Hannibal Travel Guide

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Hannibal Things to Do

  • Illustrations In Mark Twain Museum

    There are a number of very interesting illustrations in the Mark Twain Museum dealing with the works of Mark Twain. These include movie posters, Norman Rockwell paintings and other illustrations. Also included were a couple of illustrations from his comedic piece "Eve's Diary" which I had not heard of.

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  • Mark Twain Museum

    The Mark Twain Museum houses a very nice collection of artifacts, memorabilia and illustrations dealing with the life, philosophy, and works of Mark Twain. They are well-presented and educational. A MUST see for all fans of Twain and his stories. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily except major holidays. Admission is included with a package deal at the...

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  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on 30 November 1835 in a small cabin in the tiny town of Florida, Missouri. The family moved to Hannibal when young Sam was 4, into a house where the boy who would become Mark Twain lived until he was 18. When he was 11 his father died and he got a job at a newspaper where he began his love affair with words. Twain...

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  • Cruise the Mississippi

    There are a few different options if you want to take a cruise on an old-fashioned riverboat while in Hannibal. There are cruises that go along the Mississippi to other towns like from Hannibal to St Paul, Minnesota with several stops in between. You can also opt for a one hour cruise on the Mississippi showing sites in and around Hannibal like...

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  • Huckleberry Finn's House

    The character of Huckleberry Finn is based on one Tom Blankenship who was a frequent visitor to the Marion County Courthouse and a frequent guest of the Marion County Jail. This is a recreation of the Finn's home from the books. It is located in the yard behind Twain's Boyhood Home.

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  • Tom Sawyer's Fence

    Here is the famous fence where Tom Sawyer conned some of his friends into paying him for the "privilege" of whitewashing the fence, while he supervised. Kids can whitewash the fence today, too, and I did not see old Tom around to collect money.

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  • Becky Thatcher's House

    Another place to visit while touring sites related to Twain and his stories is Becky Thatcher's House. Becky Thatcher was Tom Sawyer's first love and a big part of his story. Inside there are some nice displays including outfits for Tom and Becky.

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  • J. M. Clemens Law Office

    J. M. Clemens, Samuel's father, practiced law in Hannibal from 1839 until his death in 1847 and served as the Justice of the Peace for the town. This served as a big influence on the character of the boy who would become Mark Twain. On one occasion, while playing inside the office, Clemens saw a dead body inside the building. He was quoted as...

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  • Mark Twain Sites Visitors Center

    There are several sites relating to Mark Twain in Hannibal. To tour sites like his boyhood home, Becky Thatcher's House, his dad's law office and the Mark Twain Museum, you must start at the visitors center. Here you will buy your tickets, get information on what all to see, and view displays about Twain's life in the small museum associated with...

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  • Glascock's Landing

    Moses Bates was part of the survey crew that served this area in 1818 and in 1819 he laid out the town of Hannibal. By 1836 much of the land was owned by Stephen Glascock. Glascock set aside a part of his land as a public dock and port that was called Glascock's Landing. This was the beginning of Hannibal's development as a major port along the...

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  • Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

    If you have the energy and the ability, climb the 244 steps up to the 10 acre park at the top of Cardiff Hill. In addition to the great view you will find the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1935 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Twain's birth and rebuilt in 1963 after it was damaged in a windstorm. The lighthouse...

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  • See Rockcliffe Mansion

    Rockcliffe Mansion is a beautiful, impressive 30 room Georgian Revival style mansion that is probably the best example of "gilded age" mansions in Hannibal and possibly in the state. It was built from 1898 to 1900. The mansion is located on top of a hill and affords great views of Hannibal and the Mississippi River. It is open for public tours from...

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Hannibal Restaurants

  • Nice Little Diner

    $14 as of August 2014. This smoke-free, family oriented restaurant has been in business for 72 years, and is located next door to the Mark Twain Home & Museum. My waitress was pretty good and the food was tasty. Worth a try! Hours are 6 AM to 8 PM daily. Cajun Catfish although I like mine a bit spicier.

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  • Great Steaks and view!

    Enjoyed the view of the mississippi river, it just flowed on by. The food and desserts were great. We had steaks and Giant Chocolate Truffles....yum. Sara (dorry if i didn't spell it rite)was our server and she so very helpful and the kids really enjoyed her personality. Next time we are in Hannibal we will be back! Sit back and enjoy....thank...

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  • Eat Here, Get Worms

    How many people do you think stop for a bite at this place, a combination general store, roadside diner and bait shop? This certainly is not Maui's Haile Mailie General Store! I wonder if the "Eat Here Get Worms" combination was inadvertent or a sly restaurant review by a disgruntled employee. However, this place across the Mississippi from...

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Hannibal Nightlife

  • Limited Value Tip

    Okay, I admit this tip is for a limited audience. If you are not a veteran of the U.S. Military (or a guest of one) you will not get in the front door. But after serving 31+ years with the army I feel a strong kinship with these guys and gals and when I see a VFW I frequently stop by to visit and maybe get a cheap drink. And the stories. . . This...

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  • horrible bar

    its was dirty the drinks were really high. most of the time i was there the bartender wouldnt wait on me because she was busy kissing the other guest. there was drugs and prostution openly there not the kind of place anyone would go unless your wanting to fight. none

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  • Down Under

    Although most of the places to drink in Hannibal struck me as being little honky tonks, this one impressed em a bit more and I spent some time there. Drinks are very reasonably priced and the people who come here seem very respectable. There's quite a few young people here too, and I was left with the impression that this is the place people dress...

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Hannibal Transportation

  • Hannibal Trolley Tours

    If you prefer guided tours or if you just do not feel like driving and/or walking around town you can ride an old-fashioned trolley car around Hannibal. The trolley takes you on a 14 mile trip around the best sites in town, and you can get off and get back on to your hearts content. The tour takes one hour and starts at 220 North Main Street. The...

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  • US 36 in Missouri

    From Chicago, take I-55 south to Springfield, and then take I-72 west. I-72 crosses the Mississippi River on substantial modern bridge, with great views of the river. The west bank of the River is a high mound or ridge that looks down upon the town of Hannibal. I-72 then ends and becomes US 36. US36 is now a modern divided highway that crosses the...

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  • TOWN TOURIST TROLLEY TIME

    They have these trolleys, or trailers, or whatever they call them, that you can board and they will take you around town.

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Hannibal Shopping

  • Mark Twain Days Shopping

    In addition to the brick and mortar antique and clothing stores along Main Street Hannibal, the Mark Twain Days offers shoppers an opportunity to browse vendor kitsch in the city park. Unfortunately, we arrived too late, as the vendors had tarped their concessions for the night.

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  • Downtown Hannibal

    The downtown area has a number of shops geared to the passerby rather than the native. These include numerous souvenier shops, but also a very nice selection of local crafts and Indian arts, a few bookstores, heavy on Mark Twain of course, jams, candles, fudge, and more local favorites. Selected at random here is the Becky Thatcher House, really a...

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Hannibal Local Customs

  • Tom and Becky

    Each year local boys and girls compete to represent Hannibal as Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher. Those selected make up to 200 appearances each year and are very visible walking around town during the main tourist season. You can see photos of past representatives inside the Becky Thatcher House.

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  • Strangers

    People are a little standoffish to strangers. Its probably not too hard to overcome this if you actually stay for a while, but it really has the small town mentality, even if the town boasts 20000+ people.

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Hannibal Tourist Traps

  • Portrait with Mark Twain

    There are locals who fit the Mark Twain image almost perfectly, so who can leave town without having the opportunity to meet Mark Twain? Unfortunately, at the time of our visit, the museum was closed.

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  • Sawyer's Creek and Riverview Cafe

    This is a non-descript group of souvenier shops that don't offer particularly much to do, though there is an arcade, miniature golf and a shooting game. Things seemed expensive and the food in the cafe was passable but not worth the money. Skip this one. Beers aren't too expensive, get drunk. The caves across the street are well worth the $8...

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Hannibal Off The Beaten Path

  • It's quite a climb - It's just as nice...

    The memorial lighthouse sits atop a bluff, visible from all over town and much of the river. Since Lighthouses weren't particularly common on the inland rivers, this is not historic. Enjoy the view of it atop the bluff, and save the hike. If you have young kids who need to run off some energy, this is the way to do it.

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  • The War Memorial

    In the center of the main park downtown there is a small memorial which features eight plaques dedicated to the men of Marion County who lost their lives in WWI & WWII. The sheer number of names was quite shocking to me, personally. There are literally hundreds.

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Hannibal Favorites

  • Why is Mark Twain so important?

    Visitors to Hannibal learn quickly that Mark Twain (whose actual name was Samuel Clemens) is not just another famous American author. He's THE giant of American literature which in fact includes a long list of authors alive and dead who allude to Twain's work in their own great novels. Since I taught English literature at the high school and...

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  • The foot of Hill St.

    Down in this area they've made an attempt to preserve some of the things Mark Twain wrote about like the whitewashed fence and Becky Thatcher's house. Its pretty picturesque but there's too much in the way of souvenier shops and the like. I would walk through here, but not spend any money. The thing I liked most about the foot of Hill St., was...

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  • Tom & Huck Statue and Lighthouse

    At the foot of Cardiff Hill there is a statue of Tom and Huck. Climbing the Hill takes you to the lighthouse, which, when I visited, was roped off for construction. You can read the sign in the picture. The views are nice, and the grounds are well enough tended and manicured that even the elderly or mildly disabled should have no trouble getting...

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