What To See

  • Fountains on Elms Boulevard
  • The Hall of Waters
  • Excelsior Springs Golf Course
  • Walnut Cabin under restoration at the Golf Course
  • Superior Well and Pagoda
  • Excelsior Historic Museum and Archives
  • Museum domed ceiling and original paintings
  • The Inn on Crescent Lake
  • Historic Saint Luke's across from the Elms Hotel
  • George Kessler designed parkways
  • Watkins Woolen Mill
  • Watkin's estate octagon schoolhouse

Photo album © Kevin Morgan


A vast majority of the original 40 known mineral water wells are no longer visible. Today, a campaign to restore the historic pagodas and remark some of the original sites with new structures is underway. A self-guided mineral water walking tour can be downloaded, click here.

Visitors are also invited to explore our parks, more than 90 acres of parkland and walking trails are within the city limits, with a wide range of features and facilities for active families and their lifestyles. For more on our parks and amenities, click here. For a map of our walking trails, click here.

The Excelsior Springs Golf Course was the home of pioneer settler Edwin O’Dell. His 1825 walnut cabin is preserved within the dining area of the clubhouse. Also on the course is a commemorative two-ton boulder with bronze plate placed in memory of the soldiers of the Civil War who gave their lives at the Battle of Fredericksburg. There were two skirmishes held in this same location, one fought on July 17, 1864 and the other on August 12, 1864.

While we are immensely proud of our heritage, Excelsiorites are continuing to enrich qualify of life for residents and visitors alike. With help from the YMCA’s Challenger Program, the Excelsior Springs Miracle Field opened in 2012, providing a much needed athletic facility for those with special needs. Now open … a 49,340-sq.-ft. community center features something for everyone from age 1 to 100! Enjoy an indoor zero-depth entry pool, hot tub, full-size gym, elevated walking/jogging track, childwatch room, party and community room for special occasions, Senior Center and more. Daily rates will allow entry for anyone visiting the community.

The Hall of Waters
201 E. Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
816-637-2811 – Visitor Center

The Hall of Waters was a WPA project began in 1936 with a construction cost of one million dollars as a distribution point for the mineral waters. Art Deco Style architecture was chosen as in keeping with the Mayan Indian tradition relating to water and water gods. Included in the structure was a mineral water pool and hydrotherapy baths, as well as the world’s longest water bar. Today, the Hall also houses the city offices of Excelsior Springs. Read More

Elms Hotel & Spa
401 Regent St.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Remodeled in 2012, The Elms Hotel & Spa continues to suggest the grandeur of another age, a prime example to the extravagant tastes expressed by resort architecture in the Victorian age. The hotel is the design of Kansas City architectural firm Jackson and McIlvain. It reflects the innovations and standards of comfort that were incorporated into all “first class” hotels of the period. The gracious accomodations of the hotel lured the rich and famous, as well as the more modest traveler. Read More

Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives
101 E. Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

The Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives houses the largest collection of Excelsior Springs artifacts and art anywhere around. In recent years, several traveling exhibits have been displayed here. The building itself is a major attraction, designed by noted architect Louis Curtis as the Clay County State Bank with unique arched ceiling and reproductions of “The Gleaners” and “The Angelus” — considered invaluable today.

Superior Well Pagoda
Superior St. and Roosevelt Ave.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
(or Fishing River Walking Trail)

Purchased by the J. C. Isley family in 1880 for $150 on land known as Reed Park, the Isley family built a wooden pagoda structure around 1901 for the Superior Spring, with a walkway and deck extending out to it. In 1902, Dr. William A. Bell purchased several properties in Excelsior Springs, including the park property. In 1912 a stone pagoda replaced the wood one. The property is now part of the Fishing River Linear park and is owned by the City of Excelsior Springs. It is the only intact spring pagoda in the city. (Currently under restoration)

Excelsior Springs Parks & Recreation
500 Tiger Drive
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
With over 100 acres of park land and miles of trails, there is much to do and see in Excelsior Springs! The downtown parks include playgrounds, trails, gazebos, a ball field and natural areas. Rainbow trail on the west side of town is now connected to our newest park, Get Fit Park. Outdoor gazebos and the Community Center can be rented for your special occasions. Read More

Slightly Off Broadway Theatre
114 N. Marietta
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

The Slightly Off Broadway Players are a community theatre group of all ages that perform throughout the year at the Slightly Off Broadway Theatre. Season performances include musicals and comedies of well-known playwrights along with some material written by our home talent! Special activities of the ESCT include an annual Halloween show for children and summer Drama Camp for ages 6 to high school. Read More

Live Music Weekends at
Willow Spring Mercantile

249 E. Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

We support the independent musicians and love having the original style and sound in our store. Live Music Weekends feature local musicians on the street or in the bistro. Saturdays 2-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. Stop in for a Missouri wine tasting, relax and listen to great live music with your friends … or make new ones while you are here! All musicians are original singer songwriters and have great talent. Read More

Second Fridays
Historic Downtown Excelsior Springs

Downtown businesses provide venues for artists, live entertainment, wine tastings, great food and shopping. Second Fridays showcases art galleries, an artists’ co-op, photography studios, dinner and shopping specials. Held from 5 to 8 p.m. Crawl maps are available at the Hall of Waters Visitor Center and most downtown stores. Read More

Hall of Waters Ghost Tours
Excelsior Springs is rich with ghost stories and haunting tales. One of the most recent venues available for taking a paranormal tour is the Hall of Waters. Guests will be given a tour with a history of the Hall and surrounding area. Special paranormal investigative video room now accessible. Read More

Excelsior Springs Community Center
500 Tiger Drive
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Visitors to our town can purchase a daypass to our community center, providing access to an aquatics center with play equipment for children. Enjoy our weights and cardio area, elevated track, racket ball court and more. A free Child Watch area is located in the Center.

Self-Guided Walking Tours
Take a history tour in Excelsior Springs by visiting some of our most prominent mineral water well sites, appreciate our turn-of-the-century building architecture or enjoy nature along our river parkway. Download our FREE brochures now:
Historic Building Walking Tour
Mineral Water History
Trails System