Sports, Shopping and the Arts – No Need to Go Anywhere Else!
From outdoor concerts to sports, golf, the arts and festivals, recreation in St. Joseph offers the best of big city entertainment without the travel and expense.
St. Joseph has two public golf courses, Fairview and The Golf Club, a driving range, and two private golf courses — the St. Joseph Country Club and Moila Shrine Temple. Nearby golf courses within an hour’s drive are numerous, including The National, a Tom Watson course in Kansas City.
St. Joseph is the official home of the Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp, a major tourist attraction for football enthusiasts across the Midwest and the nation. In the fall, catch a MWSU football game and cheer on the Griffons in the university’s newly updated sports facilities.
We’re the proud home of the St. Joseph Mustangs wooden-bat baseball team, drawing some of the best players from a multi-state region. The Mustangs are part of the century-old Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas wooden bat league (MINK), and games inside the renovated Phil Welch Stadium offer great family baseball fun (plus fantastic fireworks!) all summer. For locals, several adult and youth leagues maintain active schedules across the city’s fields.
Hiking and Nature
St. Joseph residents love our miles of walking and biking paths and our scenic hiking areas. A few favorites are the 26-mile Parkway system; the forested trails at Krug Park; and the rustic, rolling trails of the Mark Youngdahl Urban Conservation Area. Several miles of wooded pathways are also a favorite on the MWSU campus, including public fishing and a woodchip or paved trail option. The multi-million Remington Nature Center offers a paved riverfront path and fascinating exhibits about the natural and cultural history of our region. Just 10 minutes south of the city is Bluff Woods Conservation Area, a rare Loess Hills hiking opportunity. The steep bluffs, wide variety of trees and acres of forest are a great getaway.
St. Joseph’s youth soccer associations are booming with activity every spring and fall. A multi-field complex, set alongside scenic farm fields on the city’s rapidly growing East side, draws hundreds of families each week. Youth also play at the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex – where the Kansas City Chiefs practice!
The city’s Aquatic Park is a water treasure in St. Joseph, featuring full-size slides, a lazy river, a zero-entry “beach” like children’s area with multiple water cannons and slides. Monkey Cove, located inside a local hotel, is a hot spot year-round, an indoor water amusement park that feels like the Tropics. Lap and family swimming options are all across the city, including the Olympic-sized YMCA indoor year-round aquatic center, the YWCA indoor aquatic center, and renovated city pools. Private swimming is offered at the Country Club, the Moila and the St. Joseph Tennis & Swim Club.
Concerts and Festivals
There’s something happening almost every weekend in St. Joseph, including:
- Trails West! arts and music festival, drawing crowds of 40,000 to Civic Center Park
- St. Patrick’s Fiesta, honoring St. Joseph’s Hispanic heritage
- Parties on the Parkway, offering free local music and food along the scenic Parkway
- Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival, honoring the jazz legend who has his roots in St. Joseph
- Felix Street Square summer concert series – celebrate great music and food in the beautiful downtown setting on Friday nights
From boutique shopping to cafes and cupcakes, Downtown St. Joseph offers beautiful multi-story buildings, many dating back to the 1870s and 1880s. Our city is proud to have more historic buildings in its downtown than most cities our size, and a renovation effort is visible through new loft apartments and street enhancements.
Art, Music and Theater
No need to drive to a larger metropolitan area for nationally-acclaimed entertainment. St. Joseph’s theater gem, the ornate Missouri Theater, is one of only a few art deco theaters left in a historic downtown setting. Catch a show at the Missouri Theater from the professional and award-winning St. Joseph Symphony, or a Broadway act brought to you by one of St. Joseph’s 13 arts organizations. The architecturally enticing and historic Robidoux Resident Theater Playhouse is a showcase for national and local talent in a dinner theater setting, nestled just a few feet from the rolling Missouri River.
The St. Joseph Country Club was founded in 1898 and continues to be a popular facility. Amenities include:
- 18 hole Championship Golf Course
- 80,000 gallon heated pool
- Grand Ballroom
- Men’s Card Room
- Formal Dining Room
- 2 Casusal Dining Rooms
- Full Service Bar
Visit the St. Jo Frontier Casino for exciting gambling and great food, with a gorgeous Missouri River view. The casino is at the Remington Nature Center complex and near the Riverfront walking path. Also, a short drive away is Casino White Cloud, in White Cloud, Kan., and Golden Eagle Casino in Horton, Kan.
The Bode Ice Arena opened in 1975. This 30,000 square foot facility provides a number of amenities:
- 185 x 85 foot ice surface
- Full ice skate rental (figure or hockey)
- 500 bleacher seating area
- locker rooms
- video games
- warming room
- concession stand
- tables and chairs
“Learn to Ice Skate” and “Learn to Play Ice Hockey” classes are offered. The Greater St. Joseph Youth Hockey Association and the St. Joseph Figure Skating Club utilize the arena.
St. Joseph offers tennis players both indoor and outdoor options. The city does not charge the public to use its tennis courts, including those at the Noyes Tennis Center, Hyde Park, the Northside Complex and courts near Corby Pond. Indoor courts are open to members of The St. Joseph Tennis Club. It has five, indoor courts and three outdoors courts, a swimming pool, tennis supply store, two tennis pros who give both private and group lessons, locker rooms and a lounge area.