Visitors to St. Joseph find there is a lot to see and do, all at family friendly prices. Whatever your interests this summer, we’ve got you covered here. So, in no particular order, here are some of our visitor’s top-rated activities.
Experience Real History in St. Joseph
With 13 museums you can definitely find something interesting to do during the dog days of summer. Enjoy the Pony Express Museum, dedicated to the 1860 mail service; The Patee House Museum, a glorious hotel turned 19th century museum; and next door find Jesse James Home, where Jesse was shot by Robert Ford on April 3, 1882. View extraordinary art at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, visit the home of town founder Joseph Robidoux, and learn about the history of mental health treatment at the Glore Psychiatric Museum, one of three museums on the grounds of the St. Joseph Museum. Most museums are offering special summer activities and events.
Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp
Scheduled to begin their camp on July 26, the Kansas City Chiefs have called St. Joseph their summer home for the last three years. With the many changes this past year, expect to see those changes carry through to training camp this year. Some include fully padded practices and more opportunities to get up close and personal with your favorite players. Camp is located on the grounds of Missouri Western State University. Check out the official training camp Facebook page, for regular updates and additional information on 2013 camp.
Local and Regional Driving Tours
St. Joseph has organized seven local and regional driving tours, from Civil War and Jesse James, to Public Accessible Art and Downtown Architecture. You can even find a driving tour from St. Joseph that directs you along Highway 36, the Way of American Genius. Download the tour map from our website or pick one up at our Visitors Centers.
St. Joseph Aquatic Park and Ramada Inn’s Monkey Cove
The St. Joseph Aquatic Park provides aquatic fun for all ages. It features a 203-foot water-slide, 165-foot enclosed water-slide, waterfall, vortex, zero-depth beach entry, and a 300-foot lazy river (river tubes available at no extra charge). The facility is available for private party rental and daily admission as well. Open 11 a.m. -7 p.m. during the summer months.
Monkey Cove is located inside the St. Joseph Ramada Inn. It features a giant water slide, 10-person spa massage hot tub, lazy river and children’s multilevel play structure. They also offer children free admission to the water park on their birthday. Parent or guardian must provide proof of birth date. Open Mon.-Thur., 3:30 p.m. -9 p.m., Fri., 3:30 p.m. -10 p.m., Sat, noon-10 p.m., and Sun, noon -9 p.m.
Written by Beth Carmichael, director of development and special projects at the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau.