Activities & Things to Do in and around Hannibal MO

Mississippi River town boasts a host of wonderful options.

Down by the River – A live band, great food, cold drinks and a good time await at the dbtrmedYMEN’s Pavilion, 100 Hill St. This is each Friday evening through September.
The Hannibal YMEN’s club is in its seventh year of Down by the River events.  Located at the 100 block of Hill Street, in downtown Hannibal.  The events are open to anyone 21 years and older.

Our Farmers Market – Is held each Saturday morning Enjoy fresh produce, homemade products and a fun atmosphere. Right downtown on Main Street in Kerley’s Pub Patio, 214 N. Main.  You’ll see me down there early before serving breakfast at the mansion to gather items before they are sold out.  If I wait til after bfast, I’d be out of luck.

Music Under the Stars – 

Bring a chair from the mansion and join the locals for a free concert every Thursday night at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Have a Little ‘ME’ Time

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 Julie 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.

Take in Some Culture

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”?).  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.

Day Tripping for Pewter

ASL Foundry, 30 miles south on State Route 79, in Louisiana,  was established in 1995, and has since expanded to include the making of pewter tableware, household and personal items with original designs inspired by tradition, mythology and folklore. Tom and Pat Hooper share a fascination with European and American history which translates to their work.10518318_362012443952955_5844756170148333626_o
They make our own molds, and use them for casting pieces unique to ASL Foundry. We also have acquired and utilize a collection of historic and antique bronze, aluminum and steel molds. This is where we purchase our animal knife rests.  They have made some of them just for us, the llama ones are unique and on of over a dozen styles.  I sell them here for the same price they do, but they also have a shop worth the drive down there alone.
Tom and Pat made ALL the pewter for the mini series, John Quincy Adams.  While filming the PBS mini series the producers found out quickly there are no pewter smiths at all in Williamsburg, VA.  They quickly got in touch with ASL Pewter and commissioned them to make all the pewter for the show.  They are now good friends of ours, super people.

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.

Hit A Couple of Golf Balls

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

Enjoy Some Real Artists

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. 50miles_ofartLinked 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.