Things to Do and See in Lebanon Missouri
Now that you know where Lebanon Missouri is, and a little about its history, you’re probably wondering what, if anything, there is to do in Lebanon. Quite a bit, it turns out. For a small town, we have everything from swimming pools to theaters, art guilds to auto shops, and everything in between.
If you’re wondering what to do or see while you’re in Lebanon, Missouri, check out the rest of this article to get some ideas, and if you notice we missed something, send us a message.
Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center
Located at 500 E. Elm Street, Lebanon’s massive civic center has over 40 thousand sq ft of space for meetings, conventions, and get-togethers of all kinds, as well as a swimming pool, theater, gymnasium, and a basketball court. Lebanon’s civic center is famous for hosting Brumley Days, one of the biggest gatherings in the country for fans of Bluegrass and Gospel music.
Route 66 Museum
The Route 66 Museum, located inside the Laclede County library, recreates the look and feel of a 1950s gas station and a classic diner. Displays include antiques ranging from gas pumps to classic cars, as well as a collection of Route 66 books, magazines and videos. Get a taste of how things were before Route 66 faded into memory, before cell phones and navigation units, back when it was just you, your ride, and the Mother Road.
Laclede County Fair
The Laclede County fair is held the second week of July each year in Lebanon Missouri. In addition to stock shows, it also hosts truck and tractor pulls, a carnival, and vendors from all over the country offering their wares. A great place for families and kids of all ages, the Laclede County fair is a wonderful way to spend the day, or even week, with those you love.
Home to some of the best fishing in the Ozarks, Bennett Spring is located just a few miles away from Lebanon. Offering a full selection of amenities like camping, hiking, trail-riding, and more, Bennett Spring is one of the most popular destinations for people all over the area to get away from their busy lives and soak up a little nature before returning.
Starlite Bowling Lanes
Looking for something a little different? Then stop by Starlite Bowling Lanes, and have a blast! In addition to regular bowling and tournaments, Starlite also offers batting cages, pool tables, air hockey tables, arcade machines, and a snack bar sure to satisfy even the hungriest bowler.
GreatLife Golf and Fitness
Billed as a “semi-private” golf course and fitness center, GreatLife offers a full 18 hole course located just 2 miles away from Lebanon and 9 miles away from Bennett Spring. They also have a swimming pool open from Memorial day to Labor day, and tennis courts open year round (weather permitting). Leave your stress behind and enjoy a day of relaxing golf, tennis, or swimming at GreatLife.
People come from all over the Ozarks, and even further, to visit Lebanon’s mall. Home to products from Bon Worth, Dressbarn, Famous Footwear, Kitchen Collection, Van Heusen, and VF Outlet, you’re sure to find that special gift you’ve been looking for. They also occasionally get to do some fun stuff, including hosting Halloween parades for families, and special events like having the Mutt Cutts van from Dumb and Dumber parked outside for all you fans of goofy movies.
In addition to being the biggest dealer of Case Knives in the world, Shepard Hills Outlets also has a huge selection of Zippo lighters, Hummel figurines, Denby Pottery, Mikasa China, Ozarks walnut wooden bowls, pictures, candles, and much more. According to their Facebook page, “Shepherd Hills began in 1972 when Ida Reid along with her husband, Rea; and sons, Rod and Randy decided to open a small gift shop as part of an already established motel, the Shepherd Hills Motel in Lebanon, MO.
Accenting the resources of the Ozarks area around Lebanon in the early days, Shepherd Hills was known for their “Walnut Bowls” (as Missouri has over 60% of all the walnut in the nation). Offering a little something for everyone, the Shepard Hills Outlet attracts visitors from all over the area.