Family Vacation Destinations


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Family Fun , Museums , museum exhibits
Great Sights For Family Fun Are Far From Boring
Author: Scott McCullough


A Fun Family Vacation

Charge up the camera batteries and leave a little extra space in your suitcase for the perfect souvenirs. In Missouri, you'll find excellent sightseeing and interesting locations everyone in the family will enjoy.

Interested in learning more about the players, coaches and teams that make the games great? Head to Springfield to visit the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. From the University of Missouri Tigers to the Kansas City Chiefs to the St. Louis Cardinals to golf super stars, our state produces legends. The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame covers 32,000 square feet and includes more than 4,000 sports archives. Get right into the action by swinging at a major-league pitch. Call plays from an announcer's booth. Shoot a three-pointer. Zoom around the track in a NASCAR simulator.

A car enthusiast's dreams come true at the Branson Auto & Farm Museum, featuring more than 100 vehicles. Automobiles on display include classics, celebrity cars, muscle cars and race cars. Want to take home the ultimate souvenir? Most of the vehicles in the museum are for sale.

Sightseeing? You haven't seen the Lake of the Ozarks until you've seen it from 2,000 feet up. Air Lake Aviation shows you the Lake of the Ozarks from Bagnell Dam to Ha Ha Tonka State Park and everything in between. Air Lake offers 30-minute airplane rides year-round, from the Grand Glaize and Camdenton Airports. Reservations are necessary. The lake is quite a sight from the sky, so take your camera.

Get a glimpse of Missouri's rich railroad history at the 1873 Salem Branch Railroad Replica, in Cuba, Missouri. Father and son Glen and Chris Tutterrow sculpted this 15-foot-long steel replica of the Cuba-Salem branch train. While visiting this great homage to railroad history, check out Cuba’s Historical Murals and Civil War Murals depicting major events in Missouri’s history. These works of art are located along the Historic Route 66 corridor.

In Branson, climb aboard a major adventure at Titanic Museum Attraction, chronicling the fateful journey of April 1912. Experience life aboard Titanic; explore the remarkable museum; steer the ship; walk the hallways; sit in a lifeboat; view more than 400 Titanic artifacts. USA Today says: "The Titanic Museum Attraction is not to be missed."

When you visit the southeast Missouri town of Sikeston, be sure to take the Sikeston Historic Homes Walking/Driving Tour. In the early 1900s, Sikeston boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city of its size in the United States. The fascinating self-guided tour covers more than two dozen homes ranging from 1889-1924. Brochures are available from the Sikeston Tourism Bureau.

In Hannibal, celebrate the life and legacy of one of our nation's greatest storytellers. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum includes two interactive museums, historically significant buildings and artifacts from Twain's adventurous childhood.

In the northwest, St. Joseph is home to three extremely interesting historic sites.

  • The Pony Express National Museum occupies the very stables where the famed riders departed for California.     
  • The Jesse James Home where the famous outlaw was murdered on April 3, 1882, by fellow gang member Bob Ford.
  • The Patee House Museum was constructed in 1858 as a luxury hotel. The building has been a hotel three times; a college for girls twice; the Union Army Provost Marshal's office during the Civil War; the headquarters for the Pony Express; and a shirt factory.

And don’t miss the town of Marceline, where you can visit the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, holding 3,000 artifacts received directly from the Disney family; and the Walt Disney Dreaming Tree and Barn, where young Walt first began to draw and where he put on his first show business production.

You see, sightseeing doesn’t have to be boring – it can be interesting, educational and exciting. In Missouri, there is a lot of sightseeing to do. Go explore.

  Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
The greatest memories in Missouri sports history come alive with more than 4,000 sports archives, elegantly ...

  Branson Auto & Farm Museum
More than 150 cool cars including muscle cars, classics, collectibles, race cars and special interest ...

  Air Lake Aviation
We offer scenic tours of the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas. AirLake Aviation offers 30-minute ...

  1873 Salem Branch Railroad Replica
A 15-foot-long, steel replica of the Cuba-Salem branch train sits at the intersection of Route 19 and ...

  Cuba Missouri's Historical Murals
The 12 outdoor murals depict scenes from local and national history, including visits from Harry S. ...

  Civil War Murals
Viva Cuba's outdoor Civil War murals depict conflicts between the troops of Confederate General Sterling ...

  Titanic Museum Attraction
We've built a ship-shaped permanent, interactive Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo. Everyone ...

  Sikeston Historic Homes Walking/Driving Tour
In 1789 Sikeston was just another stop along the El Camino Real, also known as "The King's Highway," ...

  Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
Discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world's most ...

  Pony Express National Museum
On April 3, 1860, a lone rider, the first of his kind, left Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, marking ...

  Jesse James Home
Jesse James was murdered in this house on April 3, 1882, by fellow gang member Bob Ford. The home includes ...

  Patee House Museum
In the Patee House Museum, you can climb aboard an 1860 train and ride a vintage carousel—indoors. ...

  Walt Disney Hometown Museum
Housing 3,000 artifacts received directly from Disney family members, the museum affords visitors a ...

  Walt Disney Dreaming Tree and Barn
Located on the Disney Farm, this is the tree where Walt first began to draw. The barn is where he put ...