Trip Ideas: Time With Mark Twain

Whether you’re interested in exploring the cave Mark Twain wrote about in five books, touring his boyhood home, shopping the streets he roamed as a youth, going for a riverboat cruise on the river he loved, spending time on the lake named in his honor, or stopping by the cabin where he was born, you can do all things Twain in this region of Missouri.
Morning
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Logue's Restaurant
This restaurant features home-style cooking with large portions. Breakfast is served all day; located on U.S. 61 north, less than 10 minutes to downtown area.
121 Huckleberry Heights Drive, 573-248-1854
Garth Woodside Mansion
Stay the night at this award-winning bed and breakfast inn and you’ll be treated to a breakfast that’s uniquely elegant. Breakfast included in room rate; make prior arrangements for special dietary needs.
11069 New London Road, 888-427-8409
Mark Twain Boyhood Home
Twain’s home is a designated National Historic Landmark. This property features six historically significant properties and two interactive museums.
120 N. Main St., 573-221-9010
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A National Natural Landmark, this labyrinth cave forms criss-cross style patterns. The cave is 52 degrees year-round; no steps but good walking shoes suggested; tour lasts one hour.
300 Cave Hollow Road, 573-221-1656
Afternoon
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Mark Twain Dinette
Located in the heart of downtown and near the Mississippi River front, this restaurant is known for its maid rites, tenderloins and frosty mug root beer. Located across from Mark Twain Boyhood Home; open daily, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
400 N. Third St., 573-221-5511
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Ole Planters Restaurant
Offers full-service lunch and dinner menus with choices such as hickory smoked pork and beef, as well as homemade pies.
316 N. Main St., 573-221-4410
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Downtown Hannibal has a variety of unique specialty shops and retailers, including places such as Ava Goldworks and the Native American Trading Company and Gallery. Many of the shops are located within a 10-block area.
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This activity center features an 18-hole mini golf course, bumper boats, a bounce house, water wars and small train for kids. Located across from Mark Twain Cave; restaurant and wine shop are on-site.
11011 Route 79 South, 573-221-2200
Evening
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Cruise the Mississippi River and enjoy live music while taking in beautiful scenery and a dinner cruise. This riverboat leaves from Center Street Landing. Cruise times and prices vary by season.
573-221-3222
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Fiddlesticks
Dining in a casual atmosphere; generous portions; sports-themed lounge on-site.
8945 Route 36, 573-406-0493
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Grab dessert: Ice cream, cones, shakes, floats, ice cream sodas, sundaes or special treats; also peruse a variety of Missouri/Mark Twain memorabilia.
318 N. Main St., 573-221-0822
Morning - Day 2
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This restaurant features home-style cooking with large portions. It is located two miles east of Perry, a small community with several antique shops, and is about 20 minutes from Mark Twain Lake.
At the junction of Route 19 and Route 154, 573-565-3620
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See the small cabin where author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born; the cabin has been moved and is about one-fourth of a mile from its original location, where a historic marker now stands. The site features first editions of Twain’s works, along with a handwritten manuscript of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
37352 Shrine Road, Florida, 573-565-3449
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Whether you want to fish, ski, tube or just relax, this lake provides more than 18,000 acres of water, along with marinas, public beaches and coves where you can take in nature’s beauty, Access points are located in a variety of areas; there are several trails for walking and horseback riding in the area; for boat rentals try Indian Creek Marina.
23111 Monroe Road 589, Monroe City, 573-735-4075