Among the options are Branson Zipline
and Canopy Tours, which has a pavilion
groups can use for meal functions, and
Fritz’s Adventure, an indoor attraction
filled with ropes courses, underground
tubes and tunnels, and suspended bridges.
“After your attendees are done buzzing
about the tree houses, interconnected
walkways and water tower complete with
spiral rope staircase and slide, they can
enjoy healthy food-and-beverage options
from Fritz’s restaurant,” Alphonso said.
Branson is also home to award-winning
golf with views of the Ozarks, including
the course at Thousand Hills Golf Resort,
where a dedicated staff will assist with
There are many on-the-sidelines options
in Branson as well, from baseball at Ballparks of America to men’s basketball at
College of the Ozarks.
In Springfield, groups will have a ball
checking out a Cardinals Minor League
Baseball game at Hammons Field.
“Groups can be seated in specific
sections of the stadium or even rent the
Redbird Roost where they can enjoy an
all-you-can-eat concession stand,” said
Susan Wade, public relations manager for
the Springfield Missouri CVB. “Scoreboard
welcomes, throwing out the first pitch, and
participating in the wacky on-field games
between innings also are options.”
Springfield also offers a variety of
group-friendly golf courses, the Missouri
Sports Hall of Fame, which has space for
receptions and banquets, and the recently
remodeled Andy B’s, an entertainment
center with bowling, laser tag, a game
room, a full-service restaurant and space
for private events.
Groups will find an active sports calendar
in Columbia, home to the University of
According to Megan McConachie,
strategic communications manager for the
Columbia CVB, groups may purchase tickets to Mizzou football, basketball, baseball
and softball games.
“The Mizzou department of athletics
has a dedicated staff to review group ticket
options ranging from preferred blocks of
seating at Mizzou football games to suites
at Mizzou basketball games,” she said.
Groups can also hit the links in Columbia at either the group-friendly L.A. Nickell
Golf Course, which is adjacent to Cosmo
Park’s ample outdoor meeting spaces for
group gatherings, or Lake of the Woods
Golf Course, which has a new shelter area
and a recently renovated clubhouse that
can accommodate private events.
“Having two courses makes for greater
opportunities to host corporate tournaments,” McConachie said.
Lake of the Ozarks
The Lake of the Ozarks offers 13 golf courses, several of which are associated with a
“Many groups offer a scramble or some
other type of tournament play with their
conference,” said Lagina Fitzpatrick, director of sales for the Lake of the Ozarks CVB.
The Lodge of Four Seasons recently implemented a new golf-by-the-hour concept
that according to Frederik Houben, the
property’s director of sales and marketing,
creates an exceptional value and opportunity for convention guests.
“Even an hour between meetings is
enough to play a few holes,” he said.
Beyond golf, boat rentals and fishing
guides, including Bassing Bob and Big Ed’s
Guide Service, are available for groups
that would like to spend the day out on
one of the country’s top fisheries, and
beach/sand volleyball is becoming another
“Old Kinderhook has added a space for
sand volleyball in the season that converts
to an ice-skating rink in the wintertime,”
Spectator sports in Greater St. Charles in-
clude the River City Raiders indoor football
team, which plays at the Family Arena, and
River City Rascals Minor League Baseball
team, which plays at CarShield Field.
“River City Rascals provide an ideal atmosphere for group events and game-day
experiences at affordable prices,” said Joan-ie Ohlms, director of sales for the Greater
St. Charles CVB.
Getting in on the game is also a snap
in the area, including group-friendly golf
tournaments at Bogey Hills Country Club
and Old Hickory Golf Club.
There is also an entertaining collection
of recreational destinations here, including Boschertown Go-Karts, where groups
can hold fun teambonding races as well as
off-site receptions; Kokomo Joe’s, where
groups will find meeting space and activities including bumper cars, miniature golf
and laser tag; and Demolition Ball/Adrena-line Zone, which specializes in demolition
ball, combining hockey, football, polo and
basketball all played in bumper cars.
Sporty opportunities in Jefferson City include outings to Vivion Field, the host site
for the Jefferson City Renegades, a collegiate summer baseball team, and Washington Park Ice Arena, the winter home for the
University of Missouri’s hockey team.
At Turkey Creek Golf Center groups will
find several competitive options for socializing and networking, including an 18-hole
miniature golf course, a covered outdoor
driving range and a nine-hole golf course
at the brand-new Ken Lanning Golf Center.
Also recently opened is The Linc, a
wellness and recreation center that was
completed in February, according to Chris
Wilson, film/sales manager for the Jefferson City CVB.
“This 80,000-square-foot multiuse facility
will positively influence the sports tourism
market in Jefferson City because it will
give us a resource that we have never had
before,” he said, adding the facility has four
basketball courts, six volleyball courts and
about 35,000 square feet of open space.
“The facility also features a concession
stand with a healthy vibe, meeting space
and a lobby area with tables and TVs.”
FRITZ’S ADVENTURE, BRANSON
LAKE OF THE OZARKS