Activities & Things to Do in Hannibal MO

Mississippi River town boasts a host of wonderful entertainment options

Mark Twain brought Hannibal, Missouri alive through his depictions of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn’s adventures in this Mississippi River town. Now, John and┬áJulie Rolsen offer the perfect lodging option from which to enjoy all the attractions and activities Hannibal, MO has to offer. For many guests, their arrival at Garth Woodside Mansion starts the beginning of a relaxing stay not venturing beyond the beautiful gardens, birdlife and solitude of this lovely estate. For others, a day of exploring in the old Huck Finn tradition is what they’ve come for. Whether it’s relaxation or adventure, Garth Woodside Mansion offers the ideal starting and ending point.

History and Literature

For those on their own Mark Twain historical tour, the combination of a stay at Garth Woodside Mansion with a visit to the Mark Twain Museum, including a tour through his boyhood home and many of the buildings so familiar in his literary works, offers the ideal itinerary. Then laugh along with Tom Sawyer and catch a glimpse of America through the eyes of Huckleberry Finn at the Mark Twain Himself live show, performed throughout the year.

Then, take a self-guided tour through Hannibal’s historic neighborhoods or ride the trolley, or train (or should we say “twain”?). You can even enjoy a narrated horse-drawn tour on the Mark Twain Clopper. In the historic district, you’ll enjoy a wide range of shopping possibilities, including a full selection of Mark Twain books and souvenirs, along with lovely gifts, antiques, handmade goods, and restaurants.

Majestic Mississippi River

No visit to Hannibal is complete without taking a riverboat ride. In keeping with its legacy, the Mark Twain Riverboat offers one hour narrated sightseeing cruises, presenting insight into the history and sights along the Mississippi. Dinner cruises are also available.

And for those who can’t go on a trip without a round of golf, Norwoods Golf Course, a public course offering reasonable greens fees, is nearby.

Those who love the arts will not be disappointed with their trip to Hannibal. Nestled along the beautiful banks of the Mississippi River in this historic corner of Northeast Missouri are the communities of Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville. Linked by history, heritage and Route 79, these communities offer 50 Miles of Art, an arts corridor where fine artists, craftspersons and artisans use their skill to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Route 79 offers breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, soaring rock cliffs, rolling hills and colorful landscape, so those who enjoy scenic drives and photo opportunities in addition to the arts will not be disappointed.

No matter what you do, your day will begin and end at Garth Woodside Mansion, where you’ll luxuriate in soft feather beds, dream of the grandeur of yesteryear and enjoy the hospitality of one of Missouri’s finest mansions.