With its rolling hills and plentiful waterways, Missouri is a state filled with natural beauty and tempting environments. As the Gateway to the West, Missouri is also home to a rich history born from its position as an outpost of the American frontier. Travelers can find plenty of activities and adventures to keep them occupied, from festivals and events to museums, parks and more.
This local tradition has a 50 year history and offers family fun by commemorating Mark Twain's fictional character. Events include frog jumping, fence painting and volleyball competitions along with live entertainment, food, a parade and a dazzling fireworks display during the July 4 weekend.
June 29- July 4
Where: Hannibal, Missouri in Hannibal
Learn about the cultures of various countries around the planet while watching live entertainment or participating in any number of events. Try belly dancing, hula dancing, or join in on one of the traditional Highland Scottish games during this annual August weekend event that includes a vast selection of foods and fun for all.
August 27-28, 2016
Where: St. Louis, Missouri in Saint louis
During the first weekend in August the popular community invites guests to enjoy a foot-stompin', hand-clappin' good time when a variety of entertainers take the stage and offer a taste of traditional Ozark Mountain music. Take part in a square dance, play one of the many games, or attend a live demonstration in addition to the number of concerts scheduled.
August 26 – 28, 2016
Where: Historic Downtown Branson, MO 65616 in Branson
There's nothing more American than a good old fashioned ballgame and the KC Royals host home games from April through October at Kauffman Stadium.
Mar- Oct (annual)
Where: Kansas City, Missouri in Kansas City
The Gateway Arch is one of Missouri's most recognized icons. Located in St. Louis, the arch is made from stainless steel and is 630 feet tall and wide. Directly below the arch, guests can explore the visitor center to learn more about the monument, and they can also take a tram or elevator ride to the top of the arch.
The National World War I Museum, located in Kansas City, is housed underneath the Liberty Memorial and tells the story of America's involvement in the Great War. The museum is the second-largest museum dedicated to World War I in the world and houses a variety of interactive exhibits, period uniforms, weapons, tanks and more.
The city of Branson is a major destination for visitors of all ages. The city is home to many major theaters and is the permanent home of many famous singers, musicians, dancers, acrobats and other performers. While in Branson, visitors can also check out Silver Dollar City, a theme park with an 1880s theme. In addition to roller coasters, visitors can also explore fun houses and ride a train. Guests can also take a guided tour of Marvel Cave, located below the theme park.
The Bonne Terre Mines was once the largest lead mine in the world. Today, the site is home to a museum and guided tours. The lowest levels of the mines have been flooded with water, creating the world's largest freshwater dive resort. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, located in Hannibal, was the childhood home of famed author Mark Twain. Today, the site houses a museum dedicated to the American author and includes artifacts and exhibits from Twain's life.
Top destinations for this weekend
Photo credit: paparutzi / Marshall Astor - Food Fetishist / Counselman Collection / Dougtone / trint / ChrisYunker / MissouriStateArchives / pknitty86 / Dougtone / Dougtone / Dougtone / pasa47 / KellyK / f2n_wcounty / Steven Wilke / aldenjewell / Patrick Hoesly / pasa47 / tombothetominator / Dougtone