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Hannibal: More Than Mark Twain

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If you have visited Hannibal, you have most likely done everything Mark Twain-related. You have jumped on the Riverboat ride, you’ve toured his boyhood home and visited the Mark Twain Museum. You may think you have hit all the major allures of Hannibal- so that’s it, right? Wrong! This town has a lot to offer, in addition to the great ... Read More »

Ozark Empire Fair: Summer’s Biggest Party

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For 79 years, the Ozark Empire Fair has been a time for community celebration, and 2015 promises to carry on the tradition. With opening day slated for Thursday, July 30, the ten day run of the Ozark Empire Fair is packed full of FREE thrilling entertainment ranging from musical performers, to fast racing pigs – yes, pigs, to a shark ... Read More »

Late Summer Family Getaway to Sikeston

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I’m always looking for a unique, fun experience for that last family trip of the summer.  Since my family ranges in age from a 2-year old through let’s say “middle-aged” grandparents, this can sometimes be a challenge.  This year we’re returning to Sikeston for Rodeo Week, August 5-9.  With Sikeston being just 150 miles south of St. Louis, it’s a quick ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Little Freshie

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When Lindsay Laricks decided to turn her wildly successful Fresher Than Fresh food truck into a brick-and-mortar café called Little Freshie, it was, literally, a walk in the park. Laricks was lucky enough to snag a cute storefront right across from the green space where she had formerly stationed her retro Shasta trailer to serve all-natural snow cones on Saturdays at the ... Read More »

“Cave State” Tours in Missouri State Parks

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Looking for a cool adventure on a hot day? Try exploring underground. Missouri, long known as the “Cave State,” is home to thousands of caves. Missouri’s state parks are host to a number of caves, including four that are open for tours. Find your Missouri adventure in a beautiful cave.   Onondaga Cave State Park Onondaga Cave State Park is ... Read More »

3 Ways to Spend a Three-Day-Weekend in Branson

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Take the vacation day you’ve been holding on to and pack up the car. It’s time to head to Branson for that last-chance summer getaway. With Branson’s legacy of family fun and live entertainment set deep in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, you and your family will have the best ingredients for the perfect long weekend. Surrounded by Family Fun When ... Read More »

Crafted in Missouri: Mother’s Brewing Company

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For the perfect after-work relaxation, a few evening brews with friends, or a family afternoon out, Mother’s Brewing Company is the place to go. Mother’s opened in 2011 in Springfield, on the “Mother Road” Route 66. With a tasting room open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, free guided brewery tours, weekly events and a large luscious backyard for family ... Read More »

Follow the Music to Saint Charles this Summer

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“Les Petites Cotes” are alive with the sound of music! Saint Charles is a vibrant community anytime of the year, but the summer months bring festivals and music nearly every day of the week. From big (jazz) band concerts in Frontier Park to Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers at concerts on Beale in the Streets of St. Charles to coffee ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Audubon’s of Ste. Genevieve

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In the early 1800s, famous American ornithologist, naturalist and painter John James Audubon briefly lived in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. In 1946, the now-shuttered Hotel Audubon was named in his honor, and in December, Audubon’s Redevelopment reopened the building as a restaurant, Audubon’s of Ste. Genevieve. General manager Bradon Parsons says the farm-to-table spot strives to source about 75 percent of ... Read More »