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Missouri Things to Do

  • Gateway Arch

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The Arch is beautiful to see and fun to go up in for a view of the city from 600 feet high. There is a lot to do so arrive early and avoid lines. We got there around 9:00 AM, did the ride up the Arch, then the Museum of Western Expansion, Riverboat, Old Cathedral and Movies. There was no line when we arrived but by 10:00 AM there was a long line to...

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  • Liberty Memorial

    Kansas City Things to Do

    We had allowed perhaps as much as two hours for this stop; 5 1/2 hours later we tore ourselves away with reluctance. It has been noted that this is a Smithsonian-quality museum. I would add that it has many interactive features, such as light tables where you can create a WWI poster and email it to yourself or others. On the practical side, it has...

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  • Bsss Pro Shop Outdoor World

    Springfield Things to Do

    BAss Pro is one of the main features in the city. It has about 500,000 square feet of retail sporting goods for fishing, hunting, and many other sports. The Springfield location was to start of the operation in 1974 by Johnny Morris. In 1984, I had involvement in helping him find financing for building this store,m while he was on the verge of...

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  • University of Missouri

    Columbia Things to Do

    The best and biggest school in the state. The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. It has continued to grow and expand. It's noted for it's School of Journalism. The school also has 3 other campuses, Rolla, Kansas City and St. Louis. There are evening program...

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  • Bonne Terre Mine

    Bonne Terre Things to Do

    The old Bonne Terre Mines is worth a visit just to see the lake. The mines are massive with rock formations everywhere from the water. The lake has unbelievable visibility of at least 150 ft. They have underground pontoon boats that you can go on a tour of the various chambers in the mines and if you're a diver, it's rated as one of National...

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  • Boat Rides on the Mississippi

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    We took the Tom Sawyer paddlewheel boat ride as part of our visit to the Gateway Arch. It was great for taking photos of the city and Arch from the river Plus we gained a lot of insight about the River, the city, the flood challenges, and transportation down the river. if you have time it is well done and also relaxing - a time to rest the feet.

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  • Worlds of Fun

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Worlds of Fun is a very enjoyable theme park with plenty of great rides, like the Timber Wolf (a wooden roller coaster), the Boomerang (the name explains itself), and my favorite, the Mamba, which features two huge drops and goes up to 70 miles per hour. I really like the park because it's a unique place and not a chain theme park as well. Worlds...

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  • Saint Louis Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The St. Louis Zoo is in a beautiful setting with lots of great animal exhibits. I especially like the penguins! Admission for the zoo is free, rides on the train, movies and special exhibits cost extra. Parking in the zoo lot is $15, but if you get there around opening time there is plenty of free street parking and a free lot at the park just a...

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  • Union Station

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Union Station in downtown KCMO is a grand old lady, still beautiful and friendly. Nice book store and other shops and places to eat. The KC railroad exhibit is nice, but for a $7 ticket, most of the displays were not in working order, there was no staff on hand to take our tickets or answer questions. The model train display is impressive and FREE!...

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  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    At the end of the tour, you are delivered to the "Hospitality Room", where you are offered free pretzels and beer. The bar at the back had about 20 beers on tap, and you are allowed to sample two. (There were three guys there who each went back more than twice - I think as long as you aren't getting DRUNK, you will probably be allowed to sample...

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  • Crown Center

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kansas City Things to Do

    This is the nucleus of the midtown area between downtown and Westport which is at Main and 39th. The main intersection is Main and Pershing/22nd Street. Hall family developed this and it is big with many offices and condos and numerous shops and eateries. Value is over $200 million and has in excess of 3 million square feet of space

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  • Union Station

    3 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    A well done job transformed an old and useless train station in a commercial complex. The old style was preserved, and all the area was embellished. The big lake is refreshing, and, when I went there, a live demonstration of fisherman without hooks showed the kids the behaviour of fish in the wild. The only thing I don’t imagine was the effect in...

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  • Country Club Plaza

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Throughout the Plaza are lights-like 280,000 strung up around and on the buildings. That is as long as 80 miles of lights strung. The tradition began in 1930, and now has compounded into an annual event that draws 500,000 people to come down on Thanksgiving evening to see the beginning of the light show being turned on. What a spectacular event,...

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  • Grant's Farm.

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    Grant's farm is an amazing place where the family can take an outdoor afternoon to walk around and enjoy the grounds. There are performing acts at certain stages along the way to enjoy. There are animal acts.The grounds also have petting areas, and farm animals to get with. You get around by taking a tram. Drop off in the main square near the horse...

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  • River Market Area

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Kansas City began as a river town, though we seldom think of it as such today. Along the banks of the Missouri where the Town of Kansas sprang up now sits The City Market, sometimes known as the River Market, and during one "exciting era," as The River Quay. Produce wholesalers call this area home, but on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the farming...

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  • Old Courthouse

    4 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The Old Courthouse is part of the National Park Service's Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and is significant for it's part in the Dred Scott Decision (which stated that, since slaves were property, they could not sue for freedom, which he did based on the fact he and his owner had lived in Illinois and Wisconsin - both "free states), which...

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  • Parks & Gardens

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Kansas City is a city of parks. This rather large park is on a prominent point of land attached to the Liberty Memorial. It is central to northern mid-town and is a great place to take a break from the urban. This park comes complete with fantastic vistas, monuments and relaxing spots for a picnic, a run or a walk. Just a note this park had a...

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  • Riverboat Gambling

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    A cultural reference to most people in the entire world, this mythic river showed me the emptiness of downtown. Two closed boat (during the day), one in each side, were transformed in casinos, waiting for the nightly visitors. I crossed the bridge (which allows me to tell my friends that I travelled to Illinois by foot) and the other side was a...

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  • Art Museums & Galleries

    Kansas City Things to Do

    ....The Museum is open Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.. The Museum is closed on Mondays and on New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 24 and 25. Admission to the Museum's permanent collection is free for all visitors. There may be a charge for...

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  • Forest Park/Jewel Box

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    This small enclosed glass structure is amazing inside--but it today (Aug 2011) has many fewer plants, and most are trees. Something happened, probably ran out of funds to support the maintenance, so today it is used a lot for paid events and weddings. It used to hold a lot of treasures and walk through slowly to see all the plants. Through the year...

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  • Downtown

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Kansas City has recently spent billions of dollars renovating downtown by taking a 10 block area in the heart of downtown and turning it into a revitalized shopping, dinning and nightlife area. It is anchored by the Sprint Center stadium which always has a concert going on, it can range from Metallica, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Garth Brooks or Paul...

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  • Missouri Botanical Garden

    5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The gardens offer a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs in specific garden areas that will awe visitors. Be sure to allow plenty of time to stroll the gardens in order to really appreciate it. Tthe tram ticket allowed us to learn about the gardens as a guide shares the specifics of each area as the tram drives through the gardens. Plus, we could...

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  • 18th & Vine

    Kansas City Things to Do

    The facade of the Gem Theatre dates from 1912, but behind it is a modern 500-seat performing space that is used for community events and special jazz performances. The Jazz Museum holds its excellent visiting artist series here.

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  • Saint Louis Art Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The museum offers a wide variety of art and sits atop a hill with a fantastic view of the Forest Park area (former World's Fair setting). We liked strolling through the exhibits which are very diverse from classics to ultra modern. On our visit a major preservation was being done of The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi River...

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  • Fountains

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Kansas City likes to call itself the City of Fountains with over 200 man-made springs bursting forth when conditions allow. Certainly one of the most impressive is this fine fountain which dances and prances in front of the Union Station. Henry Bloch is one of the co-founders of H&R Block which was one of the nation’s leading tax preparing...

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  • Laclede's Landing

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    Laclede's is a revitalized historical area of St. Louis. Pick up the map of the area to stroll the streets and learn the history of the buildings. Plus stop into one of its many eateries and restaurants for a fun dining experience. This is also a great night spot. It is convenient to the Casino and the Arch.

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  • Festivals & Fairs

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Every summer in Southmoreland Park a production of Shakespeare is performed. You can "cop a squat" in the grass for free or pay for up-front seats. You'll see families sitting together on a blanket and refined couples sipping wine and eating cheese and crackers from their picnic basket. There are entertainers before the show begins. It's my...

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  • Neighborhoods

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    St. Louis was once one of the largest cities in the country. Although the metropolitan area has more people than before, the city itself, though, has decline to about 1/3 of its height at about 1960. As a result, it has many old neighbourhoods but many of these have suffered much decay, with buildings in a state of falling down, overgrown with...

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  • Swope Park

    Kansas City Things to Do

    I'm a big champion of Kansas City, but frankly, the zoo has gone down in quality over the past several decades. There are a fair number of animals but they are far, far apart. In other words, you have to walk hundreds of feet between many of the exhibits. This has really become more of a conservation effort than a zoo. In their efforts to give the...

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  • Kids Stuff

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The City Museum is one of St. Louis' most interesting attractions. Local artists have taken recycled materials to create a museum out of the old Brown Shoe factory. The museum is more of a gigantic playground with slides and tunnels going every direction. Some tunnels even run underneath the floor. You may not think that you'll be able to make it...

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  • Independence, Missouri

    Kansas City Things to Do

    This is located at 313 W. Pacific, just south of town It was constructed in 1852, and was a farm and way station for the Santa Fe Tail travelers. Bingham was an artist of fame about mid 1800's. Waggoner took over the farm and had a large mill and processing of grain business. The activity lasted until 1976. Entry cost is $5 and well worth the...

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  • Missouri History Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The exhibit on the 1904 World’s Fair also known as the Louisiana Purchase is terrific. The concept of this massive project and how it all came together is beautifully done. It was fun and exciting to see how this grew and became one of the most elegant and grand World’s Fairs, plus the impact it had on St. Louis for the future. Additionally, the...

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  • Westport

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kansas City Things to Do

    John McCoy established West Port along the Santa Fe Trail, three miles south of the Missouri River, in 1833. To supply West Port, he set up the riverside Westport Landing. Westport Landing would change into the Town of Kansas in 1838 and finally, Kansas City in 1850. Westport served as an outfitting station for pioneers heading out on the Oregon,...

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  • Soulard

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    Soulard is the pub district in St Louis. You'll find lot great pubs starting from Mcguirks to Mollys. This is also where the annual Mardi Gras celebration is held. The month of February they would have the taste of Soulard, the dog parade then the second biggest mardi gras parade in the country is held here. This area also boast the Soulard...

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  • History Museum

    Kansas City Things to Do

    This was quite a pleasant experience for the museum to see the activity of money. The museum is free and is in the lobby of the Fed Reserve building. It seems small, but if you look at the exhibits and read the monuments, it will be about two hours tour. We enjoyed it thoroughly and you also can see the movement of money into bundles and stacking...

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  • Scott Joplin House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    Saved from demolition and opened to the public in 1991, the Scott Joplin House was the birthplace for the music of "The Entertainer" and the music for the 1904 World's Fair, despite the fact his music was considered not good enough or "low class" to be on the stage. The docent was willing to share everything he knew about Joplin. Joplin had...

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  • Truman Sports Complex

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium is a unique experience around the NFL The Chiefs fans are fanatical supporters of their team, with almost the entire stadium dressing in Chiefs Red. The game itself is best described as a clash of gladiators trying to move into possession of the others territory. Only the team in control of the football may score.

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  • Cathedral of St. Louis

    5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, formerly the Cathedral of Saint Louis, and colloquially the Old Cathedral, was the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River and until 1845 the only parish church in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of two Catholic basilicas in St. Louis, and it is named for King Louis IX of France, also...

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  • Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

    Kansas City Things to Do

    Spectacular new performing arts center, opened in 2011 and bringing Kansas City audiences beautiful, dramatic, and architecturally significant spaces for their cultural institutions: the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet. (Visiting theatrical and musical groups also use one or other of the two...

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  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    This is the park and museum complex along the Mississippi River downtown that includes the Gateway Arch (see tip on that). It has a large park along the waterfront and one can go into the museum underground where one also gets to take an elevator to the top of the arch or watch movies. It includes the old courthouse (the green-domed white...

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  • Other Museums

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    It’s, for sure, the craziest museum I ever saw, but it rivals with Science Museum, in London, as the liveliest. Imagination and freedom merge in the use of recycled materials, to compose a place that, more than a museum, is a meeting place and a Luna park. Adults playing like kids, kids playing like adults, and some learning opportunities...

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  • The Loop

    4 out of 5 stars

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    After finding the centre of town somewhat cold and empty, this is where the city seems to live. I could only see it under the strong sun, but understood the promises for the mild nights. It surely deserved some more time, that I couldn’t dedicate.

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  • Sports in St. Louis

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    The sheer loyalty for a baseball team is hard to imagine, but nearly the whole city takes pride in the team. Now that a new stadium is built, the old one seems passe, but it really held a lot of memories for me, and I am sure others. The cheering in there is deafening when they get going. A new stadium was built is 2005 and it was to be a downtown...

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  • Around Springfield

    Saint Louis Things to Do

    Also in Springfield,another good idea is visit this megastore Bass Pro.Has everything for Fishing,Hunting and Outdoor Gear.Is huge,has two floors and is one of largest in all country. This is a picture taken inside the store.

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  • Chip's Chocolate Factory

    This is inside the Crown Center. The chocolate gem stones near the counter look real and taste SOOOO good. The prices here were really reasonable too. And of course shopping for chocolate is enjoyable.My son dropped some on the floor and they were real nice about it, sweeping it up and joking around with him.

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