Summer is winding down but there’s still time for a last-minute family getaway. Head to Hermann to make those sweet family memories before the kids go back to school. Take advantage of the outdoor splendor in Hermann for some adventure and fun for the whole family.
Step back in time and celebrate the importance of the German settlement in Mid-Missouri at Hermann Farm. Your family will have fun while learning a little bit about early settlement life at this living history museum. Tour a home originally built in 1847, a trading post, a restored homestead, an old time Mercantile shop, and a Tradesmen Barn complete with displays of businesses that would have existed in the mid-1800s in Hermann. Kids especially love saying hello to the “Gentle Giant” English Shire horses, and a pair of Missouri mules beloved by locals. Plus, for adults, the last stop is in the Black Shire tasting room where 21+ can sample spirits or purchase a bottle (or more) to take home!
The Katy Trail is the largest railroad turned multi-use trail in the country. Made of packed gravel, the trail is wide and flat, making it perfect for an out-and-back bike ride with the family without worrying about cars or staying on the sidewalk. Enjoy pretty scenery and fresh air on the Katy Trail. For families with older kids, bike the trail to the next Amtrak stop and enjoy a train ride back to Hermann. Be sure to consider riding out to Grand Bluffs Conservation Area, just a short way off the Katy Trail in Bluffton.
All aboard! Amtrak visits Hermann four times daily from Kansas City or St. Louis, making it easy to get straight to downtown Hermann and start the fun. Train lovers will get a thrill from watching the Amtrak pull in and depart or taking a short ride to the next station and back.
Don’t miss the Hermann Caboose Museum just south of the Visitor Information Center at Amtrak. Small but mighty, this micro-museum is located in a real caboose and features interactive displays and exhibits on local train history for curious minds.
Cool off with a dip in the pool or burn off some energy at the playground. The pool features a zero-entry side for young children as well as a 12-foot area with a diving board for cannonballs. The adjacent playground and park offer plenty of space for a picnic lunch and the kids to play. This park is a local favorite and it’s not hard to spend a good part of your day simply enjoying the sunshine and quality time together.
A little exercise and local history combine for an enjoyable and memorable stroll around town. Hermann features four different self-guided walking tours with easy-to-follow maps that explore the rich history of this charming German town. Choose from:
- Bayer Walking Tour for an inside look at the tragic story of George Bayer and his role in Hermann’s founding during the 1830s.
- Hermann City Park Walking Tour featuring early residents and their significant contributions to town.
- Historic Buildings of East Second Street Walking Tour is short but jam packed with architectural detail and stories from a simpler time.
- The Hermann Riverfront Walking Tour showcases iconic local landmarks while painting a picture of the daily lives of early Hermann settlers.
There’s something extra special about teaching your kids to fish. Head to Riverfront Park for easy river access perfect for casting a line. With picnic tables and beautiful water views, it’s not hard to stay a while and soak in the quality time and fresh air. Don’t forget a fishing license and you can even stay the night with tent camping available on a first come, first served basis.