- The list below includes 23 free or cheap things to do in or near Jefferson City, Missouri, including 40 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, National & State Parks, Skating Rinks and Bowling.
- From Runge Nature Center to Carl R. Noren River Access, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Jefferson City and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Fulton and Columbia.
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The Runge Nature Center is a 100 acre nature center featuring 2.4 miles of walking trails. Visitors will also find a visitor center, complete with exhibits and live-animal displays. The center hosts a variety of education programs and special events.
Situated next to Turkey Creek, which empties into the Missouri River, Carl R. Noren River Access provides visitors with an area to relax and watch the river. There is a pedestrian bridge that visitors can cross over.
Offering a wide array of outdoor activities, Finger Lakes State Park includes an ATV park, where off-road vehicles can take on a network of trails, a campground, mountain biking trails, and boating and fishing areas.
The Runge Conservation Nature Center is a state operated wildlife and forest preserve that features several hiking trails, as well as a building with classroom and auditorium facilities. Throughout the year, programs in nature conservancy are offered at the facility.
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115 Lafayette St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 MoreLess Info
Since the Missouri State Penitentiary first opened in 1836, the 47 acre prison has seen many felons including the assassin that killed Dr. Martin Luther King, and the first train robber. On a tour of the penitentiary, visitors can learn about these felons, the 1954 riot, and the great escapes.
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2007 Retention Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101 MoreLess Info
Visitors enjoy a variety of exhibits and interactive displays at the Museum of Missouri Military History. The museum resides on the National Guard Complex and features artifacts from several wars.
Cole County was one of the first seats of government in Missouri. At the Cole County Historical Museum, visitors can see exhibits related to that early history including inaugural gowns of governor's wives, along with paintings, pictures, and archival records.
For ice-skating and hockey, the Ice Arena-Washington Park is a family friendly place for fun. The concession stand sells inexpensive snacks and hot chocolates and there is a warming area and music as you play.