Art, Nature, and History in Joplin

wildcat glades conservation & Audubon Center

This sample itinerary is best during the spring and summer months.

10 – 12:00 pm

Begin your Joplin visit at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Hike or walk the three miles of nature trails along the banks of Shoal Creek, across from the historic Redings Mill Bridge‘s scenic shoals and above the treetops on a chert bluff. Your group will see the last and largest remaining chert glades, a globally unique habitat found onlyin this area. Southwest Missouri is the only place in the world where chert bedrock, 40 feet deep, forms these glades.


12 – 1:00 pm

Your group has probably worked up an appetite. Have lunch at the Mohaska Farmhouse Pizza & Bakery.Their ingredients, supplied by local farms, make the flavor of their foods stand out.


1 – 3:00 pm

Spend some time in the sun at the biggest mini-golf course in the area at Route 66 Carousel Park. They have two 18-hole courses that are unique and fun with bright blue waterfalls, large African wildlife and secluded tree-covered courses. Be a kid again and ride the Ferris wheel and the carousel, too!


3 – 4:30 pm

Pay a visit to the Spiva Center for the Arts. Over the past 60 years, the center has grown into a leading cultural institution for the entire region; it’s a work of art in its own right. Shop their gift store, offering fine art and handmade items! Beautiful, fun, useful, eclectic…Your source for the unique and exceptional!


4:30 pm

Check into a Joplinhotel. They have many to choose from!


5:30 – 7:00 pm

Have dinner and relax at Stone Creek Bar & Grille. Enjoy an evening meal in their atrium setting. Have Certified Angus Beef, or for lighter fare, try the fresh buffet with salads, baked potatoes and desserts. The lounge includes a full menu and large-screen TVs.


7 – 8:00 pm

Take a walking or driving tour of the Murphysburg Residential Historic District.

Joplin’s wealthiest and most influential citizens built these homes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the last 10 years, residents of the district have restored the structures to their former glory.


8:00 pm

End your evening with a glorious sunset at Grand Falls. Located on Shoal Creek, this is one of Missouri’s most scenic destinations. The largest continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri, Grand Falls plunges 25 feet to a solid ledge before flowing southward.


For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or the Joplin CVB at or 800-657-2534.

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