About Excelsior Springs, Missouri
a hidden gem...
Excelsior Springs was founded on the healing abilities of its spring water. Opal was a young woman rumored to be the first person healed by the waters, while the Wapoo Tribe was rumored to be the first to discover the healing waters. Once a bustling resort town, Excelsior Springs is now a weekend destination known for its hospitality, wineries, restaurants and local shops.
There are many attractions in the area, including the Elms Hotel, Watkins Mill State Park, Tryst Falls, many bed and breakfasts, and a bustling main strip in Broadway with locally-owned shops and restaurants. There are 3 wineries in the area: Fence Stile Winery, Four Horses and a Dog Winery and Van Till Winery. A brewery set to open Spring 2018, Dubious Claims, serves up cold brews and food. A trolley takes folks on tours of the wineries and around town.
The annual Waterfest festival takes place the same weekend as the Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder. The Waterfest celebrates its 37th year in 2018 of celebrating Excelsior Springs' mineral water heritage. The race will start and finish near the Waterfest. Enjoy the fireworks of the Waterfest after you finish on Saturday evening. Friends and family can enjoy the festival while you pedal your way through the gravel roads.
Looking for a place to stay in Excelsior Springs? There are many options, including the Elms Hotel, Payne Jailhouse Bed & Breakfast and Sunnyside Cottage. There are also camping options at the popular Watkins Mill State Park.