Missouri Summer Checklist

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Summer is here and we’re all looking for some new and exciting activities to break us out of our normal routine. However, sifting through all of the options can make planning your excursions a little overwhelming. That’s why we created this checklist of fun activities you can enjoy in Missouri this summer. Bonus points to anyone who can accomplish them all – there’s one for every week in the season.

  • Toast marshmallows to a perfect golden brown over a campfire at one of Missouri’s peaceful campgrounds.
  • Test your luck at a carnival game, or hop on an amusement ride at a summer festival or county fair.
  • Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. Experts will enjoy the challenge of the Ozark Trail while hikers of all ability levels will appreciate the beauty of the mostly-flat Katy Trail.
  • Splash around at a water park and soak up some vitamin D while also staying cool in the rising summer temperatures.
  • Sample a new brew or vino and take in the lush, green views on the patio of a Missouri brewery or winery.
  • Sing along to a live performance. Outdoor venues across the state host summer concert series: Ozarks Amphitheater, Chesterfield Amphitheater, Grandview Amphitheater, KC Live!, and Saint Louis Music Park to name a few.
  • Pack a picnic and head to a state park where you can enjoy dining alfresco while surrounded by gorgeous scenery and perhaps even some native wildlife.
  • Go underground to beat the heat in one of Missouri’s spectacular show caves. During a cave tour you’ll learn the history of the cave and the science behind different rock formations.
  • Paddle your way down a river in a kayak or canoe. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways are particularly beautiful, but there are many excellent waterways ideal for a float trip.
  • Crack open some peanuts and enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Catch the MLB at Busch Stadium or Kauffman Stadium, or check out a minor league game at Hammons Field in Springfield.
  • Pack the kids and a cooler into your favorite ride and embrace the nostalgia of a drive-in movie.
  • Cruise with the windows down along Missouri’s highways and byways for a classic summer road trip.
  • Select farm-fresh produce, baked goods and locally-made items at a farmers market.