Shopping, fishing, tubing, camping, hiking, dining, sightseeing or how about floating your cares away? Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, we have something for everyone in and around Lebanon.
Lebanon is in Laclede County, in the scenic Ozarks of south-central Missouri, on Interstate 44. It is home for more than 14,700 residents and the Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center. This multipurpose facility will accommodate conventions, trade shows, expositions, sporting events, theatrical productions and business meetings.
The Cowan Civic Center has become the home of the Brumley Gospel Sing. This annual August extravaganza is known as one of America’s premier gospel music events.
The YMCA has recently joined the Cowan Civic Center and is one of the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in the Ozarks. It is equipped with a gymnasium and a large multipurpose sports facility, which includes an amazing NCAA-approved lap pool and a tennis court.
The YMCA provides before- and after-school child care, preschool, parent-child programs, swim lessons, activities for seniors, teen programs and more.
Lebanon is a great place to visit. The historic downtown features many unique shops and many outlet stores, like Vanity Fair Outlet or Shepherd Hills Factory Outlet — one huge store that offers Ozark walnut bowls and a vast selection of home decor items. The Heartland Antique Mall is one of the largest between Joplin and St. Louis, with more than 250 dealers, a name-brand candy outlet, a cheese store and wine tasting.
Lebanon was once an important stop along historic Route 66, the winding long stretch from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean. Most of the original auto courts and cafes are long gone, but a few sites can still be visited along the historic highway as it traverses Laclede County. Along with driving the road, you can learn more about the historic route in Lebanon’s Route 66 Museum and Research Center.
Lebanon is also conveniently located near Bennett Spring State Park. The pristine beauty of the park is a natural attraction. Besides fishing, this popular and scenic park offers 12 miles of hiking trails, Niangua River float trips, an interpretive center, a rustic dining lodge, hatchery tours, cabins and condos — or you can just pitch a tent. Whichever your preference, you’ll find dozens of campgrounds and RV parks throughout the area.
No matter when you visit, Lebanon will welcome you with open arms. For more information, call 866-LEBANON or visit www.lebanonmissouri.org.