Entertainment InformationENTERTAINMENT - NIGHTLIFE
AMC: Student discounts
Esquire 7 Theatre- 6706 Clayton Road, 781-3300
Crestwood Plaza 10 - 248 Crestwood Plaza, 968-8500
plus other suburban and city locations.
Wehrenberg: Rush hour specials and student Discounts
Kenrick 8 - 962-4505, 7505 Watson Road
Des Peres 14-270 & Manchester, 822-1555
Check newspaper for many other Wehrenberg locations.
Tivoli - 6350 Delmar, 862-1100. In a class by itself the Tivoli shows excellent recent films, classics and award-winning foreign films. .
Hi-Pointe Theatre-781-0800, 1001 McCausland Ave. Foreign films. Student discount. Near Skinker & Clayton.
Shady Oak-727-2319, Forsyth and Hanley - Check schedule.
SLU film series - Busch Center front desk for info and tickets - popular recent films and classics shown Tues/Wed and Fri/Sat for $1-$2.
Washington University-Brown Hall Auditorium, 889-5998
Webster University-470 E. Lockwood, 968-7487-Good foreign and classic flicks.
Edison Theatre - Washington University, 6445 Forsyth, 935-6543. The highest quality national and international artists in music, dance and theatre perform innovative new works or contemporary interpretations of classical works. www.edisontheatre.wustl.edu
Fox Theatre-527 N. Grand, 534-1111-A beautiful 4,500-seat theatre lavishly restored to its original grandeur. Shows include Las Vegas performers and the MUNY's winter series (367-8686). www.fabulousfox.com
MUNY Opera-Forest Park, 361-1900-This is a must stop for national-touring Broadway shows over the summer. One of the largest out-door theatres in the U.S. Free seats in the back. www.muny.com
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis-130 Edgar, 968-4925-Mainstage at Loretto- Hilton Center-Largest professional theatre in St. Louis. High production values, fairly conservative repertoire; Shaw and Shakespeare as well as contemporary pieces. www.repstl.org
American Theatre, 416 N. 9th, 231-7000-Broadway plays. www.cc.com
St. Louis Black Repertory Co., 634 N. Grand, 534-3807. www.stlouisblackrep.org
Saint Louis University Box Office-658-2998
Dance St. Louis-Dance companies and artists of international acclaim perform a regular season. The group also provides extensive dance workshops. www.dancestlouis.org
Funny Bone- 940 Westport Plaza, 469-6692-Good comedians appear regularly. Probably a good idea to make reservations in advance. Prices vary according to comedian and night of week attended. www.funnybonestl.com/stlouis/
Reminder: The St. Louis police treat drinking and driving as a serious offense as does the School of Medicine. Every bar in the St. Louis area has a number to call Laclede Cab Co. if someone has had too much to drink for safe driving. The cab co. will take you home free and bring you back the next day to get your car - also free. Please use this service or call a friend. Remember, if you drive, don't drink; if you drink, don't drive.
America's Pub-633 Westport Plaza, 205-8508
Bar St. Louis, 612 N. Second (Laclede's Landing), 241-4550. DJ, dance floor, stage and a bar covered with people throughout the night. Pool tables and video games in back. Open Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. until 3 a.m. $5 cover.
The Big Bang. Laclede's Landing, 241-2264 Piano bar with sing-a-long pub songs. A wild and crazy time! Sun.-Thurs. open at 7pm, piano players start at 8:30pm. Fri.-Sat. open at 5pm, piano players start at 6:30 p.m.
Blueberry Hill-6504 Delmar, 727-0880-One place in St. Louis you must go. Check out the jukebox and bands in the Elvis room.
Cat's Meow - 2600 S. 11th, 776-8617-This hangout has cat memorabilia throughout. Cheap drinks.
Fitz's-6605 Delmar, 862-5507-Go here to play pool and darts.
Fox and the Hound-6306 Clayton, 647-7300-Great place to get a yard or half-yard of the Brit's best beer. In the Cheshire Inn.
Humphrey's-3700 Laclede, 535-0700-Outdoor beer garden with bands while the weather is nice. Lots of undergrads and law students.
John D McGurks-1200 Russell, 776-8309-Irish jig tavern, $1 when band plays.
King Louie's-3800 Chouteau, 865-3662-Great sandwiches, happy hour specials, and imported beer.
Mississippi Nights-on the Landing, 421-3853-A huge bar, dance floor. Huge bands and lots of fun. They get the best music in the city. Prices are comparable to other Landing bars.
Morgan St. Brewery-721 N. 2nd, 231-9970-On the landing. A huge bar with several pool tables and an outdoor patio.
M.P.O'Reilly's-Pool tables and a great dance floor.
OZ-Sauget, IL (Route 3), 618/274-1464-Alternative music on Sunday's (cover is $3). Cover is $5 on other nights. Can be fun but also expensive and crowded. This place is open late.
Paddy O's, 618 South 7th, 588-7313. Open only on St. Louis Cardinal game dates after the game. Outside beer garden and DJ. C ards players have been known to frequent here after games.
St. Louis Opera House-Westport Plaza, 434-9040-Live bands. This place gets crowded. It's kind of a yuppie crowd. $3 cover and plays good music.
Velvet Room-1301 Washington, 241-8178. Since 1996, Washington Avenue District's longest-lived dance floor. Open Fri.-Sat. 9pm - 3am.
COOL PLACES TO CHECK OUT
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery-Broadway and Pestalozzi Streets, 577-2626. Guided tours through the St. Louis plant of the world's largest brewery. Tours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. through Sat. Sun. 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., except holidays (longer hours in the summer). The tours are quite interesting especially when you arrive at the hospitality room where you can try out Busch, Bud, or Mich. Free of course! www.budweisertours.com
Bowling Hall of Fame-Next to Busch Stadium, 111 Stadium Plaza, 231-6340- eccentric stop for anyone who has to see all of the sites. Oct.- Mar. 11-4; Apr.- Sept. 9-5. 1-800-966-bowl. www.bowlingmuseum.com
The City Museum-701 N. 15th Street - Don't leave St. Louis without visiting here. Check out the school bus that teeters over the edge of the building. Great fun for every age group. Dress casually to maneuver through the tunnels. www.citymuseum.com
Eugene Field House and Toy Museum-634 S. Broadway, 421-4689. Extensive collections of this famed children's poet are an attraction to kids of all ages. Year-round. Adults - $2, Children under 12 - 50 cents. Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-4 p.m. Monday and Holidays - Closed. www.eugenefieldhouse.org
Gateway Arch/Jefferson National Expansion Memorial-The 630 foot Arch is the nation's tallest monument. Visitor center contains museum on history of westward expansion. www.stlouisarch.com
Grant's Farm-10501 Gravois, 843-1700-The original St. Louis homestead of President U. S. Grant, and now the estate of the Busch family. The compound is also a wildlife preserve and you can mingle with the animals. Don't miss the stables, home of the Clydesdales, and the Clydesdale stud farm. You can also relax with a complementary beer at the beer garden. Advanced reservations only required for large groups and admission is free. www.grantsfarm.com
Hi-Pointe Cafe-1001 McCausland, 781-4716-Great place to party, talk or relax. Alternative music, a pool table and large band posters on the wall make this bar one of a kind.
Laclede's Landing-This is where Pierre Laclede established his fur-trading post on the banks of the Mississippi which later developed into the city of St. Louis. Lots more than history lines the cobblestone streets of the Landing. Go here in the day for the shopping. When dusk falls, get down there to enjoy the variety of food, drinks and sounds that the Landing has to offer.
Meramec Caverns-Stanton, MO (approximately 65 miles southwest of St. Louis on I-44). The reputed hideout of Jesse James. It was used during the Civil War as part of the underground railroad as well-800/676-6105. www.americascave.com
Missouri Botanical (Shaw's) Gardens-4344 Shaw, 577-5100-Located ten minutes from SLUSM the gardens are well worth the admission price. The huge, domed Climatron, Japanese Gardens, and desert house are featured. Wed. & Sat. mornings free. 9:00-5:00 daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. in summer. www.mobot.org
The National Museum of Transportation-3015 Barrett Station Road, 965-7998. A "don't miss" for railroad fanatics. Included among the huge collection of steam engines are the Vanderbilt family's personal railroad touring car and cars from the Missouri Pacific's Eagle in which Senator (President) Harry S. Truman traveled across Missouri. Open 9-5 seven days a week. www.museumoftransport.org
New Cathedral-Lindell Blvd. and Newstead Ave., 533-2824. One of the largest mosaic collections in the world, covering three domes, ceilings and numerous arches. Year round, 7 a.m. - dusk. Guided tours Sunday following noon mass. Admission: Free! www.cathedralstl.org
New Odyssey Theater (982-1410) is equipped with one of the most advanced sight and sound systems in the U.S. and shows fascinating films on a four-story screen. A tram system carries visitors to observation room at the top, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., 7 days, longer hours in the summer. www.stlouisarch.com
Old Cathedral and Museum-209 Walnut Street, by the Arch, 231-3250. History of St Louis' earliest church and many other items of the city's past. Year-round. Church - 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Free. Museum -10 a.m.-4 p.m.- 25 cents.
The Old Courthouse-11 North Fourth St., 425-4465-This was the scene of the famed "Dred Scott Trial" in which Scott was declared to be a slave even after having lived in a free state. This historic decision later proved to be one of the precipitating factors of the Civil War. Get a look at the rather impressive ceiling of the dome, and a glimpse of a 19th-century courtroom. Open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 7 days.
Six Flags Over Mid-America-Pacific, Missouri (approximately 30 miles southwest of St. Louis on I-44), 938-4800. An amusement park that offers a large variety of rides and shows. Six Flags also hosts many pop, rock, and country music concerts in the Old Glory open-air theatre for the same admission price. The park operates from late spring to early fall. Six Flags also contains Hurricane Harbor, a large water park. Both parks for one admission price. Schnuck's grocery stores give away coupons for ticket discounts. www.sixflags.com/st.louis/
St. Louis Union Station-This former railway station has been transformed into shops, restaurants and a hotel. Great for browsing and people watching. 1820 Market, 421-6655. www.stlouisunionstation.com
Soulard-This is the old French Quarter of St. Louis. Go here to enjoy the best jazz and blues St. Louis has to offer along with excellent food and drinks. Soulard has its own Mardi Gras celebration; check it out and make sure you get a poster. www.soulard.com
Mark Twain's Home-Hannibal, Missouri (approximately 100 miles north of St. Louis on the Mississippi River). Tour the home of Samuel L. Clemens, alias Mark Twain, a Mississippi riverboat pilot who became one of America's most celebrated authors. Don't forget to see the cave which Twain explored as a boy, and which he later used as the scene of that famous encounter between Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Injun Joe in "Tom Sawyer." www.marktwainhouse.org
University City Loop-Called this because it was where the old streetcars turned around but you'll enjoy it because it is the area where the artsy and intellectual crowd hang out. Eateries in U. City offer a virtual smorgasbord of international delights. It's a cool place to walk around. www.ucityloop.com
Venice Cafe-1901 Pestalozzi in Soulard, 772-5994-The most unique place in St. Louis. Just driving past this place is an experience and you should definitely go there to say you've been there. A truck covered with baby dolls and a shark fin is usually parked out front. Great drinks, sumptuous desserts, and live entertainment most of the time.
St. Louis Art Museum-721-0072 (located in Forest Park)-The building houses fine exhibits of painting, sculpture, and the rest. Visiting shows are often excellent. A calendar of films and lectures is available in the gift shop. www.slam.org
For more info call the St. Louis Visitor's Center-241-1764.
St. Louis Cardinals. 421-3060.
www.stlcardinals.com. The Cards have made more World Series appearances than any other major league team except the N.Y. Yankees. Come cheer on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium from April to October.
Gateway Grizzlies. (618) 337-3000.
www.gatewaygrizzlies.com. Frontier league team playing at GMC Stadium in Sauget (Metro East), Illinois. Located approximately 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. They can be seen from May to September. Ticket prices range from $5 - $8.
River City Rascals. (636) 240-BATS. www.rivercityrascals.com. Located at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon approximately 35 minutes west of St. Louis. Ticket prices range from $4 to $8.
St. Louis Rams. 425-8830.
www.stlrams.com. Home of the Super Bowl Championship Rams housed in the beautiful TWA Dome in downtown.
St. Louis Blues. 622-2500.
www.stlblues.com. Come to enjoy a very talented Blues squad at the Saavis Center Arena downtown. Call for ticket information.
Fairmont Park. (314) 436-1516.
www.fairmontpark.com Just over the river in Illinois. Fairmont Park provides year-round Harness and Thoroughbred horse racing.
Stock Car Racing
Gateway International Raceway. 1-866- 35-SPEED. www.gatewayraceway.com. Just across the river in Granite City, Illinois. Gateway International is the host to events such as NHRA drag racing, NASCAR Busch Series, the Craftsman Truck Series, and the Indy Racing League (IRL). Events re held May - November.
SLU Billikens Sports
The SLU Basketball Billikens are an exciting favorite for inexpensive and convenient college basketball. Home games are played at the Savvis Center Arena. For more information, contact the ticket office on North Campus, 3762 W. Pine (977- 3182). http://slubillikens.ocsn.com
For other things to do, see a book called "Things to Do in St. Louis," "St. Louis Magazine," the "Get Out" section of the Thursday St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the Riverfront Times.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Simon Recreation Center - SLU's Recreation Center Voted one of the top 20 recreational facilities in the United States, located on Laclede between Spring and Grand (977-3181).
Student ID is required for use-carpeted running track, Olympic sized swimming pool, heated whirlpool, locker rooms with showers and sauna, 6 multi-purpose courts (for basketball, volleyball, tennis), 6 air-conditioned racquetball courts (two of which can be used for squash or walleyball), dance rooms, exercise/weight areas, equipment checkout with ID including lock and towel. Visit their website for hours. Children under 18 allowed in from Fri. 5 p.m. to Sun. 5 p.m. http://www.slu.edu/organizations/crcisc/#
Activities coordinated through the Recreation Center include intramural basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, soccer, softball, and flag football. Aerobic and dance classes are also held in the Rec Center.
Billiken Sports Center
Features the world's largest continuous piece of artificial turf, surrounded by a 1/3-mile outdoor track. Hours and policies are similar to the Rec Center's but it's closed during the winter.
There are several golf courses in the St. Louis metropolitan area. A favorite of medical students is the Forest Park Municipal Golf Course (367-1337). It offers a challenge at a reasonable price for 9 holes.
Some students have played league indoor soccer at the St. Louis Soccer Park (343-5347).
For the runners, the St. Louis Track Club and local merchants sponsor races throughout the year. There are two marathons scheduled each year and many 10-kilometer runs.
The medical school has its own softball league in the spring, open to all students, consisting of both competitive and non-competitive teams. Games are played on weekends at Billikens Sports Field.
The medical school offers a racquetball challenge board for those interested in playing other students on your own time. Games are played at the SLU Rec Center. Forest Park has open-air public courts near the History museum.
For those biking enthusiasts, try the Great River Road across the river in Alton, IL. Several times throughout the year local businesses offer Midnight Rambles touring the sights of St. Louis. Check local newspapers for dates and times. Or try the Katy Trail if you want a long, leisurely ride among the trees. For other suggestions, check the "Friends of St. Louis" bicycle map.
Recreation revitalizes the spirit while keeping the body fit and healthy. Many medical students use the Rec Center facilities often, even during exam weeks, to clear their minds and increase concentration. Whatever sport you choose will add to a general feeling of well being towards yourself, your studies, and St. Louis.
FITNESS CENTERS AND GYMS IN ST. LOUIS AREA
Powerhouse of St. Louis - 4488 Lemay Ferry Rd., 845-0501 (about 15-20 minutes from SLU south on I-55)-Coed body-building and weight-training facility
Simon Recreation Center - North Campus. Check it out!
YMCA - Downtown -1528 Locust St., 436-1177 (east of SLU). Mid-County -1900 Urban Dr. (near Clayton)-Coed facilities. Fully equipped and staffed Nautilus centers. Also features swimming, sauna, whirlpool, indoor track, gym facilities, fitness classes.
Bally's Total Fitness - 7393 Forsyth Blvd. (Clayton), 725-1777-Large luxurious (lots of chrome) coed facility features: racquetball, aerobics, circuit weight training, short indoor track, small pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Hang out for the yuppies of Clayton area. Be warned - sales staff is very high pressure, so don't bring checkbook on initial visit. Rates are also relatively high.
Gold's Gym - 1520 Washington, 621-4653, 14204 Manchester Road, 227-3539.
Magna Fitness Center - 1401 S. Brentwood, 963-7800-Weight and cardiovascular equipment, aerobics classes called "spinning."
St. Louis Workout-Located in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212 N. Kingshighway, 633-3020-Cardio, weights, aerobics, yoga, spinning, personal trainer, massage, outdoor pool.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
In the city
Kingshighway & Lindell
One of the largest urban parks in the country (only matched by NYC's Central Park). Some of its many attractions:
The Jefferson Memorial 746-4599 - Open Tues.- Sun. 9:30-5:00.
The Jewel Box 531-0080-A huge greenhouse with seasonal floral displays. Open 9-5.
McDonnell Planetarium See the wonders of the universe. 289-4400. www.sisc.org
St. Louis Art Museum 721-0072. The building houses fine exhibits of painting, sculpture, and the rest. Visiting shows are often excellent. A calendar of films and lectures is available in the gift shop. www.slam.org
St. Louis Science Center-5050 Oakland, 289-4444. More than 600 free exhibits, including hands-on activities in aviation, technology, ecology and environment, human adventure, space sciences, outdoor science park. www.slsc.org
St. Louis Zoological Park 781-0900-Ranked among the top zoos in the country, Don't miss the zoo railroad, Big Cat Country, and the primate exhibit. Open year-round. Admission is free. www.stlzoo.org
Steinberg Ice Skating Rink-361-5103 -Friday nights you must be 18 to get in (10-12 p.m.) Show up early to get decent skates.
You'll also find an 18-hole public golf course, two 9-hole golf courses, softball and soccer fields, the Muny opera (great for summer musicals), picnic grounds, , and jogging trails (6.2 miles measured around the park's perimeter). Not for use after dark! http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/
Need a running partner? Check out the Forest Park field house weekend mornings at 8:00 a.m. Or if you're an early riser, the 6:20 Running Club takes off every weekday morning at 6:30 at the west end of the park near Skinker and Forsyth. (Note: The leaders of the pack run 6.2 miles at a 6:20 pace. They all meet up for happy hour on Friday nights at-you guessed it-6:20.) For the latest in local road races, stop in at the Running Center of St. Louis, McKnight and Manchester Road.
Small English "Square" about five minutes east of the school on Park Avenue. Oldest park west of the Mississippi. www.lafayettesquare.org
Tower Grove Park
Near the medical campus at Grand and Arsenal. Features sculptures, gazebos, and frequent concerts by local groups. Also facilities for softball, tennis, playgrounds, and picnics. http://stlouis.missouri.org/parks/tower-grove/
Outside the City
(need a car, bus, bike, or horse to get there)
Edmund Babler State Park
About 30 miles west on U.S. 40 (get off at Chesterfield Airport Road exit and follow signs for last few miles). Campground, hiking, swimming, horseback riding are all good.
August A. Busch Wildlife Area
25 miles west of St. Louis on U.S. 40 at Weldon Springs, 7 miles south of I-70 at Wentzville. Good fishing and bird watching for the avian-minded.
Cahokia Mounds State Park
The Western Hemisphere's largest pre-Columbian series of earthworks, with museums; 650-acre park on U.S. 40 just east of East St. Louis (also just off I-55 and 70). Be sure to visit mound #2.
In Illinois-Features sailboating, picnicking, sun bathing, swimming, a water slide and good fishing. Approximately 50-60 miles east. Take Rt. 40 east to Rt. 64 east. The exit for Carlyle is exit 50. Go north on Rt. 127 until you reach Carlyle, at the "only" stoplight in town continue to go north for about 1 mile to Carlyle Lake Dam Road. Make a right onto this road and you should be at the beach.
Creve Coeur Lake
In St. Louis County near the junction of I-70 and I-270. Lake with boating and a beach, picnic areas, close but can be crowded.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Off of I-44 and South Geyer Rd. in Sunset Hills. Sculpture park is a 116 acre venue for contemporary media artists works. Sculptures are exhibited in a museum and outdoors on landscaped lawns or woodland trails. There is no admission charge, except for special festival events. Lone Elk Park
I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141. Fantastic place to see a variety of animals. Wildlife area with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. World Bird Sanctuary. Chubb Trail access. Picnic sites and shelters.
Pierre Marquette State Park
Just over the river in Illinois, north of the city, near Grafton, IL. Over 6,000 acres, good backpacking trails. For a fun day, park in the parking lot just west of Alton, IL and ride your bike along the Great River Road from Alton to Pierre Marquette (route 100). The bike lane is well marked and the scenery is nice. Serves Sunday Brunch.
1,600 acres on Missouri Route 109, 30 miles west of St. Louis off I-44 or off Route 100 (Manchester Road), 458-5006. Decent hiking, nature exhibits, and rock climbing (permit needed).
Located in Gray Summit just 40 minutes west of the city on I-44, 451-3512. Open 7 days a week 7am to hour past sunset.
To find out more information - Try contacting Meritek Travel located on 1st floor of Busch Memorial Center at SLU north campus, 535-7070.
Way, Way Out
(in the back country of the Ozarks)
Believe it or not, Missouri has mountains - the Ozarks! Although they're hardly the Rockies, the Ozarks are a great place for a weekend trip (or an all-day adventure). The two major areas to visit:
Clark National Forest and Big Piney River-
800,000 acres along the Ozark Plateau in southern MO. Features include smallmouth bass fishing and canoeing trails - the Current, Black, Gasconade, St. Francis, and Big Piney Rivers; Lake Wappapello State Park, Clear Water Lake, Johnson's Shut-In State Park, Huzzah Wildlife Management Area. Also good for hiking, camping, and hunting. Nearby are two other attractions - Indian Trails State Forest (features include Kiln Pond, Fishwater Creek, and the Meramec River) and Deer Run State Forest (the largest state-owned forest in Missouri).
Hermann, Missouri (The Heart of Missouri Wine Country) Nestled along the banks of the Missouri River, just 90 minutes from downtown Saint Louis. (West on Interstate 70 to Highway 19). This area became known as America's First Wine District and home of multiple wineries. Octoberfest held each weekend during October featuring wine tours and tasting, food and live music.
Lake Of The Ozarks
Located in 180 miles west of St. Louis in Osage Beach/Central Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks features state parks, boating, lodging, camping and equipment rental. This is a very popular weekend and holiday destination. www.funlake.com
Mark Twain National Forest and Ozark National
Scenic Rivers-Features include canoe trails along the Current and Eleven Point National Scenic Rivers - a fun time and reasonable price, too. Many caves and sinkholes provide tourists (or those afraid of the water) with something else to see. The canoe trails are said to be the best in the state, and well known nationally.
Caving-Many caves in MO for those who enjoy spelunking - try the Mark Twain and Clark National Forests areas, Cliff Cave in south county, or Rockwoods in west county.
Horseback Riding-There are several stables in the area. Try Babler State Park (or the Yellow pages).
Skiing-Hidden Valley Ski Resort, located about 20 miles west on I-44 in Eureka, MO, 938-5373. Ski equipment rental available and package deals.
Backwoods Equipment Co., 12366 Olive St. Rd., 878-1618. Outdoor equipment and clothing and very helpful sales people.
Mesa Cycles, 7811 Clayton, 725-6226-new location with a climbing wall.
Others listed in yellow pages.
Booklets available for nominal fee.
Missouri Hiking Trails-Dept. of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City 65101.
Missouri Ozark Waterways-Same address as above.
Missouri Float Fishing Outfitters Guide-Division of Tourism, P.O. Box 1055, Jefferson City, MO 65101 - free-This booklet has a complete listing of float fishing guides and canoe rental services along the Current, Jacks Fork, Eleven Point, Gasconade, Big Piney, and Osage Fork rivers.
Mountain Biking-The Ozarks offer great all day rides with closer parks such as Castle Rock having shorter trails.
Skydiving-Quantum Leap, 60 miles southwest on I-44 in Sullivan, MO, 800/STL-JUMP. Instruction available for groups or individuals.