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Top Things To Do In Missouri
Experience the best of urban oasis and outdoor charm for all. Get to know the wilder side of Missouri at the Kansas City and St. Louis Zoos. Both offer expansive displays of animals in natural habitat enclosures. Enjoy a ride around the zoos on the Chair Lift or Zooline Railroad. Insects fill other parts of Missouri like the Butterfly House at the Missouri Botanical Garden in Chesterfield.
Start your Missouri historical exploration with a visit to the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. This brick Renaissance Revival-style house was built in 1871 and designed by St. Louis architect George Ingham Barnett. It still shines with the same beauty as the day it was built. Venture on the Missouri State Capitol. The dome rises 238 feet and is topped by a bronze statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of vegetation, and it even houses all the political offices.
The next stop on a historical tour must include the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, a historical landmark where Dred and Harriet Scott fought for freedom from slavery and Virginia Minor fought for women’s right to vote. Explore exhibits describing how St. Louis served as a hub for early settlers moving west.
The boyhood home of Harry S. Truman in Independence, 33rd US President, is not to be missed. Ulysses S. Grant Homesite in St. Louis, the 18th US President, retains many stories of this president who won the Civil War for the Union Army.
Hear all about the ghosts and stories that haunt the halls of the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. Some of the most notable include bank robber Charles Author “Pretty Boy” Floyd and female rights advocate Emma Goldman.
Enjoy a freshly poured cold one at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis where these products have been manufactured for 160+ years. Adjacent is Grant’s Farm, the ancestral home of the Busch family. No stop in St. Louis would be complete without a trip to see the St. Louis Arch. Take the ride up to the top of the 630-foot structure in a shoe-box size elevator. At the top, enjoy a dramatic view of the mile-wide Mississippi River.
Indulge in the huge variety of ethnic and American restaurants. Check out the offerings at the local shops and galleries. Then party into the night in new cultural hubs like Zona Rosa in Kansas City or Laclede’s Landing in St. Louis. Try your luck at Ameristar Casino at St. Charles and Hollywood Casino at Maryland Heights.
The Missouri art scene is not to be missed as restored theaters and buildings like Union Station of Kansas City are home to a wide variety of museum exhibits, concerts, and public events throughout the year. At Christmas time, Union Station is dressed up to be the home of a romantic favorite for the locals – KC’s own outdoor ice skating rink.
No matter what your tastes, I know you will find that Missouri has a lot to offer to travelers no matter what your tastes or mood. Recharge, relax, party, shop, or indulge in Missouri.
Popular Attractions in Missouri
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Making its home in St. Louis, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is dedicated to preserving an integral part of American history.
The eastern Missouri park covers over 90 acres and is home to several notable attractions, including the Old Courthouse, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and the Gateway Arch.
The iconic Gateway Arch, also known as the “Gateway to the West,” features an elevator, taking visitors up over 600 feet to the observation room.
Aside from the Arch, the Old Courthouse and Museum of Westward Expansion each feature their own activities – including exhibits, displays, and artifacts dating back to the Civil War and beyond.
Gateway Arch St. Louis
Stretching 630 feet into the air, the Gateway Arch is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. The famous structure has come to serve as the iconic image of the eastern Missouri city.
Called “the Gateway to the West,” the Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States – serving as the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
The structure, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the world with a year average of four million people.
A must-see hub for culture, Laclede’s Landing is a neighborhood in downtown St. Louis featuring a variety of nightlife, attractions, and restaurants. Eastern Missouri visitors from as far as St. Charles make their way to Laclede’s Landing for the host of events and culture.
Explore Laclede’s Landing and the wealth of attractions, including the nearby Gateway Arch and Royale Dumpe Dinner Theatre, and things to do like Gateway Riverboat Cruises and St. Louis Carriage Company rides. Don’t miss the annual celebrations like Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, and other fun-filled events in St. Louis.
Declared a National Historic Landmark, the Liberty Memorial is located in Kansas City, Missouri.
Constructed in 1926 on the grounds of Penn Valley Park, the western Missouri attraction most notably features a towering 218-foot monument and serves as a memorial to soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.
The setting is home to the National World War I Museum and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Perfect for history buffs, the 32,000-square-foot museum features a wealth of educational resources and WWI-era artifacts, including a Renault FT-17 tank.
Originally built in 1875, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery is an iconic attraction located in St. Louis. Apart from being the primary brew place for Budweiser, the brewery is also a member of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
When in eastern Missouri don’t miss a free tour of this landmark brewery complex, checking out the Budweiser Clydesdales and enjoying a brew in the Hospitality Room. The Romanesque brewery sits on 142 acres and is an official St. Louis Landmark.