Up for a little friendly competition? Challenge the family to a few rounds of miniature golf at one of Missouri's many fun courses.
Enjoy a fresh spring day in St. Louis, and perhaps the thrill of victory, as you play 18 holes at Tower Tee; frequently named a favorite by local publications. With its “replica holes,” Tower Tee pays homage to several St. Louis landmarks. Don't let your swing falter on the 18th hole; if you hit the bull’s-eye, you'll win a free round of mini-golf.
In Branson, Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf turns an afternoon on the links into a high seas journey. You'll tap the ball through caves and under waterfalls, aiming at lots of swashbuckling fun.
Route 66 Carousel Park, in Joplin, boasts two, giant 18-hole courses sporting a wildlife theme. Shaded by lush greenery, your family can make a full day of it. After the games are over, race around the go-kart track and take out your frustrations in a bumper-boat.
Ready to unwind a bit? Take a contemplative stroll through one of Missouri's beautiful botanical gardens.
The Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, in Springfield, is a 100-acre urban oasis, where thousands of plants and flowers grow in 21 collections, including the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens and the Native Butterfly House.
Fans of azaleas should visit the Pinecrest Azalea Gardens before May 10; that’s the season’s end at this lovely spot in Oak Ridge. Twenty acres of azaleas bloom throughout April; during the first two weeks of May, rhododendrons show off their beautiful color.
In St. Louis, the internationally renowned Missouri Botanical Garden is a must-see destination for anyone who appreciates flora. For more than 150 years, visitors have delighted in the garden's 79 acres of botanical splendor. Enjoy the Japanese Garden, the Climatron conservatory, the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden, and so much more. This is the oldest continually operating botanical garden in the U.S.
Powell Gardens, often referred to as Kansas City's Botanical Garden, is located in Kingsville. Set on 915 acres of lush, rolling hills and meadows, Powell Gardens offers breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail, plus a year-round calendar of special events and classes for the family. The 12-acre Heartland Harvest Garden is one of the largest edible landscapes in the nation.