Missouri Festival Hopping and Sightseeing


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natural attractions , museum exhibits , museums , educational museum , State Parks and State Historic Sites
Make sure to visit these Missouri sights before or after you attend festivals.
Author: Stephen Foutes
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:

Northwest Missouri

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.

Northeast Missouri

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.

Central Missouri

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.

Southeast Missouri

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.

Southwest Missouri

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.

  Jim the Wonder Dog Park
This is a memorial garden in honor of Jim the Wonder Dog. Jim was a Llewellyn setter born of pureblood ...

  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a mega-modern, state-of-the-art facility encompasses ...

  Union Station Kansas City
Union Station is the second-largest railroad station in the United States. This renovated historic building ...

  Murals of Chillicothe
Experience Chillicothe’s history through these 17 larger than life scenes; a unique way to transform ...

  National Blues Museum
The National Blues Museum explores the blues and celebrates the genre as the foundation of all modern ...

  Thousand Hills State Park
Thousand Hills State Park includes American Indian rock carvings (petroglyphs) more than 1,500 years ...

  Audrain County Historical Society Museum
The Audrain County Historical Society Museum is located within the 11-acre Robert S. Green Park. There, ...

  Katy Trail State Park - Statewide
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 240-mile trail ...

  Katy Depot and Railroad Heritage Museum
Journey through an "excursion destination" like no other. Learn the story behind this beautifully ...

  The Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s ...

  Harry S. Truman Reservoir
This 55,600-plus acre lake offers 958 miles of coast line and has created a diverse wildlife area rich ...

  John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, Fort Leonard Wood
An unusual complex of military museums: A replica of a World War II camp, with barracks, chapel and ...

  Peck Ranch Conservation Area
This area is predominantly forest with nearly 1,500 acres in glades, along with old fields, savanna, ...

  Bonne Terre Mine
National Geographic calls Bonne Terre Mine: "One of America's Top 10 Greatest Adventures." One ...

  Big Oak Tree State Park
Driving along the rural highways in southeast Missouri, travelers may notice an abundance of farmland. ...

  Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center
Located in Wildcat Park overlooking the largest remaining area of globally unique chert glades in the ...

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

  Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum
Come and visit...where the Little House books were written. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her beloved Little ...