100+ Free Things to Do in Missouri
I’m a Show-Me State through and through as well as a frugal gal, so for me, the challenge was to narrow it down to 100 things. But here in Missouri, we have lots to see, do, and of course enjoy whether you are a local, a seasoned traveler, or even a family setting out to Missouri for a vacation. We are the Show-Me State as well as the Gateway to the West so from all tips of the state we will have you covered.
Missouri has 56 State Parks and 35 Historic Sites to see and all offer something unique. While some of them have fee areas, there are always lots of hiking trails and public use areas for all to use. We are partial to Crowder State Park and Poosey Conservation Area and Pikes Lake. (Hint there is a free drive-through only once a year and it is a GORGEOUS time to see parts, not always open to the public.) It’s always the third weekend of October so you know when to go!
- Ride the KC Streetcar line to discover downtown areas with 16 fun stops. Some of them include Power & Light District, River Market and many more!
- Boulevard Brewery Co. is dubbed Kansas City’s favorite beer and on Wednesday’s you can tour for free! Plus at the end of the tour you get free samples, you must be 21 years old or older to sample the beer.
- The City Market is located in Kansas City and it’s the largest farmers market around. Open 7 days a week there is always something to see and do while you are there.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Money Museum includes interactive exhibits on money, banking, history and so much more!
- Kaleidoscope is brought to you by Hallmark and is an inside activity for those rainy days! But the best part is that it is FREE and allows kids to use their imaginations.
- Need more KC Fun ideas here are 8 more FREE Things to do in KC!
North of Kansas City
Shatto Dairy Farm is in Osborn, MO and outside of the “Kansas City” area but it is worth the drive! Be sure you call ahead for a farm tour.
Burr Oaks Conservation Area has a great nature center but you can go to any State Park and find something to do while you are visiting. Most of them have hiking trails, fishing areas, picnic areas, animal wildlife you can watch and much more.
- One of my favorites is the Gateway Arch National Monument, AKA The St. Louis Arch as it was called for most of my life. While there are fee areas, you can see it for free as long as you don’t want to go up into the Arch, but I highly suggest doing it.
- Grant’s Farm– 281 Acres of land, animals, Clydesdales and much more. Plus the ancestral home of the Busch family, named for Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked a portion of the land. You do have to pay for Parking and other add-ons if you want them, but even if you just take in all of the free activities, you can spend a day there easily.
- St. Louis Zoo is also FREE and it is considered one of the best zoos in the nation.
- Forrest Park you can walk, bike, play golf, attend activities and of course take in the sites and sounds as well as museums and more.
- Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour located at 12th and Lynch. Just plan about 45 minutes to see the brewery process.
We have always loved the Springfield/Branson area and there are lots of things to do that are low cost and even free. While today we are focusing on the free things that are offered. One of our favorites is the Branson Landing plus people-watching is always a fun pass time.
- Here are 7 more free & fun things you can do in Branson while you visit!
- Springfield has the World’s Largest Fork you can see located at 2215 W Chesterfield BLVD. It stands 35 feet tall, but if that isn’t enough, you can check out Historic Route 66 and these 4 fun Springfield finds as well.
Need more ideas? Check out Fun for Kids in Kansas City, but not all of them are free.