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Excelsior Springs offers an interesting and eclectic mix of shopping districts, history, eating establishments and cultural opportuities.

Historically, Excelsior Springs meant excellence in tourism and health. Visitors flocked to Excelsior Springs health spas, clinics, hotels, restaurants and entertainment establishments. Promoted nation- and world-wide, Excelsior Springs became a premiere destination for health and relaxation.

The Elms Hotel was a favorite haunt of the infamous Al Capone. Former president Harry Truman also enjoyed the Elms and its European-style spa. Truman stayed at the Elms on the night of his victory over Thomas Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.

Although the mineral water industry declined in the 1960's, the mineral waters are still available inside the Hall of Waters, the mineral water baths can still be "taken" locally and much of the historic fabric of the original town can been seen in a revitalized downtown shopping district. A Visitor Center is open in the water bar area of the Hall of Waters from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

New growth provides additional shopping, dining, and recreational enjoyment for visitors throughout the city today. Come join us as we celebrate more than 125 years in providing quality of life for visitors, residents, and businesses, alike.

Cultural Attractions:

The Elms Hotel & Spa
401 Regent St.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Phone: 816-630-5500
Operating as a landmark 19th century resort hotel, the Elms offers accommodations, dining, spa, swimming pool and planned activities. For more information on the Elms, click here.

Excelsior Springs Community Theatre
A vigorous theatre community offers a selection of quality productions for theatre-goers. For what's playing, click here.

Excelsior Springs Hall of Waters & Cultural Museum
201 East Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Phone: 816-637-2811, Visitor Center
The building boasts exquisite Art Deco detailing and houses the world's longest mineral water bar and a mineral water bath department. The Hall of Waters is owned by the city of Excelsior Springs and its government offices are located there. For more information about the Hall of Waters, click here.

Excelsior Springs Historic Landmarks
The community's revitalization program has made considerable improvements in the historic downtown area, including improvements to the Hall of Waters, new streets and street lighting, and additional landscaped parking. To learn about Excelsior Springs Landmarks located in the historic district, click here.

Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives
101 East Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Phone: 816-630-3712
The museum building is a historic resource in itself, but also houses a vast collection of artifacts from historic Excelsior Springs reflecting the mineral water and health industry, hotels, pre-history, and more. For additional information on the musem, click here.

Gatsby Days
This annual event sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Cultural Guild takes place in late April and early May and is a popular community event to celebrate the past. Among the usual events scheduled are a old time parade, youth art show, poetry readings, street artists and more. For information about Gatsby Days, click here.

Inn on Crescent Lake
1261 St. Louis Ave.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Phone: 816-630-6745
A private country retreat, the Inn is an elegant bed and breakfast on 19 acres. The Inn has ten rooms, all with private bathrooms, an outdoor seven person hot tub, swimming pool, paddle boats, a bass fishing boat, fishing equipment and walking paths available. The only bed and breakfast in the United States with a moat! The Inn has been featured on "Restoring America" with Bob Villa, Midwest Living Magazine and The Insiders Guide to Kansas City as well as other magazines and newspapers. Click here to visit The Inn.

Ray's Lunch & Diner
231 E. Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Phone: 816-637-3432
Ray's Lunch & Diner is a small, down to earth 50s style diner where patrons still order from a menu board behind the counter. The cafe is "famous for hamburgers" and a secret recipe chili passed down from the original owner.

Wabash Blues Garden
646 S. Kansas City Ave.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Phone: 816-630-7700
Featuring live bands May through September, the Blues Garden provides outdoor concerts adjacent to one of Excelsior Springs historic train depots, now a BBQ restaurant and within walking distance of the Elms Hotel. Click here for Blues Garden Schedule.

Waterfest
An annual event is sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and is held the last weekend in June. Waterfest celebrates the city’s mineral water heritage and is held in the downtown Hall of Waters Historic District. This three day event features arts, crafts, live entertainment, and water games for the kids, motorcycle show, parade, fireworks and much more. For more information contact the Chamber at 816-630-6161 or click here.

Sports and Outdoor Life:

Excelsior Springs Golf Course
Those who like to spend time on the links will find an outstanding course in Excelsior Springs. Tom Bendelow, world famous golf course architect, designed the course layout at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course. The golf course is a valuable historic asset to the community as well as a great course to play. For additional information on the golf course, click here.

Excelsior Springs Parks
The city of Excelsior Springs possesses 11 parks, totalling over 113 acres. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains facilities for baseball, volleyball, basketball, tennis and soccer, playground equipment, shelter houses, and a jogging/walking trail. A Community Center houses a number of activities including a Senior site. For additional information on the park system, click here.


Lodging and Dining:

Excelsior Springs has a selection of dining and lodging establishments to meet every price range. For additional information, click here.

Day Trips:

Excelsior Springs and the Elms Hotel provide a centralized place to stay for visitors who want to take in sites of interests in neighboring communities. To speak to someone about a number of great day trips in and around Excelsior Springs, visit our tourism membership directory. To view our day trips photo album, click here.

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