AMERICA'S BACKBONE

  • Big River Train Town - Embark on a journey back in time when the steam coach stops at the Big River Train Town Model Train Museum.Here’s we will embrace the golden age of railroading. This Hannibal gem is packed with more toy trains than you have probably ever seen. Enjoy authentic replicas as they move swiftly along the tracks or learn the history of the models and the trains they are made after. As you walk around, relive your childhood and learn the stories of the railway’s past as you view some authentic memorabilia.

  • The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum - Learn everything there is to know about this literary icon. The mission of the Mark Twain Home Foundation is to promote awareness and appreciation of the life and works of Mark Twain and to demonstrate the relevance of his stories and ideas to citizens of the world. This included tour visits eight buildings, six of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and two that are highly interactive museums showcasing fifteen original Norman Rockwell paintings! Learn about the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens’s childhood and explore the stories created through the powerful imagination of American icon, Mark Twain. Building 1: Interpretive Center – Here, explore interactive exhibits highlighting the stories and life of Samuel Clemens. Building 2: Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Garden – See the home where Clemens was raised, and where the adventures of Tom Sawyer took place, along with the home’s lovely gardens. Building 3: Boyhood Home Gift Shop – The original museum which was built in 1937 and goes even further into the life of Clemens. Building 4: Huckleberry Finn House – The childhood home of the real Huck Finn, who goes by the name, Tom Blankenship. Building 5: Becky Thatcher House – The home of Laura Hawkins, the inspiration for Becky. Building 6: J.M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office – The location where Sam’s father held court. Building 7: Grant’s Drug Store – The location where the family lived briefly and where John Clemens died. (Display through window). Building 8: Museum Gallery – This lovely 2-story building features interactive exhibits, the Norman Rockwell Gallery, and treasured Clemens family artifacts. Live performances are played throughout the day at specific times. Tom & Huck Statue – Located at the foot of Cardiff Hill and offers a perfect location for a photo!

  • Trinity Episcopal Church – A stunning historical church in the heart of Hannibal featuring beautiful interior and exterior decorations and architecture. For more than 150 years, the Sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church, designed by architect Joseph A. Miller, has stood the test of time. With an interior consisting of a deeply arched heavy wooden beamed ceiling, beautiful bronze lanterns and side wall lamps, an impressive pipe organ and 18 illustriously conceived stained glass windows, Trinity Church is truly an historic marvel. As you step into the church, you are immediately transported back into time and enveloped by Hannibal’s past. Early church members commissioned well-known artists to design the Sanctuary’s beautiful stained glass windows. With signature designs by Charles Booth, Emil Frei, Jr. and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Glass Company, these windows are truly remarkable in their diverse artistic style, thematic construction and conceptual execution.

  • Hannibal History Museum - Hear the history of this historical town along the Mississippi. View artifacts, photos, and exhibits explaining how the city evolved to where it is today.

  • Ayers Pottery - Steve Ayers has been a professional potter for 30 years and has been making pottery in Hannibal for 20 of those years. Ayers Pottery is recognized nationwide for its beautiful form and intense color-rich glazes. Especially notable are his deep rich red colors that are difficult to attain. Steve makes pottery with the customer in mind, pottery that is both attractive and functional. Handles must feel comfortable, spouts must pour, pottery must be microwaveable, oven-safe, and fit in the dishwasher. All of Ayers Pottery is lead free and food safe. Take some time to browse the showroom then take home a piece of functional art hand made in Hannibal. (Admission Additional)

  • Cave Hollow Complex - Explore the wild imagination of iconic American writer, Mark Twain, through the caves that inspired the many stories of his childhood. (Admission Additional. Tour Takes 55 minutes to complete, bring a light jacket). Mark Twain Cave Complex hosts the first show cave in Missouri dating back to 1886. Explore the natural wonder, beauty and the history, fictional and non-fictional, offered in this remarkable landmark that has been listed as a Registered National Natural Landmark since 1972. Discover the inspiration Twain had as he ran through the caves as a young boy and enjoy samplings of wine while you do it! (Admission Additional, located at the Cave Hollow Complex. Tour takes 55 minutes to complete, bring a light jacket.)

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INCLUDED TOUR

Hannibal Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Hannibal, Missouri has a rich history, diverse industrial economy, and truly remarkable arts. The city was founded in 1819 by Moses D. Bates and became a popular stop along the river for many steamboats traveling up the Mississippi River. Hannibal offers more parks per citizens than most towns in the Midwest and was included in the famous “50 Miles of Art.” Today, the most popular draw of this quirky town is Hannibal’s very own, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, recognized world-wide as Mark Twain. Many of the popular characters featured in Twain’s novels were based on people Clemens had known while growing up in Hannibal. Many of the characters and influences of this American icon are weaved into the streets, shops, restaurants, and museums of Hannibal waiting to be uncovered.

Hannibal, Missouri

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

Mississippi Mud…A Hands-On Experience

Enjoy a tour of the shop and working studio at Ayers Pottery, where we will see functional pottery pieces created by an artist, followed by an introduction to basic wheel throwing from a master potter. Then get ready to suit up and give it a try for yourself! Head down to the workshop, and become the artist as you sit at your own potter's wheel and create your own work of art. Let your mind escape and press your fingers into the clay, creating an unforgettable memory.

* Please note in advance that in order to proceed to the workshop, guests will need to be able to travel down a 16-step flight of steps comfortably.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  1.5 hours

CAPACITY 6 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM [NB]

8:00 AM – 9:30AM [SB]

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Professional pottery wheel demonstration, Pieces made by Steve Ayers himself

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

Working studio at Ayers Pottery, Mold your very own art piece that will be shipped

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

Northbound Voyages, Southbound Voyages

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PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

Muddy River Radio’s Live Rendition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

Step back in time to an era before television, before the internet and social media.  A time of one of the most ground-breaking inventions of the early 1900s – The time of the radio. Join us as we explore the contemporary sounds of live radio theatre productions, which prompted families to gather around the radio and, for a moment, forget the worries of everyday live in the early 1900s. Today’s show features local “Muddy River Radio” theatre group, an incredibly talented collection of entertainers known for their 1940s-style radio theatre productions. The group will take the stage and offer a nostalgic present for our guests with their rendition of America’s famous novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  1.5 hours

CAPACITY 80 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

1:45 PM – 3:30 PM  [NB]

9:45 AM –11:30AM [SB]

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Hannibal, MO, Beautiful fireplace inside winery,1940’s- style radio theatre production

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

Mark Twain Museum Gallery, One-of-a kind entertainment, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

Northbound Voyages, Southbound Voyages

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