National Parks / Natural World in Missouri with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Show Me State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Missouri offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Missouri itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Missouri Botanical Garden

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    St Louis

    Visit the country's OLDEST botanical garden in continuous operation! An oasis in St. Louis, with 79 acres of beautiful displays and gardens.

  • The Earthways Center

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    St Louis

    The EarthWays Home, a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 at 3617 Grandel Square, was renovated in 1994 to showcase practical demonstrations of energy efficient systems, recycled products ...

  • Katy Trail State Park

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    Columbia

    Explore one of the longest rail-to-trails in the entire USA in this Missouri state park. Some of the sections are even part of the history Lewis & Clark Historic Trail!

  • Jordan Valley Park

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    Springfield

    Indoor ice skating, waterfalls, fountains and open play space in Springfield at this fun family park!

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  • National Frontier Trails Museum

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    Independence

    Welcome to the National Frontier Trails Museum! The National Frontier Trails Museum is a museum, interpretive center, and research library dedicated to telling the rich history of America's ...

  • Childrens Peace Pavilion

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    Independence

    The Children's Peace Pavilion was established in 1995 as a gift to all children from the Community of Christ. In January of that year the doors of the Children's Peace Pavilion opened to an ...

  • The American Royal Museum

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    Kansas City

    Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents.Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits.Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City\'s rich and ...

  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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    Kansas City

    Through the inspiration of Horace M. Peterson III (1945-1992), founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America, a group of local historians, business leaders, and former baseball players came together ...

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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    Kansas City

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best ...

  • Airline History Museum

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    Kansas City

    The Airline History Museum is located at the Historic Downtown Airport, in Kansas City, Missouri. To walk through it is to truly step back in time, to a different and more graceful age of air ...

  • Pony Express Museum

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    Saint Joseph

    Come and experience the many exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits conveying the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. Whatever your age, you're sure to be ...

  • American Jazz Museum

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    Kansas City

    The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. Includes interactive exhibits and films, educational ...

  • Kansas City Museum

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    Kansas City

    Field trips to the Kansas City Museum are real attention-grabbers designed to fully engage the kids in your group. We provide a genuine learning experience that simply can't be duplicated for ...

  • Arabia Steamboat Museum

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    Kansas City

    The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. Discovery the history behind the Stemaboat Arabia. Today, the remains of the Arabia can be viewed at the ...

  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

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    Hannibal

    The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties includes eight buildings; six historically significant buildings and two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original ...

  • The Magic House Museum

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    St Louis

    Hands-on learning experiences in St. Louis that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills for kids!

  • Saint Louis Art Museum

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    St Louis

    The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 30,000 works of art.

  • Auto WorldCar Museum and Kingdom Expo

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    Fulton

    The Backer Collection of vintage Automobiles consists of over 120 vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles dating from 1903 to 1993. 84 of these vehicles are displayed at Auto World; sitting ...

  • Museum of Art and Archaeology

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    Columbia

    The Museum of Art and Archaeology is the art museum of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Its galleries are free and open to the public, and showcase a wide range of archaeological and artistic ...

  • General Sweeneys Museum of Civil War History

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    Republic

    Explore the rich Civil War heritage of the Ozark Mountain Country, at General Sweeny's Museum of Civil War History and adjacent Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Our facility displays artifacts ...

  • Ripleys Believe It or Not Odditorium

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    Branson

    The odd and unusual displays inside this Odditorium are not the only thing that draws visitors to see this place. The building itself is one of the most photographed buildings in the world!

  • Stars and Stripes Museum

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    Bloomfield

    Founded in 1991, the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library Association, Inc. is a dedicated group of men and women committed to preserving the history of the United States Armed Forces military newspaper, ...

  • Powers Museum

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    Carthage

    Since 1988, the Powers Museum has focused on Carthage's history with changing annual exhibits on selected themes. Gift shop, tourist info, and reference library on site. Hands-on activities, ...

  • Science City

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    Kansas City

    Imaginations can run wild at Science City at Union Station, where kids can learn and explore in all things science through fun exhibits, including one of the largest planetariums in the Midwest!

  • National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

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    Kansas City

    Get whisked back in time through displays of the toys that defined generations. A magical journey through the evolution of childhood in Kansas City!

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

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    Branson

    An incredible experience aboard this Titanic experience where kids can walk the Grand Staircase, touch a REAL live iceberg, learn to send an SOS message... and much more!

  • The Discovery Center of Springfield

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    Springfield

    An interactive, hands-on museum where kids can discover about the world, science, and how things work!

  • City Museum

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    St Louis

    This St. Louis museum is one of the most unusual in the country, with multi-level madness, a rooftop Ferris Wheel and 3 stories of creativity - including caves!

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Branson

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    Branson

    Rub shoulders with the stars at this Hollywood Wax Museum, with themed tributes to action, romance, sci-fi and comedy genres!

  • Andrew County Museum

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    Savannah

    An insight into the fascinating history of the county's past, including the rural way of life.

  • Kansas City Zoo

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    Kansas City

    Kansas City Zoo - Looking for wild family fun? See our tigers roar, cheetahs run, and polar bears flip. Each day is a new adventure. Marvel at more than 1,000 exotic animals featured in indoor and ...

  • World Aquarium

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    St. Louis

    Over 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at this St.Louis aquarium, with interactive fun for kids too!

  • St Louis Zoo

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    St Louis

    he Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began a long and slow process to ...

  • The Butterfly House

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    Chesterfield

    The mission of the Butterfly House, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, is to foster a better understanding and increased awareness of our natural world. This facility presents an ...

  • Dickerson Park Zoo

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    Springfield

    Take a walk on the wild side at Dickerson Park Zoo. The zoo, located in Springfield, Missouri, is home to more than 500 animals representing 170 species. One of the many fun family places to go if ...