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Sure, we all love CoMo, but there’s nothing quite like beating town for the well-timed day trip. From baby Clydesdales to a trail of wine, here are seven spots you should consider.
The Moberly Drive-In
Distance: ~38 miles
I’m continually surprised by people not knowing that drive-in theaters still exist. It’s summertime — why watch a movie cooped up in a megaplex when you can sit outside? This is an especially great locale for those of you who can’t shut up during movies. You know who you are.
Skydiving off I-70
Distance: ~37 miles
If you’re feeling particularly insane, why not jump out of an airplane? Skydive Flying V Ranch is where it’s at for tandem skydiving. When you come back to Earth, hop over to Crane’s Country Store for the best $2 sandwich you’ll ever eat.
Wine tasting in Hermann
Distance: ~65 miles
This isn’t just a winery, people. This is a wine trail. Do you hear me? A trail of wine. It’s also an adorable little town and you’ll have a scenic drive down the Missouri River to get there.
Baby Clydesdales in Boonville
Distance: ~25 miles
You’ve seen the Superbowl Budweiser commercials, so why not see where those stars get their start? Schedule a group tour at Warm Springs Ranch in Cooper County. Twenty-eight baby Clydesdales were born this season. It will definitely fill your cuteness quota for the day.
Columbia Star Dinner Train
Distance: ~7 miles
If you haven’t had a candlelit, gourmet dinner on a 1940s passenger car looping from Columbia to Centralia and back, you haven’t lived. Reservations are necessary; costumes and funny accents are optional.
Shop ’til you Drop at Lake of the Ozarks
Distance: ~90 miles
Give your credit card a workout at the outlet mall, featuring BCBG, Coach, J. Crew and a lot of other places where you can be satisfied knowing you saved sooo much money. Then go spend that money at a lovely dinner. Apparently, there’s also a big body of water, which opens up your entertainment options a bit.
St. Louis: Home of Nelly
Distance: ~124 miles
Between the City Museum, the zoo, concert venues like the Peabody Opera House and The Pageant, that big arch thingy, Six Flags, Italian food on The Hill and The Muny, surely you can find something to entertain you. Apparently there’s a baseball team from there as well. I hear they’re fairly good.
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