What was once a lead mining town in Lawrence County is now a charming day trip. From small town shops and a drive-in theater, put a trip to Aurora on your list.
20591 Lawrence 2200, Aurora, 417-498-6071
Open now through Oct. 28 with a corn maze; Zombie Harvest, a paintball shoot for all ages; and courtyard attractions such as a crazy slide, cow train, hayrides, farm animals and more. Activities abound from karaoke to making s’mores. You can even reserve a bonfire to warm up on those chilly October nights. For brave souls, explore the Field of Screams, a haunted maze.
22020 S. Wolfe Rd #1200, Aurora, 417-308-3525
This small city has big time barbecue at Hog Tide Bar-B-Que. Pitmaster Drew McNatt won the 2013 World Championship for his Brisket, has 30 grand championships to his name and has competed at all the nation’s most prestigious competitions including The American Royal. Barbecue has been a family tradition for the McNatts since the 1930s.
22 E. Olive St., Aurora, 417-440-4054
The Garden Exchange started with a love of flowers that blossomed into a farm and eventually a full time business. At this quaint spot, you’ll find a delightful coffee shop, floral arrangements and mums and pumpkins for sale in the fall. This is a community-focused business that offers weekly family activities like bingo or craft days.