Activities and Attractions
in the Middle Mississippi Valley

Visitor Centers   There is an abundance of visitor centers in the regions that covers where visitors can get up to date information, brochures and maps, and talk to friendly people about the area.
Free Visitor Guides   There are a number of organizations that are dedicated to providing information designed to enhance the visitor's experience to the regions and communities of the Middle Mississippi River Valley. has compiled a list of these organizations, what they provide, and how to order free copies of the material that they will send you.
Holiday Events   From the weekend after Thanksgiving through the week after Christmas, the Middle Mississippi River Valley hosts a number of holiday events to celebrate the season. Communities such as Keokuk, Quincy, Alton, O’Fallon, and St. Louis create dazzling holiday light displays in public parks. Historical and cultural intuitions bedeck their sites with unique holiday decorations. Other communities like St. Charles hold special events throughout the season.
Birding   The Mississippi River Valley is one of North America's major bird migration corridors. Over 326 species that use the river corridor as a home or a stopping off point during their migration including the American Bald Eagle and the American White Pelican. There is a wealth of great locations to watch for birds in the regions that covers.
Living History Events   The region surrounding St. Louis is host to a number of annual "Living History" Events covering the French Fur Trapper Era, the Civil War Era, and early settlers to the region.
Camping   Whatever your preference, the Middle Mississippi River Valley has a large variety of camping accommodations to choose from, ranging from full service RV parks to primitive campsites in natural surroundings.
Marinas   There is an active boating community in the Middle Mississippi River Valley serviced by marinas on the Mississippi mostly centered on Alton Lake above St. Louis.
Locks and Dams   The Corps of Engineers built a series of locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi to make the river navigable. These structures can be visited and their impact offers some unique recreation opportunities.
Horseback Riding covers an approximately 400 mile stretch of the Mississippi River and there are a number of sites that accommodate horses and horseback riding or offer horseback riding opportunities.
Towboats and Barges   Any visitor to the region will almost certainly see the giant towboats that travel up and down America's Great Rivers.
Riverboat Casinos   The casinos in the Middle Mississippi River Valley are centered around the metropolitan St. Louis area. All of the casinos are of the riverboat variety and are located on either the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, although they don’t actually travel on the water.
Regional & County Fairs   Regional and county fairs have been organized in the United States since the 1800s with organized local exhibitions to promote modern farming. Today’s county fairs continue these traditions with the events holding agriculture exhibits, contests, local and national vendors, exhibitors, displays, carnivals, grand stand shows, pageants, and more.
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