Outdoor Adventure

Spring Into Bloom in the Show-Me State

I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than Missouri in spring, as she shows off every color of the rainbow and every shade in between. There’s even a special day dedicated to such delight. National Public Gardens Day is May 12 and Missouri’s botanical gardens are bursting into bloom with special events for that day – and the glorious …

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28 Wineries with Outdoor Activities

Missouri is a breathtaking state full of outdoor enthusiasts. It’s also home to more than 130 wineries, most of which offer gorgeous outdoor seating areas. If you’re looking for a relaxing day of soaking in the sunshine while you sip on delicious wine, you won’t have to look far. If you’re looking for a more active Missouri wine adventure, here …

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12 Weeks, 12 Missouri Lakes

Twelve weeks. That’s about how long summer lasts, starting with Memorial Day weekend and running through mid-August, with the first day of school as summer’s unofficial ending. While the season’s stay is oh-so brief, you can cram a lot of fun into those 12 weeks, especially if your travels include Missouri’s recreational lakes. Fun abounds when you’re out on the …

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Katy Trail Heads to Kansas City with the Rock Island Spur

Courtesy of Missouri State Parks. Katy Trail State Park has taken a giant step toward achieving its long-time goal of stretching across Missouri’s mid-section to join the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas. In late 2016, Missouri State Parks opened a new section of the trail built on an abandoned Rock Island Railroad line. The 47.5-mile stretch runs from …

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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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Missouri Gardens and Sculpture Parks for Spring

As the calendar turns toward March and spring approaches, it’s time to shake off the winter doldrums, get outdoors and enjoy nature. If you want to throw a little art into the mix, the Show-Me State has just what you need. From the rural setting of Louisiana to the urban environs of Kansas City, Missouri has beautiful gardens and sculpture …

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Spring is Near in Missouri

Last year I got a text from my husband announcing he’d heard his first sign of spring – a big V of waterfowl heading north. It was January 31.  That hasn’t happened this year.  This year, we’re still in winter – but we’re dreaming of spring. Technically, the spring equinox falls at 11:15 a.m. on March 20. But people anticipate the …

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