Hannibal, Missouri. Located right on the ol’ muddy Mississippi river. This charming historic little town has a lot to offer!
From root beer to breweries, shops to museums there is a something for the whole family to enjoy!
I took my family there for a weekend stay. My eldest son, Andrew was learning about the author, Mark Twain. Since Mr. Samuel L. Clemens wrote the books “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn” and staged them in his home town of Hannibal, I felt this would be a prime learning experience for the boys to bring a piece of literature to life.
The neat thing about Hannibal though is that you can tour the homes of not only Mark Twain himself.. but also that of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn! These characters in the books were made in likeness of real people that Mark Twain grew up with! The further you get into the museums and tours you begin to realize that Mark (Samuel) was writing books about how he imagined his childhood!
There is a new interactive museum in downtown that is great for the whole family to enjoy! This was by far my kids- Andy and Marshall’s favorite part of the tour! Here, you could see videos, touch and interact with the display’s and even toot a steamboat horn!
We stayed at the Best Western on the River during our weekend stay. This location was well appointed with their amenities and was conveniently located near the museums and restaurants. While there are a variety of quality dining options while visiting Hannibal, For a good family meal I suggest visiting the MARK TWAIN DINETTE & FAMILY RESTAURANT.
If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience though, I highly suggest visiting the MARK TWAIN BREWING COMPANY. Here, I tried one of the beers they brew on location while I sat on the second story floor overlooking the river. The meal tasted wonderful and everyone in my family left with a very satisfied stomach!
Hannibal offers a variety of events and activities year round. Around July 4th they have a Tom Sawyer themed festival complete with a white washing competition! For a complete event and festival list visit their website Hannibal’s Events & Festivals.
Theres always a friendly face at every turn, a steamboat in port, a calliope playing in the distance.
Make your plans to visit Hannibal today!