So Much To Do …

Growing up, Mom always said summer was pretty much over after July 4. I hated that notion, but now understand what she’s talking about.

The days of late July and August, though often punishingly hot, do move pretty fast. And while school is on the horizon, there are plenty of things to do in Missouri before the kids get back to the books.

Since the temperature has been hovering around the mid 90s for the past couple of weeks, maybe you’d like to cool off at one of Missouri’s water parks: White Water in Branson, Big Surf near Camdenton, Oceans of Fun at Kansas City or Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags St. Louis are all great ideas.

Maybe you’d like to just dash through the fountains at St. Louis Citygarden or at Kansas City’s Crown Center.

If you’d prefer a natural environment, try lakes: Bull Shoals, Table Rock, Lake of the Ozarks, Stockton, Truman, Mark Twain or Taneycomo. Maybe a dip in the cool, spring-fed waters of Current River is the best cure for this heat. Or how about the Jacks Fork, White River, Black River, Courtois, Huzzah, Meramec, Gasconade? … You get the idea.

If you’d rather be entertained in an air-conditioned climate, check out the shows in Branson, where hundreds of performers showcase their singing, dancing, magic, acrobatic and comedic talents daily.

Want to shop? Don’t forget antique havens like Clarksville, Perry, Hannibal and Warsaw; or more metro outlets like Country Club Plaza in KC, or the Galleria in St. Louis. And if you’re into the outdoors, don’t forget the massive Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield.

If you work indoors and want to see just how good you’ve really got it, travel to either the Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph or the St. Louis Rams training camp at Earth City. Watching these guys work, in full pads, should give you a new appreciation for your desk job — and the fact you don’t have to avoid 265-pound linebackers where you work.

Traveling in Southeast Missouri? Relax in the wine country of Ste. Genevieve, a beautiful city where history abounds. Or check out the community of artists in Cape Girardeau, which is right on the banks of the Mississippi. (If you’re in to art, Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville are also good choices.)

And before school starts, don’t forget the Missouri State Fair. This family friendly event in Sedalia offers carnival rides, agricultural and educational shows/events, big-name concerts and, of course, great food.

This is just the tip of the end-of-summer iceberg. There are hundreds of possibilities around the Show-Me State. For more information, log on to www.VisitMO.com today.

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