George Washington Carver National Monument
The land where famous African American agronomist, educato,r and humanitarian George Washington Carver was born and raised has been preserved inside this 240-acre national park, located about 15 minutes southeast of Joplin.
Joplin City Tour with a local step on guide
- Cunningham Park, Butterfly Garden – step off (15 minutes)
- Downtown historic building walking tour 2 to 3 blocks (Central Christian Church [original Fox Theater], Frisco Building, Joplin City Hall [Newman’s Department Store]) (1 ½ hours)
Historic Home Tour in Murphysburg. Several of Joplin’s founding fathers built grand homes in this residential area, which sprang up in the 1880’s just west of the downtown district. Many of these regal homes stand proud today, representing a variety of architectural styles such as Craftsman, Queen Ann, American Foursquare and Eclectic. This is Joplin’s oldest neighborhood, and in 2015 the Historic Murphysburg District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dinner, wine tasting and music at Keltoi Winery. Just north of Joplin, Keltoi Winery offers a taste of the Emerald Isle all throughout the year. In winter, visitors can warm themselves with a cup of hot spiced wine while cozying up to the fireplace inside the Cottage, and during the summer months they can cool off with a chilled white wine under the twinkling lights of the covered porch. Established in 1997 by Erv and LeeAnn Langan, Keltoi Winery produces over a dozen types of wines, including Irish Raindrops, a smooth, semi-sweet white wine that’s a customer favorite; the Norton, a superb dry red wine made from Missouri’s state grape; and fruit wines, such as apple and pear.