mfg. Company of St. Louis. Only three still stand today as visual markers of yesteryear.
Featuring games from the 80's! No quarters or tokens needed, play all you want for 5 bucks! 1984 is THE 80's arcade! Stop in and get your 80's on in style. We have the games, the music, and the vibe from the greatest decade ever! Need a place to host your next event or party? We offer private events and party room rentals. Located in downtown Springfield Missouri. 1984, the best thing since 1983!
Life-size bronze statue honoring the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, the first uniformed all Black American unit to fight in the Civil War. The unit fought in the October 1862 Battle of Island Mound, also known as the Battle of Fort Toothman.
We offer two guestrooms with queen-sized beds, private bath, fireplace and sitting area. We serve house-made cookies, snacks, beverages and a full hot breakfast.
Guests enjoy the eight-person hot tub and four acres of wooded grounds. Our library contains books on local history, old campus yearbooks and other topics.
A work space, with Wi-Fi and a printer, is provided. Within 25 miles of the Inn, you can visit wineries, fish for trout at Maramec Spring, and take a float trip on a spring-fed stream.
Serving the St. Louis metropolitan area since 1992. Offering 6-25 passenger stretches, 14, 16,18 and 25 passenger SUVs and 18,28 and 38 passenger limo coaches. Visit our web at APerfectTouchLimo.com to see all cars inside and out.
Editor's Note: Address is not for business use. We meet you where you need us to.
Acorn Ridge offers four charming guestrooms, each with a king bed, private bathroom, and nice views. At check-in, you are greeted with our signature Grandma Stumpe's cookies. A full breakfast is served.
We are less than one mile from the Katy Trail, Augusta Brewery, Mount Pleasant Winery, and Augusta Winery.
Whether you are looking for an easy get-away, or searching for a unique bed & breakfast, we have what you need.
Rooms available Fridays and Saturdays only. Please explore our website for details and reservations.
Displays include items of historical note, from pioneer materials and American Indian relics and arrowheads, to collections of military objects, including a cannonball that struck the courthouse during the 1862 Battle of Kirksville.
Rentals of pontoons, deck/ski boats and WaveRunner brand personal watercraft. By water: find us at 3 mile marker, Jobson Hollow Cove, north shore of Lake of the Ozarks. By land: take Route 54 to Business 54/Bagnell Dam/Route W exit. Take Route W to W-20 (Village Marina Road) to the end. Age restrictions do apply.
At Adventure Boat Rentals, we want you to have a fantastic time with one of our boats or WaveRunners. We maintain and prep everything as if they were our own personal vessel. From WaveRunner brand personal watercraft for blasting around to pontoons for stable platforms with larger groups to deck and ski boats for fun, we have your boat.
Our location at Miller's Landing offers convenient access from the Osage Beach and Camdenton areas. Take 54-63 (Runabout Drive) off of Route 54 to the end. We also have a location at the 3 mile marker on the north shore at Village Marina off of W-20. Our hours vary by season, please call to verify times.
Adventure Ziplines of Branson is the ONLY zip line adventure tour located inside the city limits of Branson, MO. We are conveniently located just seconds from the hotels, shows, and attractions that have made Branson the tourist destination that it is today.
If you are 3 to 103 years of age, with no major health issues, you too can join in on the fun! Your heart will leap as you speed through the air on our Branson zip lines at speeds up to 50 mph!
We offer scenic tours of the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas.
AirLake Aviation offers 30-minute airplane rides out of the Grand Glaize and Camdenton Airports. Rides are available year-round.
Reservations required. Schedule by phone or on our website.
Cost: $50 per person; third person, $20.
This is the last two-car ferry operating in Missouri. The ferry takes you across the Current River on Route K at Akers. The ferry is operated by Akers Ferry Canoe Rental. The fee is $4 per car or $5 for a vehicle and trailer.
Contact for special rates for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Camping, RV sites and cabins available. Facilities include pool, dining, general store, hot showers, modern restrooms and electric hook-ups. Canoe, kayak, inner tube and small raft rental and floating on the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.
Canoe, kayak, inner tube and small raft floats. Facilities include pool, dining, general store, hot showers, modern restrooms and electric hook-ups. Camping, RV sites and cabins available. You can cross the Current River on the ferry. Located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 21 miles south of Salem, off Route 19, at the junction of Routes K and KK.
Family campground with 162 spaces beside the Jacks Fork River. Some sites with electricity and water. Two blocks to Alley Mill and the one-room schoolhouse. Park rangers lead hikes and campfire programs during the summer. Group rates offered. Reservations at Recreation.gov.
Low and slow pit barbecue at its finest. We have sandwiches; plate dinners; a kids menu; specialty items; pizzas; and desserts.
Bring the family for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
As seen on The Travel Channel and The Tonight Show, Waltzing Waters Theatre is Branson's longest-running year-round attraction. Watch hourly exhibitions of world famous liquid fireworks and 40,000 gallons of non-stop live water action. Dancing waterfalls and spinning rainbows three stories tall (and twice as wide) are choreographed to music.
No trip to Kansas City's fabulous Country Club Plaza would be complete without a graceful and romantic glide down the relaxing waterway in an elegant Venetian style Gondola. Celebrate a special occasion. Float beneath bridges, beside majestic fountains, and view the spectacular Country Club Plaza. Operating April-November.
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