MO Posted in Missouri July 12, 2016 by Stephanie Zeilenga 13 Destinations Everyone in Missouri Needs To Visit This Summer In the summer, things tend to slow down a little, leaving more room for fun and exploration. Get out your calendar and start penciling things in, because you won’t want to miss these top destinations! 1. Ste. Genevieve David Wilson/Flickr Make a day of it! Take a stroll around Ste. Genevieve to admire the town's picturesque French architecture, sample some of its wines and book a stay at a quaint B&B. 2. Sedalia Jasperdo/Flickr The state fair (Aug. 11-21) is just one great reason to visit Sedalia. Check out the Sedalia Katy Depot, the town's official welcome center, before you clock some miles on the Katy trail. Contemplate the art in the Daum Museum and tour the Bothwell Lodge for a glimpse of stunning turn-of-the-century architecture. 3. Negro League Baseball Museum – Kansas City Missouri Division of Tourism/Flickr Summer and baseball go hand-in-hand. Educate yourself about the history of African Americans in the sport at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Address: 1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108 4. Jones-Confluence Point State Park – Alton USFWSmidwest/Flickr Missouri's history is intimately entwined with our major rivers. See for yourself how mighty they really are at the Jones-Confluence Point State Park. Afterward, take a walk down the brick-lined streets of Historic St. Charles. Address: 1000 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386 5. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park – Ironton Keith Yahl/Flickr Taum Sauk Mountain State Park is one of the state's most breathtaking, dramatic spots. A variety of hikes are available. Don't miss Mina Falls, a stunning waterfall, or the top of Taum Sauk Mountain, the state's highest point. Camping is available. Address: Hwy. CC, Ironton, MO 63656 6. Kansas City Pig & Swig Pig and Swig KC/Facebook Come hungry for this festival (July 30) celebrating the best in BBQ, bourbon and beer. Address: Kansas City Power & Light District, 13th & Walnut Sts., Kansas City, MO 64106 7. Amidon Memorial Conservation Area – Fredericktown Gary Adams Art Work/Facebook Get away from it all with a trip to one of our state's conservation areas. Amidon Memorial Conservation Area provides picturesque hiking, fishing and camping. Address: 1514-1898 County Rd 253, Fredericktown, MO 63645 8. Rolla The Fugitive Beach/Facebook Rolla makes a great day trip. Cool off at Fugitive Beach or SplashZone, browse antique shops, see a show at Ozark Actors Theatre, and take a hike in nearby Mark Twain National Forest. 9. Wallace State Park - Cameron vicki watkins/Flickr Wallace State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Fish in the six-acre lake, hike scenic trails and enjoy a scenic picnic. Stay the night in the park's campground if you need more time to unwind! Address: 10621 MO-121, Cameron, MO 64429 10. Missouri Botanical Garden Japanese Festival – St. Louis Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden/Flickr Each summer, Missouri Botanical Garden hosts the Japanese Festival, a three-day celebration of Japanese culture. If you're coming in from out of town, stop in at the garden's sister site, Shaw Nature Reserve, for a beautiful, isolated hike through carefully maintained native landscapes. Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110 11. Big Piney River camping - Duke Lester Trigg/Flickr Pitch a tent at Wilderness Ridge Resort for an unforgettable camping experience. Said to be a less popular camping destination than other spots around the state, here you can enjoy nature while you canoe, raft, fish, hike, and more! Address: 33850 Windsor Ln, Duke, MO 65461 12. Truman Lake Flickr/Rodney T. Lake of the Ozarks might get all the attention, but Truman Lake is actually the largest man-made lake in Missouri. Visit Harry S. Truman State Park to access fishing, boating and more. Address: 28761 State park Road West, Warsaw, MO 65366 13. Silver Dollar City – Branson Flickr/Michael Wallace Nothing says summer like screaming your heart out on a gnarly coaster. Silver Dollar City has tons for every age! Address: 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson, MO 65616 For more Missouri summer fun, check out this list of unforgettable Missouri summer bucket list items!