Nestled in the heart of mid-Missouri, Jefferson City is often thought of solely as the seat of state government. Yet along with housing the stunning Missouri State Capitol in all her wonder, “JCMO” is home to many notable attractions, including the Governor’s Mansion, the first museum in the United States dedicated to veterinary medicine, and the Museum of Missouri Military History. Whether you’re in the mood to explore history or take in the sights, Jefferson City never fails to captivate visitors with its rich history and scenic views.
Kick off your day and step back in time at Oscar’s Classic Diner where you’re served a hearty Americana breakfast while surrounded with 1950s nostalgic memorabilia. Prefer a brunch with Mediterranean flair? Head downtown to Yanis Coffee Zone for a delicious platter and a cup of their Rocket Fuel coffee!
After brunch, become a candle mixologist and pour your own perfect-scented souvenir. The combinations are endless with a wall of fragrances to choose from! Pour, stir and let it set for a couple hours. While you’re passing time, check out what else there is to do around the capital city!
Unique Creations Candle Bar
Soak up some history with a tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP). Opened in 1836, MSP was once the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River. Guides tell stories of escape attempts, the 1954 riot, inmates, and much more as you explore housing units and dungeon cells. The brave can hop on a paranormal tour in the evening for a fun and frightening experience. For more history, head to the MSP Museum, located in the nearby Marmaduke House, formerly home to penitentiary wardens. There, you will find memorabilia and even a replica cell.
History tour of the decommissioned penitentiary
You can’t go to the Show-Me State’s capital city without seeing the Missouri State Capitol in all her glory. Completed in 1918, the dome dominates the downtown skyline. Venture inside to explore the stunning artwork of Thomas Hart Benton and Sir Frank Brangwyn and the awe-inspiring rotunda. Inside you will also find the Missouri State Museum, chock full of exhibits showcasing Missouri’s layered history and resources.
Missouri State Museum
After a day of exploration, treat yourself with dessert from Central Dairy. This iconic ice cream parlor has been serving the Jefferson City community since the 1930s. Their famous banana split is sure to satisfy your taste buds!
Explore Missouri’s beautiful capital city and discover what it has to offer your groups!