Known as the “Show Me State,” Missouri is renowned for its exciting attractions and river adventures. Soak up the nightlife in St. Louis and Kansas City, or immerse yourselves in the historic feel of Branson. From cozy cabins in the woods to luxurious condos in the heart of big cities, there are plenty of Missouri vacation rentals to choose from. Check out what Missouri has to offer by celebrating your bachelor party in one of these cities and towns.

1. Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is a mecca for entertainment both on and off the water. Coast up to waterfront restaurants and bars such as the Horny Toad when renting a pontoon or speedboat from Iguana Watersports. Nearby Bagnell Dam is also home to rustic taverns and gaming for your buddies to enjoy. Head to JB Hooks or Baxter’s Lakeside Grille for some upscale seafood dining, and then soak up the nightlife at Shady Gators and Backwater Jacks. Golf enthusiasts flock to this area with access to award-winning courses such as the Oaks Golf Course at Tan-Tar-A Resort and the Cove Golf Course.

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2. Rolla

Trail going through the woods

Join the local college kids with a bachelor party celebration in Rolla, home to a thriving nightlife scene and vacation rentals that nestle you and your groomsmen in rustic cabins or luxurious homes. When the weather is warm, spend a day at Fugitive Beach that features a cliff jump and sandy beach. The active types can explore the woodsy areas of Missouri with a hike or cycling competition through the Mark Twain National Forest. When the sun sets, grab some brews at Rob and Kricket’s Tater Patch, a local watering hole, or watch a sporting event on the big screen TVs at the Locker Room Sports Bar and Grill. Sidney’s is a popular spot for late night bar bites while the Grotto offers bar games for the competitive groups.

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3. Hermann

Historic brick building.
Source: Flickr/Roland Klose

Choose a vacation destination that gives you and the guys to kick back in a laid-back environment when booking a vacation rental in Hermann, known as the Wine Country of Missouri. Hit up a few of the historic sites of the city in the morning with stops in at the Historic Hermann Museum and the Deutschheim State Historic site. In the afternoons, enjoy a glass or bottle of wine with your wedding party at the Oak Glenn Vineyard and Winery or Stone Hill Winery. Hermann also hosts several bar crawls and winery tours where you and your buddies can sample homemade wines and cheeses while touring the vineyards.

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4. St. Louis

Fountain in front of a state courthouse.

The city known as the Gateway to the West offers plenty of nightlife ideal for bachelor party trips. Start the celebration with happy hour drinks in the Soulard area, home to bars such as Big Daddy’s, Hammerstones, and Molly’s. The downtown area gives you plenty of opportunities to get lucky with Lumiere Casino on 2nd Street and Casino Queen, located right across the bridge in Illinois. Enroll your groomsmen in beer school at the Anheuser Busch brewery and then take a tour of the brewery that features samples and a beer garden along the way. You can’t make a trip to St. Louis without a ride to the top of the Arch to see the city skyline and the Mississippi River. While in town, catch a Cardinals’ game at Busch Stadium or watch the St. Louis Blues score at the Scottrade Center.

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5. St. Charles

Historic Route 66 bridge.

Located about 40 minutes from downtown St. Louis, St. Charles gives you and the guys to settle into a small town with access to the big city. St. Charles features vacation rentals situated in the historic district, complete with cobblestone streets and Main Street shopping. Stop in at Tucanos Brazilian Grill for some eccentric cuisine, and then savor some local brews at Prasino. The Ameristar Casino is a great place to spend an evening with the guys while the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center offers hiking trails and jogging paths for those daytime pick me ups. If your groomsmen want a day of golfing when the weather is warm, sign up for a tee time at the Bogey Hills Country Club.

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6. Branson

Ariel view of a pasture and fall leaves.
Source: Flickr/Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Supply your wedding party with cowboy hats and boots and get your toes tapping when taking in the attractions of Branson, home to the Dixie Stampede dinner theater. Spend your evenings listening to live country music at Crazy Craig’s Cheeky Monkey Bar, and your days touring the caves and canoeing on TableRock Lake. Branson is also home to Silver Dollar City, so you and your buddies can ride the coasters, or opt for some sightseeing when stopping in at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and the Titanic Museum.

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7. Kansas City

Kansas City urban skyline.

Kansas City offers lively nightlife and theme park fun for the bachelor party looking to celebrate in a big way. Enjoy some bonding time in your big city vacation rental, and then start your adventures at the Worlds of Fun theme park. Treat your groomsmen to some of the best barbecue in the Midwest at LC’s Bar-B-Q or Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ before hitting the club scene in the Light District. Resist the urge to get up and dance when listening to the dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon, or take in the live music from local artists at Angel’s Rock Bar.

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