The other day on Facebook someone posted they were bored. I don't get it, unless you're in a meeting or jail, you should not be bored. There is always something to do. Wash your car, mow the lawn, water the flowers, read a book, or take a walk. Keeping yourself occupied should not be such a challenge. I do however understand the challenge of keeping your summer visitors entertained. We get emergency tourism calls daily at the Visitors Center. "Help!! I have out of town company. What can we do?" Never fear, we are here to save the day!
Looking for free fun? Stop by the depot and tour the caboose, kids love to explore and we have a ghost train that comes through every hour. Pick up a walking tour, or the Blooming Boonville brochure and head out for a walk. Free coloring books are available for the kids. On your way, stop and feed the Koi at the Isle of Capri. (Fish food costs a quarter). Boonville city parks offer shade, shelter and playgrounds. All you'll need is a picnic lunch, a blanket and a Frisbee. Nearby, Arrow Rock and Blackwater are great little towns to explore. The second Saturday of every month, cowboys and cowgirls ride in to Blackwater. These rambunctious cowpokes don't always see eye to eye and usually (always) their disagreements turn in to a gun fight! You can catch all the action at High Noon (of course) and again at 1:30 and 3:00 PM.
Other entertainment options are a tour of Warm Springs Ranch, home of the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. You do need to make a reservation. Cost is $10. Adults and kids love this tour and if the adults behave, they receive a cold beer. For those folks who appreciate historic, head out to Ravenswood. Ravenswood is a plantation farmhouse, located on Hwy 5 just a few miles outside of Boonville. The home was built in 1880 by Nadine and Charles Leonard and has been in the Leonard family for six generations. The home is full of the original furnishings and clothing from all around the world, gathered by the first two generations of the house. Cost of the tour is $7. The Old Jail and Hanging Barn is a great history lesson. On January 31st, 1930, Lawrence Mabry, 19, climbed the 13 steps to the loft and was “hung by the neck until dead” for a robbery and killing in Pettis County. Frank James, brother of Jesse, was arrested and brought to the jail in 1884, but was only there for a few hours, until the good folks of Boonville raised enough money to bail him out. Cost for tour is just$5 for adults and $2 for kids. Roslyn Heights on Main Street was built in 1895. It is beautifully restored and offers tours by appointment. Summer is a great time to play tourist in your own town- Play Local, Shop Local and Go Boonville!