We've been lied to. Given false hope. Despite what that pesky groundhog said, it's been a long, cold winter. But the dreary days are coming to an end! The sun will come out tomorrow and with it spring flowers and endless possibilities in the Show-Me State.
The first step to embracing warmer weather is to leave the penguins behind – or at the 21c Museum Hotel in Kansas City. This contemporary art museum/boutique hotel features multiple exhibits (and Sky Blue Penguin) in their 6,200-square-foot free museum, and rooms that are fit for royalty, including your pet-family!
It's important to take sustenance along the way, and Visit KC is making that task easier with guidance from their new KC BBQ Experience app. The app pinpoints more than 100 spots to get "Q" in Kansas City, so locating the source of that delicious smoked-meat smell just got easier. The difficulty is choosing only one restaurant! We suggest taking the day to conduct your own food tour to sample the local fare.
In my opinion, one thing that is not great barbecued is fish. Why have salmon when you could have ribs or burnt ends? So, save the fish for the aquarium, the St. Louis Aquarium, that is. Opening winter 2019 at St. Louis Union Station, this 120,000-square-foot attraction will feature more than 13,000 animals. And the aquarium is just the first of many attractions to come. A 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel, rope course, mirror maze, carousel and more are also in the works.
The Branson Landing has long been a favorite entertainment complex, and it keeps getting better. With the additions of Andy B's Bowl Social (bowling, escape rooms, karaoke, food and cocktails), Jimmy Buffet's LandShark Bar & Grill and Paula Deen's Family Kitchen (opening later this year), Branson's hot-spot will keep you coming back for more.
Hannibal may be known as the birthplace of Mark Twain, but did you know the city itself is 200 years old? Established in 1819, the town pre-dates Missouri's statehood, and the locals are celebrating this anniversary with a year of events and festivals. Check out the Hannibal Bicentennial website for a list of family-friendly things to do. Will you be there when they open the time capsule from 1969?
Winston Churchill forever left his mark on history with his "Sinews of Peace" (Iron Curtain) speech. His legacy lives on today in Fulton at the National Churchill Museum, which celebrates its 50th anniversary May 3-5, 2019. Join members of the Churchill family and prestigious dignitaries as they mark this momentous occasion.
If you build it, they will come. That's what the folks in Perryville believe. Honoring our fallen veterans, Missouri's National Veterans Memorial brings the Wall to the heartland. At the permanent, full-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., visitors can reflect on those who sacrificed their lives so that America could thrive. A grand-opening celebration is set for May 18-19, 2019, so be sure to mark your calendars.
2019 showers Missouri with new attractions, so start planning your #MissouriAdventure today!
Written by Ashley Sneed