Spring break in Missouri gives you the chance to relax at wineries in Hermann, kick up your heels in Branson, or treat the kids to a boat ride on the Lake of the Ozarks. When visiting the state known for the mighty Mississippi River during the spring months, you can enjoy cooler temperatures and explore diverse attractions without the crowds. Staying at a Missouri vacation rental puts you close to lush forests or lakefront views for an unforgettable time. Check out these Missouri cities for your next spring break getaway.

1. Kansas City

The bright lights of this big city offer fun-filled attractions for both college students and families during spring break with access to the Kansas City Zoo and the Worlds of Fun theme park. Indulge the artist in your group with a tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art before savoring some of the best barbecue in the Midwest at Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ or LC’s Bar-B-Q. If nightlife is calling your name, head to the Light District to enjoy the club scene at Howl at the Moon or Angel’s Rock Bar.

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2. Lake of the Ozarks

Spring break is the ideal time to visit Lake of the Ozarks when you want to have some fun in the sun without the crowds. Set out for a day on the lake with a boat tour or rental from Iguana Watersports before treating the kids to some gaming on the Bagnell Dam Strip. Play miniature golf at Sugar Creek, or ride the go-karts at Lemans. The lake is also home to restaurants serving up American favorites and fresh seafood, such as JB Hooks or Baxter’s Lakeside Grille. The Horny Toad features live music and internationally known bands on the weekends.

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3. Columbia

Columbia may be known for its Mizzou Tigers, but this college town comes alive during spring break with attractions for students and families. Enjoy happy hour at the Room 38 Restaurant and Lounge in the evenings or dance the night away at Club Vogue. When you want to make your spring break trip educational, browse the artifacts at the Museum of Anthropology or the masterpieces at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. Columbia is also home to outdoor activities, and the cool weather during the spring makes it ideal to stroll through Stephens Lake Park’s boardwalk or opt for an invigorating hike through Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

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4. St. Charles

Although St. Charles is a small town with a historic district featuring cobblestone streets, this city offers big city attractions when you try your luck at the Ameristar Casino, or head to Main Street to grab a brew at Prasino or Tucanos Brazilian Grill. If you’re looking for more peace and quiet, take a peaceful walk through the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in the downtown area, or shop until you drop in the Historic Frenchtown District of the city.

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5. Hermann

Spend your spring break in Hermann, an area known for its lush vineyards and wineries. Start off with a glass of Merlot at Stone Hill Winery, or walk through the vineyard at the Oak Glenn Vineyard and Winery. When making Hermann your vacation destination with the family, take in the history of the city when you browse the Historic Hermann Museum or admire the blooming flowers at the Deutschheim State Historic Site’s gardens.

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6. St. Louis

Feel like you’re on top of the world when viewing St. Louis from the observation area of the Arch on your spring break trip. Vacation rentals in St. Louis put you in close proximity to Forest Park, a mecca for joggers and walkers, and the Scottrade Arena where you can catch a hockey playoff or basketball game. Tour the Missouri Botanical Gardens in the historic Tower Grove area, or head to the Soulard neighborhood to experience the nightlife of the city. Downtown is home to Lumiere Casino for when you’re feeling lucky and the Landing, which features 10 blocks of bars and restaurants. Add a trip to the Anheuser-Busch brewery to your itinerary, and stop in at the beer garden to sample the new brews.

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7. Rolla

While spring breakers don’t always flock to college towns, Rolla is a great choice when you want to escape the crowds and have some fun with friends and family. History buffs enjoy browsing the artifacts at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, while nature enthusiasts flock to the Mark Twain National Forest to explore the hiking and biking trails. Find family-friendly entertainment when taking the kids to Kokomo Joe’s Family Fun Center or the Zone Rolla’s Family Entertainment. If the weather is nice, spend a day at Fugitive Beach, a private beach area open to the public that features a cliff jump for the adventurous.

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8. Branson

A vacation rental in Branson gives you and your friends or family an opportunity to get in touch with nature when touring the caves or hiking the trails along Tablerock Lake. Give the kids a thrill when riding roller coasters at Silver Dollar City, or stop in at the Titanic Museum and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum to see out-of-this-world exhibits. An evening at Dixie Stampede offers a toe-tapping time for country music fans, and Crazy Craig’s Cheeky Monkey Bar provides you and your friends with a place to dance the night away.

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