Six Winter Activities to Help Avoid Cabin Fever in Missouri

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children's museum , museums , science museum , Zoos , Cave / Caverns
Explore these attractions in the Show-Me State
Author: Stephen Foutes
The long, slow march to spring is underway, but the abundance of winter activities in Missouri can help you avoid an outbreak of cabin fever.

In fact, exploring Missouri during the winter months is the perfect antidote – or preventive measure, depending on how quickly you act – to protect against such an outbreak.

Here’s a look at six ways to stay cabin fever free while enjoying winter activities in Missouri and waiting for the flowers to bud anew.

• Interact with nature: The Missouri Department of Conservation operates several Conservation Nature Centers, Interpretive Centers and Hatcheries where exhibits and activities keep kids enthralled.

The Conservation Nature Centers are Twin Pines in Winona, Runge in Jefferson City, Springfield in Springfield, Burr Oak Woods in Blue Springs, Powder Valley in Kirkwood, Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau and Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City.

Elsewhere around Missouri, the Department of Conservation has the Northeast Regional Office and Interpretive Center in Kirksville; the Northwest Regional Office and Interpretive Center in St. Joseph; Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin; Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson; Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood; August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles; Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in St. Louis; and the Forest Park Office in St. Louis.

• Take a road trip: Travel Missouri’s section of Route 66 to see sights such Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield. Or maybe you’d prefer to travel across northern Missouri’s Highway 36 to connect with notable Missourians at places such as the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal and the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede.

• See a live show: Whether you’re choosing from among the popular shows found along the famous Highway 76 Strip in Branson, or a touring act visiting venues such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City or the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, you’re never far from a great live show the entire family will enjoy.

• Go wild at the zoo: You may prefer to wait for one of those warmer days, but colder temperatures seem a little more fitting when you check out penguin shenanigans at Puffin and Penguin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo and Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo. Also, there’s never a bad time to feed the giraffes at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.

• Pamper yourself: Okay, you get to leave the kids with grandma for this one. Alleviate the stresses of daily life when you escape to Missouri spas. Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark and Spa Chateau at Chateau on the Lake in Branson are co-located with popular resorts, while Halcyon Spa in Augusta is a stone’s throw from the Katy Trail in the heart of Missouri wine country.

• Warm up in a cool cave: When it’s 20 degrees or below outside, a trip underground to one of Missouri’s caves feels like a warm spring day. After all, it’s usually 55 degrees or warmer in places like Fantastic Caverns in Springfield, Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Bridal Cave in Camdenton and Smallin Civil War Cave in Ozark.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways for you to get out and experience winter activities in Missouri. Keep exploring VisitMO.com to create your perfect remedy for cabin fever.







  Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover Nature at Burr Oak Woods! Burr Oak Woods is a showplace for Missouri's fish, forests and wildlife ...

  Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center showcases the cultural history and natural resources of ...

  Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office-Kirksville
Located just south of Kirksville on the west side of Route 63, the Northeast Regional Office offers ...

  Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is within 112 acres of oak-hickory forest. Experience wildlife ...

  Springfield Conservation Nature Center
This 80-acre slice of the Ozarks outdoors, within the city limits of Springfield, is a place to connect ...

  Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
This education center offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, nature photography and other nature-related ...

  Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Discover 10 acres of gardens, wetlands, walkways and wildlife that surround the Anita B. Gorman Conservation ...

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

  Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
One of the most popular attractions in Missouri, this is the granddaddy of all outdoor stores. Every ...

  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 ...

  General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
General of the Armies John J. "Black Jack" Pershing (September 1860-July 1948), was and is ...

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

  Kansas City Zoo
It's always a new adventure at the Kansas City Zoo. The Kansas City Zoo is one of the top zoos in the ...

  The Saint Louis Zoo
This world renowned, 90-acre zoo is home to more than 14,000 exotic animals; many are rare and endangered. At ...

  Dickerson Park Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo’s 55 acres are home to hundreds of animals, representing habitats in Africa, ...

  Spa Chateau
Spa Chateau is a 14,000-square-foot full-service spa located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. We offer ...

  Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center
This AAA four-diamond hotel stands on an Ozark mountaintop, overlooking the pristine waters of Table ...

  The Lodge of Four Seasons
A full-destination resort, situated along the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks, offering 357 guestrooms ...

  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 ...

  Fantastic Caverns
America's Only All-Riding Cave Tour. The cave is toured in Jeep-drawn trams. Since you ride all the ...

  Meramec Caverns
Go on a guided tour of this seven-level natural wonder, possibly the oldest stop along historic Route ...

  Bridal Cave/Thunder Mountain Park
Cave tours travel over concrete pathways, through the cave's 60-degree Fahrenheit environment. One-hour ...

  Smallin Civil War Cave
Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks. The cave entrance is 55-feet tall and 100-feet ...

  Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of an all-new 1.5-million-gallon ...