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5 Unexpected Things to do in Missouri

Missouri | Photo courtesy of Thomas and Dianne Jones via Flickr

If you’ve made plans to visit Missouri this year, you’re in for a treat. This state has so much to offer, from artistic experiences, museums, outdoor activities—they don’t call it the ‘Show Me State’ for nothing! This list of activities are totally expected activities for each city and town that you should definitely look into on your trip.

Cherokee Antique Row – St Louis, MO

Close to downtown St Louis, this part of Cherokee Street proved to be a paradise for antique lovers, collectors, and trinket finders. The place accommodates a colourful assembly of shops, boutiques stores, arcades, and coffee bars, where all manners of treasures were found. You can find vintage furniture, hardware, and home furnishings to books and handcrafted cosmetics. Strolling around and exploring the collections presented by many vendors offers a great insight into the spirit and soul of St Louis.

Pinot’s Palette – Chesterfield, MO

Imagine a painter’s studio where you can realize your artistic potential in the company of friends while chatting and sipping on a glass of wine. This is a great couple’s activity to try in Chesterfield—creativity and entertainment will mix effortlessly with conversations and drinks flowing over the sketches emerging under your hands. Visitors can experiment under the guidance of the competent and patient professionals from the studio and create paintings in relaxed and fun environment. And, there is a bonus: you get to keep your creation as a testament of your talent or simply as a souvenir from a great night out.

Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum – Maryland Heights, MO

You don’t need to be a vintage aircrafts enthusiast to appreciate the beauty of the museum collections—their historical and aesthetic value is easily noticeable to all visitors. Four hangars hold a number of vintage aircrafts. All have lovingly been restored to their former beauty, and some of them are even functioning well enough to be seen in action and flying, weather permitting. The museum’s staff members provide excellent background information, and their enjoyment of the beauty of the collections they curate passes easily on to the guests. The Maryland Heights museum boasts an exclusive assortment of aircrafts featured in movies and TV shows—a rare treat for cinema buffs and aircrafts fans alike!

Wydown Park – Clayton, MO

Lush, fresh, and serene, the park’s space, framed by blooming gardens offered the perfect terrain for recreation, rest, and play. Close to Clayton’s busy streets, yet beautifully sheltered from the city’s hustle and bustle, Wydown offers an urban haven and a romantic hideaway where metal garden benches hide among the flowers and trees blooming on the sides of the wide footpaths.

Wolfe Creek Preserve – Branson, MO

A wonderful place for eco-exploits and the best zipline canopy tour for all the family is Wolfe Creek Preserve in Branson. The views from the Ozark Mountain are stunningly beautiful, the trainers caring and considerate, and the experience is thrilling and educational for all ages. You’ll be able to see all the different types of flora and fauna in the area while challenging yourself to new heights.