Six destinations in Missouri to cure cabin fever:
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
By Stephen Foutes
Special to GUIDON

The long, slow march to spring is underway, but the abundance of winter activities in Missouri can help you avoid an outbreak of cabin fever.

In fact, exploring Missouri during the winter months is the perfect antidote.

Here’s a look at six ways to stay cabin-fever free while enjoying winter activities in Missouri and waiting for the flowers to bud anew:

At Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Mo., a tour group views the Theatre Room, which features the 70-foot-tall formation known as the “State Curtain.”
— Interact with nature:
The Missouri Department of Conservation operates several Conservation Nature Centers, Interpretive Centers and Hatcheries where exhibits and activities keep kids enthralled. Conservation Nature Centers include Twin Pines in Winona, Runge in Jefferson City, Springfield in Springfield, Burr Oak Woods in Blue Springs, Powder Valley in Kirkwood, Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau and the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. Elsewhere around Missouri, the Department of Conservation has the Northeast Regional Office and Interpretive Center in Kirksville, the Northwest Regional Office and Interpretive Center in St. Joseph, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson, Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood, the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in St. Louis and the Forest Park Office in St. Louis. You can get more information and directions to these and other MDC destinations at

Handwritten manuscripts are on display at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo.
— Take a road trip:
Travel Missouri’s section of Route 66 to see sights such Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield. Or maybe you’d prefer to travel across northern Missouri’s Highway 36  to connect with notable  Missourians at places such as the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal and the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede. Closer to the Fort Leonard Wood area, you can visit shops and sights along the historic Waynesville Square or visit the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Exhibit at Laughlin Park, or head to nearby Lebanon, which has Route 66-themed murals at Boswell Park and the Route 66 Museum, located inside the Lebanon-Laclede County Library at 915 South Jefferson Ave.

— See a live show: Whether you’re choosing from among the popular shows found along the famous Highway 76 Strip in Branson, or a touring act visiting venues such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City or the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, you’re never far from a great live show the entire family will enjoy.

— Go wild at the zoo
: You may prefer to wait for one of those warmer days, but colder temperatures seem a little more fitting when you check out penguin shenanigans at Puffin and Penguin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo and Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo. Also, there’s never a bad time to feed the giraffes at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.

— Pamper yourself:
Okay, you get to leave the kids with grandma for this one. Alleviate the stresses of daily life when you escape to Missouri spas. Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark and Spa Chateau at Chateau on the Lake in Branson are co-located with popular resorts, while Halcyon Spa in Augusta is a stone’s throw from the Katy Trail in the heart of Missouri wine country.

— Warm up in a cool cave: When it’s 20 degrees or below outside, a trip underground to one of Missouri’s caves feels like a warm spring day. After all, it’s usually 55 degrees or warmer in places like Fantastic Caverns in Springfield, Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Bridal Cave in Camdenton and Smallin Civil War Cave in Ozark.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways for you to get out and experience winter activities in Missouri. You can also create your own remedy for cabin fever with more information on these and other destinations, activities and events listed online at, the official website of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

(Editor’s note: Foutes writes for the Missouri Division of Tourism. This article originally appeared on the division’s website,
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 January 2018 )