Trip Ideas: Discover Joplin, Inside and Out
If you're looking for a fun getaway that combines indoor fun and outdoor adventure, visit Joplin. You'll see local museums and art galleries, plus globally unique habitats and the state's largest continually flowing water fall.
Morning
This Official Missouri Welcome Center is a great place to learn more about Joplin and regional attractions. Here you find tourism brochures, maps and highway information. The staff is very knowledgeable about the area and the state.
I-44 Mile Marker 2 Rest Area, Joplin MO 64803, 417-629-3030
Hours: April 1-Oct. 31: Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 1-March 31: Open Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Local Color Art Gallery & Studio is a cooperative of local artists showcasing their art in the gallery, and often working in the studio, at the historical Gryphon Building in downtown Joplin. Offering art classes and workshops by nationally-known guest artists.
1027 S. Main, Joplin MO 64801, 417-553-0835
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Evening
Take a walking or driving tour of his historic district. Joplin's wealthiest and most influential citizens built these homes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the last 10 years, residents of the district have restored the structures to their former glory.
626 S. Sergeant, Joplin MO 64801, 417-850-4916
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
Enjoy the evening, and perhaps a glorious sunset, at Grand Falls. Located on Shoal Creek, Grand Falls one of Missouri's most scenic destinations. The largest, continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri, Grand Falls plunges 25 feet to a solid ledge before flowing southward.
5400 S. Riverside Drive, Joplin MO 64804, 800-657-2534
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
Afternoon
The museums focus on the history of Joplin, the heritage of southwest Missouri and the story of lead and zinc mining in the region. See Victorian rooms, textiles, minerals, models and other subjects.
504 Schifferdecker Ave., Joplin MO 64801, 417-623-1180
Hours: Tue., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The full-time working studio of contemporary artist Jorge Leyva welcomes visitors to experience first-hand the creative process of his artworks. Metal sculpture, stone carving, wood sculpture and mural size paintings are all part of this artist creative nature.
1305 E. Vandalia St., Joplin MO 64801, 417-623-8085
Hours: Thu.-Fri., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; and by appointment
Spiva has provided visual arts experiences for the four-state region since 1947. During the last 60 years, the Center has grown into a leading cultural institution for the entire region; it's a work of art in its own right. This is a place to see, create, and collect art.
222 W. 3rd St., Joplin MO 64801, 417-623-0183
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.