Cole Camp is a historic city with a rich German heritage. Its downtown, dating from the late 1800s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes houses built during the Civil War period. One of the first Civil War battles in Missouri was fought just outside of the city. Cole Camp is known as the place where the prairies and the Ozarks meet. The chamber hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The city has several antique and gift shops, restaurants and a winery that is open seasonally.