Family Fun

Sailing the Mighty Mississippi with Twain

Enjoy a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River in Hannibal.

Growing up, if you asked me my favorite place to visit, I would have said the library. I loved to read everything, from Judy Blume to J.K. Rowling, and of course, being a Missouri girl, Mark Twain. I was fascinated with the way his novels and short stories offered a great adventure you could revel in – one that led ... Read More »

Farm Fresh Northwest: Agritourism in Rural Northwest Missouri

From farmer's markets full of fresh eggs and produce, to Amish owned grocery stores, you will find all of your cooking needs in rural Northwest Missouri.

More and more often these days we hear about how it is more healthful to eat locally produced foods without additives, preservatives and growth hormones. Health professionals say eating foods with little to no additives reduces your risk of developing certain diseases, and improves your overall health. Fortunately, I live in the farm rich region of Northwest Missouri. Fruit, vegetables, ... Read More »

Top 10 ‘Must Do’s’ at Lake of the Ozarks This Summer

Enjoy the thrill of boating on Lake of the Ozarks

  The Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun! Whether it is on the water or on land there are lots of fun “Must Do’s” at the Lake. Many people think of the Lake and assume you must have a boat to have fun. It is actually just the opposite. Well, let me rephrase that … yes, having ... Read More »

Discover Nature With a Staycation This Holiday Weekend

Explore Painted Rock Conservation Area at Westphalia.

As the long Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to discover nature as they celebrate the holiday. A close, easy and inexpensive way is through a “staycation” where you stay home or close to it, and venture out for day-trips. Explore nature near you Enjoy hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, walking the woods, picnics, fishing, ... Read More »

Columbia is Exactly What You Unexpect

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Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer. From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to amazing art and superb shopping, visitors find Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated.’ We like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and ... Read More »

Enjoy the Water: 10 Fun Missouri Floats

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Editor’s note: Writer Tom Uhlenbrock has spent a lot of time on Missouri’s floatable rivers and streams. Here, he outlines 10 trips you might consider for your Missouri float-trip experience. The list features destinations in the Ozarks, with a few lodging choices. Anglers may prefer other rivers like the Big Piney or Gasconade for fishing, although the cold, clear floating ... Read More »

Visitors Keep the Ball Rolling at Kactus Creek

Team competition at Kactus Creek in Parkville.

Canon shots, wickets, Chernobyl, Irish Peel? Yep, it’s just a normal day at Kactus Creek Croquet Club in Platte County. With warmer temperatures, it’s time to start thinking about golf … or should I say golf croquet! When visitors arrive at the Welcome Center in the Platte County Resource Center, they invariably ask “What’s there to do in Platte County?” ... Read More »

Facing Outlaw Run

Ben on Outlaw Run

Missouri Division of Tourism staff photographer @Ben2Mo recently returned from Silver Dollar City in Branson, where he was among the first to ride the theme park’s new Outlaw Run roller coaster. To see how he experienced the coaster, watch the video and pay close attention to his facial expressions. When Ben regained full use of his faculties, we sat down for ... Read More »

Platte City’s Special of the Day – Solar Flare Mac and Cheese

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With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, signs of spring and warmer temperatures are still few and far between in Platte City. However, there is a place that will rocket you straight to the hottest days in August – Jray’s Restaurant – more specifically, owner Jeremy Ray, and his Solar Flare Mac & Cheese! Want to ... Read More »