Seasonal August 24, 2021
The Ultimate Guide To Seasonal Activities In Missouri: Pumpkin Patches, Christmas Lights, Water Parks, And More
Living in Missouri promises so much fun all year, especially when it comes to seasonal activities. Breathe in the fresh air by celebrating the return of spring with a visit to a local flower farm to pick your own flowers; keep an eye out for monarch butterflies, and prepare water for the arrival of the hummingbirds. Summer’s return means finding as many ways to stay cool as we can – from playing at our favorite waterparks to meandering on a natural lazy river on a float trip. The heat seamlessly transitions into the crisp, cool days of fall and a full menu of classic activities, including visits to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, marveling at the brilliant fall foliage, escaping corn mazes, and sipping fresh apple cider from our favorite cider mill. Perhaps the most magical season of the year, winter offers a full slate of beauty. We visit our favorite Christmas village, climb aboard a sleigh ride or a Christmas train ride, and drink in the sheer magnificence of the Christmas lights that illuminate the entire state. Here’s just a peek at the many magical seasonal activities in Missouri that deserve a spot of your bucket list.
Visit This Dreamy Flower Farm In Missouri
A stroll through fields of flowers offers the perfect way to celebrate spring. Turtle Hills Farm in Sullivan welcomes visitors from April through September. Meander through the colorful flower fields until you find your favorite flowers. Pick your favorites – vibrant tulips or golden sunflowers, maybe? Then grab a picnic table to prepare and arrange your flowers for the journey home. The flower farm also hosts special events, including the Girls Day Out. Don’t forget to bring your camera for this one-of-a-kind experience.
Are you counting down the days until your first spring visit to this dreamy flower farm in Missouri?
The Most Epic Water Parks In Missouri
Staying cool, especially during the scorching days of summer, is so easy in Missouri, especially with the many lakes and rivers we have. We’re also fortunate to have our fair share of water parks. River Rapids Waterpark in Ste. Genevieve offers a ton of fun for both kids and adults. The kids, in fact, have their own Kid Zone, where they can check out the water bomb; play in the wading pool, and zip down slides. All age attractions range from such favorites as a lazy river and a speed slide to a thrilling four-lane mat racer.
What’s your favorite water park in Missouri?
The Best All-Day Float Trip In Missouri
Does it really get any better than spending a simmering summer day floating down a natural lazy river in Missouri? Dangle your feet in the cool Current River when you embark on a float trip with KC’s on the Current. The river outfitter offers several float trips, including one that spans 21 miles over nine hours. (It’s for kayaks and canoes only.) However, if you’ve got your heart set on floating in a tube, you’ll have to opt for the six-mile float which usually takes around five hours.
Is an all-day float trip in Missouri on your summer bucket list?
The Most Charming Pumpkin Patches In Missouri
A fall day trip to the pumpkin patch promises magical memories, no matter your age. If you have an autumn bucket list, definitely add Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch in Kearney to the top of your list. Climb aboard a classic wagon for a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, where you can stroll up and down the rows until you find your favorite pumpkins. You’ll have 60 types of pumpkins from which to choose. Get lost in a corn maze, or join the kiddos in a kid-sized corn maze. Don’t forget to meet the resident farm animals, and indulge in some fall goodies, too.
What’s your favorite pumpkin patch in Missouri?
Picture-Perfect Apple Orchards In Missouri
Stroll through rows and rows of fresh, ripe apples at the charming apple orchards that dot the Missouri countryside this fall. Gardener's Orchard and Bakery in Brighton, for example, is perfect for picking apples and for indulging in a scrumptious glass of apple cider or an apple cider slushie. Knowlan Family Farm in Bufordville boasts a variety of apples, including Granny Smith, Empire, and Pink Lady. Watch as fresh apple juice is made at John & Linda’s U-Pick Fruit and Berry Farm in Bates City. Pick as many fresh apples as you want during your visit, too.
When will you make your first fall visit to your favorite apple orchard in Missouri?
Get Lost In These Awesome Missouri Corn Mazes
Voted one of the best corn mazes in the United States, Exeter’s Corn Maze is all about autumn fun. Start your visit by find your way out of the eight-acre corn maze. Then check out all of the other fun the destination has to offer, including a 75-acre pumpkin patch, go-karts, ziplines, and a petting zoo. Prefer a little bit of spookiness to your corn maze? Make your way to Brookdale Farms in St. Louis after dark for a terrifically terrifying adventure. (You can also visit during the day for its classic corn maze.) See how long it takes you to escape the Red Corn Maze Massacre,
if you dare
How long will it take you to escape from one of Missouri’s awesome corn mazes?
The Missouri Halloween Town That Will Terrify And Delight You
What would the spooky season be without a whole lot of ghost stories and maybe even coming face-to-face with the paranormal? A visit to the most haunted town in Missouri, Potosi, is spine-chilling anytime of the year, but during the fall? You’re in for a real treat. Join a paranormal ghost tour if you’re brave enough. If you just want to test the waters to see if you’re up for a ghost tour, head over to the town cemetery. You might even run into the spirit of Moses Austin, whose grave had once been disturbed by mischievous townspeople.
Are you brave enough to visit this real haunted Missouri town during the spookiest season of the year?
The Most Magical Christmas Village In Missouri
Arguably one of Missouri’s most charming villages any time of the year, Saint Charles transforms into a magical wonderland during the holiday season. Its quaint shops and charming restaurants make it perfect for Christmas shopping and enjoying a delicious meal. Decked out in classic holiday decorations, the enchanting village hosts holiday events where visitors can roast chestnuts over an open fire, listen to classic Christmas tunes sung by carolers, and climb aboard an old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriage for a tour of the village. The fun lasts through Christmas Eve annually.
Will you visit Saint Charles to get into the Christmas spirit this season?
The One Of A Kind Christmas Train In Missouri
Christmas brings out the child in all of us. Bring the whole family along, and awaken your inner child, with a ride aboard the Polar Express with the Branson Scenic Railway. Slip on your comfiest pair of PJs (if you want) for a one-of-a-kind train ride that includes cookies, hot chocolate, and readings of the book that inspired the Polar Express train rides. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be along for the ride and to meet and to pose for photos with passengers. Tickets for the hugely popular Polar Express generally go on sale in the spring, so make sure you get your tickets early.
Will you be lucky enough to catch the Polar Express this holiday season?
Must-Visit Spots To View Christmas Lights In Missouri
A treasured holiday tradition for many Missourians is going to see the Christmas lights at one of the many drive-thru or walk-thru Christmas lights displays. The annual Celebration of Lights in O’Fallon, for example, draws visitors from all over with its shimmering lights displays. If you’re up for a stroll in the crisp winter air, stop by Zoo Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo, or visit an Old-Time Christmas at Branson’s Silver Dollar City. Be sure to add Candy Cane Lane in St. Louis to your holiday bucket list, too.
Where is your favorite spot to view the Christmas lights in Missouri?