Tourism is an important aspect of industry in the CORE region. The central region of Missouri hosts Missouri’s Capitol, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, and the largest university in the state. This is an area with rich outdoor opportunities, historic sites, and small cities where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Visit the respective Convention and Visitors Bureaus to learn more about the Tourism opportunities in the region.

Presser Performing Arts Center

Mexico, MO – Audrain County

Welcome to Mexico, Missouri! The first thing you’ll notice is its charm with tree-lined boulevards and stately neighborhoods. Then you’ll notice friendly people and the wealth of opportunities in the region. Among many attractions, Mexico is the home of the Miss Missouri Pageant, the Presser Performing Arts Center, the Audrain County Historical Society, and more. Audrain County is also known for its wealth of green space, parks, campgrounds, and outdoor recreational areas.

Visit the Parks and Facilities homepage to learn more.

Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, MO – Boone County

Columbia, Missouri is a unique city on its own based largely from the University of Missouri, which was founded in 1839. The University has a student population of over 34,000 and is Columbia’s largest employer. You can spend time watching indie films at the Ragtag Cinema, explore The District, and even have fun at the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival. Columbia has been frequently ranked as a top place to live, best place to raise a family, and great community to which to retire. The things that make it so livable, also make it a great destination to visit.

Visit the Visitors Bureau for more information.

A 1960 Chrysler Imperial at the Auto World Museum

Fulton, MO – Callaway County

Voted one of the “Top 10 Destinations for Midwest Charm” by USA Today, Fulton Missouri has a beautiful downtown with brick-lined streets including historic areas, retail shopping, and antique shops. In Fulton, you can browse through vintage car collections, walk through a section of the Berlin Wall, enjoy country music shows, and even stand where Winston Churchill made his famous Iron Curtain speech. Conveniently located just 4 miles south of I-70 connecting Kansas City and St. Louis near the halfway point, Fulton is a destination you do not want to miss.

Visit the Visitors Bureau for more Information.

Central Dairy

Jefferson City, MO – Cole County

Jefferson City is the not only the capitol of Missouri but also a city rich with historical traditions, beautiful scenery, fine dining, and entertainment. Explore Missouri History at the State capitol, embark on a historic tour including ties to Lewis and Clark and the Missouri State Penitentiary, and take a break at the legendary ice cream shop, Central Dairy.

Visit the Visitors Bureau for more information.

Warm Springs Ranch

Boonville, MO – Cooper County

Jefferson City Boonville offers scenic views, golfing, aqautic center, sport shooting, Isle of Capri Casino, barn quilts, wineries, athletic fields, parks, farmers market, unique shops and restaurants, Budweiser Clydesdale breeding farm, national historic trails and so much more. Throughout the year an array of cultural events provide educational and leisurely activities for our area.

Visit the Tourism Office for more information.

Other Popular Central Missouri Destinations include:

The Lake of the Ozarks

Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards