We’ve all heard of the Arch in St. Louis, but there are so many other great things to do and see in the great state of Missouri. Here are just a few that you may not know about.
1. The Cave Restaurant and Resort, Richland
The restaurant and resort, located on the Gasconade River in Richland features four cabins built in the 1920's, a fishing pond, volleyball and badminton courts, biking and hiking trails, canoe and tube rentals as well as a fishing pond. Open all year round, the resort centers around the The Cave Restaurant, which is just what it sounds like. They serve everything from steaks to Italian, but feature "Gary's catfish", locally provided. It seats 225, has a shuttle from parking lot to cave, and has live music most weekends. They are open all year round and are located at 26880 Rochester Road.
2. Jenkins Creek Resort, Carthage
100 acres of nature's wonders, including a cave, provide the setting for Jenkins Creek Resort. Boasting great fishing, two restaurants, and wine tasting, this might be your next weekend getaway. They are located at 1222 County Loop 95 and you can find out more at their website, www.jenkinscreekresort.com.
3. Stone Water Cove Resort, Shell Knob
Stone Water calls itself an Adventure resort, with zip lining, ATV's, horses, trails, as well as water skiing, kayaking and wake-boarding. They even have an evening cruise nightly and a restaurant. Find out more at www.stonewatercove.com.
4. Caboose Junction Resort, Lampe
At Table Rock Lake in a natural setting, there is a place where you can stay in cabins that were made from train cabooses. Paddle boating, kayaking, fishing and pontoon boat rentals, rope swinging and deck diving, there will be plenty to keep you busy during your stay. For more information visit www.caboosejunctionresort.com.
5. Laumeier Sculpture Park, Sunset Hills
Located at 12580 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, the site was donated by Matilda Laumeier in memory of her late husband. The park itself was incorprated in 1977. There are approximately 60+ sculptures scattered throughout the property as well as the 1917 Estate House and a new Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center coming soon. They also have a yearly art fair during Mother's Day weekend featuring art venders, food and live music. For more information visit www.laumeier.org.
6. World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis
Whether a pro or a beginning chess player, there is something for everyone at this unique attraction. It features artistic pieces and boards, special exhibits, performance and concerts as well as exhibits featuring chess champions. They have been in St. Louis since 2011 and are located across from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis on 4652 Maryland Avenue. Find out more at www.worldchesshof.org.
7. Mutual Musicians Foundation, Kansas City
Located in the heart of Kansas City's historic jazz district, this foundation celebrating the history of jazz music still hosts jazz jam sessions on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 6:00 a.m, and jazz "rush hour" from 4:30-8:30 p.m. They are housed in a national historic landmark and offer food and a full bar. Find them at 1823 Highland Avenue. You can also visit their website at www.mutualmusiciansfoundation.org.
8. First Fridays, Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City
On the first Friday of every month, more than 10,000 people gather here to celebrate art in all its forms. They feature artists from all over and the event is free of charge.
9. Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene & Close Memorial Parks, Springfield
Spending all day walking around these gorgeous gardens is sure to make for a wonderful day. They have demonstration gardens, a butterfly house, a farmstead and a playground as well as access to the South Creek Greenway trail. Find out more at www.springfieldmo.gov/789/Springfield-Botanical-Gardens.
10. National Churchill Museum and Berlin Wall, Fulton
The sculpture, "Breakthrough" was created by Edwina Sandys, who happens to be Winston Churchill's granddaughter, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was dedicated by President Ronald Reagan in 1990, and was sculpted from actual pieces from the Berlin Wall. At 11 feet high and 32 feet long, it resides next to the National Churchill Museum, located on the campus of Westminster College...the site of Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech. For more information about the college, the museum or the sculpture you can visit www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org.
What are some other places not listed here that you would consider “hidden gems” in Missouri? Share them in the comments below.