What to do FOR FREE in the Fort Leonard Wood Area

It is no doubt, families are constantly looking for ways to save money these days. But they still want to have fun, make memories, and have great experiences together. The Fort Leonard Wood area is a great place for families because there are so many fun things to do, many of which are low in cost or even FREE! So, in this week’s blog we wanted to share with you 5 fun things you can experience for free in the Fort Leonard Wood area. 

Bennett Springs State Park

Bennett Springs is a favorite among anglers and nature seekers located in a peaceful and attractive valley. The state park is one of the earliest state parks in Missouri and still draws people from all over to enjoy the thrill of the catch and the beautiful natural surroundings. Bennett Springs has a daily waterflow of over 100 million gallons of clean, cool water and is stocked with rainbow trout daily. In addition to fishing, there is also a dining lodge, hiking trails, cabins and camping at Bennett Springs State Park.  Go to https://mostateparks.com/park/bennett-spring-state-park to learn more. 

photo credit: https://mostateparks.com/park/bennett-spring-state-park


This half-scale partial reconstruction of the original Stonehenge in England is a photo op for sure. The granite for this amazing reproduction was cut utilizing the university’s waterjet equipment and this landmark is definitely a sight to see. 

Frog Rock

This unique bolder shaped and painted like a frog, is a local landmark. It is known by the name of W.H. (Waynesville Hill) Croaker and is located on Historic Route 66 overlooking the town of Waynesville. The wide shoulder on the road there allows for tourists to safely stop and take pictures. But we recommend taking your pictures from the roadside. The hillside is covered with shale which crumbles easily. You can also get a closeup selfie with a 6.5-foot wooden carving of W.H.Croaker in Waynesville. Go to https://www.visitmo.com/things-to-do/frog-rock to learn more. 

Roubidoux Spring

Roubidoux Spring is located withing the city limits of Waynsville and is known as a great place to cool off, have a picnic, and enjoy the natural beauty. The Roubidoux Spring was secured by the city of Waynesville in 1909 and has long-since been a favorite place to be on a hot summer day in the Ozarks. In the 1960s, divers cleared the opening to the spring and explored the cave by scuba. Now it is a goal for many certified divers to have the same experience when they come here. 

Roubidoux Park 

Roubidoux Park is worth checking out as well. There is something for everyone at the park. There is plenty of green space for the exercise enthusiasts out there. There is also the Splash Pad designed to provide water fun for toddlers up to pre-teen kiddos to cool down and have fun in the sun. Parents can watch from the comfort of the nearby shade. Little Heroes Playground is there as well. It is a playground that is fully accessible to all children, regardless of abilities, to be able to play together.  

photo credit: https://waynesvillemo.org/roubidoux-park

Book Your Lodging with Fort Wood Hotels! 

At Fort Wood Hotels, we are proud to offer affordable lodging in the Fort Leonard Wood area. We are grateful to be in such an amazing area where there are so many things to do for fun. We only talked about 5 in this blog, but there are more trails and tours and things to see that you will love in this area. So be sure to go to visit https://visitpulaskicounty.org/ to learn more about the area and to plan your itinerary. We look forward to hosting you at one of our award-winning hotels. You can go to https://fortwoodhotels.com/compare-hotels/ to see the amenities available at each location and choose the one that fits you best. You will not find a higher quality hotel near Fort Leonard Wood at a better value … it is our mission! If you would like to stay in touch and hear more about what to do and see in the Fort Leonard Wood area, you can use the links below to follow us on your favorite social media platform. 

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