Experience Jefferson City: Where Culture, Cuisine, and History Collide


Jefferson City, MO, offers a delightful blend of experiences for every visitor. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich history through landmarks like the Missouri State Capitol. Indulge in a culinary adventure at diverse dining spots, from local gems to international flavors, and shop for unique finds in charming boutiques. Don’t miss the vibrant arts scene, with galleries and performances that add a creative touch to this capital city’s cultural landscape.

Cottonstone Art Gallery and Frame Shop

Missouri State Penitentiary | © Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau

See & Do

You won’t have to look hard to find something to do when you arrive. Historic landmarks, vibrant art and dinner theatres, shopping sprees, and the great outdoors invite you to stay and play. The patterned, tree-lined streets of downtown are full of trendy boutiques and unique retailers while surrounding areas showcase casual storefronts and antique outlets. With a classic look and superb acoustics, the Missouri State Capitol is a cultural centerpiece and a must-see for art and architecture aficionados alike. Catch a classic film at downtown’s Capital City Cinema or spend summer nights dancing in the streets or watching flicks on the capitol lawn. A tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary reveals mixed-media artwork by inmates and a glimpse of the prison’s former life as a functioning prison. With so many options to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

Family Fun

Create lasting memories with your loved ones as you explore the family-friendly wonders of Jefferson City. From tours, to crafts, to indulging in sweet treats, we’ve made it easy to plan your next family outing. Dive into interactive exhibits at the Missouri State Museum or embark on a scenic train ride at the Jefferson City Railways. The family-friendly attractions promise an array of adventures for all ages, making Jefferson City the perfect destination for wholesome family enjoyment.

Capital City Cinema | © Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Eat & Drink

On your next trip to Jefferson City, rediscover the taste of Missouri with rich aromas from locally-owned coffee shops and wine tastings. Let the sights and sound of live music pull you into delicious diners with burgers and brick oven pizzas. Sip on some of the city’s finest wines during a relaxing dinner before strolling down the street for ice cream from Central Dairy.


Indulge your shopping desires in the charming boutiques and unique stores that make Jefferson City a retail haven. Stroll through the historic streets of downtown, where quaint shops offer curated selections of local crafts, antiques, and one-of-a-kind treasures. Explore the Capital Mall for a mix of well-known brands and specialty stores, providing a diverse shopping experience for every taste. Whether you’re seeking fashionable finds or distinctive gifts, Jefferson City’s shopping scene has it all.

Carrie’s Hallmark Shop

CRMU Healthcare Ampitheater | © JC Parks

Arts & Entertainment

Discover the arts and entertainment scene that defines Jefferson City, where creativity takes center stage. Immerse yourself in the world of visual arts at the Capital Arts Gallery, showcasing the talents of local and regional artists. Experience the magic of live performances at the Miller Performing Arts Center, a cultural hub hosting a variety of concerts at the CRMU Healthcare Amphitheater, theater productions, and community events. Jefferson City’s commitment to the arts is further exemplified by its numerous festivals and cultural celebrations throughout the year.

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"My first thought when making the move to Jefferson City is, 'what’s there other than the capitol?' I was pleasantly surprised to see what all the city has to offer. My favorite go-to staples are walks at Runge Nature Center, touring the decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary, catching a concert at the amphitheater, and playing at the parks with my little one."

Alex B.