“You get what you pay for.” “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Sometimes, these words of wisdom are true. Sometimes, you are pleasantly surprised.
Behold – a list of 10 pretty darn cool things in Hannibal that are honest-to-goodness, worth-your-time, 100% free.
Civil War Missouri was a powder keg of conflicting sentiments. Jim Waddell stages a presentation in the Mark Twain Museum Gallery to give visitors an overview of this period of national transition – from Twain’s unique perspective. (Approx. 40 min.)
9. Wine tasting
Sample wine at Cave Hollow West Winery, featuring choices for every palette. Enjoy cave-aged cheese and limited edition wines only available at the winery.
Explore the rich history of Hannibal’s remarkable past through photographs, artifacts and exhibits.
Every Thursday night in June & July you can enjoy a free concert outside Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home. Bring a chair or just plop right down on the brick mall area. Free music with a backdrop of the Mississippi – does it get any better?
6. Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse
Enjoy a panoramic view of Hannibal at the top of Cardiff Hill and learn the history of the lighthouse from informational kiosks. It only takes 244 stairs to get there from Main St.
Learn about the real man that inspired Mark Twain’s character “Jim” in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and explore the lives of the African Americans that shaped Mark Twain’s works.
4. Self-guided architectural tours
If you enjoy architecture, stop by the Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau and pick up a historic walking tour of Hannibal’s historic districts. Learn the history of private homes and marvel at some lovely architecture.
The Hannibal area has over 2,000 geocaches! Put that technology to good use and discover something new!
2. The Mississippi River
Anybody that doesn’t count watching the river as ‘something to do’ hasn’t done it right. Morning, noon or night, this river never offers the same view twice.
1. The Fence
No visit to Hannibal is complete unless you get your picture taken by “Tom Sawyer’s Fence”. This shining symbol of the “Tom Sawyer School of Management” stands by the boyhood home, complete with bucket and brush. After all, does a person get the chance to paint a fence every day?
There are more, of course…but maybe you should come to Hannibal and start with these.
Written by Megan Rapp from the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau.