Explore 28 Great Parks
Make it your mission to explore as many of these state, national and local parks as you can this summer, and use our guide as your road map to adventure.
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Stockton Lake is known for sailing, but if you're a landlubber, waterfront campsites at Stockton State Park offer unbeatable views of the lake. Photo by Chuck Travers.
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Missouri’s natural spaces are some of the state’s best assets, and there are more to explore than you might realize. In addition to your favorite neighborhood parks, our region is packed with state parks and even a few national park properties that preserve huge swaths of our most beautiful places. Make it your mission to explore as many of these state, national and local parks as you can this summer, and use our guide as your road map to adventure.
Events this Summer
There’s a caterpillar petting zoo, ladybugs on display, a costume contest and more. Free, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June 24, Springfield Botanical Gardens
This is your chance to get out onto the water at Lake Springfield! $10 per hour, ongoing through summer, Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina
Kids age 11 to 14 can take on caving in Arkansas, paddleboarding on Table Rock Lake, climbing at Zenith Climbing Center and paddling on the James River. June 15, June 29, July 6, July 13; $30 per class, $100 for all four classes. Register by calling 417-833-8647.
Weather permitting, this overnight paddling and camping trip takes participants on a 20-mile trek down a spring-fed river. August 5 to 5 p.m. August 6.; $45. Register by calling 417-833-8647.