Show Me State Has Plenty to Show
Wanna get away? Of course, you do, but before you begin planning your vacation make sure to consider unique destinations rather than the typical “umbrella drink by the pool” locales. Sure, there is nothing wrong with a little fun in the sun and burying your toes in the sand, but we’ve all been there, done that, and will undoubtedly do it again.
However, this time around give Missouri a chance. Below we have five must-see attractions that will make you glad you decided to venture off the beaten sun-splashed path. So without further ado, here are your top five Missouri attractions.
Gateway Arch – 100 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
The Gateway to the West is a 632-foot stainless steel behemoth and the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. The attraction has been open to the public since 1967 at a cost of $13 million and is a wonder to behold and illustrative of the United States’ westward expansion. The Journey to the Top allows visitors breathtaking views of the St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond. There are some tourist destinations that you can’t miss, and this is one of them!
Arrowhead Stadium – 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO
The best time to visit Arrowhead Stadium is on one of eight Sundays during the months of September through December. That’s when you will see 76,000 frenzied Kansas City Chiefs’ fanatics rooting for their Super Bowl champion heroes. The Chiefs are the favorites to win the Super Bowl again but are playing with reduced crowd capacities at Arrowhead Stadium due to the global pandemic. Hopefully, next year things will return to normal and the revered old stadium will be packed to the max again. Public and private guided tours are also available year-round.
Today is Guinness World Record Day!
Did you know the loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium stands at 142.2dbA, and was achieved by fans of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in 2014 �
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Worlds of Fun – 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue, Kansas City MO
While we won’t say Worlds of Fun will rival Disney World anytime soon, what we will say is that it is an absolute blast and will give you more than you can handle from sunrise to sunset. One weekend adult admission ticket at the gate costs $46, and only $41 during the week, which will grant you access to Worlds of Fun and its sister water park, Oceans of Fun. The amusement park stretches 235 acres, and the water park was the largest of its kind when it opened in 1982. The park is constantly updating and adding new attractions to keep the experience fresh for their regular customers and as an incentive to draw new ones. Check this out, you won’t be sorry you did!
Titanic Museum – 3235 76 Country Blvd & Hwy 165, Branson, MO
Visiting the Titanic Museum will give you an excuse to travel to Branson, Missouri but when you get there, you could find yourself staying much longer than you anticipated because there is so much more to do. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s stay on point and talk a bit about the museum itself.
You can’t miss this attraction as it is built like the front half of the ill-fated ship and when you step aboard you are given a ticket with the name of an actual passenger. You will view over 400 artifacts from the Titanic and will hear stories of the various occupants aboard the luxury liner on its doomed voyage of April 12th, 1914. After the tour is over, you will learn whether the passenger on your ticket went down with the ship or lived to see another day.
As long as you’ve made your way to Branson, make sure to see one of the many shows featuring country and western artists as well as musical performers from other genres. Silver Dollar City is another Missouri amusement park besides Worlds of Fun (previously mentioned) located in Branson. There’s so much to do in this little slice of the Ozarks that you will run out of time before you see it all.
Saint Louis Zoo – 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO
Last but by no means least, the St. Louis Zoo rivals any in the nation. General admission is free, but some special attractions do cost money. In 2017 and 2018, USA Today chose the Saint Louis Zoo as the best in the country and once you get on over to the River’s Edge, you will see animals represented on four continents including hippos and cheetahs from the African Nile, black rhinoceros and red river hogs from the African Savanna, crayfish, catfish, and bullfrogs from North America, and lastly, capybaras and spectacled bears from South America.