5 Beaches In Missouri That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re At The Ocean
By Beth Price-Williams|Updated on July 08, 2023(Originally published July 04, 2023)
A professional writer for more than two decades, Beth has lived in nearly a dozen states – from Missouri and Virginia to Connecticut and Vermont – and Toronto, Canada. In addition to traveling extensively in the U.S. and the U.K., she has a BA in Journalism from Point Park University (PA), a MA in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Stockton University (NJ), and a Master of Professional Writing from Chatham University (PA). A writer and editor for Only In Your State since 2016, Beth grew up in and currently lives outside of Pittsburgh and when she’s not writing or hanging out with her bunnies, budgies, and chinchilla, she and her daughter are out chasing waterfalls.
Does a summer day get any better than when we spend it at the beach? We can sunbathe on our beach towel on top of the soft sand then cool down with a trip to the lake that hugs the sandy beach. Beach volleyball, summer goodies like ice cream (we’ve got a whole list of the best ice cream shops in Missouri!), and cloudless skies all make those beach days some of the most memorable of summer. Missouri may not be a coastal state, but we’re not afraid to flaunt the amazing beauty that we’ve got! Here are five beaches in Missouri that, if you close your eyes, will make you swear you’re at the ocean.
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How far is the ocean from Missouri?
Missouri is a landlocked state that is located pretty close to the geographic center of the U.S. As such, ocean beaches in Missouri (and views) are quite distant! The Gulf of Mexico, part of the greater Atlantic Ocean, is the closest to Missouri at only 400 miles away. The Eastern seaboard of the Atlantic is around 800 miles away as the crow flies, while the Pacific Ocean is closer to 1,500 miles.
Does Missouri have any lazy rivers?
Absolutely! Missouri was seemingly made for river floating, and fortunately, the state has plenty of options to choose from. For a summer activity that offers a little more relaxation and a little less adrenaline, tubing down one of Missouri's many man-made or natural lazy rivers is the perfect way to soak up every drop of summer sunshine.
What are the weirdest museums in Missouri?
Peruse a more…unique side of Missouri with a visit to one of the state’s weirdest museums. From memorialized hair to warehouses of vintage toys, these eclectic specialty museums are definitely worth a visit: