Play and Stay

We Know How to Kick Back … Outside, Inside and Everything In Between

Welcome to a small city with seriously big fun. There’s so much to enjoy in St. Joseph — and we’re well-aware that we have more unique recreational options than most cities our size. If the arts catch your attention, you’ll love our stunning Missouri Theater building and year-round live theater shows. The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art is nationally-recognized, and so is our full-scale symphony. Concerts every summer weekend in downtown Coleman Hawkins Park bring great local acts and those from the Kansas City region. Like sports? Visit the Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp here in St. Joseph in August, or catch a wooden bat league game with the St. Joseph Mustangs.  Annual festivals draw thousands of visitors to our beautiful parks. And speaking of parks…check out our 26-mile parkway system with paved trails. Stop in and try your luck at the riverfront casino, or sit down to something new at one of our unique restaurants. (Fresh crepes or jambalaya, anyone?) The question isn’t what to do; it’s what to do, first.

For a great directory of shops, dining & nightlife, arts & culture and more with addresses and contact info, see the linked St. Joseph Convention and Visitor Bureau pages.

We love all the great family-friendly activities there are to do in St. Joe. Summer concerts downtown, Mustangs games, First Saturdays, museums, ice and roller skating, Parkway walks, all the holiday events (from Paws Only Easter Egg Hunt to Breakfast with Santa) and lectures about St. Joe history are some of our other favorites.

Bridget Kurtt DeJong

Come explore our stories, our culture and our quirks. (You’ll go home inspired.)

We can’t tell you one great reason to visit St. Joseph … because there are one hundred. Set out for our brick streets downtown to see the Sculpture Walk and then head for a show at the Missouri Theater. Take in the view of the rolling Missouri River and bluffs along the trail at the Remington Nature Center. Stroll miles and miles of paved parkway trails, or catch a summer KC Chiefs practice at Missouri Western State University. Enjoy crowd-friendly antics watching a Mustangs game, our wooden-bat league that boasts one of Midwest’s best community stadiums. Get inspired at the Walter Cronkite Memorial, the nationally-acclaimed Patee House Museum (a former 1860s “Wild West” hotel) or at the unusual Glore Psychiatric Museum collections. Kick back with a picnic during one of our downtown summer concerts or festivals, right in the heart of downtown at Coleman Hawkins Park. Sound Uncommon? It IS. Come see for yourself.