There’s always something new to see and do in Missouri. Here’s a roundup of attractions that have recently opened or are coming soon to the Show-Me State.
Explore 34 habitats featuring nearly 8,000 sea creatures at the new Sobela Ocean Aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo. Exhibits tell the story of how ocean currents connect animal life across the globe. The aquarium is involved in several conservation projects, including a partnership to provide a home for young sea otters that become lost or separated from their mothers and cannot be returned safely to the ocean.
Silver Dollar City theme park unveils an all new version of a park favorite in spring 2024. The reimagined Fire in the Hole family roller coaster – the largest indoor coaster in the Midwest – is double the size of the original ride, a Silver Dollar City staple since 1972. You’ll find the new $30 million ride in the park’s Fire District.
Surrounded by the beauty of the Ozarks, The Landing Current River in Van Buren has returned as a favorite float trip destination following a fire that destroyed the lodge’s main building in September 2021. The newly rebuilt facility features rooms with balconies overlooking the crystal clear Current River – part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. At the River Store, rent a canoe, kayak, raft or tube for float trips ranging from 4 to 17 miles. Relax at the end of the day with dinner at The Blue Heron restaurant.
Take in 360-degree views of Kansas City from the new KC Wheel, soaring 150 feet into the air. The Ferris wheel will operate 365 days a year and will be illuminated at night, adding more sparkle to the city’s skyline. The 36 enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas are wheelchair accessible.
The KC Wheel is part of Pennway Point, a new entertainment district located in a collection of reclaimed 20th century industrial buildings. When complete, the development will feature restaurants and bars, live entertainment venues, a mini golf course, city gardens and nostalgic neon lights. Activities will include outdoor volleyball, tailgating events, sports watch parties, outdoor movies and ice skating in the winter.
Located downtown in the heart of St. Louis, the 21c Museum Hotel complements the area’s vibrant arts scene. The hotel is part of North America’s only multi-venue museum dedicated to 21stcentury art. Guest rooms feature original art, and rotating exhibits throughout the hotel display the work of today’s emerging artists. The museum area is open to the public 24 hours a days, seven days a week.
Cheer on the Kansas City Current professional women’s soccer team at the CPKC Stadium opening in 2024. The Current joined the National Women’s Soccer League as an expansion team in 2021. The club’s new facility, located at the Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, is the first purpose-built stadium for professional women’s sports.