Museums

Vacuum Cleaner Museum

Vacuum Cleaner MuseumLocation: St. James
Distance from St. James: Located in St. James

Information: The world’s first Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet! We’re located along historic Route 66 in St. James, MO or as we like to call it Small Town, USA. We hope you GET SUCKED IN to learn about the history of vacuum cleaners on your next adventure through America’s heartland!

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Maramec Spring Agriculture Museum

Agriculture MuseumLocation: Maramec Spring
Distance from St. James: 6 miles

Information: The Maramec Spring Agriculture Museum at Maramec Spring MO has an interesting assortment of antique agriculture equipment and a working black smith shop. Some of the equipment is on display out doors.

A great place to visit and take in the sites of the Maramec Spring. Trout fishing, a trout hatchery and a second distinct history Museum are also at this Park. Entrance to the museum is free, $3 a car load to get in the park. ($15 car load during Iron Work Days special event)

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Military Museums of Fort Leonard Wood

Military MuseumLocation: St. Robert
Distance from St. James: 37 miles

Information: I-44 exit 161A. Drive south on the I-44 extension for several miles to Fort Leonard Wood. Once past the Visitors Center, continue south on Missouri Ave., then bear left onto Constitution Ave. for 1.5 miles. When Constitution Ave. dead ends, turn left onto South Dakota Ave. The John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex will be on the left, between Illinois and Nebraska Aves.
Hours: M-F 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Call to verify)
Phone: 573-596-0240
Admission: Free

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Maramec Spring Park Museum

Maramec Spring ParkLocation: Maramec Spring
Distance from St. James: 6 miles from St. James at Maramec Spring Park

Information: The Maramec Spring Park Museum houses natural and cultural history exhibits chronicling the operation of the Maramec Iron Works between 1826 and 1876.

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Outdoor Attractions & Activities

Meramec Caverns

Meramec CavernsLocation: Sullivan
Distance to St. James: 30 miles

Information: Meramec Caverns is the largest commercial cave in the state of Missouri. Missouri is also known as the Cave state, hosting home to more than 6,000 surveyed caves. Meramec Caverns is open year round and offers a fun, affordable vacation for all its visitors. The well-trained rangers can accommodate groups of any size.

Activities: Cavern tours, zip lining, riverboat rides, canoe floats, panning for gold, restaurant

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Zip Lining at Blue Springs Ranch

Blue Springs Zip LineLocation: Bourbon
Distance to St. James: 23 miles

Information: This family adventure will sweep you through the foothills of the Ozarks. Zip down 3,026 feet of pure adrenaline fun. During the 4 stage course you will experience the tour at a birds eye view with accelerated speeds up to 40 mph. Summer operation is 7 days/week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Onondaga Cave

Onondaga CaveLocation: Leasburg
Distance to St. James: 21 miles

Information: Descend into the depths of Onondaga Cave State Park and drop into a world of wonder: towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, and active flowstones help make the cave a National Natural Landmark and illustrate why Missouri is often called “The Cave State.” Visitors can take guided tours into the underground wonderland. But if you prefer the surface, the park’s Vilander Bluff Natural Area provides a panoramic view of the Meramec River. Easy access to the Meramec River allows visitors to canoe or fish in a peaceful and scenic setting.

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Maramec Spring Park

Maramec Spring ParkLocation: Maramec Spring
Distance to St. James: 6 miles

Information: The Missouri Department of Conservation offers trout fishing and stocks the six tenths mile of the fishing stream daily. Fishing at Maramec Spring Park is a relaxing and fun experience for the whole family. Visit the many museums and historical venues Maramec Spring park has to offer.

Annual Missouri Fishing License-$12.00
Daily Missouri Fishing License-$7.00
Daily Trout Tag for Adults-$3.00
Children 15 & Under-$2.00

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High Adventure Ranch - Wild game hunting

High Adventure RanchLocation: Salem
Distance to St. James: 27 miles

Information: If you are looking for a truly All-Inclusive Hunting Package, you have come to the right place. High Adventure Ranch’s normal hunting packages include (2) nights and (3) days lodging in our hunting lodge or in a private cabin, three home cooked meals a day, guaranteed hunting license, guide fee which includes field cleaning AND full meat processing (hand cut, vacuum packed and stored in walk-in cooler). From the time we greet you at our gate, to the time when you leave our ranch with your fully processed meat, we handle every aspect of your hunt.

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St. James Golf Club

Location: St. James
Distance to St. James: Located in St. James

Information: Our Beautiful 9- Hole Course, which is strategically nestled among the rolling hills of the Ozarks. This is a challenging 9 hole track, with different tees on the back that make it play like 18 holes.

Open full time, March through October. Open part time November through February depending on weather (Please call ahead to make sure the clubhouse is open during that time).

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Theaters and Performing Arts

Leach Theatre

Leach TheatreLocation: Rolla
Distance From St. James: 8 miles

Information: Leach Theatre is located in Rolla, Missouri, inside Castleman Hall on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Since opening in 1991, Leach Theatre has provided world class entertainment to the South Central Missouri area. Leach Theatre hosts an average of 100 events per academic year. Recent events have included diverse musical performances ranging from the Glenn Miller Orchestra to American Idol winner David Cook.

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Ozark Actors Theatre

Ozark Actors TheatreLocation: Rolla
Distance From St. James: 8 miles

Information: Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT), is a hidden jewel in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. OAT is one of only three professional summer stock theatres in out state Missouri. Located in Rolla, OAT is a non-profit organization. Founded in 1987 by Gail Andrews-Hintz, a Rolla native returning from New York, and F. Reed Brown; along with a founding Board of Trustees consisting of citizens from Rolla, Cuba, Waynesville and other communities in south central Missouri, the desire of these interested citizens was to bring quality live professional theatre to the Ozarks.

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Fine Linen Theatre

Fine Linen TheatreLocation: Rolla
Distance From St. James: 8 miles

Information: Fine Linen Theatre is a non-profit community theatre organization in Rolla, Missouri, with a vision to benefit the community by producing excellent, wholesome, uplifting shows. Fine Linen seeks to build families and relationships, and keeps this forefront in all decisions, from the choice of shows, to rehearsal schedules, to interactions with one another.

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Concert Series at Wildwood Lodge

Wildwood Concert SeriesLocation: Steelville
Distance From St. James: 17 miles

Information: A getaway at Wildwood has been compared to a week-end at Grandma’s house. Concert day, guests arrive, get settled in, and relax until dinner time….6pm sharp! While everyone is enjoying dinner, our staff is busy rearranging the lobby, adjusting the sound system, and building a roaring fire in the grand old stone fireplace. For the convenience of our guests, we have a full service bar, open for the duration of the performance.

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Meremec Music Theatre

Meramec Music TheatreLocation: Steelville
Distance From St. James: 17 miles

Information: Meramec Music Theatre is Owned and Operated by the Steelville Arts Council. Our mission is; Promoting Arts in our community through awareness, appreciation, education and support; creating a connection between artists and audiences to enrich the quality of life for all.

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Educational Activities

Stonehenge

StonehengeLocation: Rolla
Distance to St. James: 8 miles

Information: This squat Stonehenge — a little bit of Druid Europe in sweltering south-central Missouri — was built at the former University of Missouri at Rolla Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center to showcase the stone carving capabilities of its High Pressure Water Jet Lab. “In ancient times, carving these stones would have taken years,” a plaque explains. “These stones were carved in a month.”

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Experimental Mine

Experimental MineLocation: Rolla
Distance to St. James: 8 miles

Information: This limestone mine was founded in 1921. It is used for research, rescue practice, study of mining practices and other projects by students in geological and mining engineering.

The mine has tours and exhibits of old mining equipment.

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Historic James Memorial Public Library

St. James LIbraryLocation: St. James
Distance to St. James: Located in St. James

Information: Library services are free to use; these include but are not limited to computers, reference materials, library events and on-site WiFi. In order to check out any materials, you must first obtain a library card and, if applicable, pay the fee.

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Missouri Veterans Home and Cemetery

St. James Veternans HomeLocation: St. James
Distance to St. James: Located in St. James

Information: Originally a Union Soldiers home, now a Missouri run Veterans Home

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Family Fun

Tigershark Waterpark

Tigershark WaterparkAddress: 500 South Bourbeuse St. James, MO 65559
Activities: Waterpark open from late May to early September. Birthday parties, swim lessons.

Day Pass: $3.00 for everyone else, 4 years and under free
Individual season pass $80
Family season pass $135

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Kokomo Joe’s Family Fun Center

Kokomo Joe'sLocation: Rolla
Distance from St. James: 8 miles

Information: Kokomo Joe’s in Rolla, MO is the perfect place for your next birthday party. We offer go karting, miniature golf, a driving range, and batting cages. These are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Go karts are for experienced racers, and our miniature golf course is challenging and contemporary. Don’t forget the arcade with a selection of exciting, family-friendly games to choose from. Bring your group out and enjoy an exciting day of fun!

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