Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or history buff (or somewhere in between), there are many places in Missouri that can capture your imagination and take you on a new adventure. Tours across the state are complemented with the presence of a guide, who can give you expert insight on a specific place. Check out the 10 best guided tours in the state.
Just an hour away from the hustle and bustle of St. Louis, there is a network of caves called the Meramec Caverns. Guests have the opportunity to go on a guided tour with trained rangers and explore the unique passageways that highlight the beautiful mineral formations. Enjoy the 58-degree year-round temperature of the cave, while watching the light show dedicated to those who have served in the military. Check out their website for information on pricing and hours of operation.
Take a 75-minute drive through Kansas City and learn about some of the major sights of city known for its fountains and barbecue. Kansas City Fun tours offers a ride on an authentic trolley with air-conditioning through places like the Historic City Market, Crown Center, and Union Station. With tours running seven days a week, it would be a great way to explore this area without the fear of getting lost. Check out their website for more information on tickets and times.
Take a walk through the River Market neighborhood and listen to stories about things like the Pacific Hotel and their tie to the Civil War. Learn about the history of Kansas City and the importance of the Missouri River to the area. The tour is approximately 1.5-hour-long and are given year-round on Saturday and Sunday. Check out their website for times and cost.
If you are in the St. Louis area, there is a special way to learn about the city while getting some light exercise. Trikke STL Guided Tours provides a three-wheel Elekktric Trikke vehicle for their guests to use along six different planned trails within the city. Learn about the Bellefontaine Cemetery or Tower Grove Park after you learn how to properly operate the Trikke from a certified trainer. For more information on dates, tour times, and locations, visit their website.
For the fishing enthusiast, southern Missouri offers a unique way to explore the lakes in the Branson area. These guided fishing trips are headed by professional fishermen and are tailored to the needs of the skill level of the group. Join licensed professional fishing guide Rick Lisek as he shares his tips and tricks to help improve your skills, while enjoying a day out having fun on the water. Check out their website for more information on their prices and how to book your fishing trip.
Step back in time as you explore a Missouri gem, the Missouri Governor’s Mansion, located in the capitol city. Built in 1871, the three-story brick building includes 13 bedrooms, two parlors, and a library. This stately mansion is a historic treasure that can be toured during May-June and September-November. For more information on times and prices, please visit their website and click on the Tours tab.
This guided tour allows guest to explore Wolfe Creek Preserve just like a bird flying through the treetops on the eco-friendly zipline. While learning about the Ozarks ecology and geology, you will get to experience nature in all its glory. Watch a momma dear and her young forage for food or a hawk soar above the treetops, as you glide along the zipline. Check out their website for more information on their different packages and directions to the preserve.
Dive into the past and see what it was like to live in the Missouri State Penitentiary on a two or three-hour historical tour. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, take a paranormal tour and spend up to eight hours with tour guides as you use equipment to explore the claims of the supernatural. Whichever way you decide to tour this historic site, you are bound to learn something new about the darker side of Missouri’s past. For more information on pricing and times, visit their website and click on the Tours tab.
Considered one of the most haunted locations in the Ozarks, Pythian Castle was once home to orphans and windows during the early 1900s. After being owned and used by the U.S. government for military personnel, the property was sold off to a private owner and it was opened to the public for tours and events in 2010. If you are looking to find out more about the history of Missouri or looking for a place to investigate, this is a place to put on your list to visit the next time you are Springfield. Check out their website for more information on their prices and times for tours.
For those who love beer, there is one local brewery that offers tours and tastings at their location. Close to Union Station and Crown Center, the Boulevard Brewing company is a locally owned business started in 1989 and has grown steadily ever since. Tickets for the tour are free, but are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit their website for more information on times and dates.