What to do for Memorial Day Weekend
Start planning for Memorial Day weekend. Here's how you can enjoy barbecues, splashing around under the Ozarks sun and local celebrations.
May 01 2023 at 8 a.m.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, which means it’s time to enjoy the warmer weather by spending some time outside. Plan a float trip, quick getaway to a popular Midwest city or find a local celebration. Check out a few picks below.
Activities to Kick Off Summer this Memorial Day
Take a Break on the Lake
Insider's Guide to Table Rock Lake
There’s so much on Table Rock Lake to discover and explore, and this insider’s guide to Table Rock Lake is a great place to start.
Find a Hidden Gem
Hidden Gems in Southwest Missouri
Leave routine behind and embark on a little adventure to find shopping, dining and experiences that are a bit off the beaten path.
Take a Hike
Best Hiking Trails in the Ozarks
The Ozarks are a wonderland of trails, both hidden and super-accessible. From a stroll on the Ozark Greenways to an adventurous hike to a spectacular outlook on Mount Magazine, there are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy nature.
Plan the Perfect Getaway
52 Weekend Getaways
Quick trips and nearby destinations in southwest Missouri and beyond for every week of the year.
Things to do in Branson, Missouri
When you think “weekend getaway,” think Branson, Missouri! It’s the perfect place to check out tons of attractions, shows, adventures and fun for the whole family.Partner Content
Lake Season Begins
Your Guide to the Best Lake Getaways in Missouri
We love lake season here in the Ozarks. Whether you're looking for a family friendly getaway, an afternoon of sailing or a quiet cove to relax in, Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake and Stockton Lake have exactly what you need.
Hit the River
Best Float Trips in the Ozarks
Explore 10 scenic float trips that can only be enjoyed in the Ozarks. Find tips for floating the Big Piney River, Jack's Fork, Current River, James River, Niangua and the North Fork in Missouri and the Kings River in Arkansas among others.
Take a Dip at Fassnight Park This Memorial Day Weekend
Plan to spend your Memorial Day weekend at Fassnight Park with its beloved old-school pool.
Four Places to Find Zen in Springfield
We rounded up four of our favorite places in Springfield to have a calming moment in nature—where it’s just you, your thoughts and the fresh air.
Boost Your Barbecue with These Locally-Made Sides
Bring one of these locally made side dishes to your next get-together.
Cook up Your Own Memorial Day Treats
Become a Grill Master: Inventive Ways to Tackle the Flames
Change up your usual cooking routine, and make something a bit unexpected on your grill tonight. A local farmer and foodie spill some of their favorites.
Build the Perfect Pizza Pie at Home
One of the best ways to take advantage of the bounty of local, seasonal ingredients—and get creative at the same time—is to make homemade pizza. We dug up a few fun ways to get started.
Grilled Glazed Peaches with Peach Thin Crisps
Serve warm peaches next to cold ice cream and top with a crisp. Recipe courtesy of The Food Channel.
Mixed Berry Puff Pastry
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries go into this mixed berry puff pastry. Recipe by Chef Johnson Tan of Ocean Zen.
I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM
Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream couldn't be simpler. Make this vanilla ice cream for a cool summer treat.
Cowboy Carl Burger
The Cowboy Carl Burger will give your guests a little extra giddy up. Recipe by Chef Mike Jalili of Touch, Flame and Black Sheep.
TWIST ON A CLASSIC
Swap tomatoes for your favorite fruit for an outside-the-box take on caprese salad.
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