When you need an opportunity to rest and relax before your bundle of joy arrives, plan for a babymoon in the Midwestern state of Missouri. Explore the great outdoors by embarking on walking trails in Forest Park in St. Louis, or partake in water adventures on Table Rock Lake in Branson. Shop for new baby clothes and supplies in Osage Beach, or immerse yourselves in the exciting cultural environment of Columbia. Book a stay at one of many Missouri vacation rentals for your upcoming babymoon getaway. Choose one of these cities and towns in Missouri as your next vacation destination.

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1. Osage Beach

Get in some one-on-one time with each other before the baby makes his or her appearance with a babymoon in Osage Beach, a city that offers shopping opportunities and water adventures on Lake of the Ozarks. Osage Beach is home to the Osage Beach Outlet Malls, where you can shop for baby essentials before dining at lakefront venues such as JB Hooks and Baxter’s Lakeside Grille. Take in an outdoor concert at the Horny Toad or hop on a boat tour of the lake with Iguana Watersports. When you’re feeling lucky, challenge each other to a game of putt-putt or skeeball along the Bagnell Dam strip or head over to the arcade adjacent to the Sugar Creek Mini Golf Center.

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2. Kansas City

Eat your way through this Midwest city and savor the ribs at Jack Stack Barbecue or Arthur Bryant’s. Kansas City offers big city attractions such as restaurants and dance clubs in the Light District or outdoor adventures at the Kansas City Zoo. Quench your thirst for artwork with a tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or stop in at the Worlds of Fun theme park to ride the carousel or Ferris wheel. The National World War I Museum and Memorial and the Arabia Steamboat Museum are ideal for history buffs while the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect place to catch an entertaining performance. If you’re both into sports, head over to Kaufmann Stadium to cheer on the Royals.

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3. Hannibal

Feel as if you’re walking back in time with a babymoon in the historic city of Hannibal. A vacation rental in Hannibal gives you access to the childhood home of Mark Twain and historic attractions such as the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, the Mark Twain Cave and rides on the Mark Twain Riverboat Cruise. Once you’ve had your fill of learning about Mark Twain, explore Canyon Cave while bundled up together or see the antique trains at the Big River Train Town Museum and Show. Walks along the trails adjacent to the Mississippi River give you and your sweetheart a chance to discuss plans for the baby while a scrumptious meal at Fiddlestiks Food and Spirits Company is bound to satisfy those pregnancy cravings.

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4. Branson

Branson is a popular vacation destination anytime of the year, but when you need a babymoon to refresh before the baby arrives, this Missouri hotspot offers bundles of entertainment options. Start your adventures with your mate by taking in a performance at the Hamner Barber Theatre or have a toe-tapping time while dining at the Dixie Stampede dinner show, owned by country artist Dolly Parton. Tablerock Lake features water adventures and lakeside trails for those morning walks while the Silver Dollar City theme park offers musical shows, train rides, and re-enactments from the Wild West for you both to enjoy. If museums are your thing, stop in at Ripley’s Believe It or Not to see the interactive exhibits or learn more about the Titanic at the Titanic Museum.

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5. St. Louis

Make St. Louis your vacation destination for your baby moon and immerse yourselves in the city known as the “Gateway to the West.” Spend an afternoon walking the trails at Forest Park or admiring the gardens at the Jewel Box in the park. Forest Park is also home to the outdoor Muny Theater that operates musicals during the summer. The Missouri Botanical Gardens features exhibits and greenhouses for you to admire, or take a ride to the top of the Arch to see the Mississippi River and the St. Louis skyline. The Soulard neighborhood is home to outdoor festivals, trendy restaurants and clubs, while the nearby Anheuser Busch Brewery offers daily tours with access to the Clydesdale horses. Enjoy an intimate dinner for two in the upscale Kemol’s Restaurant that sits on the top floor of the Metropolitan building. Sports fans can also catch a hockey game at the Scottrade Center or watch the St. Louis Cardinals play at Busch Stadium.

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6. Columbia

Head to the college town of Columbia and find yourselves immersed in a cultural environment that is home to the Museum of Art and Archaeology. Stop in at the University of Missouri to tour the grounds and see the artifacts at the Museum of Anthropology or take your adventures outdoors when walking the nature trails at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Stephens Lake Park gives you a chance to rest and relax on a lakefront boardwalk, too. When hunger strikes, dive into the American fare at the Sycamore Restaurant or join in the eclectic environment of Addison’s eatery, complete with local artwork on display.

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