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Things to Do in Missouri

Missouri has it all from Branson’s top entertainment, shopping and fishing in lakes Table Rock and Taneycomo to canoeing on the Current or Jacks Fork rivers. At Hannibal on the Mississippi River, learn about Mark Twain, Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Things to do in Kansas City - Hallmark Cards, a steamboat museum, fountains, and college basketball and baseball museums. Find livestock and rodeos here and in Sikeston. Jefferson City is the capital, while Independence showcases President Harry Truman. St. Louis is home to attractions like the Gateway Arch, the zoo, science center, history museums, the Magic House and Cardinal baseball. Find restaurants from barbecue to world cuisine. Stay in hotels, resorts, condos, B&Bs and inns.
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Country Club Plaza

4745 Central Street
Kansas City, Missouri
This 14-square-block outdoor shopping and entertainment district is filled with romantic Spanish architecture, European art, more than 40 dazzling fountains and 50 sculpted works of art.

Country Club Plaza features boutiques and fashionable national stores. Seasoned shoppers will recognize fine stores like Anthropologie and St. John. In addition, original Kansas City stores like Halls and Tivol give local flavor to the plaza's reputation as a national fashion center....
Hours & Admission
Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Powell Gardens

1609 NW U.S. Highway 50
Kingsville, Missouri
Set on 915 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens - Kansas City's botanical garden - offers breathtaking displays of intricate gardens and interesting architecture.

Along the garden's 12-acre lake, the colorful perennial garden features more than 6,000 plants in 3.5 acres, including 1,200 varieties hardy to this area.

The island...
Hours & Admission
April to October, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., November to March, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

100 West 26th Street
Kansas City, Missouri
The museum serves as the first American and only national museum dedicated to The Great War. Designed by Ralph Appelbaum and housed beneath the Liberty Memorial, the 30,000-square-foot main exhibit features more than 50,000 artifacts - the world's second largest World War I (WWI) collection behind Britain's Imperial War Museum.

Visitors can experience the sights and sounds of WWI through the latest audio and video technologies, hands-on displays and realistic battlefield scenes....
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The tower closes at 4:15 p.m. Closed major holidays. Tour (fee): short elevator ride to the top of the 21-story tower for a view of the city's skyline. Admission.

Toy and Miniature Museum

5235 Oak Street
Kansas City, Missouri
Housed in a renovated 1911 mansion on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, the museum features 33 rooms filled with antique toys, dollhouses, marbles and scale miniatures dating from the mid-1800s to the present.

Of special interest is one of the most impressive collections of fine scale miniatures in the country, including intricate pieces like Noah's Ark and the Palace of Versailles, more than 100 antique dollhouses with thousands of antique furnishings...
Hours & Admission
October to August, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

18th and Vine Historic District

1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City, Missouri
A hotbed of jazz during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, the 18th and Vine District was revived in the 1990s. The area is now home to the American Jazz Museum with the Blue Room, where many top jazz acts perform, and the Negro League Museum, that chronicles its history from the Civil War to 1960. The restored 1912 Gem Theater now serves as a performing arts center. Out front, a statue of native son Charlie Parker offers a year-round reminder of the district's legacy.
Hours & Admission
24/7. Free

Alexander Majors Historic House Museum

8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, Missouri
Along with two partners, Alexander Majors is credited with forming what would become Pony Express. In the mid-1800s, Majors lucrative freight operation transferred goods westward. The restored home showcases furnishings of the era; also on site are a blacksmith shop and gardens.
Hours & Admission
Mid-April to early December, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

American Jazz Museum

1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City, Missouri
Located in the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District, the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the first museum in the country devoted exclusively to jazz.

The museum includes interactive exhibits and educational programs as well as the Blue Room, a working jazz club that spotlights local and national artists in an intimate and smoke-free setting. Highlights include:

• rare photos, listening...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission.

American Royal Complex

1701 American Royal Court
Kansas City, Missouri
Started as a livestock show in 1899, the American Royal aims to educate the public about agriculture and celebrates Kansas City's heritage - equestrian sports, rodeo and livestock shows.

The American Royal Complex, totaling more than 300,000-square feet of exhibition space, includes Kemper Arena and Hale Arena. The complex plays host to several large-scale events throughout the year including the American Royal Barbecue Competition the first weekend of October, followed by six weeks of rodeos,...
Hours & Admission
Museum and visitor center: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri
Housing the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world, the Arabia Steamboat Museum features more than 200 tons of recovered artifacts from the sunken 1856 steamboat Arabia.

The museum's exhibits and "touchable treasures" tell the story of the boat's Missouri River demise and amazing rediscovery in 1988. When the Arabia struck a submerged tree on its fateful voyage up the Missouri River on Sept. 5, 1856, the boat was packed with cargo and people. The boat, which took...
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

City Hall and Observation Deck

414 East 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri
The 30th floor serves as an observation deck. No longer the tallest building in the city, it does offer an expansive view of the skyline. Take the elevator to the 29th floor and walk up the balance of the way.

Note: access with city security personnel escort.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed during high winds and city holidays. Free.
Information subject to change without notice.
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