Explore Missouri's rich military history and heritage in the southern part of the state while honoring her veterans.
An unusual complex of military museums: A replica of a World War II camp, with barracks, chapel and mess hall; the Army Engineer Museum, with maps and tools dating to the Revolutionary War; the Military Police Museum, housing items from U.S. frontier army-post life to the Iraq wars; the Chemical Corps Museum documenting the effects of chemical warfare over the last nine centuries.
Photo ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance required to enter the post. Closed major holidays.
495 South Dakota Ave., Fort Leonard Wood MO 65473, 573-596-0780
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Self guided driving tour with directions to Veterans Memorials donated by citizens, businesses, and organizations of Pulaski County and Fort Leonard Wood. Pick up your free guide at the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, I-44, exit 161.
137 Saint Robert Blvd., St. Robert MO 65584, 877-858-8687
Hours: 24 hours
Take an imaginary flight in a real Cobra helicopter. Type a message on a teletype machine. Have a personalized dog tag made. On display is a Cobra helicopter, a T-33 jet aircraft, Army Jeeps, trucks and other restored military equipment.
Admission: $5; ages 6-11, $3; ages 5 and younger, free.
2305 E. Kearney St., Springfield MO 65803, 417-864-7997
Hours: Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m.
Stroll the Hall of Heroes at the newly renovated Radisson Hotel Branson, where you can pay your respects to all branches of the military. Just 50 minutes from Springfield, enjoy the indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, full-service concierge and free Wi-Fi...as well as the Wildwood Bistro and the Time Out Sports Lounge on-site.
120 S. Wildwood Drive, Branson MO 65616, 417-335-5767
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours
Less than two miles from the hotel, pay homage to America's warriors at the Veterans Memorial Museum. The museum holds more than 2,000 exhibits honoring those who served in all branches of the U.S. military. Exhibits include sculptures, murals, historic artifacts, art and thousands of memorabilia covering WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other 20th Century conflicts. Many of the exhibits contain unique artifacts and recount personal stories from our veterans. This is an educational as well as emotional experience.
The museum is home to one of the world's largest war memorial bronze sculptures: 50 life-size soldiers storming a beach; each statue modeled after an actual combat soldier from each of the 50 states. The walls of the museum are lined with more than 500,000 names of those killed in action from WWII forward.
Admission: $15; veterans & military, $13; ages 13-17, $10; ages 5-12, $5; younger than 5, free. Group rates are offered.
1250 W. 76 Country Blvd., Adrian MO 65616, 417-336-2300
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Families are treated to a live and up-close experience featuring 32 magnificent horses, a stampede of Buffalo, stunts and special effects during one of the most patriotic shows in Branson.
A four-course meal is included, complete with a dessert.
In November and December, Dixie Stampede transforms into a holiday celebration, including "Toys Come to Life," a spectacular live Nativity with holiday music and a visit from Santa.
1525 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson MO 65616, 800-520-5544
Hours: Shows begin daily: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; with 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. matinees on select dates.