Stephen Foutes

Stephen Foutes is Communications Coordinator for the Missouri Division of Tourism.

New Things to do at Missouri Amusement Parks 2017

An often-quoted movie promo notes that, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” The same cannot be said here on Earth, where those in close proximity hear you shout and shriek with delight as you experience roller coasters and thrill rides at Missouri’s theme and amusement parks. For 2017, the Show-Me State’s largest parks, Six Flags St. Louis, Worlds …

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Missouri Summer Festivals 2017

With celebrations of everything from food, music and regional heritage to the arts, the nation’s founding and international cultures, Missouri has a variety of fairs and festivals to enjoy this summer. Your summer travels in the Show-Me State might lead to the El Dorado Springs Picnic (July 20-22), a community tradition that includes nightly performances by the El Dorado Springs …

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Celebrate Truman’s Birthday in Missouri

It’s about 1,100 miles from Lamar, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., and he no doubt would have enjoyed the walk. But Harry S. Truman’s path to the White House wasn’t that direct. Before becoming president, Truman served in the Army during World War I, worked retail at a men’s clothing store in Kansas City, served as a judge in Jackson County, …

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12 Weeks, 12 Missouri Lakes

Twelve weeks. That’s about how long summer lasts, starting with Memorial Day weekend and running through mid-August, with the first day of school as summer’s unofficial ending. While the season’s stay is oh-so brief, you can cram a lot of fun into those 12 weeks, especially if your travels include Missouri’s recreational lakes. Fun abounds when you’re out on the …

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Missouri Breweries Near Hiking Trails

There’s nothing like a good hike to shake off stress, connect with nature and to work up a good thirst. And there’s nothing like a cold Missouri brew to help quench that thirst. Fortunately, Missouri is home to several prime hiking locations that are near craft breweries, so you won’t be thirsty long. Here’s a look at five hike-and-brew locations …

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Playing A Round in Missouri

They’ve been sitting all winter. Watching. Waiting. Looking for a sign. Then one morning, they notice your heavy coat has given way to a lighter jacket. You’re smiling more. The temperature in the garage is a few notches warmer. Finally, the day they’ve been waiting for arrives. You approach. They’re excited, ready to spring into action. Now, it’s up to …

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What To Do Before and After the Baseball Game

It’s officially spring which means it’s officially time to get excited about baseball in Missouri! Whether you wear Kansas City Royal blue or St. Louis Cardinal red, there are few things more exciting than game day in the Show-Me State. The crowds, the smell of ballpark food, the sound the bat makes on a long home run … they’re all …

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2017 Baseball Season is Almost Here in Missouri

How can you not be romantic about baseball?” – Brad Pitt, as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, in Moneyball It’s time to rekindle that old flame. Baseball is coming back. As the 2017 season approaches, Missourians find themselves fortunate to have two big league teams (not to mention minor league and semi-pro teams) for which to cheer. At the …

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Missouri Gardens and Sculpture Parks for Spring

As the calendar turns toward March and spring approaches, it’s time to shake off the winter doldrums, get outdoors and enjoy nature. If you want to throw a little art into the mix, the Show-Me State has just what you need. From the rural setting of Louisiana to the urban environs of Kansas City, Missouri has beautiful gardens and sculpture …

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Missouri Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in 2017

It has a Grand Marshal, floats and it shuts down traffic on Main Street every year. About two minutes later, it’s all over and people move on with their daily routines. The “it” is the Blue Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade, dubbed as one of the “shortest and smallest” parades anywhere. It begins on the south sidewalk of Main Street …

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