15 Best Things to Do in Joplin, Missouri

15 Best Things to Do in Joplin, Missouri

Perched in the northwestern part of the U.S. of A's beautiful state of Missouri, Joplin or the City of Joplin is a lovely picturesque town.

This small charming town is located in the counties of Jasper and Newton. Joplin is located on the beginning of the historic and scenic Route 66 and is a popular tourist attraction among travellers because of its breathtakingly impressive natural beauty and rich history and culture.

Joplin has fascinating museums, splendid parks, charming antique malls, a fantastic waterfall, and so much more.

The food scene in this city is incredible as well. All the restaurants and cafes serve delectable American food. Joplin has tonnes to explore and do. Here are some of the best places to see and the best things to do in this beautiful city.

Stroll Around

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Joplin is a small picturesque town which makes it perfect for exploring on foot. The lively culture of the city oozes out of all the streets and neighbourhoods.

You will see stunning architecture and rich heritage of the city while roaming around on your own.

You will also discover new places known only to the locals and every tourist. You will also find great eateries along your way that serves mouthwatering food.

Long and peaceful walks in Joplin with the beautiful backdrop of Missouri will refresh you as well.

The Miniature Niagara Falls- Grand Falls

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Located on the Shoal Creek, Grands Falls is the largest continuously flowing waterfall of the state of Missouri. It is a popular attraction of the town among both locals and tourists.

It serves impressive views of the gorgeous surrounding. The waterfall runs all year-round as the creek is never out of the water so you will see the waterfalls no matter what season you visit Joplin.

There are private swimming pools where you and your friends or family can enjoy the waters and the fall while not being surrounded by everybody. Make sure to carry your camera to capture the splendid beauty of these falls.

Also, do not to wear sturdy shoes as the terrain is uneven. Make sure to visit the Grands Fall when you come to Joplin to witness remarkable views of the beguiling nature surrounding it.

Stop By The Route 66 Mural Park

Route 66 Mural Park
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Route 66 Park was opened in 2013 and is a public park in Joplin, Missouri. It serves as an essential place to preserve Missouri's historic Route 66.

The park serves as the touchstone for the travellers beginning their journey to explore the scenic route. Inside, there are two huge, beautifully decorated murals by the artists Chris Auckerman and Jon White.

The park also has a red mock 1964 Corvette symbolising the drive along the long roads of Route 66 that is used by the majority of the visitors as a great photo op.

Visit the Route 66 Mural Park to see the beautiful murals and to know more about the historic Route 66.

Visit The Beautiful George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument
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Established in 1943 in the nearby Newton County, George Washington Carver National Monument is a park near the 210-acre farm where George Washington Carver was born and raised.

George Washington Carver was the world-famous scientist, inventor, chemist, botanist, agronomist, and educator. It was the first-ever national monument dedicated to an African-American person as well as any non-president person.

The park contains the sculptures of the renowned Carver. This monument also has a museum, nature trails, and a discovery lab.

The museum showcases the life and the stories about George Washington Carver through various exhibits and displays.

You can hike in the nature trails while learning about Carver and his life on the way. The park is lovely and offers a tranquil environment.

To best enjoy this National Monument, walk around the park and learn about the celebrated agricultural scientist, educator, and humanitarian while appreciating the pleasing views of the greenery of the park.

The Fascinating Joplin Museum Complex

Joplin Museum Complex is a collection of five museums. The five museums consist of sports, science, dolls, cookies, and history.

It located in Schifferdecker Park and mainly focuses on the mining boom of the city in the 19th century.

Along with mining artefacts, the museums have a range of exciting and unusual objects such as jewellery by the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, mammoth fossils, glowing rocks, and much more.

Other museums and exhibits include Joplin Sports Hall of Fame, National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum, and Merle Evans Miniature Circus.

You will also see the replica a mining shaft from the olden times where you can learn about the mining past of Joplin.

The admission fee is only $2, and the museum complex is open from Tuesday through Saturday. The museum has two lovely cats that you can pet, which makes the visit even more enjoyable.

Enjoy Golfing In Joplin

You would not expect it, but Joplin is a great place to enjoy golfing with its great weather and scenic backdrops.

Golfing is a popular recreational activity in the town, and there are more than five golf courses located across the city.

With beautiful countryside serving sweeping views of beautiful greenery all around, golfing would alleviate your stress and relax you.

The oldest golf course in the city is  Twin Hills Golf & Country Club, and it was opened in 1912. The longest golf course in the city is Twin Hills Golf & Country Club with an area of 6,842 yards.

Other great golf courses in the town are- Range Line Golf Course, Schifferdecker Golf Course, and Baxter Springs Golf & Country Club. Make sure to play golf in these delightful courses to enjoy the city and its beauty fully.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth At Candy House Gourmet

Located in the Downtown area of Joplin, Candy House Gourmet is a candy factory. It was opened in 1970 and has been the favourite spot of town's local to enjoy delightful sweets.

This place offers a massive selection of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious sweets.

The Candy House is famous for its gourmet creams, fudges, chocolates,  caramels, jellies, and chocolate truffles among many other tasty treats.

They also serve seasonal desserts, such as, in spring they serve fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate and in fall they serve various sweets made from fresh and seasonal apples.

You can shop all these delectable sweets and even sample them before buying them. Visit the Candy House Gourmet to get the best handmade sweet treats.

Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin Garage Apartment Hideout

The infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde spent several weeks in this very apartment hiding after committing several robberies and their notorious shootouts in the area.

This 90+-year-old apartment is now an Airbnb, and you can stay in the very apartment that Bonnie and Clyde stayed in.

The owners have an extra mile and to preserve the history of the apartment. Stay in Bonnie and Clyde's Joplin Garage Apartment when you visit.

The Lovely Cunningham Park

Cunningham Park was the oldest city park in Joplin, but, unfortunately, it was destroyed in the 2011 tornado.

Then, it was restored entirely by the volunteers, and now the park has returned to its original glory. It also has memorial dedicated to the lives lost in the tornado.

The park is gorgeous, and the admission is free. There are playgrounds, swimming pools, basketball courts, grills, gazebo, and so much more.

You can also enjoy a picnic in the picnic area with shade and tables. The best way to enjoy this park by merely walking and appreciating its beauty and the efforts of the local community to restore it to its charm.

Cunningham Park is a powerful reminder of devastation, resolve, and miraculous.

Witness Beautiful Landscapes At The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
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Located at the confluence of Shoal and Silver Creeks, The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is an educational facility and a conservation centre.

It protects the rich biodiversity of the Spring River watershed and the last remaining chert glades ecosystem.

There is a lot of fauna and flora here for you to see with beautiful scenery and landscapes. You can also enjoy hiking on the partially paved path along Shoal Creek.

The nature centre has displays along with a live aquarium where you can see turtles, fishes, and other marine animals.

Walk up to the bridge to see the stunning views of the river and its surrounding nature.

There are benches located everywhere on the bridge so that you can sit and relish the terrific views.

Visit the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center to witness the scenic natural landscapes of Joplin.

Buy Lovely Souventis From Rangeline Antique Mall

Rangeline Antique Mall is an excellent upscale flea market where you can find all kinds of vintage items. There are several shops inside this indoor flea market, and they all sell various quirky antique items.

You can select from a great selection of vintage toys, dishes, furniture, tools, glassware, jewellery, and so much more. It is the perfect place to get a memento or a souvenir to remember Joplin by.

Visit Spiva Center for the Arts

Spiva Center for the Arts was opened in 1974 and has since been the best visual arts experience in Joplin.

This art gallery was named after a local art lover, philanthropist and businessman, George A. Spiva. The displays and exhibits are a real treat to see. The art centre also organises classes for both children and adults.

The rotating exhibits keep changing and display the stunning work of local artists. There is a gift shop here as well where you can buy some artworks and other handmade gifts.

Visit the Spiva Center for the Arts to support the local artists and to see gorgeous art.

Dine At The Red Onion Café

Located in the Historic Downtown area of the town, Red Onion Café is a lovely eatery that serves delectable food with excellent service.

The cafe is in a 100-year building with vintage decor and rustic setting. The rustic and comfortable ambience of the cafe makes it a perfect place to enjoy your meals in a laid back environment.

The menu is full of midwestern specialities along with American comfort food. The cafe is famous for its salads and steaks.

The salads are chopped freshly every morning, and they even cut their steaks in house. Along with their tasty salads and sumptuous steaks, do not forget to try the french onion soup and kinds of pasta.

After enjoying your meal, you can also order delicious desserts such as their special key lime pie and limoncello mascarpone cake.

Brunch At The Bruncheonette

The Bruncheonette is a famous spot in Joplin to grab brunch. It serves delicious American food with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to cater to a diverse customer base.

It is a popular place for locals and tourists alike to eat the tasty food that this eatery serves. The menu is expansive and offers tonnes of dishes to choose from.

The service is excellent, and the staff is attentive and helpful. Do not forget to try the scrumptious eggs benedict, breakfast tacos, benny harper sandwich, and the Hawaiian french toast.

Stay At Drury Inn & Suites

The Drury Inn & Suites is the perfect hotel for you to stay at with all the luxurious amenities. It is located near all the good restaurants and eateries in town.

The hotel is pet-friendly and allows you to stay with your pooch or kitty. All the amenities make your stay as comfortable and worthwhile as possible.

Some of the facilities are an outdoor pool, a business centre, breakfast buffet, room service, workout rooms, and much more.

The hotel also offers hospitality time from 5:30 pm to 7 pm and serves complimentary drinks and snacks in the evening to all the guests. The staff is courteous and helpful.

The hotel provides a relaxed atmosphere with loads of amenities to make your vacation perfect.

Joplin is a perfect amalgamation of vibrant culture, rich history, and splendid nature. You can enjoy tonnes of attractions and eat delicious food after.

What else do you need? So what are you waiting for? Visit Joplin and do not forget to tell us your favourite thing from the list and make sure to do all these things when you visit this delightful city.

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