If you’re passing through the Show-Me state and looking for some fun things to do in Boonville, Missouri, read on! This town might be small, but there is a whole lot going on here!
Things to Do in Boonville, Missouri
Conveniently located in North-Central Missouri on I-70, about 20 miles West of Columbia and two hours east of Kansas City, the city of Boonville packs a lot of history and fun into a small place. Named after Daniel Boone’s sons, Nathan and Daniel Morgan, this small city is home to around 8,500 people. Founded in 1817, it is the county seat of Cooper County and the birthplace of country singer Sara Evans. Due to its strategic location, Boonville was fought over during the Civil War and occupied by both Union forces and the Confederacy.
Today, the city of Boonville is a lovely town along the banks of the Missouri River. This peaceful area is a nice place to live and raise a family. And if you’re passing through the area, check out five of the cool things you can do in Boonville!
Win Some Money Gambling at the Isle of Capri
Isle of Capri Casino – 100 Isle of Capri Drive, Boonville, MO 65233. 1-800-THE-ISLE. Website: www.isleofcapri.com
The Isle of Capri Casino is part of Caesars Entertainment and is like finding a tiny piece of Las Vegas in mid-Missouri. And just like the great gambling casinos of Nevada, the Isle of Capri offers so much more than the opportunity to win money.
The large hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms and suites. Choose from Queen and King-sized pillow-top mattresses. Each room and suite includes 42-inch high-definition TVs, wireless internet, a charging station for your phone, coffee makers and mini-refrigerators, ironing boards, and in-room safes. Suites also include a large soaker tub for two.
The Isle of Capri has handicap accessible rooms, and pet-friendly rooms are available on request (for pets 30 lbs or less.) Guest rooms include access to the casino, the 24-hour fitness center, and the on-site restaurants.
The Isle of Capri is doing all it can to make your stay as safe as possible during this challenging time. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, be sure to check their website for special offers!
Visit the Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch
Warm Springs Ranch, 25270 Highway 98, Boonville, MO 65233. 1-888-972-5933. Website: www.warmspringsranch.com
Whether you are a fan of beer or not, there is no denying the enchantment of the Budweiser Clydesdales. But did you know that those beautiful horses are born in Boonville?
The Warm Spring Ranch is the home of over 70 Clydesdales, ranging in age from foals to stallions. There are a variety of barns, a veterinary lab, and 10 pastures for the horse to run and play.
Visitors to the Ranch can schedule a tour to see all the sights. Not only can you explore the facilities with a guided walking tour, but they also have private VIP tours available where you will get to know the horses up close, see the foaling area, and talk to one of the horse handlers.
Be sure to check the website when planning your visit, so you can find out exactly what activities are available. And during the visit, don’t miss the gift shop where you can find all kinds of fun Budweiser merchandise!
New Visitors Center and River, Rails & Trails Museum
Visitors Center and River, Rails & Trails Museum – 100 East Spring Street, Boonville, MO 65233. 1-660-882-3967. Website: www.goboonville.com/2016/new-visitors-center-and-river-rails-trails-museum
This wonderful visitors center and museum is a great place to learn all about the history of Boonville. Learn about Lewis and Clark, the wagon trains, steamboats, and trains, and so much more, this museum makes history so fun, you won’t even notice you’re learning. Located in the historic Depot District, when you are finished checking out the museum, there are many places to get a bite to eat before heading off for another adventure!
See the Cars in Lewis Miller’s Mitchell Collection
Boonville Tourism Office, 320 First Street, Boonville, MO 660-882-3967 Website: www.mitchellcarcollection.com
Mitchell was one of the first car manufacturers in the country, starting off in 1900. Their first motorcars hit the road the same year that the Ford Motor Company released their vehicles – 1903. Prior to that, the founder – Henry Mitchell – was known for his wagons. In fact, he was known as the “first wagon maker of the Northwest.” And for a time, his cars were just as successful.
The first Mitchell cars were quite impressive for their time. There was a single-cylinder two-stroke engine and the four-stroke engine. But they were only the first of many vehicles they would release over the years – cars that became very well-known for their beauty and style. Unfortunately, by 1924, the Mitchell Motor Car Company was all but gone.
If you want to see some of these extraordinary vehicles first-hand, Lewis Miller’s Mitchell Car Collection in Boonville is a joy to behold. Learn about the history of the car company before walking among them in a showroom filled with beautiful wagons, bicycles, motorcycles, and – of course – the cars. Beautifully preserved, these vehicles offer you the opportunity to imagine a world long left behind – when things were quieter, simpler, and a fun-filled evening included activities like perambulating around the streets, seeing the sights while socializing with your friends. Be sure to check out their website and make a reservation to visit soon!
Katy Trail State Park
Katy Trail State Park Website: www.mostateparks.com
If you love nature, the Katy Trail State Park is a must-see. This stunning place of beauty is the longest developed rail trail in the country. Take a walk in nature or ride a bike or horse if you prefer. There are so many ways to enjoy the natural world of the Katy Trail.
The Katy Trail gets its name from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT) of years past. It covers 240 miles between Clinton and Machens. Along the route are four fully-restored railroad depots and one section of the trail shows part of the route Lewis & Clark traveled on their epic journey.
Whether you spend a day – or a month exploring the Katy Trail, it is sure to be an adventure!
Small Town – Big Fun
Boonville may be a small town, but it is rich with beauty and fun offerings. Antique lovers will find shops to explore. And even just taking a walk down its peaceful streets can bring you relief from a busy world. And sometimes, that’s all you really need.