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Things to do in Jefferson City

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.
Bar
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“Just across the street from the Inn and is one of the local favorites with scrumptious food and drinks.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Missouri State Penitentiary was a prison in Jefferson City, Missouri, that operated from 1836 to 2004. Check their website for tour tickets...perhaps a ghost tour anyone?”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“Craft brews and bar food. Prison decor and close to the historic Missouri State Penitentiary.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Trail
“Great way to get close to Missouri Nature both inside and outside! There are often naturalist programs that occur throughout the year--let us know if you are interested (we can help you find the schedule). The Center itself has an several outdoor shorter trails and the building has displays many with live reptiles, amphibians, and fish!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Another local favorite and located downtown close to the Governors Mansion, Capitol and High Street making it close to all the action, besides having some of the best food in town.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
“Can you eat the entire banana split? If so, you'll be one of the few! Established in Jefferson City in 1934 this ice cream parlor is local favorite! A few dollars gets you a LOT of some of the best ice cream in the area. It gets quite busy in summer time, but don't worry, the line goes fast and the staff is used to handling the volume.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In my opinion, the best restaurant and bar in Jefferson City! Amazing local feel, but with the high-end finishes :). You must visit Ben (the owner) and his fantastic establishment! (don't forget to order cocktails!)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Wonderful historic tours and great museum. Other seasonal activities, refer to Downtown Jefferson City Facebook page or website”
  • 2 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Anything you would like to know about Jefferson City. This is the place to visit and is located on High Street where some of the cites best restaurants and shops are found.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“This is a great place to learn about Missouri's history. Be sure to book a tour to learn the most about the artwork in the Capitol and gain access to the "Whispering Room" (a whisper can be hear all the way across the rotunda!). The Capitol grounds are popular picnic areas and also provide excellent views of the river and the bridge over.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The closest winery to cabin! Set on the river bluffs outside of Jefferson City - food, wine, and a view!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Local Government Office
“Open seven days a week and contains many interesting memorabilia from the early foundation of the state and also includes some wonderful murals not to be missed.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Wonderful local coffee house with a drive thru! Tell them Tara sent you :). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pharmacy
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“Great selection for to go food or food preparation. It has most everything you will need.”
  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Not only a wonderful grocery store, but a great place to grab lunch! Amazing salad bar and full service hot food also!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“CORK is a wine shop and restaurant. They serve a seasonal and changing menu and source food locally when available. CORK also sells locally produced, bean to bar, Patric chocolate. They sell wine by the bottle or wine by the glass. One of our favorite places!!!”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“Just across the street from the Inn and is one of the local favorites with scrumptious food and drinks.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Craft brews and bar food. Prison decor and close to the historic Missouri State Penitentiary.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another local favorite and located downtown close to the Governors Mansion, Capitol and High Street making it close to all the action, besides having some of the best food in town.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In my opinion, the best restaurant and bar in Jefferson City! Amazing local feel, but with the high-end finishes :). You must visit Ben (the owner) and his fantastic establishment! (don't forget to order cocktails!)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The closest winery to cabin! Set on the river bluffs outside of Jefferson City - food, wine, and a view!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“A great local joint, with great food, live music, pool tables, drinks, and fun!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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