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Now reserving for Civil War Lantern Tours! Join us around the campfire Saturdays in October for an evening of storytelling, southern food (beans, corn bread, and fried taters), Southern Belles, Baldknobbers, and a mysterious lantern-light tour of the legendary Smallin Cave! Call or email for reservations!
Events scheduled on dates listed above ONLY.
Our annual Thanksgiving Trail Ride at Coldwater Ranch will begin Wednesday, November 26 with dinner, and end Sunday November 30 with breakfast. We will ride daily, feast often, and enjoy visiting with our guests.
Join us for a festival of gospel music with: The Lesters; The Perrys; Tribute Quartet; Mark Trammell Quartet; The Talleys; BIG Mo; Karen Peck & New River; Gordon Mote; The Diplomats; Jerry & Little Jan Goff; Brian Free & Assurance; The Hoppers; New Horizons and The Blackwood Brothers.
This music festival takes place in the ballroom at Meramec Caverns. Seating is limited.
Harvest Hootenanny at Mark Twain Cave. Activities include: Grape Stomp; kids activities; craft beer festival; pumpkin carving contest; live music; food; games - fun for the whole family!
History, legend and spectacular cave scenes come alive in our sixth annual Nighttime Lantern Tours. Embark on an 80-minute, guided tour of the caverns, by the light of hand-held lanterns.
Hear stories of determination, bravery, and exploration as characters recount their personal experiences of the caverns.
Visit our website or call for reservations. Tickets $25; ages 5-11, $12; younger than 5, free.
Offered on specified dates only. Space is limited.
Take the 45-minute drive from Springfield and experience the past with Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she reminisces about her childhood pioneer days, her incredible family and her beloved Almanzo.
Laura’s life unfolds through a live theater production that culminates on that momentous day in 1951, when Mansfield dedicated its library in her honor. Laura’s Memories captures her journeys through Iowa; Minnesota; the Dakota Territory; Kansas; and finally: Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura and Almanzo spent their remaining years.
The Ozark Mountain Players bring this story to life under the Ozark sky, in a comfortable amphitheater in Mansfield’s Recreational Park. Concessions are available.
Tickets are $10; ages 5-11, $5; younger than 5, free and are available one hour prior to curtain or by calling 417-924-3383. General admission only; no reserved seats.
Note: Performances held only on dates listed above.
"I Put a Spell on You"
"Roll Away the Stone"
"Shootout on the Plantation"
Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock 'n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music.
Leon Russell, at Wildwood Springs Lodge
Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011 and inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in June, 2011. Leon continues to write songs, record, and thrill audiences on his non-stop tour across the U.S.
Packages available: concert tickets only; dinner and concert; dinner, concert and lodging.
This renowned event features the National Fence Painting Contest; a frog-jumping contest; live entertainment; mud volleyball; and lots of other fun activities.
An annual tradition (60 years strong) in Hannibal, National Tom Sawyer Days draws visitors from all over the world who come to experience the history of Hannibal, through the eyes of author Mark Twain.
Amateur photographers are invited to join park staff on a photo tour of Onondaga Cave. This extended tour will include extra time for photographs to be taken at specific locations along the tour route.
Those wishing to attend must make reservations in advance as the tour is limited to 30 people only.
No equipment will be provided by the park, so please bring your own. Conditions in the cave include limited lighting, concrete walkways and metal handrails, cool temperature (57 degrees F) and high humidity (nearing 100 percent). Please dress appropriately (warm clothes, no heels/flip flops). Cave tour fees apply.
Summer Discovery is a special 90-minute educational program designed for children's groups (scouts, church, summer school, etc.). The program includes the educational, riding-tour of the cave, plus a 30-minute session at the Outdoor Classroom, panning for and identifying Missouri minerals.
Summer Discovery is available daily, June-August. This event is open to groups of 20-60. Reservations required.
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.
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.
This park is known as The Quiet Campground for all the right reasons. You can hear the crackling of the fire and rustling of leaves. There are 79 nicely landscaped, level, full hook-up sites and six fully furnished two-story Villas that sleep six. Located 1.5 miles west of Silver Dollar City, on 43 acres of Ozark forest, 100 yards off Route 76. Big rigs are welcome.
Our amenities include: an outdoor pool; playground; enclosed pet play area; recreation-hall with full kitchen; private bathroom and showers; and a laundry facility. Planned social activities are held. Named Top 100 in the Nation by Good Sam Club in 2009; Mid-size Park of the year by Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds in 2009.
Newly constructed in August 2009, this Americas Best Value Inn has won our company's "Best of the Best" awards since the day it was opened. We offer a free hot breakfast buffet and are less than five minutes from the Main Gate of Fort Leonard Wood.
On the shore of Table Rock Lake, in a wooded lakeside atmosphere. Our four modern guestrooms feature: two-person jetted tubs; king or queen luxury beds and linens; private baths; private entrances; private deck or balcony; electric fireplaces; cable TV with DVD; and Wi-Fi. In addition to a full breakfast, the inn provides free soft drinks and snacks. Breakfast is served in the dining area or on the screened porch overlooking the lake.
We also have two private cottages, not part of the bed and breakfast, with remarkable views of Table Rock Lake. Breakfast is not included with the cottages.
Located 35 minutes west of Branson; 20 minutes from Silver Dollar City; one minute walk to Table Rock Lake.
Quiet relaxation on beautiful Table Rock Lake. Individual one-, two- and three-bedroom lake view cabins and one condo. Valley View has a pool, a shaded park, playground, a guest laundry, a boat launch and dock. Boat rentals available.
Offering comfortable hotel rooms and suites on the medical mile, across the street from Cox Medical Center, Emergency Room and Trauma Center.
Move in for a day, a week, a month, or as long as you need. Call or make a reservation online.
This charming home, built in 1853, is filled with antiques. It is on the National Historic Register. Two guestrooms, one with a fireplace. Porch swings. Full breakfast.
Experience break-through entertainment beyond your imagination. Ayo starring Voices of Glory debuts at the Hughes Brothers Theater. While Voices of Glory (Michael, Avery, and Nadia Cole) were in the top five in their America's Got Talent season; today in Ayo, they're in a league of their own.
Ayo (Yoruba for Joy) delivers an epic adventure in sound, light, dance, and joyful emotion, featuring everything from pop to jazz to gospel to soul.
Visit the website for details, schedules and tickets.
Located on Highway 65 and Highway 76, the Branson Baymont Inn and Suites is one-half mile from Branson Landing, Historic Downtown Branson, shows/attractions and lakes. Renovated in October 2009, guest rooms include refrigerators and microwaves, in-room safe, flat screen TV, wireless high-speed Internet and jetted tubs. Rates include continental breakfast and Internet. Property includes indoor pool, fitness room, business center and guest laundry. Pets weighing less than 30 pounds are welcome. Awarded AAA Three Diamond in May 2010.
Spacious rooms; heated indoor pool. Our free breakfast includes biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, muffins, juice and coffee. Two miles from Fort Leonard Wood.
Equipped to accommodate a wide variety of guest needs, with many room types, indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, free high-speed Internet access, free hot breakfast, in-house iBranson ticket service and much more. Hotel is adjacent to the Titanic Museum; across from the Clay Cooper Theater; one block from the Starlite Theatre; two blocks from the The Americana Theatre, the Moto-Zip and the Mickey Gilley Theatre.
Our hotel is located right off of I-44 at Exit 184. We have two restaurants adjacent to our property: Waffle House, which is open 24 hours and Sirloin Stockade, which is open for lunch and supper. There are several other restaurants located approximately five minutes from our hotel.
We have a continental breakfast in the morning that includes free waffles. We also have free Wi-Fi available in the whole hotel. There is a business center with a computer and printer available 24 hours. We can also make copies and send/receive faxes 24 hours.
Our amenities include: 24-hour heated indoor pool and sauna; fitness equipment; outdoor hot tub; sun deck; guest computer in the lobby; hot, deluxe breakfast. We are four tenths of a mile from Branson Landing and its shopping, dining and entertainment on the waterfront of Lake Taneycomo.
This hotel is across from The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre and Paradise Grill. Features two-sink vanities and in-room coffee makers. There is level parking. We have an in-house ticket service.
Best Western Plus Coach House Inn is located on six acres, one half-mile south of I-44, exit 80. Facilities feature three distinctive themes: Rustic lodge; Classic Colonial; and Contemporary.
We offer 129 guestrooms with pillow-top mattresses. Thare are two outdoor pools.
We proudly participate in the Green Program, doing our part to be an environmentally friendly hotel.
This hotel offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River. Located in the downtown area, the perfect place for guests to walk around the neighborhood and explore on foot; within six blocks, you'll find downtown shopping, restaurants, Mark Twain Riverboat and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. There is banquet space for 75 people.
This hotel is 100 percent no-smoking.
Eight sandstone cottages, built in 1938, then known as the Rail Haven Motor Court, started what is now the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven. Experience this refurbished inn on old Route 66.
This motel is full of history. Take a picture with the retired 1965 Best Western lighted road sign, including the old five-point crowned logo – remember that? Purchase a copy of the book Route 66 Rail Haven: An Offspring of the Mother Road.
We have rooms with queen beds and recliners. Keeping with the nostalgic atmosphere, we offer Monroe and Elvis suites, each complete with a jetted tub. All rooms are ground level. Sorry, truck parking is not available.
Family-friendly camping with large RV sites with 30/50-amp electric, water and sewer; swimming beaches, free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Tent sites are available.
The air-conditioned recreation room includes video games, pool tables, board games, a laundry room, a convenience store, firewood, ice and a bathhouse. There is a shaded upper deck overlooking the Current River.
River cabins are available; they have cable TV, central air, complete kitchens, two grills, fire pits and covered porches with tables and chairs.
Located on the banks of the Current River, one-quarter mile south of Van Buren. Tube rentals and float trips available.
We sell vintage sewing notions, buttons, lace, fabric fat quarters, Missouri and Hannibal memorabilia. We offer sewing, craft and quilting classes. We have a gentleman's corner to visit while the ladies are shopping.
Our summer hours are daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Our winter hours are Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and run Nov. 1 through April 1.
We will be open when the River Boats stop in Hannibal and by appointments for visits if we are not open when you are in town.
On 40 secluded acres with woodlands, small pastures and private fishing ponds. Offering five guestrooms with private baths and bathrobes; some rooms have a fireplace; some with jetted tub.
There are covered patios and an aviary/wildlife viewing deck. Two horse stalls are available in the barn; riding trails are adjacent, in the Compton Hollow Conservation Area. For group events, there is a retreat area with private restrooms and a commercial kitchen. Group lunches and dinners are available, by appointment.
A drive-up offers easy access for our disabled guests. Our guests enjoy the local culture with visits to Amish country, antique shops, old mills, Compton Hollow Conservation area and a Friday night Barn Dance. Located 20 minutes from Springfield; 15 minutes off of Route 60 and I-44.
Five log cabins are nestled along a private lake. Swim, fish, canoe and relax on one of the docks, decks or screened porches. Enjoy a crackling fire by your cabin. Play ping pong and shuffleboard. Have your children explore little creeks. Snip fresh herbs from the garden. Barbecue on gas, charcoal or wood stoves. Enjoy a relaxing drink while watching the stars and fireflies. Hike winding trails on 380 acres. Rental fees for cabins include use of canoes, fishing and local fresh eggs.
The cave was discovered and explored in 1925; excavation began in 1927. Substantial artifacts were discovered, including arrowheads, grinding stones, tools made of bone, and skeletal remains of the early inhabitants, including American Indians; some items date to 5,000 B.C.
This cavern has been open every day since 1927 for public tours. Only 50 percent of the cave is developed—the remaining areas are preserved for wildlife. The educational, family-friendly tour lasts 45 minutes to one hour. It is an easy, well lit walk. The cave has several recognized cave formations, including one of the largest rimstone pools in the state.
The on-site Browning Museum, included in the tour, holds more than 700 locally-found arrowheads and other chipped artifacts, plus a collection of mineral rocks, fossils and artifacts. To fully enjoy the cave and the museum, allow 1-1.5 hours.
Admission: $12; ages 4-11, $6; younger than 4, free.
National Geographic calls Bonne Terre Mine: "One of America's Top 10 Greatest Adventures."
One of the world’s largest man-made caverns, founded in 1860 as one of history’s earliest deep-earth lead mines. This was the world’s largest producer of lead ore until it was closed in 1962.
The mine has five levels. Not suitable for service animals. The two upper levels are lighted and used for one-hour, guided walking tours along the old mule trails, showing were miners dug with pick and shovel in the 1860s. (Tour includes a 65-step staircase, in and out.) The mine is a constant 65-degrees, year-round; never affected by the weather.
The lower three levels form a one billion gallon, seventeen-mile long lake, illuminated by more than 500,000 watts of stadium lighting above the water’s surface. Boat tours are available on the crystal clear water, with spectacular views of the abandoned shafts and equipment below.
The mine is home to the largest fresh water scuba diving venue in the world. (Diving reservations are required.) The clear, 58-degree water, illuminated from above, affords divers visibility more than 100 feet down. Diving is conducted in groups of nine, always accompanied by two guides.
Located one hour south of St. Louis, off of Route 67.
Choose from 20 guestrooms, each decorated differently. Wake-up to a complimentary, freshly cooked breakfast. The glassed-in dining area gives the feeling of eating outdoors. The great room has 24-foot ceilings with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace.
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