Outdoor Adventure

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. ... Read More »

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 »

Pauley Takes Second on Pro Am Circuit

Scott Pauley fishing Table Rock Lake in the fall of 2012.

Consistency is the key. That’s the message professional angler Scott Pauley drives home after finishing second in the Central Pro Am’s Angler of the Year tournament circuit. Two top five finishes and one top 10 finish propelled Pauley toward the top of the leader board, and the second-place finish marks his best year on this bass-focused circuit’s pro division. Pauley, ... Read More »

Discover Outdoor Adventure in Pulaski County

The Big Piney River at Devils Elbow in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center invites you to explore our gentle and undiscovered Big Piney and Gasconade rivers. Centrally located in the heart of Missouri, and the heartland of the USA, we are the perfect destination for your family fun getaway. Here’s a letter from Larry Helms, president of the Pulaski County Outfitter Association, explaining why you ... 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 »

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 »

Enjoy the Mud: Obstacle-Course Racing in Missouri

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Are you looking for a unique and active experience on your trip to Missouri? Do you want something that will give you bragging rights and stories you will remember for years down the road? A Missouri Obstacle Course Race will provide just the active challenge you are looking for as you explore the Show-Me State. The recent explosion of obstacle-course ... Read More »

Trout Season Begins at State Trout Parks

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from an article on trout fishing in Missouri. Please click here to read the full article on VisitMO.com. There are some things you truly have to see to believe. The opening day of trout season at Missouri’s trout parks is among them. “It is an event,” says Scott Pauley, a professional fisherman and the ... Read More »

Winter a Great Time to Plan Your Summer Float Trip

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For many outdoor enthusiasts, last summer was rough. Hot temperatures and very little rainfall kept many of us indoors. And while most of the winter season has been mild, the past couple of weeks have been a reminder that “old man winter” is not quite over. So if you find yourself trapped indoors again, take advantage of the opportunity to ... Read More »

Grow Native! Keep Missouri Looking Like Missouri

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First Lady Ladybird Johnson once said, “I want Texas to look like Texas, and Vermont to look like Vermont.” The first lady, known for her love of flowers and who has a wildflower research center in Texas named for her, would be proud, I think, of Missouri’s Grow Native! program, which strives to ensure Missouri looks like Missouri. Missouri is ... Read More »