Founded in 1872, Joplin was named after the Methodist Reverend Harris Joplin. Mineral mining brought a population boom to the area in the early 1900s. It was considered the lead and zinc mining capital of the world for more than 40 years, but today most of the mines are deserted. Joplin is best known for being prominently named in Bobby Troup's famous song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66." The legendary town usually has visitors staying at Joplin hotels conveniently close to the historic highway.
While visiting Joplin, find time to explore these popular attractions:
The chocolate from Candy House Gourmet Chocolates—famous for delicious hand-dipped chocolates—will have your mouth watering. Make time to take the candy manufacturing tour, which concludes with a free sample.
After the devastating tornado in 2011, Cunningham Park has been completely rebuilt. You can enjoy the walking paths or stop at a gazebo for a picnic. Guests are encouraged to take a moment at the water fountain memorial. The area honors individuals who died in the natural disaster.
The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is the perfect place for a hike. The conservation area offers extensive walking trails and an interactive museum for the kids to learn about the local environment.
Blow off some steam at the Route 66 Carousel Park, which offers something for everyone. You can enjoy a game of miniature golf, ride the bumper boats and even speed around the track on go-karts. Overlooking the historic Route 66, a ride on the Ferris Wheel will give you a scenic view spanning miles.
The animals seen at the Reptile World Zoo almost all slither. The zoo houses more than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids from around the world. You can even meet Twinkie, the 340-pound reticulated python.
Zap your opponents during a game of laser tag at the Lazer Force Lazer Tag Zone, offering two floors of play area. There are plenty of hiding places, and the whole family will have fun. Make plans to have lunch or dinner before your game.
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