See & Do

You’ll always feel right at home in St. Joseph, Missouri

Sports & Recreation

Bartlett Park

This 24 acre park is located in the approximate center of The St. Joseph Parkway. Bartlett Park is ideal for both active and leisurely uses.

Bode Sports Complex

The Bode Sports Complex is a new addition to the Parks and Recreation Department. Opened in June of 1999, the complex has several outdoor activities designed for youth and family involvement.

St. Joseph Parkway

The St. Joseph Parkway is a green belt that runs 26 miles through the heart of the city. Built in 1918, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Civic Arena

The dynamic, versatile design of the Civic Arena includes flexible seating capabilities that enable us to accommodate any type of event.

Civic Center Park

Civic Center Park is located behind St. Joseph City Hall, and  plays host to some of the many festivals and events annually.

Cool Crest Garden Golf

For 60 years, customers have been replenished in spirit by the tranquil flower gardens, beautiful bronze sculptures, cool waterfalls, "electrical hazards," and nostalgic music, all combined to give a fun & relaxing family atmosphere at this classic miniature golf course.

Fairview Golf Course

Fairview is one of the oldest public courses in Northwest Missouri, established in 1925. The rolling fairways, large mature trees and hazards make this 18-hole course a challenge for players of all skill levels.

Fort Smith Park

Fort Smith, named after Colonel Robert F. Smith, was erected in late September 1861 as a safeguard against conflicting armies battling on either side of the state line. With the strong possibility of battles reaching St. Joseph, Colonel Smith stood ready with his 2,500 troops and 12 cannon poised atop the newly created fortification on Prospect Hill. However the conflict was averted and by the spring of 1862, the Union troops at Fort Smith were downsized.

The fort was re-discovered in 2003. Amenities at Fort Smith Park include 3 full-scale authentic reproduction cannons, restored redoubts, a lookout point, period flags, informative signage, and an ordnance shed displaying illustrations of various types of artillery shells used in the conflict. The fort is a passive park, where visitors can come, relax, picnic and see a wonderful view of the city and beyond.

Fort Smith is open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week, April 16th - October 14th
Closed October 15-April 15th

Griffon Indoor Sports Complex

The massive Griffon Indoor Sports Complex, or GISC, serves Missouri Western State University Griffon football, softball, baseball, soccer, men's golf and women's golf teams, and is the summer training camp home of the Kansas City Chiefs.  

Hyde Park Recreational Complex

Hyde Park is focused as 93 acre active use park with a swimming pool, skate park, six lighted ballfields, three lighted tennis courts, basketball court, horseshoe courts, two concession stands, paved walking trail, playground area, and restrooms.

KC Chiefs Training Camp

Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri is “The Summer Home of the Chiefs,” during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp, presented by Heartland Health.  Updated information on the website link to the right under map.

Krug Park

Krug Park opened to the public in 1902. Located at the northern end of The Parkway, this City park has Italian Renaissance structures, extensive landscaping and flowerbeds.

Lewis and Clark State Park

The Lewis and Clark Expedition headed west in 1804 and encountered a lake that William Clark described as “full of Geese & Goslings.” Today, that lake is Lewis and Clark Lake, which is bordered by Lewis and Clark State Park.

Missouri River Rafting & Canoe Rental

The Missouri River is still a beautiful natural treasure. It still promises adventure, offers a chance to view birds and wildlife, and provides a quiet escape from the day to day - where you can relax and regain tranquility. All you have to do is set out upon its current. So, drift away in a canoe on your own, today - Or, climb aboard one of our guided raft tours to see what's waiting just around the next bend in the river. You'll be glad you did.

MWSU Spring Sports Complex

Griffon Baseball Field has a seating capacity of 500 fans with plenty of standing areas for overflow crowds. The Baseball Field playing surface is unique in that it features an entirely artificial turf infield and a natural grass outfield. Both dugouts are are lighted and heated for cold weather games. The bullpens are located outside of play down the left field and right field lines. Field dimensions are 330 feet down the lines, 381 to the power alleys and 400 feet to center field.

Northside Recreational Complex

The 25 acre Northside Recreational Complex serves as the site of the Krug Park Swimming Pool, complete with pool house and concessions.

Noyes Sports Complex

This 23 acre complex serves residents and visitors in a variety of ways. The 12 lighted tennis courts and adjacent filed house make it an ideal setting for tournaments, as well as high school, college, and general play. The complex also includes 16 lighted horseshoe courts, two bantam football fields, a lighted ballfield, and a multipurpose building for the youth fields.

Paradise Park

Paradise Park is the place to bring friends and family together, whether you are planning a wedding, family reunion, bus tour, church picnic, birthday party, or other special event.

Patee Park

Patee Park is located across the street from the Pony Express National Museum. A monument was placed in the park in 1913 by the Daughters of the American Revolution marking the starting point of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860.

Phil Welch Stadium

Built and dedicated in 1939, Phil Welch Stadium is one of the few old and unique baseball stadiums in the nation. It serves as the home to the St. Joseph Mustangs Baseball organization.

St. Joseph Aquatic Park

The St. Joseph Aquatic Park services all ages with aquatic fun. It features a 203' waterslide, 165' enclosed waterslide, 50-meter pool, 6 lanes, diving well, two 1-meter diving boards, waterfall, vortex, zero-depth beach entry, 300' lazy river (river tubes available at no extra charge), concession areas, catering available, lounge chairs, sun deck, and large shade structures.

St. Joseph Heritage Park

St. Joseph premiere sports complex, Heritage Park, includes four 300 foot and one 250 foot fully irrigated fields each having covered dugouts, scoreboards, and “state-of-the-art” MUSCO Lighting Systems. The Championship field has permanent “chair-back” seating for 400+ and another 1,200 bleacher-style seating along with a press box.

St. Joseph Mustangs

The St Joseph Mustangs are a summer college baseball team playing a 25 game home schedule at historic Phil Welch Stadium, St Joseph, Missouri. The Mustangs are the defending champions of the MINK League, an eight team encompassing four states, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. If you have ever experienced the wackiness of minor league baseball then summers at Phil Welch are for you. With promotions from Saturday night fireworks to a wild mustang running the warning track after homeruns, the Mustangs are a family friendly winner that will delight.

St. Joseph REC Center

The St. Joseph REC Center invites you to experience our clean and friendly facility which includes a 3,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center plus many more amenities.

St. Joseph Tennis & Swim Club

The St. Joseph Tennis Club has 5 indoor courts and 3 outdoors courts, they also have an outdoor swimming pool open during the summer months, as well as a tennis supply store. There are two tennis pros that give both private and group lessons. For non-members there is a slightly higher charge for lessons.

The Golf Club of St. Joseph

The Golf Club is a public 9-hole par 3 golf course. It also has a lighted driving range, lighted batting cages, lighted 18 hole mini-golf park, pro shop and snack bar. This is a year round facility.

The St. Joseph Parkway

The St. Joseph Parkway winds through the City of St. Joseph for 26 miles. Developed in 1918 by architect George Burnap, Saint Joseph was one of the first cities in the United States to develop an imaginative and comprehensive parkway plan.

Wyeth Hill

Houston Wyeth Hill is a westward facing scenic overlook high upon the Missouri River bluffs. It offers a panoramic view of the Missouri River and Kansas. Thousands of pioneers crossed the Missouri river at this point (within view of Wyeth Hill) on their way to Oregon and California.