Much of the tourism in Missouri focuses on the big cities. However, there are also many opportunities to participate in outdoor activities. Here are some interesting things to do in the Show-Me State during the summer.
1. Go Swimming
There are lots of opportunities to swim in Missouri fiberglass shell pools at hotels, waterparks, and (by invitation) private properties. However, there are also opportunities to go swimming at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations. Of course, there is a wide array of other aquatic activities you can participate in at Lake of the Ozarks, including fishing and boating. A manmade reservoir, Land of the Ozarks boasts a longer shoreline than the entire state of California.
2. Go to the Zoo
Seeing animals from around the world is always a fun family activity. The St. Louis Zoo is organized into six major regions by ecosystem and is free to the public. The Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield is a modest-sized collection of animals from all over the world organized by continent.
3. Go Underground
Summer in Missouri can be hot and muggy. One way to cool off is by visiting Fantastic Caverns outside of Springfield. Usually, a visit to a cave involves an extensive walking tour. At Fantastic Caverns, you ride through the cave system on a Jeep-pulled tram. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful rock formations as the tour guide tells you about the cave’s history. This makes for a fun and relaxing summer outing.
4. Go for a Stroll
Missouri has many scenic outdoor areas perfect for just taking a leisurely stroll. The Missouri Botanical Gardens is a National Historic Landmark in St. Louis, while the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is located in Springfield.
Other popular attractions in Missouri include the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, and the entertainment center of Branson.