Stephen Foutes

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

Things to Know Before Your Missouri Zoo Adventure

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Your vacation in Missouri can get as wild as you’d like, but it doesn’t mean things have to be out of control. Missouri has three large zoos and a collection of zoo-like farms and parks that give you the chance to get up close and personal with all manner of critters, from massive polar bears to little lambs. For now, …

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Sights to See Before Royals and Cardinals Games

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While Major League Baseball action generally heats up after the All-Star break, fans of Missouri’s teams have reason to celebrate before the annual Midsummer Classic. For four nights in late June, the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals face off in the 2016 edition of the I-70 series. On Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, the defending World …

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Make Father’s Day Epic in Missouri

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Dad is probably perfectly content staying home, firing up the grill and having a quiet Father’s Day. But you’ve made it a priority to make this year special: a Father’s Day (June 19) for the books. You want it to be one that reminds the old man just how much he means to you. An ambitious plan for an awesome …

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Missouri Summer Festivals 2016

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The festivals in Missouri this summer are as diverse as the state itself. From early June through Labor Day, you find special events in Missouri’s largest cities, including St. Louis, which hosts the 10th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival on June 11, and Kansas City, where the Boulevardia celebration runs June 17-19.  Springfield has the Birthplace of Route 66 …

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Summer Road Trips: Highway 36

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School may be the farthest thing from your kids’ minds for 90 glorious days of summer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn a thing or two – and have fun doing it – during these days of freedom. This summer, help your kids learn about the Show-Me State by visiting these spots where kids and learning go hand-in-hand. Best …

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Missouri Road Trip Essentials

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From useful apps and snack foods to insider tips, there’s a lot to know when preparing for your epic Missouri adventure. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of road-trip essentials to help ensure your Missouri getaway is fun, memorable and worth repeating. Awesome apps (the virtual kind, not the ones on a plate at Chili’s) Gas Buddy – …

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Summer Road Trips: The St. Louis Area

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School may be the farthest thing from your kids’ minds for 90 glorious days of summer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn a thing or two – and have fun doing it – during these days of freedom. This summer, help your kids learn about the Show-Me State by visiting these spots where kids and learning go hand-in-hand. Best …

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Summer Road Trips: All Things Harry S. Truman

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If this presidential election has you confounded by candidates and dumbfounded by debates, make the logical choice by picking Harry Truman in 2016. Okay. You’re right. Truman isn’t going to appear on official ballots anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show him your support by visiting his home state in 2016. Around Missouri, several museums, historic homes and …

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Baseball: A Missouri Tradition

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More than a half-million people packed downtown Kansas City to celebrate the Royals World Series win in 2015, and more than 3 million people visit Busch Stadium annually to see the St. Louis Cardinals play. Yes, it’s safe to say Missouri is a baseball state. So let’s celebrate the start of another season – which means spring has sprung and …

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Missouri Spring Festivals 2016

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Spring’s arrival means warmer weather, more outdoor fun and, of course, an abundance of fun festivals to enjoy in Missouri. The lineup of spring festivals in Missouri is diverse, with celebrations focused on everything from history and community heritage to music and the arts. Of course, no matter what idea festivals revolve around, virtually all of them offer great good …

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