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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 »

Discover Nature with a Summer Staycation in Missouri

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Explore Painted Rock Conservation Area at Westphalia. With school out and vacation plans in full swing, the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to discover nature through a summer “staycation.”  This easy and inexpensive alternative to air travel or days in the car lets you stay home or close to it, and venture out for day-trips. Explore nature near you ... Read More »

Bees, Sticky Trees, and Blowtorches: Encaustic Painting Enthralls Missouri Artists

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“There’s a translucency, a mysterious aspect to the final product I cannot achieve with any other medium.” “An unequaled sense of physical depth and distance in time.” “One of the most beautiful paints on the planet.” Julie Snidle, Laura Skroska, and Robin VanHoozer are in love with hot wax. These three Missourians—from St. Louis, Florissant, and St. Joseph respectively—are among a small but ... Read More »

Embrace Your Manhood this Summer in Springfield

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It’s 90 degrees and your weekends consist of sitting in the recliner watching sports on TV, cold drink in hand, for hours at a time. You’re stir-crazy and you’re pretty sure you’ve left a permanent indention in that recliner this summer. If you’re ready to leave the house and get some much-needed vitamin D this weekend, Springfield has a day ... Read More »