16 Missouri Adventures You Don’t Want to Miss in 2016

No matter how many resolutions are on your list for 2016, there’s always room for one more, especially one that’s as enjoyable as traveling in Missouri.

The Show-Me State has a variety of exciting and entertaining attractions, outdoor adventures and events for you and your family to enjoy in the coming year.

Need proof? Here’s a look at 16 things to do on your Missouri adventure in 2016:

1. Float your worries away:

Whether you use canoes, kayaks, tubes or rafts, streams like the Eleven Point River in southeast Missouri and the Elk River in southwest Missouri are ideal for your float trip. If you’d rather float your boat, visit Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Smithville Lake, Truman Lake and Mark Twain Lake for fun in the sun and great fishing.

Current River, Missouri.

2. Enjoy the view:

Construction around The Gateway Arch is ongoing, but a tram ride to the top of this 630-foot national monument should be on your to-do list this year … and every other one, too.


3. Solve the Mystery:

You may have heard something about these types of adventures, or seen them on TV, but do you have the skills to escape from a locked room in the specific time allotted? Adventures like Breakout KC and Mastermind Room Escape in St. Louis test your wits … and patience.

4. Appreciate craftsmanship:

Missouri’s lineup of craft breweries is ever expanding, with spots such as Kansas City Bier Company and Logboat Brewing in Columbia offering a fun atmosphere and excellent flavors.

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Mothers Brewing Company, Springfield/Perennial Artisian Ales, St. Louis.

5. Kick the dust (or mud) up:

Get your adrenaline pumping with an off-road adventure in Missouri; spots like St. Joe State Park near Park Hills, and the Chadwick ATV Area of Mark Twain National Forest, northeast of Branson, are popular locations.

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St. Joe State Park, Park Hills.

6. See golf’s greats:

Get tickets for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament (April 22-24) at the Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs golf courses for your chance to see players such as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson in action.

Bass Pro Legends of Golf, Ridgedale.

7. Chill out or warm up:

On a warm summer’s day, visiting one of Missouri’s show caves is a great way to cool off. On a chilly winter’s day, it’s a great way to warm up. With nearly constant year-round temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s, Missouri’s show caves, including Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal, Meramec Caverns in Stanton and Talking Rocks Cavern in Branson are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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Meramec Caverns, Stanton.

8. Ride the BAM:

See the state and have fun doing it when you participate in the 300-mile Bicycle Across Missouri (BAM) Ride, stretching from St. Joseph to Hannibal, from June 12-17. Get registered here.

9. Step back in time:

Jamesport is home to the largest Amish settlement in Missouri and the largest Old Order Amish settlement this side of the Mississippi River. Shop for handmade crafts and gifts, along with foods you can enjoy long after your trip is over.

10. Watch the defending champs:

The Kansas City Royals won the World Series in 2015, and they’re primed for another title run in 2016. See the defending champs in action at beautiful Kauffman Stadium – they open the season April 3 against the Mets.

Kansas City Royals Championship Rally in Kansas City, November, 2015.
Kansas City Royals Championship Rally in Kansas City, November, 2015.

11. Take a road trip:

Travel Missouri’s section of Route 66 to see sights like the World’s Largest Rocking Chair near Cuba and the Munger Moss Motel in Lebanon, or travel across northern Missouri’s Highway 36 to connect with notable Missourians such as Mark Twain and Walt Disney.

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Cuba, Missouri.

12. Catch a live show:

From theaters along the famous Highway 76 Strip in Branson to performance halls such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City and the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, great live shows abound in Missouri.

Kauffman Center for Performing Arts
Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

13. Scare yourself silly:

Visit famous haunted houses such as The Beast in Kansas City; dine, tour or stay overnight at the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis; or go along for a ghost tour at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. There are plenty of places to find a good scare in the Show-Me State.

14. Celebrate Missouri’s wineries:

Wine trails are popping up across the Show-Me State, giving you a variety of opportunities to try our wines. Missouri has 10 wine trails and nearly 130 wineries! Enjoy a taste at stops like Stone Hill Winery in Hermann or 7C’s Winery in Walnut Grove.

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Stone Hill Winery, Hermann.

15. Connect with nature and history:

State Parks and Historic Sites are a great way to explore Missouri’s outdoors and learn more about its history. In all, the Show-Me State has 87 official parks and sites, where trails, natural formations, historic structures and waterways ignite your sense of wonder.

Lewis and Clark State Park, Rushville.

16. Have a festive time:

Whether it’s one of the hundreds of festivals in the spring or fall, the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia in August, holiday celebrations such as Christmas Traditions in St. Charles and An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City in Branson, fun is waiting for you year-round in Missouri.

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Christmas Traditions, St. Charles.

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