Tag Archives: Missouri State Parks

Float-Trip Ready Missouri Canned Beer

A handful of local craft breweries have been canning beer from early on, including Piney River Brewing Co. in Bucyrus, while others have gradually introduced canned beers in the past few years. Last summer, store shelves across the state were packed with a record number of options. Float trip-friendly favorites included 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s seasonal Dakine tropical IPA, Boulevard …

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Missouri Outdoor Adventures: Don’t Let Them Bug You

Some years ago, a friend of mine who enjoys the outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing – was asked if there was anything he DIDN’T like about being out in the wild. His response was classic: “If there’s anything I don’t like it would be what I call ‘Mother Nature’s revenge’: ticks, chiggers and poison ivy.” Personally, I would add …

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Missouri Breweries Near Hiking Trails

There’s nothing like a good hike to shake off stress, connect with nature and to work up a good thirst. And there’s nothing like a cold Missouri brew to help quench that thirst. Fortunately, Missouri is home to several prime hiking locations that are near craft breweries, so you won’t be thirsty long. Here’s a look at five hike-and-brew locations …

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Roughing It: Missouri-Style

I used to do a fair amount of camping – particularly while trout-fishing at Bennett Spring or Montauk State Park with my husband. Half the fun was getting the gear together: tent; camp stove; gas lantern; sleeping bags; ice chest full of food selected for outdoor cooking convenience; marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Those were great times. Then one day …

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Visit Missouri Caves All Year Long

There’s one sure-fire place to escape a hot day in Missouri … a cave. Naturally climate-controlled show caves are abundant here in the Cave State: GO NOW – Caves open year-round Bonne Terre Mine – Bonne Terre: the hour-long tour follows old mule trails through the mine on the two upper levels. Be aware, there is a 65-step staircase in and …

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Spring is Near in Missouri

It’s already started. I recently got a text “Big V of waterfowl heading north. Sound like speckle bellies .” (That’s a nickname for White-Fronted Geese.) For my husband, it was the first sign of spring. It was January 31. Technically, the spring equinox falls at 5:28 a.m. on March 20. But people anticipate the season well in advance of its …

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Find Something Spooky at Missouri State Parks

There’s nothing particularly frightening about any of Missouri’s Official State Parks and Historic Sites, but as the Halloween season approaches and you find yourself in the mood for the macabre, a handful might make your must-see list. For starters, check out the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site in Kansas City. While it’s noted as the home …

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To The Batcave!

For me, enjoying the outdoors gets a bit easier after August.  Even being born and raised in Missouri, I still get zapped from the 200% humidity we often have in July and August. This year, I’m looking forward to exploring more of Hannibal’s newest park on my (as yet unpurchased) new bike in September and October. Sodalis Nature Preserve, which …

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Camping Season is Just Starting in Missouri

Buck the trend — you might find it’s worth it. When many people think of camping, summer is the first thing that comes to mind.  After all, camping season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, right? But — if you think of camping season beginning after Labor Day, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Autumn is actually one of …

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Enjoy the Outdoors on Black Friday

After the leftovers have been put away and the shopping has been done, Missouri State Parks is inviting Missourians to spend time outdoors this Black Friday.  Missouri’s state parks and historic sites provide a great opportunity to unwind with family, get outside and explore history. In the spirit of offering unbeatable Black Friday deals, Missouri State Parks is sponsoring free …

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