Myriad festivals are waiting for you this year in the Show-Me State. Traveling to those festivals brings the opportunity to learn more about the region and to visit sights you’ve yet to see – or to which you want to return.
No matter which region of Missouri you visit this festival season, embrace the chance to get out and explore all the state has to offer. That festival-focused weekend might just become the getaway that adds multiple pages to your scrapbook.
Here’s a regional look at sights you don’t want to miss during your festival-hopping Missouri adventure:
Relax for a spell at Jim the Wonder Dog Park in Marshall, where you can learn about the exploits of the city’s (probably the state’s) most-famous canine.
After doing a lot of walking at festivals, you might enjoy a leisurely ride around Kansas City, courtesy of the new KC Streetcar. Stops include Union Station and the Kauffman Center.
If art is your thing, take time to see the Murals of Chillicothe. They commemorate everything from area sports to the city’s status as The Home of Sliced Bread.
The National Blues Museum in St. Louis is one of the newest attractions on the regional landscape. Learn about the history of this art form and make a little music of your own.
Outdoor fun is the focus at Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville. Rent a boat from the park’s marina and enjoy an afternoon on Forest Lake.
The 1857 Graceland Mansion is a highlight of the Audrain County Historical Society Museum, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
It’s hard to beat a day on the water, and with Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake and Pomme de Terre Lake, you’re never far from outdoor fun.
The John B. Mahaffey Museum Complext at Ft. Leonard Wood showcases military history and offer a reminder of the sacrifices made by those in the armed services.
Visit Sedalia’s Katy Depot and Railroad Heritage Museum or maybe take a quick bicycle trek on the Katy Trail, a great avenue for exploring the Show-Me State.
Appreciate the natural beauty of Peck Ranch Conservation Area near Winona and keep your eyes peeled for the herd of elk within the park.
Take a tour of the Bonne Terre Mine, which readers of USA Today/10 Best in 2016 voted as the Best Underwater Attraction in the U.S. Scuba enthusiasts enjoy exploring Billion Gallon Lake on a diving expedition.
A stroll along the boardwalk at Big Oak Tree State Park near East Prairie is a good way to work off some of your festival fare.
Check out Joplin’s Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, home to a chert glade, a habitat formation found primarily in this section of Missouri.
See artifacts from the RMS Titanic at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. Take on the persona of a Titanic passenger and learn “your” fate at tour’s end.
See the home of Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder at Mansfield’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, where tours include family homes and a vast collection of memorabilia.