Summer 2012

We all enjoy the hot afternoons and the long evenings of summer, with the smell of freshly-mowed grass and barbecue. Summertime is the time of vacations, family visits, picnics and good times. Travel is a traditional part of a Missouri summer, and I’ve researched a few destinations to help you get in the mood to go somewhere.

If you want a great travel app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you can do no better than to go to iTunes and purchase the Show-Me Missouri app for the low price of $2.99. One reviewer describes it as “my own little tour guide”. Maps will help you navigate to the many listed destinations. The app is one of many travel apps developed by Sutro Media. Show-Me Missouri contributor Diana Lambdin Meyer is author of two other Missouri-related Sutro apps—Kansas City Uncovered and St. Louis Uncovered. All three apps explore both the well-known and sometimes hidden gems and include hundreds of photos of various attractions within the Show-Me State.

If you are traveling with kids, they are very likely to want to visit an amusement park. Missouri has several scattered across three corners of the state. If you are near Kansas City, you may want to check out Worlds Of Fun at Information on the main theme park and the adjacent water park is readily available.

For St. Louis area visitors, consider a visit to Six Flags St. Louis. The website, located at, includes descriptions of the rides and available discounts.

Silver Dollar City’s site at details the parks numerous rides and annual festivals. The site also includes photos that are sure to entice online visitors to make the trip in person.

Almost everyone loves to cook out during the summer, and some folks get really serious about barbeque. If you are one of those, you should check out “Smokin On The River," a KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) sanctioned barbeque contest held at Glasgow, MO. The web page at has more information and pictures. I’m on the committee that puts this one on, so if you come, you may see me helping contestants get their entries turned in by giving golf cart rides from their cooking sites. There will be a dance and fireworks, too!

Of course, summer in Missouri would not be complete without baseball. Thanks to my son, I was able to attend the Cardinal’s home opener this year. It rained and the Cards lost that one, but I got to see Cardinals Hall of Fame members and the great opening ceremony. You can visit the Cardinals anytime at

I hear that there is another major league team in Missouri, as well. The Royal’s ( will be hosting the MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City in July.

Also near Kansas Cty, at Independence, is a historical site revered by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Missouri did not welcome her early Mormon visitors, and church founder Joseph Smith spent four months in the Liberty Jail. Upon his release, the church moved to Utah. Today, the church has a museum and other buildings at the old Temple Lot site. A slideshow of the reconstruction of the jail can be found at

Wherever you visit in Missouri this summer, have a great time and be safe on the roads. Perhaps we’ll share a car on a theme park ride, or maybe we’ll be able to share some barbeque by the river in Glasgow. If not, perhaps we’ll just cross electronically on the Internet.