Winter’s officially here! And, along with it comes plenty of fun things we can only do at this time of the year. Building snowmen. Starting impromptu snowball fights. And, lying on the ground and waving our arms and legs back and forth to make snow angels. But, that’s just the beginning of all the winter fun. Here are seven attractions during winter in Missouri to add to your to-do list.

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Winter In Missouri

How cold is it in Missouri during winter?

Missouri experiences cold winters, but the temperature can vary significantly across the state. In northern Missouri, temperatures often drop below freezing, with averages ranging from 20°F to 40°F (-6°C to 4°C). Southern Missouri tends to be slightly milder, with average temperatures ranging from 30°F to 50°F (-1°C to 10°C). 

Snowfall is common, particularly in the northern parts of the state, but amounts can vary yearly. Missouri's winters can also bring ice storms, particularly in the central and southern regions. The state's diverse geography, from the Ozark Mountains to the Missouri River, contributes to these varying winter conditions.

What are the best things to do in winter in Missouri?

Missouri offers a variety of enjoyable activities during the winter months:

  • Visit Branson: Known for its live entertainment and shows, Branson is particularly festive during the winter with holiday-themed performances.
  • Explore St. Louis: The city offers winter activities like ice skating in Forest Park and visiting the iconic Gateway Arch.
  • Skiing and Snowboarding: Resorts like Hidden Valley in Wildwood provide opportunities for skiing and snowboarding.
  • Winter Hiking: Trails in the Ozarks offer beautiful winter landscapes, and the state parks are less crowded during this season.
  • Eagle Watching: Winter is a great time to spot bald eagles, especially along the Mississippi River.
  • Holiday Lights: Enjoy the holiday light displays in various cities, like the Kansas City Plaza Lights or St. Louis' Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Warm Retreats: Cozy up in a cabin or bed and breakfast in the scenic Missouri wine country.
  • Indoor Attractions: Visit museums, indoor water parks, or the Missouri State Capitol.

 

These activities showcase Missouri's diverse winter offerings, from outdoor adventures to cultural experiences and festive holiday events.