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Platte County Annual Camping Trip: Parks, Phosphates & Parakeets

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August is the transition month for my family – summer vacation ends and school begins. This year there are two dates circled for the first day of college; one is our son’s and the other is our daughter’s. The weekends are clicking by and the final Platte County summer camping trip has been written plus circled in red on the ... Read More »

A Night in Southwest Missouri: Argyle Socks and The Boots Court Motel

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After a day in Joplin, there was still a night on the town to look forward to. First, however, Kammy drove me to Carthage (just a quick 30 minute drive away) to visit the Civil War Museum. The museum houses an impressive mural depicting the retreat of the Union soldiers through Carthage. There is also a diorama which shows how ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: Wow-worthy Family Fun

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO superfan. He’s shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the third in a three-part series.   ... Read More »

Take a Walk Through Historic Boonville

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Just off of 1-70, 20 minutes west of Columbia, the town of Boonville is nestled beside the Missouri River. Boonville’s history runs as deep as the river, with hundreds of National Historic sites within the city limits. The Boonville Walking Tour takes you on a journey back in time to the 1800s, where moving West was the dream of many ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: Spontaneous Family Fun Awaits

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO superfan. He’s shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the second in a three-part series.    ... Read More »

Best of Show: Locally Owned Restaurants in Columbia

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The restaurant scene in Columbia is as big and bold as the flavors of the local cuisine. With many locally owned restaurants, Columbia residents have plenty of options to choose from to satisfy their eager taste buds. In this post, I’ll be awarding my “best of the best,” chosen from among several popular restaurants in Columbia and telling you what ... Read More »

Conquering Water and Air at Big Surf Waterpark

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You know that feeling when you’re climbing up the stairs to ride the biggest slide at a water park? The heart-racing, blood-pumping, out-of-breath feeling mixed with excitement? That’s the feeling I had as I started my vertical trek up to Zambezi Falls at Big Surf Waterpark at Lake of the Ozarks. I’m not usually afraid of heights or any amusement ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: A Family Destination

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO super fan. He has shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri, on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the first in a three-part ... Read More »

Try Scuba Diving in Table Rock Lake

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Branson has arguably some of the most pristine lakes anywhere in this country.  During the summer, thousands come from all parts to boat, or swim, in Table Rock Lake; one of many lakes in the White River watershed. Table Rock Lake was formed with the building of the Table Rock Dam in the 1950s, and is now home to all ... Read More »