Mark Twain’s Hannibal

Richard Garey as Mark Twain in his live thater performance

Day 1

10:00 AM    Arrive in Hannibal at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Interpretive Center.  There, you may even see Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher! Hop out of the car for quick restroom break.

10:30 AM    Begin tour of Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Properties.  This self-guided tour allows your group to explore the roots of Mark Twain’s genius.  The tour includes 7 buildings, most notably the world famous Mark Twain Boyhood Home.   You may also take in a bit of shopping in Hannibal’s downtown historic district.

12:00 PM    Lunch downtown.  Some options include: Ole Planter’s, a family-owned downtown staple for over 30 years, famous for their homemade pie, Big Muddy BBQ and many more locally owned places!

1:30 PM    Finish up your tour of the Museum Gallery, the last building on the Mark Twain Museum Tour, which features 15 original Norman Rockwell paintings.

3:00 PM    Check-in to your campground or lodging for some R&R and to freshen up for the evening.

5:45 PM    Head to the Mark Twain Riverboat for the evening dinner cruise.  Enjoy a relaxing 2 hr. dinner cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat.  Return to the days of steamboating as you enjoy your dinner and live musical entertainment, perfect for dancing!

8:15 PM     Return to lodging.

Day 2

8:45 AM    Head down to Mark Twain Cave!

9:00 AM    Hear the fascinating story of Missouri’s oldest showcave.  Mark Twain played in this cave as a child and it features prominently in his classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

10:00 AM   Tour Rockcliffe Mansion, one of America’s Castles!  This turn of the century mansion overlooks the Mississippi and contains many original furnishings.  The mansion is also notable for the fact that Mark Twain spoke from the grand staircase in 1907 during his last visit to Hannibal.  You will enjoy a docent guided tour of the mansion.

11:30 AM    Grab an early bite to eat at one of Hannibal’s many fine restaurants.

12:30 PM    Allow yourself a bit of time to take in the downtown area.  Enjoy a wide array of options on Historic Main Street.  From art to antiques, jewelry to gelato, the family-owned stores downtown are sure to delight.

2:00 PM    Enjoy Jim Waddell as Mark Twain.  Veteran performer and raconteur Jim Waddell personifies the mischievous humor of America’s most beloved author.  Jim is always happy to pose for pictures.

3:30 PM    Explore the Hannibal History Museum, located right downtown.  It is free admission. and gives great insight into Hannibal’s history.

5:00 PM    Have a relaxing dinner before heading back to your lodging or on your way home.

This is just a taste of what you can do while you’re in Hannibal – check out our attractions page for tons more options!