Winter Activities

person hiking on a snowy trailDoes the cold weather have you feeling cooped up? If so, we have some excuses to get out of the house and enjoy Missouri’s state parks and historic sites – even in the winter! So, get off the couch and check out some of these entertainment options:

  • Tour a historic site. For those convinced they don’t want to venture outside, Missouri State Parks manages 35 state historic sites, 16 of which offer tours. Learn about the Civil War, a Missouri artist and musician or the state’s German or French heritage. Make sure to check the historic site’s winter hours before you go!
  • Roam around a visitor center or museum. Several state historic sites have visitor centers or museums where you can learn all kinds of things you didn’t know about Missouri’s history.  Spend a cold, lazy afternoon looking at exhibits and reading about Mark Twain, Missouri’s lead mining industry or mastodons that once roamed our state!
  • Take a hike! Bundle up and head outdoors! You may be surprised at how refreshing a winter hike can be! Advantages to hiking in the winter include open views, which are usually blocked by foliage, and the tranquility of the trails during winter! You usually don’t have to fight crowds at this time of year! This is also a great time to visit parks along rivers or lakes to view bald eagles.
  • Attend a special event. See a list of special events being offered during January and February below. They range from lectures to rotating exhibits to bison hikes.
Winter Special Events:
Jan. 1-Feb. 28 After the Battle Exhibition Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site, Pilot Knob 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Jan. 4 New Year Hike Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturdays, Jan. 5-Feb. 9 Storytime Saturdays: Tales at Ten Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City 10 a.m.
Jan. 12 and Feb. 9 Basket Weaving Classes First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, St. Charles 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Jan. 19 Bald Eagle Viewing Roaring River State Park, Cassville 3 p.m.
Jan. 31 Art and Nature Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Feb. 1 Bird Hike Montauk State Park, Salem 8 a.m.
Feb. 2 Bison Hike Prairie State Park, Mindenmines 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Feb. 6 The Landing After Hours: World War I Medicine Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, Jefferson City 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 Love Your Park Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 Valentine's Day Hike Crowder State Park, Trenton 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Feb. 15 Making Maple Syrup Montauk State Park, Salem 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Feb. 16 Flyway Day Lewis and Clark State Park, Rushville 10 a.m. - Noon
Feb. 16 Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1743 Celebration Open House Washington State Park, De Soto 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.