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Area Overview

St Joseph began its history as a trading post in 1843 and has continued to grow as a commercial center ever since. Historically, the city is the home of the famous Pony Express and of western legends like Jesse James – but today, gains its national recognition and awards as a center of research and technology in the Midwest. The bustling westward expansion of the mid 19th century has been succeeded by multi-million dollar business complexes, major interstate highways and airports, keeping transportation and commerce the pulse of the city’s life.

Remnants of the past are celebrated with more than 50 National Historic Register listings, mansions, estates and historic commercial structures. Celebration of the past merges with excitement for the future in vibrant downtown revitalization. Trendy loft apartments, such as the recently renovated Mitchell Park Plaza, savor the beauty of the past while offering amenities for today.

The spirit of westward expansion that inspired an entrepreneurial attitude in the early 19th century is still evident today. Known for its pivotal role in the KC Animal Health Corridor, St. Joseph and the surrounding area is buzzing with research, development and production in industries relating to animal health and nutrition. In the midst of technological progress, St. Joseph is continually set apart for its “small town” feel and strong Midwestern work ethic, drawing many employees from the surrounding farming communities.

Make a memory in St. Joseph! Some things you just can't learn from a history book. Like seeing where the Pony Express began & Jesse James ended. The city is home to 13 distinctive area museums, 12 annual festivals, amazing architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp. You’ll also find great outdoor recreation throughout 48 parks, 26 miles of beautiful Parkway, outdoor concerts, and an arts culture unlike any other.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













Sports fans here love summer because that is when the Kansas City Chiefs come to St Joseph for Summer Training Camp. The three week camp draws 60,000 attendees, 30,000 of which are visitors to the city who come to enjoy watching professional football training on the campus of MWSU. St Joseph was chosen as the summer training site over a number of other cities across the Midwest. The university partnered with the Kansas City Chiefs in constructing the new Indoor Sports Complex, which houses a full-size indoor football field, weight room, offices, locker and meeting rooms. The Training Camp is free to the public and provides concessions and a Kid Zone for smaller children.

Throughout the year, residents and visitors enjoy a variety of amateur sports opportunities, from ice hockey leagues at the Bode Ice Arena to classic summer fun at the Mustangs games, held in the city’s recently remodeled Phil Welch Stadium along the scenic parkway. The city’s youth soccer association offers a multi-field complex with both fall and spring seasons. Tennis and swim clubs, an aquatic park, several indoor pools and exercise facilities are also highlights of St. Joseph’s sports scene. Many families enjoy Griffons’ football and basketball games at the campus of Missouri Western State University, with remodeled athletic facilities used by the Kansas City Chiefs. Five area golf courses, including private golf at the St. Joseph Country Club and Moila Club are also local favorites.

http://choosesaintjoseph.com/life/recreation/

Cultural Activities





Though sandwiched between the larger metropolitan areas of Kansas City and Omaha, St Joseph residents never need to leave home to enjoy the arts. Music lovers enjoy St Joseph’s very own professional symphony orchestra, with performances from October through May. Audiences attend performances in the richly ornamented surroundings of the historic Missouri Theatre, St Joseph’s art deco treasure, and one of the nation’s only suspended ceiling theater houses. St. Joseph’s award-winning Robidoux Resident Theatre showcases rich local talent with stage performances at a variety of venues, including the historic Robidoux Landing Playhouse, a dinner theater set alongside St. Joseph’s scenic riverfront. The Robidoux Resident Theater has repeatedly earned national recognition including first place awards for design and costuming at American Association of Community Theatre Festivals.

The city celebrates the visual arts year-round at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, and seasonally with events such as Art in the Park and the annual Trails West!® festival. Festivals such as St. Patrick’s Mexican Fiesta and the Coleman Hawkins Jazz festival celebrate the city’s cultural diversity and continue to draw crowds from the Kansas City metropolitan area to St. Joseph.

Shoppers can delight to the charms of downtown boutiques for unique finds, while finding major name stores to meet more everyday needs. Dining experiences abound, from the culturally diverse offerings in the downtown (Bad Art Bistro, Boudreaux’s Louisiana Seafood and Steaks) to restaurants with universal name recognition (Chipotle, Chili’s, Olive Garden) conveniently located to major shopping areas.

Attractions






Sports fans here love summer because that is when the Kansas City Chiefs come to St Joseph for Summer Training Camp. The three week camp draws 60,000 attendees, 30,000 of which are visitors to the city who come to enjoy watching professional football training on the campus of MWSU. St Joseph was chosen as the summer training site over a number of other cities across the Midwest. The university partnered with the Kansas City Chiefs in constructing the new Indoor Sports Complex, which houses a full-size indoor football field, weight room, offices, locker and meeting rooms. The Training Camp is free to the public and provides concessions and a Kid Zone for smaller children.

Throughout the year, residents and visitors enjoy a variety of amateur sports opportunities, from ice hockey leagues at the Bode Ice Arena to classic summer fun at the Mustangs games, held in the city’s recently remodeled Phil Welch Stadium along the scenic parkway. The city’s youth soccer association offers a multi-field complex with both fall and spring seasons. Tennis and swim clubs, an aquatic park, several indoor pools and exercise facilities are also highlights of St. Joseph’s sports scene. Many families enjoy Griffons’ football and basketball games at the campus of Missouri Western State University, with remodeled athletic facilities used by the Kansas City Chiefs. Five area golf courses, including private golf at the St. Joseph Country Club and Moila Club are also local favorites.

http://choosesaintjoseph.com/life/recreation/

Transportation



St. Joseph’s “The Ride” city bus system makes numerous daily routes and custom stops, connecting the four corners of our city with ease and convenience.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  17.0  27.0  37.0  0.6 "
 February  22.0  32.5  43.0  1.0 "
 March  31.0  43.0  55.0  2.3 "
 April  43.0  54.5  66.0  3.8 "
 May  53.0  64.0  75.0  5.4 "
 June  63.0  73.5  84.0  4.2 "
 July  67.0  77.0  87.0  5.2 "
 August  64.0  75.0  86.0  4.0 "
 September  54.0  66.5  79.0  3.4 "
 October  43.0  55.0  67.0  2.8 "
 November  31.0  42.0  53.0  1.6 "
 December  20.0  29.5  39.0  1.5 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

St. Joseph, MO, gets 34 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 13 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 90.

On average, there are 219 sunny days per year in St. Joseph, MO. The July high is around 90 degrees. The January low is 16. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 31 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

Accommodations


Lodging in St. Joseph is filled with choices from 14 hotels, two historic bed and breakfasts, and numerous campgrounds. No matter what your budget or luxury criteria, there’s something for everyone. Accommodations conveniently located in the historic downtown area are just minutes away from many attractions, museums, shopping and local dining options.

Costs

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