cuba fest

10 More Things To Do in Cuba MO

Cuba Missouri is a place where art, water, and wine converge to create a mecca for fun and adventure. While in Cuba, check out the multitude of activities, attractions, and the fine people who call this place home. It’s the kind of town where strangers say “hello” and the locals say, “Welcome to Cuba!”

Attend Cuba Fest

On the third Saturday in October, Cuba rolls out the welcome mat for a day of autumn fun. To commemorate Cuba’s history, free narrated tours of the murals and cemeteries are on the schedule. Watch as local civic clubs make apple butter, or enter the chili cook-off contest that is always a crowd favorite. This annual event is FREE.  Learn more.

Kinder Cemetery Tour 2012
The trolley is heading back to Cuba Fest for another tour group.

Play Golf

The Cuba Lakes Golf Course on Hwy. O offers a two–lake course challenge. This nine-hole course is meticulously maintained and will not disappoint. After a round, end the day with a drink and a meal at the clubhouse. This is a favorite spot for Sunday Brunch!

Cuba Lakes opened in 1973.
Cuba Lakes Golf Club opened in 1973.

Float the River

There is nothing like floating the cool waters of the Meramec on a hot Missouri day! Plan a guided trip or bring your own boat or inner tube, either way, outdoor enthusiasts will love it! To get on the river, go to the Riverview Public Access on Highway O, just outside of Cuba for a park complete with parking, picnic tables, and a boat launch. 

Cuba MO Social Distancing
Rent or bring your own kayak!

Go to Jail

Back in 1908, there was the calaboose or the local jailhouse. Residents of Cuba felt better that the nefarious desperados were secured. Peek inside to see what life was like for a criminal in Cuba at the turn of the century. Learn more.

Eagle Scout Verlin Boda has been instrumental in preserving the history of Cuba’s Calaboose.

Get Tall

Get a selfie with the tallest man who ever lived and his shoes! Visit the Hayes Shoe Store on Route 66 to see a cardboard cutout of Robert Wadlow who was from Alton, Missouri. His shoes, a mere 37 AA in size, are on display. While there, check out the other antique shoes on display. Be sure to pick up a commemorative pin. Learn more. 

Souvenir Wadlow pin Cuba, Missouri
You can get a souvenir collector’s pin at Hayes Shoe Store.

Get Small

Visit the Toy Car and Truck Museum inside the Midwest Travel Plaza right next to Dottie’s Family Restaurant. This impressive collection spans decades with cars, trucks, and trains that kept youngsters entertained for hours decades ago. 

Toy car collection at Midwest Travel Plaza

Read Comics

The Little Shop of Comics is not your run-of-the-mill comic store. In fact, customers can play, shop, and eat.  Patrons can participate in board games, Magic, or D&D sessions. Shop from hundreds of comics, graphic novels, and specialty items that you won’t find anywhere else. Grab a bite to eat at Audrey’s Eatery and take a selfie with Deadpool.  Learn more.

comic books cuba
Tons of comics to choose from

Enjoy Music

Sponsored by the Cuba Chamber of Commerce, the August Music Festival is an outdoor event just off Route 66 on Main Street. Held on the last Saturday in August, the streets are blocked off, and LIVE bands entertain the crowd. Food and drink vendors are plentiful and a good time is inevitable.  Learn more.

Discover National Landmarks

For those who love mother road nostalgia, stay at the iconic Wagon Wheel Motel, the oldest operating motel on Route 66. The iconic neon sign, designed by owner John Mathis around 1947, welcomed travelers to the Wagon Wheel motel as it still does today. The Wagon Wheel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Learn more. 

wagon wheel
The iconic Wagon Wheel Motel

Uncover the Best Antiques

When it comes to antiques, Cuba’s Antique Mall is just what you’re looking for. Ideally, start with Two Olde Crows and find vintage quilts, cast iron, and items you never thought you’d see again. After that, head over next door to Lone Star Antiques, where there are aisles of collectibles, hand braided rugs, classic furniture, and so much more.  Learn more.

Lone Star Antique Mall Cuba, Missouri
Well-lit glass cases hold an abundance of special items.

And we are just getting started! There are so many Route 66 attractions and things to do in Cuba, MO, we want to keep you coming back!

Want more things to do in Cuba? Top 10 Things to Do in Cuba

Please contact attractions directly for specific information on seasonal hours and COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about Cuba, contact the Cuba Visitors Center at 573-885-2531 or email us at

Scroll to Top