Practice Makes a Perfectly Fun Outing in Missouri

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See the Kansas City Chiefs at their summer home, St. Joseph
Author: Stephen Foutes

The Kansas City Chiefs are prepping for the coming season during training camp in St. Joseph, a city that’s rich in history and full of places for your family to enjoy.

The Chiefs make Missouri Western State University their training camp home and you have the chance to see them in action now through Aug. 18. Practice times and activities vary by day, so use this handy schedule to help plan your outing and keep your eyes on this Facebook page for updates.


With a few hours allotted to open-to-the-public practices each day, you’ll have ample time to explore the sights of St. Joseph, where outlaw Jesse James once lived and the Pony Express mail service began.


Visit Jesse’s home to learn more about one of the Wild West’s most famous outlaws and then make the short trek to Pony Express National Museum to hear about the myriad dangers riders faced as they carried mail from Missouri to California on horseback.


While you’re in St. Joseph, don’t miss:


Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, celebrating its 50th year in 2016. Classic American works dating to the 18th century are on display. A special exhibit entitled “Re: Generation” features works from Kansas City artists and runs through Sept. 11.

Remington Nature Center, where outdoor fun comes indoors, thanks to interactive displays designed to connect visitors to the natural world around them. Outside, walking paths offer views of the Missouri River.

The Buchanan County Courthouse is historically significant – and a great spot for selfies, thanks to its beautiful architecture. Be sure the marvelous columns make it into your picture. The circa 1873 courthouse is the site where the Ford brothers were tried for killing Jesse James.

Schweizer Orchards has a vast market offering everything from fresh produce to jars of apple butter and cookbooks. If it’s hot outside and you’re looking to cool off, ask about their apple-cider slush.

If games are on your mind, look no further than St. Jo Frontier Casino, home to hundreds of slot machines and an assortment of table games.


When the sun sets, visit Ben Magoon’s, one of St. Joseph’s top live-music venues. Acts take the stage Tuesday-Saturday evenings and the fun goes well into the night.


When the regular season starts, spend time exploring Kansas City, noted for its arts and culture … and some pretty darn good barbecue.


These are just a few of the fun places waiting for you the historic city of St. Joseph. Keep exploring VisitMO.com to learn more about St. Joseph, and be sure to take a football and a Sharpie to Chiefs camp – autograph seekers are often rewarded!




  Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
Don't miss your chance to see professional football action and enjoy one of the world's best tailgating ...

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

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

  Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American Art in the Midwest. ...

  Remington Nature Center of St. Joseph
Overlooking the Missouri River, this center caters to history and nature buffs alike. Peer into a 7,000-gallon ...

  Buchanan County Courthouse
The two-story courthouse, built in 1873, houses the courtroom where the Ford brothers were tried for ...

  Schweizer Orchards
Nestled in the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, Schweizer Orchards has produced and packed high ...

  St. Jo Frontier Casino
This casino features lively action, table gaming, video games and more than 550 slots. The River's Edge ...