Add Some Fun to Back-to-School Shopping in Missouri

With Fourth of July well in the rearview mirror, it’s time to come to terms with something difficult: summer’s end is drawing near.

It won’t be long before you’re packing lunches and the kids are heading out the door for another campaign at school.

Fortunately, there’s still time to play in Missouri. In fact, any upcoming back-to-school shopping outings you have mark a great time to squeeze in a Missouri adventure.

It doesn’t matter when or where you shop – although you back-to-school shoppers might plan an outing on Missouri’s sales-tax-holiday weekend – you don’t want to miss the fun and exciting attractions near the shopping destination of your choice.

Looking for some ideas? Here are a few to consider:

Lake of the Ozarks

Niangua Branch of the Lake of the Ozarks at Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Niangua Branch of the Lake of the Ozarks at Ha Ha Tonka State Park.


Lake of the Ozarks, beautiful golf courses and incredible show caves are just minutes from Osage Beach Premium Outlets.


'Oh Snap!' ~ Branson, MO
Titanic Museum in Branson.


Titanic Museum Attraction, Hollywood Wax Museum and a bevy of shows are right around the corner from Branson’s Tanger Outlets.

Just down the road, Parakeet Pete’s Zipline and the Steampunk Balloon ride give you a great view of the Branson Landing and its diverse lineup of shops.

Kansas City

Legoland in Kansas City.
Legoland in Kansas City is a hop, skip and a jump from Crown Center’s shopping.


Kids will have a blast at Legoland, Sealife and Kansas City’s Union Station after you’ve finished perusing the shops at Crown Center.

Not far away, gondola rides and selfies in front of gorgeous fountains complete your shopping experience on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza.

St. Louis

Pet stingrays at the Saint Louis Zoo.
Pet stingrays at the Saint Louis Zoo.


A tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch and a visit the Saint Louis Zoo are fantastic ways to cap your St. Louis shopping trip. Also, the Chesterfield area has two large outlet malls close to attractions such as the Kemp Auto Museum.

More great shopping options are found on Cherokee Street in St. Louis, where tours of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Lemp Mansion and Anheuser-Busch Brewery are popular options.

Just west of St. Louis, Main Street St. Charles has a variety of shopping options and it’s just a block from outdoor fun on the Katy Trail or gaming action for grown-ups at the Ameristar Casino.

Don’t let the date on the calendar freak you out. Embrace the opportunity to shop in the Show-Me State and to see the wonderful attractions waiting nearby as you gear up to say “so long” to summer. VisitMO on Pinterest Missouri Travel Guide

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