Missouri is filled with exciting attractions that are both iconic and surprising.
Known as the Show Me State, Missouri prides itself on offering one-of-a-kind destinations and adrenaline-pumping experiences. Whether you’re looking to relax in a garden, browse curiosities or spin around at top speeds on a roller coaster, this Midwestern state has an adventure for you.
The Gateway Arch
Standing an astounding 192 meters tall, the arch is the tallest memorial in the USA. The monument commemorates the important historic role played by Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president. and the city’s role as the USA expanded when settlers traveled west. Ride an enclosed tram inside the arch to the top and experience breathtaking views of St. Louis. Explore the grounds below the arch and take photographs of this iconic landmark.
The Gateway Arch towers 192 meters into the air
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield is the company’s flagship store and attracts more than 4 million people each year. Watch fish-feeding shows at seven amazing aquariums and get a peek at alligators and turtles at the in-store swamp. Walk through the National Archery Hall of Fame and see a handmade bow created by Native American Apache leader Geronimo. Explore the lifelike mounts and cascading waterfalls. When you get hungry, eat at Hemingway’s Blue Water Café before shopping the largest assortment of outdoor gear, apparel and gifts under one roof.
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City features the world’s largest small-scale miniature collection and one of the largest antique toy collections. The miniatures include famous architectural works, figures, fine art, furniture, glass, instruments, pottery, textiles and tools. Among the toys are dollhouses, dolls, games, mechanical toys, playsets and transportation. More than 72,000 items in this collection will bring back memories of the childhoods of generations past.
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the USA. It has over 31 hectares of beautiful flowers and lawns with a six-hectare Japanese strolling garden. You’ll also find the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered orchids and Henry Shaw’s 1850 estate home. This garden offers an oasis in St. Louis for people to explore and enjoy while learning about the plants and their environment.
A reflecting pool at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Silver Dollar City
Whether you like entertaining performances, delicious food, live music or thrilling rollercoaster rides, Silver Dollar City will have you spending the day smiling. This 1880s-style theme park in Branson was named one of the top 10 amusement parks in the world by Amusement Today magazine. The park features more than 40 rides and attractions, a family-friendly area, 60 shops, 12 restaurants, 40 live shows a day and the works of more than 100 resident craftsmen.
Six Flags St. Louis
Experience the thrills of Six Flags St. Louis, where people of all ages will enjoy a day of fun-filled adventures. Thrill seekers will want to ride on the Ninja, Boomerang or Screamin’ Eagle, and families will enjoy riding the Colossus Ferris Wheel, the Speed O’Drome Go-Karts and the railroad train. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the park, and find a bite to eat at a variety of dining options. From May through August, try refreshing water rides at Hurricane Harbor.