Sedalia Offers Family-focused Fun

Jackson’s Relocation Services calls Sedalia, Missouri, home. We’re in good company, too. Sedalia also is the site of the Missouri State Fair and Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival. Our population of 21,400 occupies roughly 13 square miles, but we sure know how to have big-sized fun here. By comparison, St. Louis, Missouri, houses 311,400 people on 66 square miles. Kansas City, Missouri, sprawls across 319 square miles and has 481,420 inhabitants. When your interstate move brings you to the Show Me State, you’ll find plenty of family-focused fun to enjoy in and around Sedalia. Jackson’s Relocation Services has been in business for nearly 20 years, and the Jackson family knows what makes for family fun. We’ve gathered five of our favorite activities we think you’ll enjoy once you’ve settled in after your cross-country move.

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art

Founded in 1860, Sedalia still holds firm to its historical roots (originally it was a railroad town). But that doesn’t mean we’re not edgy when we want to be. At the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a traditional-styled still life or landscape, but if the unconventional or abstract attracts you, you’ll be in your element. This glimpse of past, present and future exhibition titles should give you an idea of what to expect: The Weight of Light; Contingent Structures; Summertime Blues; Clay Culture; Shadows; and Pods. You won’t necessarily be left all alone to contemplate, either. Artist-led gallery talks and artist lectures occur frequently. Located on the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia, the museum’s three levels include nine exhibition galleries (including permanent and rotating exhibits). Admission is free.

Katy Rock Escape

Though not necessarily for the claustrophobic or deadline-resistant, escape rooms are becoming the latest rage. If this activity is new to you, the premise is simple: A group of players are locked in a room and must figure out how to escape by using items in the room like puzzle pieces. Located roughly 35 minutes southwest of Sedalia, in Windsor, Missouri, Katy Rock Escape currently offers two let-me-outta-here scenarios: Pirate Cove Plunder and Egyptian Tomb Escape. In the first room, participants are challenged to find a valuable treasure in an old ship docked near an eccentric billionaire-prankster-philanthropist’s ocean-side mansion. The Egyptian puzzle invites participants to find the inner tomb within a newly discovered pyramid that houses a long-forgotten pharaoh’s remains. In either scenario, you have one hour to accomplish your mission. Room themes rotate and also might include a space adventure or modern-day prison escape.

Historic Downtown Sedalia

Your vehicle passes under a girder-and-brick archway proclaiming in white letters: “Sedalia Historic District.” It’s clear you’re entering a special part of town. Since 1993, the non-profit Sedalia Downtown Development Inc. has been revitalizing Sedalia’s historic buildings and preserving its central business district. The results? A downtown on the upswing. Classic-car shows, ice-cream socials and other special events keep the Main Street U.S.A. excitement alive. The district hosts 3rd Thursdays April through October in which merchants extend their hours and offer special deals, with vendors, craftsmen and musicians joining in the fun. Experience living history by visiting three area businesses that have existed for 50-plus years: Cusick’s Shoe Repair, Dick’s Barber Shop and Cecil’s Cyclery. 

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Do you like spacious lodges? How about caves? Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site gives you both. Built atop two natural caves by Sedalia attorney and politician John Homer Bothwell, the 12,000 sq. ft. lodge features 31 rooms full of mostly original furnishings. Bothwell died in 1929, but his legacy lives on through the lodge’s three floors plus a four-floored tower. The structure was built in four phases during a 31-year period. Take that, McMansions. The lodge has become a Pettis County landmark along Highway 65. Also included on the grounds are hiking/mountain-biking trails, playground equipment and a picnic area. Don’t you wish your cross-country move could end here?

Missouri State Fair

While not a year-round affair, you just might pack 12 months’ worth of fun into this annual event’s 11 days with its concerts, animal exhibits, crafts, shows and food, food, food. Sedalia’s relatively modest population multiplies big-time during the fair: The 2015 Missouri State Fair boasted an attendance of 350,000. Past fairs have included truck & tractor pulls, monster truck pulls, auto racing and live entertainment by such artists as Sheryl Crow, the Doobie Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Theory of a Deadman. Jackson’s Relocation Services is your premier pro mover. We’re proud to give you a brief tour of Sedalia’s attractions, but our main strength, naturally, is being interstate moving experts, specializing in cross country moves. Contact us today to find out why our residential moving and corporate relocation services are the best around

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