Boonville is a town of 8,200 along the banks of the Missouri River.  There are over 450 buildings in the community on the National Historic Register. Boonville is home to an Isle of Capri Casino, but there are many other sites to see and things to do. If you like history, Boonville has steamboat, railroad, Civil War, Lewis and Clark, and Santa Fe Trail history to explore. More information can be found at the Boonville Tourism web site, GoBoonville.com. If you like to kick back and relax, Boonville is a good place to go.

The downtown is in the midst of revitalization. There are gift, antique, furniture, and vintage stores, and restaurants ranging from diner food to upscale Cajun. The biggest issue with downtown businesses is their hours of operation--many of the restaurants close between 2-5 p.m., and many stores are closed on Sunday. Still, Downtown Boonville has offerings enough to keep a traveler occupied for a day or so, more if you come to a festival.

Boonville has a number of festivals that you might not expect in a town this size. April's Big Muddy Folk Festival and August's Missouri River Festival of the Arts are big regional attractions featuring national and sometimes internationally known musicians. These events often sell out. Boonville is also home to the Pedaler's Jamboree, a rolling music festival from Columbia to Boonville along the Katy Trail. Heritage Days, in June, is Boonville's birthday party and there are a lot of small-town festival activities.

Main Street leads over the Missouri River and the bridge has a pedestrian lane that is used for the Katy Trail, the 237-mile rail trail that rolls right through Boonville. A stroll over the bridge is a good way to leisurely pass the time and view the town from a different vantage point. Several hotels and the Boonville Tourism office, which is located right on the Katy Trail, cater to the Katy Trail traveler.

If you're looking for excitement, Boonville is probably not your best bet! But for those looking to get away for a leisurely and quiet long weekend, Boonville, with visits to the surrounding small towns--Rocheport, Glasgow, Arrow Rock, Blackwater, etc.--is a good and economical choice.