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“A Hidden Gem”

Arrow Rock State Historic Site
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Owner description: Stroll through the history of a once-bustling river town that’s now the serene village of Arrow Rock. You’ll walk streets lined with the architecture of the historic “Boone’s Lick Country.” At Arrow Rock State Historic Site, you may wander into the historic Old Tavern, which dates back to 1834 and provides a dining experience in a period setting or see displays of old-time wares at the Huston Store. You can learn about it all through exhibits in the visitor center. The historic site is part of the larger Village of Arrow Rock, which features quaint stores and a bevy of antique shops.
Columbia, Missouri
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is really one of Missouri's most interesting state parks. There are several historic buildings, nice walking trails, great views of the Missouri River, places to eat, places to stay, etc. The only drawback is that it's a bit off the beaten path. But, depending on your schedule, that may make it even better. Have a look.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank James W T
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Columbia, Missouri, USA
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A National Historic Treasure”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Although only about 50 people live there full-time, around 150,000 folks per year come and enjoy it -- whether for the campground, the historic preservation, the lectures and seminars, the craft festivals, the lore of the Missouri River and the Santa Fe Trail and Missouri's genre artist George Caleb Bingham. It's all there, and more. Their various websites give a bit of a flavor, but spending time in town is what clinches it. And don't miss the newly opened Black History Museum.

Visited February 2013
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Alexandria, VA
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1,602 reviews
721 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 520 helpful votes
“A Newly Discovered Gem”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Arrow Rock is a charming gem of a town. Nesteled between the river and the interstate, it is difficult to find; but once there, difficult to leave. A converted theater with a full slate of shows throughout the season and two small museums are the major sites in town that bring it alive. The beautifully restored main street with its covered sidewalks and small shops pull visitors back to an era in which rural America arrived on Saturdays and Sundays for shopping and worship from surrounding farms. Reserve enough time to relax and walk around town to fully appreciate the ambience of Arrow Rock.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank jeffl499
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Mexico, Missouri
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78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fun throughout town”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

It never gets old. My family has been there nearly every year around the fall festival. The same vendors usually show up and while a lot doesn't change, it is still fun. The food is great inside the old restaurant as well.

Visited October 2012
Thank Michael V
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Hannibal, Missouri
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41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Have visited many times and always enjoy the scenery, picnic grounds and the history. Great photography and the Lyceum offers spectacular performances. Tom Sawyer was filmed in Arrow Rock and all the town's people participated.

Thank Georgia D
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