Celebrating outdoor adventures in Missouri is the perfect way to spend your fall and summer! Check out our suggestions below.
Missouri is a state boasting 91 state parks as well as a plethora of historic sites. You can also find an endless succession of lakes, forests, rivers, and streams. This is the ideal spot for travelers with a sense of adventure.
Around 67% of people feel Missouri is a great place to buy a vacation home. However, even if you are visiting for the first time, there are many day experiences that can enlighten you! There is a natural beauty of the ‘Show Me State’. Pack your running shoes, hiking boots, and a swimsuit, and head for the following nature-bound sites.
Best Adventures in Missouri
Outdoor Spots in Springfield, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri is officially recognized as the birthplace of Route 66 and it is Missouri’s third-largest city. It has a rich history that includes Civil War battles, native American Indians, and historical figures such as gunfighter Wild Bill Hickock. You can see a lot of that at the Wonders of Wildlife Museum!
Springfield has an array of activities to enjoy both outdoors and indoors. For those who love to walk or jog through green zones, check out the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. It has over 170 wildlife species, a host of creeks, and acres of forest to explore.
For nature at its wildest, head to the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area. Here, you will find camping grounds, a gun range, trails, and serene streams. In the evening, enjoy a drink at one of over 12 breweries and distilleries and plan your next day out.
If you have the time for it, you might want to visit Pythian Castle (a late Gothic revival-style castle), Silver Dollar City (featuring a host of rides for the whole family), and the original Bass Pro (known as ‘the Grandaddy of all outdoor stores’).
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe, Missouri
This part of Missouri is home to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park – a 10,000-acre Ozark paradise where you can take part in a host of activities – including hiking, cycling, Segway tours, and wildlife tours.
You can explore the park on horseback, take a private wildlife tour, or hop aboard an open-air tram to visit bluffs, waterfalls, and other majestic views.
Those seeking to know more about the park and its history can take part in educational activities, which are centered on the rich history of the Ozark mountains and the conservation efforts being undertaken within the park.
Fantastic Caverns in Springfield, Missouri
Imagine riding through a sizable cavern in an open-air jeep and feeling like a modern-day Indiana Jones. Fantastic Caverns is the only ride-through cave in the U.S.
Discovered in 1862 by the dog of an Ozark farmer, it is just one of over 7,000 caves that pepper the landscape of Missouri. The ride is 55 minutes long and the tour takes you through the bends of an ancient underground riverbed.
Rocky Falls in Winona Township
Rocky Falls, ensconced on Route NN, off of Route H east of Eminence and Winona, is considered one of the finest examples of geology in the state.
It boasts deep, serenely cascading waterfalls that settle in a large pool of water. The area around the falls is a great spot to enjoy a walk and have a picnic. During the warmer months of the year, the swimming hole is an ideal spot for a refreshing swim and can also be your starting point for a hike up to the top of the falls.
Missouri is home to a bevy of vibrant cityscapes( like Branson!), but it also boasts many natural spots in which to relax and de-stress.
Just a few must-see sites include the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, the Busiek State Forest, and Wildlife Area. Be sure to also check out Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Fantastic Caverns, and Missouri Rocky Falls.
Most outdoor areas have facilities such as trails, picnic areas, and camping spots. This way, you can plan a full day out with friends and family.