Trip Ideas: Sedalia Summer Getaway
Sedalia has been home to the Missouri State Fair since 1901, holding true to the state’s vast history and tradition. If you’ve visited Sedalia during the fair, but never explored the city, you’re missing a great opportunity. Check out these must see's while you're in town!
Day One
If you don't already know what's going on at the state fair this year, here's a little preview: Family fun is waiting at Missouri's largest agricultural showcase. The annual Missouri State Fair is steeped in tradition and heritage, dating from the first fair in 1901. The fairgrounds set the stage for an 11-day event that includes nearly 30,000 entries of Missouri's best livestock and competitive exhibits. The State Fair includes a diverse lineup of entertainment options. The main grandstand provides 11 days of exciting entertainment, ranging from concerts to tractor pulls to internationally acclaimed entertainers. In the arena, watch rodeo, bull riding and motorsports. The free professional entertainment and exhibits located throughout the grounds keep everyone entertained for hours and help make the State Fair very affordable for families. Free shows such as a circus under a big top, and the new Swashchucklers Comedy Pirate Show are just a sampling of the fun.

The fairgrounds offer public camping year-round; during the fair camp sites start at $20 per night. Admission: $8 ~ ages 62+, $6 ~ ages 6-12, $2 ~ younger than 6, free. Parking is free.

2501 W. 16 St., Sedalia MO 65301, 660-530-5600
Hours: Aug. 7-16, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Aug. 17, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Daum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits modern and contemporary works of art. It houses nine exhibition galleries on three levels, with a combined area of 9,300 square feet. The Daum sheds light on the stimulating complexity of contemporary art. The museum offers a temporary-exhibition series that changes three times a year. Located on the campus of State Fair Community College.
3201 W. 16th St., Sedalia MO 65301, 660-530-5888
Hours: Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
If you get the chance, make sure you stay at Hotel Bothwell while you're in town (or at least grab a bite to eat at their restaurant, Ivory Grille.) Hotel Bothwell has been a destination of choice for travelers to Sedalia for nearly 80 years. Since 1927, Hotel Bothwell has served as the center of social and business activity in Sedalia. By combining original American revival architectural ambiance with luxurious, memorable experiences, guests are invited to relive the glitz and glam of the 1920s by savoring a taste of Sedalia's best.
103 E. 4th St., Sedalia MO 65301, 660-826-5588
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours
The Ivory Grille is located inside Hotel Bothwell. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two, an amusing time with friends or a memorable family gathering, the Ivory Grille has something for you. They offer steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Enjoy the extensive wine list, specialty drinks and a variety of spirits at our lounge. Located inside Hotel Bothwell.
317 S. Ohio Ave., Sedalia MO 65301, 660-829-0060
Hours: Lunch: Tues.-Fri,. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: Tues.-Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Lounge open: Tues.-Sat., 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Day Two
Journey through an "excursion destination" like no other. Learn the story behind this beautifully restored landmark, built when the Katy Complex was the center of town. Stroll through the Sedalia of yesteryear. Traveling exhibits throughout the year. Want to get out on the trail while you're in town? The Katy Depot is a full-service Katy Trail trailhead. Champion Bicycles sales, service and rentals is connected to the depot and ready to help start your biking adventure.
600 E. Third St., Sedalia MO 65301, 800-827-5295
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. (April-Dec. only), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Spending a day on the Katy Trail is so easy in Sedalia due to Champion Bicycles being located in the historic Katy Depot. They offers rentals, new and used sales, full service and repairs, parts and accessories, plus an assortment of refreshments and snacks.
600 East 3rd St., Sedalia MO 65301, 660-826-7773
Hours: Thu.-Mon., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Great barbecue with a great atmosphere. Kehde's is decorated with a railroad theme; you can even eat in a railroad dining car that is attached to the restaurant. Kids and adults love it.
1915 S. Limit, Sedalia MO 65301, 660-826-2267
Hours: Wed.-Mon., 11 a. m.-9 p.m.
Take a tour of a circa 1900 castle on a hill. Bothwell Lodge represents early 20th century extravagant living. It was built by Sedalia lawyer and politician John H. Bothwell. Hiking, mountain biking and picnicking are available on site. Bothwell Lodge is off Route 65, approximately six miles north of Sedalia. For tour information, visit the website. Tours: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than 6, free.
19349 Bothwell Park Road, Sedalia MO 65301, 660-827-0510
Hours: Grounds: 8 a.m.-sunset.