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9 Cheap or Free Things to Do in Missouri In May

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9 Budget-Friendly Adventures in Missouri This May

Who says fun times require a hefty price tag? Missouri is brimming with activities that won’t break the bank. From serene parks to lively streetcar rides, here’s a curated list of my favorite cost-effective excursions in the Show-Me State.

  1. Liberty Memorial Visit While the World War I Museum has an entrance fee, the Liberty Memorial offers a free outdoor experience. It’s also a prime spot for panoramic views of the Kansas City skyline—perfect for your next viral Instagram post!
  2. College of the Ozarks Exploration Stroll through the College of the Ozarks’ stunning grounds, complete with fountains and walking paths. Don’t miss the Keeter Center Restaurant, Edwards Mill tours, and the Ralph Foster Museum for a dive into Ozarks history (a small museum fee applies). Also, take a moment at Patriots Park to honor those at The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  3. Missouri History Museum Delve into the past at the Missouri History Museum, open free of charge. With rotating exhibits and perennial favorites like the 1904 World’s Fair and “Seeking St. Louis,” there’s always something new to discover.
  4. KC Streetcar Adventure Hop on the free KC Streetcar and journey through Downtown KC’s most dynamic districts, including the Crossroads Arts District and River Market, each offering its own unique flair.
  5. Citygarden Stroll Wander through Citygarden, where art and nature merge across two blocks in downtown St. Louis. Admire 25 sculptures, lush landscapes, and interactive water features—all for free.
  6. The Muny Shows Experience live performances at The Muny, St. Louis’s esteemed outdoor amphitheater. Arrive early for one of the 1,450 complimentary seats available each summer evening.
  7. World Chess Hall of Fame Checkmate boredom at the World Chess Hall of Fame, where three floors of chess history await. Snap a picture with the world’s largest chess piece and peruse the quirky gift shop—admission is free, but donations are welcome.
  8. Grant’s Farm Visit Explore Grant’s Farm, a historic site teeming with wildlife and adventure. Admission is free, with affordable extras like carousel rides and animal feedings adding to the fun.
  9. Branson Landing Fountain Show Be dazzled by the Branson Landing Fountain Show, a fusion of water, fire, light, and music that performs daily spectacles starting at noon.

In addition to these timeless activities, May brings a bouquet of seasonal events to enjoy:

  • Twin Pines Conservation Education Center offers kayaking programs.
  • Harlin Museum presents the Ozark Heritage Exhibit featuring the L.L. Broadfoot Collection.
  • Bluff City Theater stages the play “lower case” by Stephen Enerson.
  • Roubidoux Park hosts The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Mobile Memorial Wall.
  • Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds celebrates with a BBQ Festival.

For a full list of May events, check out the local event calendars and embrace the springtime spirit in Missouri!