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Things to do Labor Day Weekend in Southwest MO

Make your Labor Day celebrations worth remembering with the great outdoors, local activities and weekend getaways.

By Abigail Blaes

Aug 14 2020 at 9 a.m.

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to let off a little steam after the school year has begun and the summer weather begins to change. Soak up these last weeks of sun with some fabulous local events perfect for you! 

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Splish Splash

Southwest Missouri boasts some of the best owaterway activities in the country. We may be landlocked, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to enjoy water-filled adventures. 

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Best Coves in Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas
417-land and our close neighbor, Arkansas, are home to tons of amazing lakes, and within them are spots to cool off, hang out and waste the day away. Hop from Table Rock to Bull Shoals to Lake Taneycomo.

a kayak paddle is poised over the lake water ready to propel the kayak forward

Paddle Into a New Adventure This Summer
The sun is setting on lake season, and you’ve lazed the dog days away on a boat. But before the summer’s up, test your paddling prowess with these different ways to hit the water. Give your biceps a hearty workout and round out that tan with these paddle-powered experiences!

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Find Yourself a Swimming Hole
Ready for summer's last hurrah? Make your way to one of southwest Missouri's best swimming holes. These spots can be like secret hideaways for optimal fun or relaxation.

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The Best Floats & Springs
Summer isn’t just for lake life! A float trip down the rivers of southwest Missouri is a summer staple for many of us. From deep swimming holes and roiling falls to icy springs and first-rate trout fishing, these pristine streams offer something for every type of outdoorsy personality.

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417-land Staples

Whether you're a native, new to the area or are just visiting for the long weekend, southwest Missouri has a ton to do! Check out some of these lists of local activities and staples to see how many you've completed, and how many more you have to go.

The Great 417-land Scavenger Hunt
Challenge yourself and your family to complete as many of these activities as possible in a single weekend. It takes some planning and strategy!

31 Things to do in Springfield, MO
Whether you're looking for somewhere to eat or something to do, this is a great starter list of popular things to do in Springfield

50 Things Every 417-Lander Must Do
This list is mainly focused on activities and things to do!

31 Staples We Can't Stop Eating
And if you're famished, this is your go-to list of some of our favorite local dishes and drinks!

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Weekend Getaways and Road Trips

There’s no better way to break up the monotonous tone of summer than with a road trip and weekend spent away from your typical stomping grounds. Whether it’s cross-country, a 417-land small town, or a drop off I-44, it’s an easy way to keep things fresh and exciting!

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Small Town Getaways
We've rounded up nine of our favorite nearby small towns that offer big fun without extensive travel. Pack an overnight bag and see what area towns have to offer for a weekend getaway. Your next big (little) adventure awaits.

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Seven Stops on an I-44 Road Trip
Already on your way to St. Louis for a Cardinals game, a concert or a weekend away with friends? Don’t rush through that drive down I-44. We found seven stops that will make the Route 66 journey as much fun as the destination.

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Weekend Getaway Adventures
Feeling adventurous? There’s plenty of adventure to be found nearby, and lucky for you, we’ve planned out 52 amazing trips ready for you to take. From a taste of the South, embracing farm tradition, art focused, or a Route 66 journey, you can find something suitable for you.

Stick Close to Home
You don't have to travel far to enjoy something new. If you're not from Ozark and haven't checked out their downtown in a while, it's worth a visit! There's lots of shopping, eateries and outdoor spaces to enjoy.

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