Missouri is full of outdoor adventure and beautiful surroundings. Give your family an amazing fresh-air experience they’ll always remember. Take to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and paddle your way down the lazy, crystal-clear waters that flow through the beautiful hills the bald eagles call home. Climb up the prehistoric rose-colored boulders of majestic Elephant Rocks. Need some heart pounding excitement? Fly through the trees on a zip line or zoom through the forest on a roller coaster. Take time to catch your breath and visit Wonders of Wildlife, in Springfield, the most immersive wildlife attraction in the world.

Planning a vacation in the Missouri Northeast is easy if you’re looking to do a lot. Make it a perfect combination of thrills and spills at Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor. How about the world-famous Saint Louis Zoo? Attendance is always free – as is the Saint Louis Science Center nearby. Perhaps the most bizarre and talked about attraction is City Museum, where most words fail to describe it. No trip to St. Louis is complete without going to the top of the Gateway Arch, the tallest national monument in the U.S.

If you’re looking for a vacation packed with fun and excitement, the Missouri Northwest has all of that and more. Starting with the Kansas City area, you’ll have quite the list of things to do. Have a splash of a time at Oceans of Fun or ride the coasters next door at Worlds of Fun. Spend a couple of days in the city and check out the National WWI Museum and Memorial and the Kansas City Zoo. Head one hour north of Kansas City and visit the Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph and the Shatto Milk Company nearby. Talk about a fresh, unique vacation idea for the family! Planning a trip in late summer? Don’t miss out on the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

The Lake of the Ozarks is a playground for all ages. There is no shortage of things to do, so if you don’t feel like relaxing by the water, jump in and paddleboard, ski, or tube your way to big smiles and great memories. Your thirst for amusement will be satisfied with waterparks, go-carts, miniature golf, parasailing, even helicopter tours over the beautiful lake. Feel like doing something really “cool”? Take a walk underground in any of the many awesome caves for which Missouri is known.