Tag Archives: Missouri

Winter Birding: Missouri is for the Birds

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I love birding. Or bird watching. Whatever you call it, Missouri is a hotbed of activity, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Smithsonian magazine just listed a spot in the northwest corner of the state as one of the seven best places in America to see fall bird migrations: “In the autumn months, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in ... Read More »

Missouri-Made Gifts Guide

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Let’s face it: It’s easy to buy products without putting any thought behind it during the holidays. But isn’t it special when you purchase something that means something to you and the recipient? What about giving something you took the time to make? There are places in Missouri that make it easy to give something unique while making the purchase ... Read More »

Best of Show: Two Southeast Missouri State Parks That Take Your Breath Away

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Enjoy Mother Nature’s backyard by visiting two magnificent parks located in southeast Missouri’s Arcadia Valley. According to the Missouri State Parks, Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park has about one billion years of geological history. The 8,549-acre park was formed through a combination of erupting volcanoes and natural erosion caused by wind and rain. Camping, swimming, horseback riding and taking a walk ... Read More »

Best of Show: Saint Louis Zoo Gets a Roaring Round of Applause

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Best attraction goes to the animals! TripAdvisor has named Saint Louis Zoo the third best zoo in America and the forth best zoo in the world. As anyone who has been to the Saint Louis Zoo knows, there is no denying those cute fuzzy faces. If you aren’t one of the three million people who visit the Saint Louis Zoo ... Read More »

Missouri Small Towns Can Mean Big Fun for Visitors

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There’s something magical about being in a small town this time of year; a simple, hometown holiday. Parades. Festivals. Traditions. Beautiful vistas. Delicious treats. Unique shopping. The list goes on and on. Small towns are a great place to find incredible entertainment during the holidays and year-round. Chillicothe’s Holiday Parade (held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving) is one such ... Read More »

Missouri Fall Hikes: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a geological gem located just 15 minutes south of Columbia. This 2,272-acre day-park is full of trails, caves, creeks, natural wonders and spectacular views. Picnic benches are available for enjoying lunches and there is a playground for children. The rustic beauty of the surrounding area could make you forget to look at your watch. ... Read More »

Eagle Days Help You Discover Nature Around the State

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Join thousands of wildlife watchers around the state to view our nation’s symbol in action. December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state and enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. Because of our big rivers, many lakes and expansive wetlands, Missouri is one of ... Read More »

Independence: Trails, Rails and Swales

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Stoney Creek at Waterfall Park  Queen City of the Trails offers more than 11 miles of walking and biking paths and new lodge-like accommodations for outdoor enthusiasts. Coming this November to Independence is a new kind of hotel and conference center with distinctive, lodge-like accommodations and friendly service that puts comfort first.  Situated inside Waterfall Park, neighboring to Bass Pro ... Read More »

Missouri Naturalists Creatively Teach Outdoor Survival Skills

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) made sure participants walked away from a special, Halloween-related outdoor event feeling confident in their chances of surviving in the wild. Participants at MDC’s Survival Skills 101: Zombies course learned a lot out Missouri’s great outdoors and how to survive in the event of, you guessed it, a zombie apocalypse. If navigating unknown territory ... Read More »