Summer Road Trips: Highway 36

School may be the farthest thing from your kids’ minds for 90 glorious days of summer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn a thing or two – and have fun doing it – during these days of freedom.

This summer, help your kids learn about the Show-Me State by visiting these spots where kids and learning go hand-in-hand.

Best of all, you don’t have to tell them about the learning part.

Shatto Milk Company
Shatto Milk Company

Here’s a quick look at some spots sure to ignite your child’s inner-genius. In fact, they’re located along what’s known as “The Way of American Genius,” Missouri Highway 36:

  • Patee House Museum – Kids will be wowed by the full-size train found inside this museum, which has hundreds of exhibits and a carousel to ride.
  • Shatto Dairy – See modern-day geniuses at work as they create unique flavors of milk, including cotton candy. Located in Osborn.
  • Jamesport – The largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River is home to incredible craftsmen and bakers and their shops.
  • Grand River Historical Society Museum – See the Rohwedder Bread Slicer that helps the city of Chillicothe claim its status as “the home of sliced bread.”
  • Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site –Gen. John J. Pershing lived in Laclede; exhibits focus on Pershing’s home, school and military life.
  • Walt Disney Hometown Museum –After visiting this museum in Marceline, you’ll appreciate the community’s impact on the future animation pioneer.
  • A.T. Still National Osteopathic Museum – Devoted to Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who established the first osteopathic medical school in Kirksville in 1892; make sure your kids see the full human nervous system display.
  • Mark Twain Cave – Tour the cave that inspired many of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn’s adventures in Mark Twain’s hometown, Hannibal. If you’re adventurous, check out the lantern tour at the nearby Cameron Cave.
Enjoy a guided stroll through Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal.

These amazing destinations are a sampling of all the fun (and educational) experiences waiting for you along Highway 36 in Missouri. Learn more at and start planning your getaway today! VisitMO on Pinterest Missouri Travel Guide

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