8 Things to Do in Excelsior Springs That You Shouldn't Miss

September 17, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Excelsior Springs is a city in Clay and Ray counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 11,084 at the 2010 census. It is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) northeast of central Kansas City, Missouri.
Restaurants in Excelsior Springs

1. Jesse James Birthplace Museum

21216 Jesse James Farm Rd, Kearney, MO 64060-9343 +1 816-736-8500
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Jesse James Birthplace Museum

Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, Missouri, in 1847. Barely 16, he followed his older brother, Frank, into the Civil War. While Frank was a member of Quantrill’s guerillas, Jesse rode with Bloody Bill Anderson. When the war ended, Jesse returned home and joined other former Confederate guerillas in a life of outlawry. Jesse’s boldness and flamboyance as a bank and train robber, combined with sensational publicity from newspapers and dime novels, soon made his a household name. A tour through the restored home will take visitors back to where the legend began. Before walking the trail to the farmhouse, a twenty minute movie recaps the history of Frank and Jesse James and exploits of the outlaws. The museum displays the world’s largest collection of James family artifacts. Jesse’s boots and Frank’s surrender letter tend to captivate visitors. Guests then follow the paved winding trail to the farmhouse and walk along the creek where, as young boys, Frank and Jesse spent much of their time playing. In the yard of the family home is Jesse’s original burial site, the place where his mother once sold souvenir rocks from his grave for twenty five cents. Upon completion of the tour guests will want to browse the museum's gift shop. A wide variety of books relating to the period are available as well as t-shirts, mugs, and many other souvenir keepsakes. The Jesse James Farm and Museum is owned and operated by the Department of Clay County Parks, Recreation, Historic Sites and Tourism.

Reviewed By Marsha L

My husband and I are traveling from Glendale AZ. This stop was well worth the time and cost, $6.50 per senior. This piece of history was made real to us. The souvenir items were a bit pricey! But the film was informative, the tour was good. Our guide did a very nice job and she was new! I would suggest if and when your tour guide offers to take a picture-it would be better taken at the front of the home. The curators also referred us to other spots and activities of interest in the Kearney, MO area. We would stop here again.

2. Watkins Mill State Park

26600 Park Rd N, Lawson, MO 64062-8939 +1 816-580-3387
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Watkins Mill State Park

A 100-acre lake with a paved bicycle path around it, plentiful fishing, a picturesque campground and choice picnic spots make Watkins Mill State Park an ideal place for an afternoon or longer. Located near the Kansas City area, the park has ample fishing opportunities and an abundance of whitetailed deer and wild turkeys to watch. The park is adjacent to the Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark.

Reviewed By nutsgoalie - Norwich, Connecticut

This is a beautiful, spacious park, with plenty to do. We drove around a little bit and then stopped at the visitor center. The center has some interesting exhibits for free and then you can walk out the back to the house and mill. For a price you can tour the mil at certain hours. We just walked around the grounds, but it's a nice spot. Afterwards we drove to the lake, and walked around half of it, as there is a nice paved walkway that you can walk about 4 miles on, which was really nice. There's a place to swim as well, so it really has a bit of everything. It is well worth the stop for some nature and a little history to boot.

3. Hall of Waters Visitors Center

201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-2564 +1 816-637-2811
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4 based on 93 reviews

Hall of Waters Visitors Center

Reviewed By davidsC2831LW

Excelsior Springs history is summed up in this beautiful building which has the largest water bar in the world. Taste the different kinds of natural water from the wells of this small town, while there explore the the history from years past from its wonderful displays and local citizens.

4. Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery

31010 W 124th St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-5370 +1 816-500-6465
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery

Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery is a family run vineyard & winery located just 40 minutes from downtown Kansas City and is set in the rolling hills of scenic Excelsior Springs, Missouri. We believe wine is an experience to be savored and shared. We are committed to creating quality, affordable wines with a personal touch. Our unique winery offers wine tastings, wine & other beverages, winery & cave tours, gift baskets, wine merchandise and wine accessories for sale. You can enjoy a glass of wine on the patio overlooking the vineyards or in the indoor tasting room. The outdoor fire pit is a great place to gather with family and friends on cozy evenings and we have an indoor fireplace as well. Join a painting party, an outdoor movie or live music. Private tastings, tours, events & WiFi available.

Reviewed By nutsgoalie - Norwich, Connecticut

We stopped for a wine tasting, as we were in the area and my cousin had been there before. We did two tastings of 5 samples each, but split them, so we could both taste more. They have a good selection of wines, and most...MoreThank you for stopping in, tasting the wines and giving us feedback. We will do a better job of describing the wines in the future. Please visit us again.

5. Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce Trolley Wine Tour

249 E Broadway St, Willow Spring Mercantile, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-2564
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Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce Trolley Wine Tour

Reviewed By Kristie H

I went on the August Tour with my husband. It starts with lunch (which you are given a menu for ahead of time) and wine at the Willow Spring Merchantile. The atmosphere is great! You are given a bag with 6 slots for wine bottles...MoreWe're so glad you had a great time in Excelsior Springs! I also agree with the "don't eat before you come" advice, because there is plenty of food and drinks during the 5-hour tour to keep you going. Hope to have you again!

6. Four Horses and a Dog Vineyard & Winery

15010 Salem Rd, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-8406 +1 816-582-4648
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Four Horses and a Dog Vineyard & Winery

Four Horses and a Dog is a vineyard and winery that began in 2008 and is located in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Our hours are Friday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 12-5 p.m., and Monday-Thursday and Sundays by appointment.

Reviewed By dplott - Warrensburg, Missouri

My wife and I traveled with another couple this past Saturday to Four Horses and a Dog Winery. We had a wonderful time and were treated like honored guests. The owners made us feel like royalty. The wines were great, the setting was beautiful and...MoreWe are so grateful you were able to make the trip out to visit us and we are happy you all had such a wonderful time. Thank you very much for your kind review and please visit us again soon. Cheers!

7. New Age Skincare Spa

102 E Broadway St, Hall of Waters Historic District, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-2529 +1 816-637-6500
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New Age Skincare Spa

Description: A "green spa" owned by Mother and Daughter Licensed Aestheticians. Always striving to provide superior service at affordable prices in a warm and inviting atmosphere. New for 2010 is the amazing Carbon Infrared Sauna! Open 9-5 Tuesday through Saturday. After hour appointments and spa parties available. Gift Card sales and Spa Finder Cards accepted. Members of ASCP(Associated Skin Care Professionals), DEP(Downtown Excelsior Partnership) Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Reviewed By Denise T - Excelsior Springs, Missouri, United States

I have been to many spas, including Las Vegas, NYC, Santa Fe and Phoenix and the spa treatments at New Age are certainly on par with those spas. The treatments are cutting edge, the service is outstanding and the prices cannot be beat. The Japanese Facial (Face Lift) is unlike any other treatment. LOVE every service I have had at this lovely and relaxing spa!

8. American Artifact Co.

200 S Marietta St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-2235 +1 816-226-7580
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

American Artifact Co.

Reviewed By MaxGA - Georgia

Looking in the window, this looks like a fantastic store. Looks like lots of local art. Fortunately, this store is only open on Saturday. I know we saved so much money because we were visiting during the week!

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