It's where history comes to life.
St. Joseph is home to 13 distinctive museums. The city has more than 50 locations, consisting of 2,000 properties, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find great outdoor recreation in 48 parks; one-of-a-kind festivals; and an arts culture throughout the city. While in St. Joseph, it’s always worth a visit to the National Park Service certified Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail commemorative sites. Imagine what it would have been like to cast off on such a long journey full of uncertainty and uncharted areas. It’s exciting to take the family on a journey along the Riverfront Walking Trail and picture the landscape of Missouri as it was when they first arrived.
Jesse James Museum
Missouri’s infamous bandit, Jesse James. This outlaw moved to St. Joseph in 1881 to hide out from the authorities. He was killed there in 1882 by fellow felons, the Ford Brothers. The Jesse James Museum gives visitors insight on the life and death of James. See exhibits ranging from artifacts recovered from Jesse’s grave and a depression in the flooring where he fell to his death. Tourists can also visit the Patee House Museum where his family stayed after his shooting. It’s an incredible museum where you can literally step back in time and explore the Streets of Old St. Joe, or sort letters in the mail car of an original 1860’s steam engine, located in the middle of the museum.
The service opened officially on April 3, 1860, when riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders Annual Pony Express Re-Ride covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day. You can visit the stables from where the riders set off at the Pony Express Museum and relive the legacy that helped join our nation through many interactive, educational exhibits. Children can even dress the part in the Kids Playroom, which has an assortment of 1860’s costumes.
The Great Outdoors
Outdoorsy types and sports fans will fall in love with St. Joseph. You can catch a Mustangs Baseball game at the Phil Welch Stadium, which was built in 1939. The town is also full of parks, golf courses, trails and is even “The Summer Home of the Kansas City Chiefs.” For those who like to get more in touch with nature, there’s plenty of hunting and fishing options. There are 14 annual festivals which encourage people to spend more time outside during summer months.
For those looking to find a little romance in St. Joseph, it all starts at Lover’s Lane. This street motivated Eugene Field to write the loving poem “Lovers Lane, Saint Jo” in reverence for the good memories he had there with his wife, Julia Comstock Field. Once the mood has been set on Lover’s Lane, a perfect date night can follow at the Robidoux Landing Playhouse for an intimate dinner theater experience. The best place to grab a nightcap before ending an evening is at Fosters Martini Bar which offers martinis, wine and live local music on the weekends.
In St. Joseph, you’ll also find a rich cultural life of the community through the St. Joseph Symphony, Performing Arts Association, and Robidoux Resident Theater. Nightlife includes Broadway caliber performances at the historic Missouri Theatre and original comedic skits at the Robidoux Landing Playhouse. Exciting evening activities can be found Downtown at the Felix Street Experience, a series of pubs, bars and nightclubs that line beautiful Felix Street.
There are several cool places for hot entertainment in St. Joe. First, the Missouri Theater is a renovated 1927 movie palace which currently serves as the Cultural Center for the arts. With a seating for 1200, ihe theater is decorated in a pre-Persian motif and is a true architectural gem. See a Broadway-caliber play or a nationally traveling musical. World-renowned symphony performances and unique variety shows are scheduled here each season. Concerts feature artists like Dwight Yoakam, Tribute to the Temptations, and the Beach Boys. For a schedule and more information, visit >HERE.
There is also an incredible variety of local music venues in St. Jo. Live music has always been a part of the heart and soul of our community, having given birth to Coleman Hawkins
, the founder of the tenor sax, rock legend Steve Walsh
, and the international punk rock band, Radkey
…to name a few. But in the last 10 years, the variety and accessibility of live music has, quite literally, exploded. You can’t spend a single night in St. Joseph without finding at least one location showcasing a unique musical experience. The Rendezvous
has become a haven of rock and punk acts, both national and local. Magoon’s
continues to book great blues, acoustic and rock acts from all over, and Unplugged
continues to be a gem, taking chances and booking a variety of acoustic groups and solo acts.
For fun Missouri family travel, look no further than GuestHouse Inn. The property features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Spacious accommodations leave ample room for families to spread out and have a blast. After
checking out all the family fun things to do in St. Joseph, at the end of the day, their friendly staff and comfortable guest rooms will welcome you back for a peaceful night’s sleep. Then wake up refreshed, enjoy a complimentary hot continental breakfast and get ready to explore again. To make reservations, >Click Here.