Plan Your Family Getaway
Spending quality time with the ones you love is a key part of making lifelong memories. Thankfully, the indelible experiences you’ll discover around Pulaski County are open to all ages. With so much to do and see, picking a starting point can be challenging. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite family-friendly activities to help get you started on your latest memory-packed trip!
Leisurely floating down the Big Piney and Gasconade rivers is an unbeatable way to spend a summer afternoon. Of course, packing all the gear while wrangling the younger members of your family can be quite a hassle. So, make your trip effortless with the help of our local outfitters, each of which can provide you with a vessel, safety equipment, and trash bag to ensure a safe, memorable trip your family will never forget.
No need for your kids to embellish stories to their buddies when they’re fishing in Pulaski County — after all, this is smallmouth heaven! The tenacious bronzebacks that cruise our waterways are famous for the fight they put up when hooked, earning Pulaski County high praise from publications like Game & Fish.
A summer pastime for locals, Roubidoux Spring pumps 37 million gallons of clear Ozark waters a day from beneath the earth. Fun and refreshing, this naturally fed creek is a refreshing and beautiful location to beat the summer heat.
‘Round the Corner…
Just east of Saint Robert, the Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store is a cheeky attraction unlike any other in Pulaski County. Of course, the homemade fudge is reason enough to pop in, but there’s so much more to explore in Uranus! Grab a scoop of ice cream, tour the bizarre and fascinating at the sideshow museum, and play a few rounds at Putt Pirates Mini Golf.
After experiencing the distinctive charms of Uranus, you may be ready to shop your way through the Ozarks. How do you sweeten the thrill of hunting for an unbeatable bargain? Why, a tasty selection of sweets, of course! Our Thrift & Sweets Trail features a long list of shops full of rare finds along with eateries serving mouthwatering, fresh-baked delights. Rummage through our antique shops, thrift stores, and flea markets as you and your family treat your palates with the local flavors!
A Heroic History
As the home of Fort Leonard Wood, Pulaski County boasts a long, proud history of the best and brightest of the U.S. Armed Forces passing through our corner of the Ozarks. That extraordinary history is reflected at the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex, which houses three distinct museums honoring the contributions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, and the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. Tour fascinating exhibits and displays as you and your family marvel at the courage and sacrifice in service to our nation throughout the years.
Get Your Kicks
Twisting and winding through 33 miles of the Missouri Ozarks, the Pulaski County stretch of Historic Route 66 offers one of the most beautiful drives one can experience on the Mother Road with breathtaking, natural vistas, engineering wonders, and the kitschy roadside stops that defined a favorite transcontinental highway in the mid-20th century. Take a trip through time and experience America as the cross-country pioneers did decades ago — and coming in fall 2023, see the night sky aglow from the quirky, restored signs at Route 66 Neon Park at George M. Reed Roadside Park.
YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
With so much to see and do around Pulaski County, you’re going to need a spot to rest and recharge — this is way too much for a single day! Thankfully, our communities are home to numerous lodging options to suit your family and your itinerary. Sleep in style at our charming vacation homes, relax in the familiar comfort of our hotels, or roll out a sleeping bag under a star-studded sky at our campsites and RV parks. Whether you prefer to rough it or vacation with all the comforts of home, Pulaski County has the perfect stay ready to accommodate your family!
Plan your Pulaski County Family Adventure today. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Heart of the Ozarks!