20 Things to do in Cuba, MO…Route 66 Mural City…or maybe more

Cuba, Missouri attractions

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.

Crawford Country History Museum and Veterans Memorial

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.

Spyder bikes with 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 T-shirt 2011 Cuba Missouri

Viva Cuba’s t-shirt for 2011-12 is popular. There is now a t-shirt of the Amelia Mural available.

Exit 208 Cuba, Missouri Visitor Center

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.

Cuba, Missouri Trolley

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 twolake 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.

Calaboose Cuba Missouri

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.

Cuba, Missouri LIons Club Car Show

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.

Visti our main page on our blog to read more of the history, preservation, and attractions of Cuba, Missouri, the little town with a big presence.

This post to attractions is  for informational purposes. Please research on your own as times, hours, seasons, as details may change without notice. 

You might also be interested in our post “5 Tips to Getting More Out of  Your Visit to Cuba, Missouri.”

12 responses to “20 Things to do in Cuba, MO…Route 66 Mural City…or maybe more”

  1. Bob Dorr says:

    I have a postcard I picked up in December of 1954 when myself and five other Airman were traveling from Amerillo to New England to celebrate Christmas with our families.We were all students at Amerillo AFB
    We stopped in Cuba at the Wagon Wheel Cafe for lunch on the Sunday before Christmas. The owners were Mr.and Mrs. William H. Pratt. The phone number was 30.
    I am hoping to visit Cuba sometime next summer and wanted to stop by the Cafe.
    Bob Dorr

  2. jane says:

    Bob, The Wagon Wheel Motel was purchased in 2009 and has been beautifully restored. The cafe building is the motel office and gift shop. If you look under the Best of the Blogs, you will find an update on the Wagon Wheel or you can do a search on the blog page to see photos and information. Be sure to schedule time at the Wagon Wheel and to see Cuba’s murals. We have some good places to eat as well.
    Thanks for sharing your memories. We would love to see your postcard too.

  3. Shirley Whie says:

    What about Bob’s Gasoline Alley? It is an amazing place.

  4. jane says:

    Bob’s Gasoline Alley is an amazing place, but at this time, it is not open to the public, except by appointment, so we did not post it.

  5. Ingo says:

    21st thing is missed…meet very friendly and helpful people in this little town! I come and visit every year since 2006 and this town became my 2nd home! I really love everything in Cuba…go and visit guys!

  6. Viva Cuba says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words. Please visit our Facebook page Cuba MO Murals & More and tell us what you like about Cuba. Feel free to post a photo.

  7. Sarah Mullin says:

    My husband will be coming down in May to work. We are so EXCITED to come and see your beautiful town! We love to travel with him! I noticed several things were dated from several years ago on activities. We have 3 children ages 7,6 and 1. We will be staying in a camper and looking for things to do in the day. Can you please give me some ideas of fun things to do with them that is currently open in May. Thank you so much ! 🙂

  8. Viva Cuba says:

    We are happy to have your family visit our town. Stop at the Cuba Visitor Center, located at Exit 208, for local maps and brochures. Visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cubamopool/ for the Cuba Swimming Pool hours. There is also a park next to the pool for picnics. Onondaga Cave is nearby in Leasburg, and it would be a great trip for kids and adults. It has a park nearby and walking trails.It also has a very nice RV park. Hood Park, just off Route 66, has a playground and walking trails. This is where the county fair is held in July. Follow the Crawford County Fair on FB for more details. The Route 66 Red Rocker is a must see. There are many churches in town that hold Bible School and special activities in the summer. There is also floating and rafting in the Leesburg/Steelville areas. You will find it quieter during the week than on weekends. Dessert Island is great place for frozen yogurt/custard with custom topics. The ballparks are busy during the summer months too. Visit the Crawford Country History Museum on Smith Street with its many exhibits. You can take a picnic and lunch on the grounds. Across the street is the library, and they have special activities for the kids in the summer. Get a kid’s camera and let them take digital photos of the murals and other attraction in Cuba.

  9. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for all the great tips and information! 🙂

  10. […] Cuba is a wonderful glimpse into a bygone era. Known as mural city, there are over a dozen building murals depicting times past. A large history museum, several antique malls, and a vintage streetcar accompany a number of historic local buildings to give the city historic flair. The world’s largest rocking chair is also here and functions as a memento of the crazy road trip attractions that Route 66 was known for. […]

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