5 Reasons to Visit St. Joseph, MO this Fall

Wyeth-Tootle Mansion in St. Joseph
The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion in St. Joseph.

Can you feel it? The slightly cooler temps, the additions of all things apple and pumpkin and the color of leaves on the trees starting to turn hues of red, gold and orange. It is Fall. It is probably our favorite time of year.

Fall is an ideal time to make a visit to St. Joseph, Missouri. Located on Interstate 29, about two hours south of Omaha and about 30 minutes north of Kansas City, St. Joe is home to some amazing and unusual museums. Throw in some Fall events, and great Fall color, and you’ll want to start planning your trip now.

Fall Color 

One of the things that gets us to a locale during Fall is the beautiful colors on the trees. St. Joseph offers a great opportunity to take in this wonder of nature. Take a walk along the Missouri River after stopping in to the Remington Nature Center.

Fall in St. Joseph, Missouri at the Remington Nature Center
Fall colors at the Remington Nature Center.

Museums

St. Joseph has some amazing museums.

The Glore Psychiatric Museum is known as one of the most unusual museums of the United States, as it tells the history of the treatment of mental illness used in the United States. It is rumored that the museum may be haunted by souls of people once treated at the original facility.

Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri
A patient kept putting notes and letters inside this TV, now on display at the Glore Psychiatric Museum.

Pony Express Museum tells the history of the Pony Express, which started its route from St. Joseph.

Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri
Pony Express display at the national museum.

Patee House is a great museum for the whole family with everything from a carousel to an 1860 train.

Patee House Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri
1860 train a the Patee House Museum.

Walter Cronkite Memorial is a beautiful tribute to one of the most prolific journalists of our lifetime.

Walter Cronkite Memorial in St. Joseph, Missouri
Cronkite Memorial is located on the campus of Missouri Western State University.

Great Eats

JC Wyatt House is a gourmet meal brought to you in a Victorian mansion.

JC Wyatt House in St. Joseph, Missouri
JC Wyatt House gets decorated for holidays by the owners. The food is impressive.

Try Boudreaux for some cajun flavor.

Boudreaux in St. Joseph, Missouri
Enjoy some cajun decor with your meal.

Grab some Neapolitan pizza at Il Lazzarone that was fired in an oven with a temperature at about 1000 degrees.

Il Lazzarone in St. Joseph, Missouri
Il Lazzarone makes the best Neapolitan pizza.

Art

Take a walk downtown for great views of murals, architecture and sculptures.

There have been several new murals added to the downtown area over the last couple of years.

Public Art in St. Joseph, Missouri
A mural honoring St. Joe’s music history is located downtown.

Some of the architecture in St. Joseph results from some of the earliest millionaires who lived in the area during the mid-1800s.

Architecture in St. Joseph, Missouri
Architecture in downtown St. Joseph

Take in some of this year’s downtown sculpture walk. There are 17 sculptures located throughout downtown from national artists.

Downtown Sculpture Walk, in St. Joseph, Missouri
St. Joseph Downtown Sculpture Walk.

Haunted St. Joseph 

The Voices of the Past Mount Mora Cemetery walking tour takes you into the past to the stories of some of the early residents of St. Joseph. This year’s tours are scheduled for Oct, 19-20. Make sure to check out http://www.mountmora.org/events.asp for more information and to make reservations.

Mt. Mora Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri
Voices of the Past Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed the Haunted Harris – Kemper Neighborhood Walking tour we took a couple of years ago. From the designs of some magnificent homes and mansions to the haunting stories that the owners had to tell. This year’s tour and psychic fair is scheduled for October 14. You can call 816-262-9167 for tickets and more information.

Haunted Harris-Kemper Neighborhood Tour in St. Joseph, Missouri
Haunted Harris-Kemper Neighborhood Tour

PumpkinFest is located on the grounds of the Pony Express Museum. From a Great Pumpkin Mountain and a carnival-type atmosphere, this event is fun for the whole family. This year’s event will be the weekend of October 13-15.

Pumpkinfest in St. Joseph, Missouri
PumpkinFest

So, if you are looking for Fall color, eats, or a good spooky story, St. Joseph, Missouri, has what you are looking for this season. For more information, check out http://www.stjomo.com/.

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