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Joplin is showing off its wares

Courtesy Joplin CVB

On the second day of the Going On Faith Conference, attendees will have a free afternoon and the opportunity to take a sightseeing tour, courtesy of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Stops on the tour will highlight some of the most popular group travel attractions in the city, including:

Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center — Opened in 2007, Wildcat Glades is Missouri’s first Audubon Center. Adjacent to two creeks, the center features a 1,300-gallon aquarium, large exhibit spaces and numerous bird-watching opportunities.

Candy House Gourmet Chocolates and the Chocolate Factory
— In 1970, an old rock tavern in the Ozarks was renovated and turned into this candy shop. Today, the Candy House has two Joplin locations and is known for its hand-dipped chocolate and old-fashioned candies. Groups can schedule guided tours of the store and factory, which always end with free samples.

Joplin Museum Complex — Numerous cultural and historical institutions can be found under one roof at the Joplin Museum Complex. The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum has an extensive collection of lead and zinc ore dating back to Joplin’s mining days. The Dorothea Hoover Historic Museum has artifacts from Route 66, Bonnie and Clyde’s escapades in Joplin, and the famous Spook Light. It is also home to the Joplin Sports Hall of Fame and the National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum.

Sandstone Gardens
— With 38,000 square feet of home interior galleries, Sandstone Gardens is one of the largest home and garden shopping destinations in the Midwest. Groups can take some free time to browse the thousands of indoor and outdoor items or stop for lunch at the Sandstone Bistro.