Anyway... I'm still a list-maker, and I'm feeling inspired to continue the tradition of making a bucket list seasonally.
So here's my fall bucket list:
So here's my fall bucket list:
- Enjoy every Mizzou home gameday by donning my best black-and-gold and cheering on the Tigers, whether it be at a bar, tailgate or Faurot Field.
- Go to Oktoberfest in Hermann. Wine and German food for the win.
- Enjoy a weekend in Branson. Mock if you will, but I love that cheesy tourist town. Aside from the shows, the area is really beautiful and has lots of opportunities for outdoor exploring.
- Travel to a Mizzou away game — I'm thinking Knoxville. It's my goal to make this an annual tradition and, eventually, to visit all the SEC schools for gamedays. We went to Ole Miss last year, and it was a blast.
- Go to a Cardinals game. Still can't bring myself to wear a Cardinals shirt, though.
- Finally visit Ballpark Village for pre- or post-game drinks or a night out.
- And go to a Royals game, too! Preferably on one of their $1 hot dog nights, because Lord knows I've never met a hot dog I didn't like.
- Invite my parents and Susan and Paul (our close family friends) for a weekend visit. The foursome has been coming to visit Dan and me for four years now, and it's always a highlight of the season for me.
- Go to the theatre — professional, community, or college. Our community theatre in Columbia is doing a production of Avenue Q, one of my favorite Broadway shows. Dirty Dancing is coming to St. Louis' Fox Theatre this fall.
- Enjoy every aspect of Mizzou Homecoming: the blood drive, House Decs (Err Campus Decorations for the GDIs out there), the parade, tailgate, the game. Who knows, this could be my last year living in Columbia during Homecoming; I want to relish it.
- Decorate our duplex for fall and Halloween. One of the simple things that makes me happy.
- Spend an afternoon at the winery A-frame at Les Bourgeois.
- Go to a Chiefs game. I need to redeem myself for the last time I went four years ago; I was severely underdressed for the weather, and it put a damper on things.
- Finally make it to the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival - finally! I have been trying to go to this festival for six years, and the timing never works out.
- Go apple picking! I haven't been since I was a kid. Part II: Make my grandma's homemade apple sauce.
- Spend a weekend in Hannibal. I've been to the Mark Twain Cave (definitely recommend it!), but I'd like to go back and go on the Mark Twain Riverboat, visit Rockcliffe Mansion, and do a Haunted Hannibal tour.
- Go to a renaissance fair (something that's on my bucket list in general). There's one in KC this fall.
- Attend Six Flags Fright Fest — one of my favorite fall events as a kid.
- TED DREWE'S. Can't believe I've still never been.
- Do the Glow Run 5K in St. Louis. Tickets already purchased!
- Go to Mizzou basketball games.
- Try a new restaurant twice a month. There are so many places in Columbia (and all of Missouri) that I still haven't tried!
- See a movie at a fancy movie theatre (cocktails, recliners, and all).
- Check out the swinging bridge at the Lake of the Ozarks. Eek!
- Enjoy a ghost tour in historic Saint Charles. Because I love all things spooky.
- Attend the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia.
- Concerts, concerts, and more concerts. Counting down the days until I see Eric Church again (and yes, it will be the third time in 12 months — not mad about it).
- Go to a new haunted house we haven't tried before.
Note: This is my fall bucket list. Some of these items are specific to me (like inviting my parents to visit), but they can be generalized to fit anyone. I know there are plenty more things to do this season in Missouri — some of which I've done, which is why they aren't on my list.
Need more ideas? Here are some things I've enjoyed during autumn in Missouri:
- The corn maze at Shryock's Callaway Farms
- Pumpkins, animals, hay rides at Peach Tree Farm in Boonville
- Soulard Oktoberfest
- City Museum in St. Louis
- Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, where they breed and train Budweiser Clydesdale horses (Free tour, but you need to make a reservation)
- Weekend comedy shows at Deja Vu comedy club in Columbia
- Free brewery tour at Anheuser-Busch
- Plays at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre
- 9th Street Summerfest outdoor concerts in Columbia
- Science City at Kansas City's Union Station
- KC's Power & Light District
- Winery hopping in Hermann
- Haunted house attractions at Necroplanet in Columbia
- Zombie paintball at Battle Creek Paintball in Columbia
- Nighttime paranormal tours at the abandoned Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City
- Historic Saint Charles, an adorably quaint shopping and dining area along the river
- Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal
- Table Rock Lake in Branson
- Shows in Branson
- St. Louis Zoo (free!)
- Historic Hotel Frederick in Boonville
- St. Louis Gateway Arch (Warning: It's kind of claustrophobic...)
- Outlet shopping at the Lake of the Ozarks, in the St. Louis area (Chesterfield), or Kansas City
- Horseback riding at Lake of the Ozarks State Park
- Pi Pizzeria. My favorite pizza in the world (and I'm from Chicago)
- Missouri casinos: I'm not big on gambling, but a night at a casino can be fun. My favorites are River City, Hollywood and Ameristar in the St. Louis area. Lumiere in St. Louis is nice too, of course. I liked the hotel at the Argosy in Kansas City, but not the casino itself. Isle of Capri in Boonville is on the trashy side, but it can be fun.
- Dates with simple activities reminiscent of childhood, like batting cages, laser tag, and roller skating.
- Schlafly Brewery
- Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal
- Titanic Museum in Branson (If you're a Titanic nerd like me, you will be obsessed)
- Forest Park in St. Louis
- Crown Center in Kansas City
That's 60 items total! Minus the few that are specific to me, that's more or less 50 things to do in Missouri this fall. Get out there and explore!
Did I miss something? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!