Quick Trip: Joplin
Shop, dine, sleep and play in 417-land's western paradise.
Joplin is a great spot for a quick weekend getaway. Although it’s a small city, the streets of Joplin are often bustling with many of the town’s 45,000 residents and students from Missouri Southern State University and a few other local colleges. There’s a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment available, and an amazing casino and resort just minutes away. So what are you waiting for? Hop in the car and head west.
Located in the country six miles from the center of Joplin, Prosperity School Bed & Breakfast (4788 County Rd. 200, Joplin, 417-673-0833, prosperitybandb.com) is housed in a quaint old school house with four upscale guest rooms, three which have two-person tubs. They serve a full breakfast every morning. Another great lodging option is the Bit of Eden Bed & Breakfast (3546 South Pearl, Joplin, 417-782-8592). It has two bedrooms, but it hosts only one couple at a time (unless two couples are traveling together). The owners fix a full country breakfast with plenty of options. If you prefer the luxurious feel of a schmancy hotel, you’ll want to check out Downstream Casino Resort (69300 East Nee Rd., Quapaw, Oklahoma, 918-919-6000, downstreamcasino.com). For more information on Downstream, see Play.
If you’re in the mood for fine dining, you’ll love Wilders Steakhouse (1216 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-623-7230, wilderssteakhouse.com). The spot has been a historic Joplin landmark since 1929, and the menu is filled with an extensive wine list and delicious steak, seafood and pasta options. If you’re looking for a spot that’s a little more casual but still yummy, check out the Red Onion Café (203 E. 4th St., Joplin, 417-623-1004, redonionrestaurants.com). This spot specializes in casual urban dining and boasts menu items such as lobster ravioli filled with lobster, shrimp and scallops, and Metro, which is a bacon-wrapped filet served over a chive cream sauce.
For a kid-friendly weekend, check out the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A., Joplin, 417-782-6287). Here there are hiking trails, an aquarium, bird-watching stations and a variety of learning exhibits. To see a variety of first-class art work, visit George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W. 3rd St., Joplin, 417-623-3805, spivaarts.org). This art center has three art galleries, one with national and international artists, and the other two with local artists’ work. While you’re here, visit the gift shop, where you can buy a piece of art to take home yourself.
Downstream Casino Resort (69300 East Nee Rd., Quapaw, Oklahoma, 918-919-6000, downstreamcasino.com) offers a wide variety of entertainment options for guests. Located near Joplin, the spot has a casino filled with the newest gaming machines on the market, traditional table games and the most stylish poker room in Oklahoma. The spot also has a venue that brings in live entertainment almost every weekend of the year and a championship golf course.
Downtown Joplin offers a variety of great spots to shop. The Upstairs Boutique (502 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-781-6581, upstairsboutique.com) is a women’s clothing and accessory store. If you’re crazy about shoes and accessories, you’ll love Sophie (3929 E. Seventh St., Suite I, Joplin, 417-782-6300, sophieshoes.com). The spot has mainstream brands in unique styles that aren’t often found in other stores. You’ll find an abundance of quality home accessories in a charming house-like setting at Madison Lane Interiors (505 W. Second St., Joplin, 417-206-0550).