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Things to do in Carthage

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Café
“This coffee shop 20 minutes west of Joplin is on the iconic Carthage Square by Route 66. It's worth it just to see the grand courthouse.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Precious Moments Chapel is the creation of artist Samuel J. Butcher as a gift of thanks to God; recognizing the many blessings given by God. The Chapel has often been described as “America’s Sistine Chapel” as an artful representation of Michelangelo’s own Sistine Chapel in Rome. The Precious Moments Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors annually, offering free Chapel tours daily. Serving as one of Missouri’s most beautiful attractions, the Chapel grounds include an inviting Visitor Center, Gift Shoppe, Royal Delights Cafe and beautifully manicured gardens adorned with bronze statues and fountains. The Visitor Center is the home to the world’s largest Precious Moments Gift Shoppe, as well as Chapel Exclusive figurines. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Store
“Great Deli sandwiches while checking out the historic Carthage Square and extraordinary County Courthouse.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Great food, drinks, art gallery, live music at certain times, awesome place to spend some time. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Everything you could possibly need during your stay about 8 miles from the Cottages. (7 miles)”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Decent Civil War Museum for a small town. Carthage is the site of the first land battle of the Civil War. (10 miles)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing pizza and beverage selection in this quaint old gas station. The theme embodies the mysterious large, sealed-up caverns underneath the city of Carthage, MO, on Route 66.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“World Famous, Precious Moments is known for their figurines. Here is where it all began, enjoy a tour of the facility and be sure to see the Precious Moments Chapel.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Mexican Restaurant
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  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Great NE OK company with burgers and EXCELLENT ice cream at $1.50 per scoop. Also, in Joplin.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Historical Whisler's burgers -- Small simple burgers that have been famous in Carthage for decades!”
  • 1 local recommends
Clothes Shop
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing pizza and beverage selection in this quaint old gas station. The theme embodies the mysterious large, sealed-up caverns underneath the city of Carthage, MO, on Route 66.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Historical Whisler's burgers -- Small simple burgers that have been famous in Carthage for decades!”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Mexican Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Great NE OK company with burgers and EXCELLENT ice cream at $1.50 per scoop. Also, in Joplin.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends

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