Visit Historic Cuba, Missouri where art meets history.
20 Things to do in Cuba MO…
Bette Davis, Harry Truman, and Amelia Earhart visited Cuba Missouri, why don’t you?
Attractions and Activities to enjoy while visiting Cuba, Missouri…. Bring your camera! We are a pretty little town with lots of photo-worthy attractions.
1. 12 Outdoor Murals along the Route 66 corridor through Historic Uptown Cuba tell the story of Cuba’s history from 1857 when it was founded
Get a mural brochure at the Visitor Center at Exit 208 on I-44 or in area restaurants and businesses.
2. Spend some time at the History Museum/Veterans Memorial/Public Library at Recklein Commons on Smith Street two blocks off Route 66.
Cuba Veteran’s Memorial sits in front of the History Museum on Smith Street. The Cuba Fest is held in this area on Smith Street. The library is across the street from the museum.
3. Visit Antique Malls/Resale Shops
4. Cruise Historic Route 66 through Cuba.
Visit the Historic Landmark Wagon Wheel Motel & Connie”s Shoppe for photos of the oldest motel on Route 66. Visit Connie’s Shoppe for Route 66 memorabilia.
See the 1931 Phillips 66 Station at the intersection of Hwy. 19 and Route 66. The Fourway Cafe recently opened there. Check their Facebook page for days/hours.
5. Spend some time at the Crawford County Fair in July. Check the cubamochamber.com for dates.
Located at Hood Park, just off Route 66. Hood Park is also a location for walking and biking.
6. Update: Although the rocker is still in place the Fanning OutPost General Store and Archery Center are closed. Cuba Mercantile purchased the buildings and grounds Plans are for gourmet popcorn, candy, and soda stop as well as an outlet for other Route 66 memorabilia.
Take a photo at the Guinness World Record Largest Rocking Chair, “A Route 66 Wonder” The rocker has recently lost its title, but it is still the largest rocker on Route 66, and it is now painted red and known as the Route 66 Red Rocker.
This group of Spyder Riders returned for a new photo of their colorful bikes with the Route 66 Red Rocker.
7. The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center , located at Exit 208 on I-44, offers coffee, water, clean rest rooms, friendly staff, free WiFi, and a lot of information. Pick up the latest Viva Cuba t-shirt while you are there. See their website for annual events and an event calendar.
Viva Cuba’s t-shirt for 2011-12 is popular. There is now a t-shirt of the Amelia Mural available.
The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week, except for Christmas and Easter.
Information on local businesses, events, and activities is available. You can find information on area church services at the Visitor Center.
In March. Hundreds come to run and socialize and help raise money for local charities our 4-mile Race to the Rocker. Visit www.racetotherocker.com for details.
8. Eat at one of Cuba’s independently owned restaurants. MO Hick and Frisco’s are only two. See the complete list on the Chamber of Commerce website.
9. Parks, a swimming pool, and bike trails are available.
Trolley tours of the murals during Cuba Fest are a popular event.
10. Cuba Fest the 3rd Weekend in October is small town Missouri at its best. Free narrated Trolley Tours of the Murals are available. Crafts, music, activities, food, & much more for this 2-day festival. Visit the Facebook page for details.
11. In season the Drive-In Theatre near the Visitor Center on Hwy. 19 offers a glimpse of days past with first run movies. (Check their Facebook page for current offerings, hours, etc.)
12. The Cuba Lakes Golf Course on Hwy. O offers a two–lake course that can be a challenge.
13. An 1873 Train Replica and Painted Traffic Control Boxes in the Viva Cuba Garden provides a relaxing stop while walking the mural route.
14. Floating, camping, and outdoor sports at nearby Ozark area rivers are enjoyed by many visitors each year.
15. There are Industrial Enterprise Parks to Grow Your Business if you are thinking of relocating to a convenient Midwest location with a lot to offer. Check the Cuba, Missouri Chamber of Commerce website for information on industrial development in Cuba.
15. Pick up a brochure at the Visitor Center at the I-44 Overpass for more information on some of Cuba’s historical buildings. Visit our 1908 calaboose.
Our 1908 jail was a no frills affair.
17. See Other public art throughout Cuba. Area business have added their own murals both inside and outside of their businesses.
18. Hayes Shoe Store on Route 66 (Smith and Washington) has two Robert Wadlow Shoes on display. Robert Wadlow was known as the “Giant of Alton.” The store is also the site of the Prosperity Corner Mural.
19. Check the Cuba Chamber of Commerce site for any current event details or stop by the Cuba Visitor Center.
20. During swim season, Cuba’s Municipal Swimming Pool is open. Check its Facebook page for days/hours.
21. Visit the Toy Museum inside the Midwest Travel Plaza. Also view Ray Harvey’s vintage transportation murals while there.
COMING SOON Summer of 2017: Osage Trail Legacy Monument at the Cuba Visitor Center will be completed. Osage Mural on the side of Little Jack Horner’s Dessert Shop on Buchanan. New Barrel panel on the end of the Apple Mural.
This was a past car show sponsored by the Lions Club.
If that isn’t enough, you can visit nearby Steelville for the Meramec Music Theatre shows or see a concert at the historic Wildwood Lodge like you’ve never seen one before. Or you can visit one of the Cuba Livestock Sales to experience a little bit of agriculture in Mid-Missouri. Belmont Vineyard & Winery ,on Route 66 2 1/2 miles east of Cuba, has a tasting room, and outdoor area, and a pavilion for afternoons and evenings of listening to music. Also enjoy their full service restaurant inside.
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This post to attractions is for informational purposes. Please research on your own as times, hours, seasons, as details may change without notice.
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