Hannibal Travel Guide

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Hannibal Things to Do

  • Visit the landing

    Down at the landing, there are things to do. Take a river cruise, have a meal, enjoy the river it self.

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  • Tom Sawyer's Boyhood Home and Museum

    This is the place to see in Hannibal. Tour the home, both up and down and see the fence that Tom had everyone paint for him! Its a good way to understand where Samuel Clemens was coming from.The tickets ($8 for adults) includes The Interpretive Center, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, the Boyhood Home Gift Shop, the Huckleberry Finn House, the Becky...

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  • Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse

    America's greatest author has a memorial lighthouse on the hill over Hannibal. Built in 1935, this lighthouse has been visited by American presidents Roosevelt and Clinton. Unfortunately, we arrived to late to visit. But, here are some images of the picnic area and other places within the park. There's a fine bronze statue of Tom Sawyer and...

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  • Walk Along the Mississippi River

    There is a park and boat ramp on the Mississippi. To get there one has to walk or drive across the railroad tracks, which are in routine use. Naturally, an excursionary paddlewheeler has regular trips that leave from the waterfront.

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  • Walk Around Town

    Even during ordinary days, Hannibal is worth a visit for it's collection of antique stores and sidewalk cafes. The old downtown has well kept 19th century commercial buildings.

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  • Mark Twain Days Joy Rides

    The festival is no small event. There are several venues for music, and the music variety is broad. This is also time for traveling amusement park to visit.

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  • Mud Wrestling during Mark Twain Days

    We were lucky for having arrive in the late afternoon to see this festivity for we had not planned for it at all. It was a Friday evening, and we hoped to simply have a glimpse of the famous town where legendary Mark Twain was born and raised. I was most amused by the mud volleyball.

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  • Tom Sawyer's Fence

    ....Okay, it's just a fence and Tom Sawyer never really existed, right? So, you still wonder if this guy is paying or being paid to paint the fence.....For those who don't know the famous storyline from the opening of the novel Tom Sawyer, Tom was being punished for his normal prankish behavior by having to wash the fence. When the kids of the town...

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  • Ride a Riverboat on the Mississippi

    Since the Riverboat is such a Mississippi icon, and Hannibal was such a riverboat town, there is no better way to experience both places by taking a ride on a riverboat. You'll circle north to the bridge, then turn south on the Illinois side before circling back towards Hannibal in Missouri. All during this time you can sit on the deck, enjoy the...

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  • Mark Twain's Boyhood Home

    The small house in which Mark Twain grew up and lived during the 1830's is well-preserved and guarded by an excellent museums that documents his formative years. At that time , Missouri was a slave state and the economic heart of the midwest due to the life-giving commerce off the Mississippi River. The museum discusses how the young Samuel Clemens...

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  • Visit the homes and river

    There are a number of homes and shops to tour along the water front and also going up the somewhat steep streets. The pitch down to the Mississippi is a site to behold. The houses and area has all been restored and done quite nicely to take you back in time what it ws like in the late 1800's

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  • Becky Thatcher House

    Becky Thatchers home is little more than a gift shop -- the upstairs has a little bit to see, but the downstairs is all a gift shop. Since your ticket to Tom Sawyers House includes Becky's house, make sure to stop by. Its just across the street when you exit Tom's house.

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Hannibal Restaurants

  • 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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  • great home cooked meal

    if you ever get a chance to go to this resaurant please do you will not leave this place hungry. the waitress was great! it is a small family owned clean place. there food is very cheap but you get enough to feed 3 people! its great and they have every kind of food you can think of every thing

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Hannibal Nightlife

  • 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

  • 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

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    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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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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