Jefferson City has many gems to offer outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and thrill-seekers in the heart of Missouri.
Explore the Great Outdoors
For a breath of fresh air, break out the bike and pedal the Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail in the country. If the former railroad is too much of a commitment, stroll the trails at Runge Nature Center or the Bicentennial Bridge leading to the 32-acre riverfront Deborah Cooper Park.
Historic Architecture & Museum Tours
Admire the pristine architecture of the Missouri State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion and the downtown skyline. Wander the historic halls of the Capitol or join a guide-led tour to learn about the stunning structure. At the Mansion, docents guide you through the first level of one of few executive residences open to the public. Reservations are required for both tours. If history is more your thing, Immerse yourself in intriguing exhibits at the Missouri State Museum and the Museum of Missouri Military History.
Famous Ghost Tours
Book a ghost tour at the decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary and learn of its 168 years of operation. The former prison has been featured on many television shows throughout the years, most recently including Destination Fear, Ghost Hunters, Mysteries of the Abandoned and Portals to Hell.
Sweets & Eats to Recharge
Refuel at one of Jefferson City’s original staple eateries like Prison Brews, Madison’s Café or ECCO Lounge and satisfy your sweet tooth with Central Dairy ice cream. Plan your trip at VisitJeffersonCity.com!