It's that time of the year again! Our very own Ozark Empire Fair of Springfield, MO is in full effect! Last Friday the fairgrounds hosted Danielle Bradberry (winner of The Voice) and Riley Green to
Not your average Summer plans!
Dated: June 15 2020
Summer is here and today is the LONGEST day of the year! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming. Living in Missouri, it is a crazy journey to get to this point. Here is a list of things you can do with or without your children today and in the next few months:
1. Get your thrills.
Visit Six Flags in St. Louis, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, or Silver Dollar City in Branson for scream-worthy roller coasters.
2. Eat concrete.
No, not that kind! Andy's Frozen Custard is a Springfield favorite!
3. Visit Meramec Caverns.
Missouri is the Cave State, so get underground at Meramec Caverns. Make sure to visit its 'Wine Room,' which features the world's largest cave formation. There's also Fantastic Caverns and Ozark Caverns.
4. Take a blues cruise down the Mississippi.
Listen to live local blues, take in the St. Louis skyline, and have a drink (or two). You can also go on the Branson Belle!
5. Go on a float trip.
Summer float trips are practically a requirement of growing up in Missouri. There are tons of rivers to choose from, so grab some pals, pack some drinks/food, and get ready to relax.
6. Catch a game.
Whether you root for the Royals or the Cardinals, baseball is a hallowed Missouri summertime tradition.
7. Sip some suds at Boulevardia.
Put on by Boulevard Brewery, this is one of Kansas City's best annual festivals. Come thirsty (and hungry!), the weekend combines beer, food, and music.
8. Go on a zipline adventure.
Soar above the trees at thrilling speeds. Eco Zipline Tours in Hannibal, Eagle Falls Ranch in Eminence, and Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours are a few great options for adventurous speed-junkies.
9. See a Shakespeare play.
Each summer, St. Louis' Shakespeare Festival puts on a world-class Shakespeare play in Forest Park. Bring a picnic (and don't forget the wine).
11. Celebrate Mark Twain.
In honor of one of our state's most beloved authors, Hannibal puts on Tom Sawyer Days every summer, complete with a parade, a fence-painting contest, and fireworks.
12. Catch an outdoor flick.
Bring the bug spray and arrive early, because movie nights on Art Hill, sponsored by the Saint Louis Art Museum, are some of the most popular summer events in town. If you're closer to Kansas City, check out the Off the Wall film series hosted by the Kansas City Public Library. Looking to stay close to Springfield? Check out Barco Drive-in Theatre in Lamar!
13. Attend the Missouri State Fair.
There's everything from tractor pulls, deep-fried deliciousness, carnival rides, and live entertainment at the fair in Sedalia.
14. Go Camping!.
Camp out at Johnson's Shut-Ins is a state park that offers hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and camping. You can also visit Ritter Springs Park just outside Springfield, they offer Summer Day Camps, Camping, Archery Range, Guided Hikes, and more!
15. Sample the world at Festival of Nations.
Held at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis every August, Festival of Nations offers food from all around the globe, live music, and more.
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