Family Vacation Bliss: Create Memories in Benton County, MO

Picture this: Your kids' excited chatter fills the car as you escape the daily grind. Laughter echoes through the air as you explore small, vibrant towns, beautiful lake views, and exciting activities. Quality time unfolds, strengthening bonds and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Delight in Colorful Blooms at the Orchid Show

Open daily now through February 25, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show brings a tropical paradise to the Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center for a once-a-year display brimming with colorful blooms.

Flights, Bites and Musical Nights: Fall Event Line-up in Jefferson City

With mums, pumpkins and cooler weather, you know fall has finally arrived! Whether you’re in the mood for a clap-and-sway concert, exhilarating air show, historical festival, or finding a colossal pumpkin, JCMO has the perfect day in store.

Beat the heat this summer in Jefferson City

Ready to beat the heat this summer? Visit Jefferson City to cool down with evening concerts, slippery mud pits and hair-tousling carnival rides!

Why this infamous Midwest prison should be on your bucket list

Voted the #1 Thing to Do in Jefferson City and recipient of the 2022 Travelers’ Choice on TripAdvisor, the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) is worth exploring in Missouri’s capital city. It was named the “Bloodiest 47 Acres in America” in 1967 by Time magazine and is a beloved treasure to history buffs and thrill-seekers alike. Guests walk through once-overcrowded housing units and the gas chamber where 40 inmates took their final breath. See why a trip to this infamous prison should be on your bucket list!

Paint, pottery and a scent experience: Find your next art project in Jefferson City!

Paint, pottery and a scent experience: Find your next art project in Jefferson City!

Benton County, Missouri Offers Small-Town Hospitality and Big Outdoor Adventures

It’s safe to say that most of us are thrilled for warmer weather, to breathe in the fresh air, witness the greening of nature, undertake an outdoor adventure, and relax afterward with a cold drink and breathtaking views. Located in central Missouri and a close drive from Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis, Benton County is tailor-made for such pursuits - and much more.

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Find a Festival For Every Season in Columbia

Every season is festival season in Columbia. Entertaining events fill the calendar, much to the delight of locals and the thousands of visitors who come to take in fine art, delectable food, good books, historic attractions, inspiring music, and extraordinary films.