Attractions and Entertainment
We’ve got your ticket to good times.
In St. Joseph we know how to work, but we also know how to have a little fun. (And sometimes, a lot of fun.) Attractions and entertainment are all over town … Think festivals. Thirteen museums. Parties on the Parkway. Big music venues. College sports events. Baseball games. A riverfront casino. Picnics. NFL football practices. Hilarious local theater and major theater productions. Think outdoor fun, like fishing and bike trails. Think almost anything you like for entertainment … and then think of finding it here in St. Joseph.
ATTRACTIONS IN ST JOSEPH
Thousands of visitors each year from across the nation and the globe come to St. Joseph to experience the stories and legends that make us “uncommon.” Check out the complete history of the Pony Express at the Pony Express National Museum — including an archeological dig site and a well inside the building. Nearby is a fascinating replica of St. Joseph’s early days, set up like an old main street, at the Patee House Museum (a former 1860s hotel). If it’s summer, catch a practice of the Kansas City Chiefs at MWSU or a Mustangs baseball game at Phil Welch Stadium. Architecture fans will love our historic homes and neighborhoods, such as the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion and the Shakespeare Chateau. Be surprised at our extensive Native American collections at the St. Joseph Museum or the Remington Nature Center, where you can also view a wooly mammoth up close and personal. Downtown, enjoy block after block of shops and restaurants — including our new Sculpture Walk. The new Walter Cronkite Memorial at the MWSU campus features a replica of the journalist’s newsroom plus several fascinating exhibits. You can polish off your experience from top to bottom with a Stetson hat and cowboy boots from St. Joe Boot. And this is just the start.
We’re quite the museum city, with 13 museums from corner to corner. You’ve probably heard of favorites like the Pony Express National Museum, or the Glore Psychiatric Museum (the only one of its kind). But you may not know St. Joseph is also home to the Fire Museum — a favorite among kids — and that there’s an actual steam locomotive, full-size hand-carved carousel and a western saloon inside the Patee House Museum. At the Remington Nature Center, explore a “cave” constructed to demonstrate the culture of early tribes, and see where greats like Coleman Hawkins and Etta Cox got their start at the Black Archives Museum. Part of the St. Joseph Museum, the Wyeth-Tootle Museum boasts three floors of ornate woodwork, exhibits and glass — making it both a museum and a showcase of St. Joseph’s architectural treasures. And don’t forget to study and contemplate some great pieces, or a great lunch, at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. No day in St. Joe would be complete without touring the new and state-of-the-art Walter Cronkite Memorial at the MWSU campus, where you can experience the cool journey of one of St. Joseph’s own.
ST. JO FRONTIER CASINO
The St. Jo Frontier Casino is a popular destination year-round. Set alongside the Missouri River, guests enjoy the food, the view and the connecting walking path just as much as the games. Inside, see large painted murals of St. Joseph’s cultural history and find unique items in the gift shop. Families are welcome at the restaurant with great river views. Games include more than 450 slot and video poker machines, several tables and more. The casino shares the same large parking area as the Remington Nature Center and riverfront walking path, so you can make an entire day of the experience.
Downtown St. Joseph is experiencing a resurgence of food, nightlife, music and boutique shopping. Every First Saturday, shops showcase their items alongside food and art. Friday night Sounds of Summer concerts are just part of the new experience downtown. Downtown lunch or dinner means trying the local eateries, such as Boudreaux’s, Ground Round, Geneo’s, Brioche and Bad Art Bistro. Coffee time could include a cozy table at Pony Espresso or Mokaska — and don’t miss the curtain call at Robidoux Landing Playhouse or the historic Missouri Theatre.
IN THE REGION
If you’re in St. Joseph, you’re in the center of lots of relaxing entertainment choices. Just five minutes east of town is the newly opened Tipple Hill Winery, and only 20 minutes further is the award-winning Windy Wine Company. A popular day trip town, Weston, Mo., is only 40 minutes away and is a Civil-War era town with shops, tours, restaurants and wineries. You’re 45 minutes from northland KC. Smaller communities nearby in the region are also putting the Midwest on the map, including the Justus Drugstore restaurant at Smithville, Mo., — where the chef has been interviewed by Food Network and the NY Times.