Runge Nature Center
At the Runge Conservation Nature Center, come and enjoy the wonders of Missouri's habitats and the fish, forest and wildlife resources found in the Show-Me State. Get acquainted with beauty as we travel from the rugged prairies of the north to the swamplands of the Bootheel. Hiking trails for exercise and learning. View website
Today a visit to the 134-year-old Mansion is truly a "handclasp with history," as former first lady Mrs. John Dalton once said. From its windows in 1911, Mrs. Hadley and her children watched the State Capitol go up in flames. Within its walls have been such notables as the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia, General George Custer, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Harry Truman, William Jennings Bryan, Jefferson Davis, Vice-President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton.
Missouri State Capitol High on a bluff and visible for miles is the magnificent State Capitol. Completed in 1918, this Renaissance-style building covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City. It is the third Capitol, the two previous having been destroyed by fire in 1837 and 1911. Guided tours of the building are given each day, every hour on the hour, first tour at 8 a.m., last tour at 4 p.m., no tours at noon. To schedule group tours, call (573) 751-2854. View website
Cole County Historical Museum
Located across Madison Street form the Governor's Mansion, the Museum occupies a building constructed in 1971. The Museum houses a collection of inaugural ball gowns of the former first ladies of the State among other notable Cole County memorabilia. On the top floor is Grandma's Attic, a collection of toys and artifacts of interest to children. Open for tours Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Admission charged. Call (573) 635-1850 for group reservations. View website
Jefferson Landing State Historic SiteIs significant as a rare surviving Missouri River landing. The Lohman Building, built in 1839, is a sturdy stone structure that served as a tavern and hotel,and in its day, also housed one of the city's largest warehouse and mercantile businesses. Today, the main floor contains a visitor center with exhibits on transportation. Visit website
The Katy Trail
Is a 225 mile (365 km) bike path "Rails to Trails" stretching across most of the state of Missouri. (Use this link if you're looking for the Dallas Katy Trail). Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead. After leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana. Complimentary shuttle service offered to and from the trail. View website
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