Uncover Hannibal Mark Twain Themed Attractions

The Missouri town of Hannibal and Mark Twain seem to go together like a pen and paper. It's almost as if you could not have one without the other. The great American writer was and still is one of Hannibal's most beloved residents. Many attractions in the town celebrate Mark Twain and the imprint that he's left in Hannibal.

The Mark Twain Cave Complex
MO Hwy 79 South
Hannibal, Missouri 63401
(573) 221-1656
www.marktwaincave.com

The Mark Twain Cave Complex allows visitors the opportunity to explore thrilling caves just as the fictional characters of Tom Sawyer and Becky did in Twain's memorable classic. While at the cave complex, which is also a campground, visitors will find a wealth of activities. A live performance of Mark Twain's life and writings is available at 3:00 pm daily, for an admission of $12 per person. The hour-long performance is a vibrant account of 19th century life as Mark Twain perceived it to be. Experienced guides at the complex offer tours through the caves. The Historic Tour is an hour-long tour through the caves which points out areas mentioned in Twain's writing and several lighting effects. The Lantern Tour lasts for an hour and twenty minutes and takes visitors through Cameron Cave. The tour guide will take you through a maze of caves, which look as pure as they did when they were first discovered. Due to the narrow nature of the cave, it is not wheelchair accessible. Each tour will cost roughly $15 per person and group rates are available. A rock and mineral shop is on-site for educational and shopping purposes. Children and adults alike can pan for genuine gemstones.

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
120 North Main
Hannibal, Missouri 63401
(573) 221-9010
www.marktwainmuseum.org

While growing up in the small town of Hannibal, Mark Twain mastered his craft and infused his experiences in his writing. Visitors can get a glimpse of Twain's humble start by visiting his boyhood home. The property actually includes eight buildings, which are six buildings of historical significance and two interactive museums. A self-guided tour is available at Twain's childhood home and, after a walk through it, visitors can truly get an understanding of the author's upbringing. Throughout the museums there is a 15-piece collection of Rockwell paintings, as well as Twain's Oxford gown and many other irreplaceable artifacts. Other buildings on the property include an interpretive center, a gift shop, Huckleberry Finn's home, Becky Thatcher's house and a drug store. Admission is $9 per person and allow at least an hour and a half for this exhibit in Hannibal. Mark Twain will be alive in spirit after a walk through his past, and his thoughts are sure to stay with you once you return to your Hannibal Bed and Breakfast.

Mark Twain's Mississippi Riverboat
Center Street Landing
Hannibal, Missouri 63401
(573) 221-3222
www.marktwainriverboat.com

Mississippi riverboats were an important part of Mark Twain's life and his writings. The Mark Twain Mississippi Riverboat is an exciting addition to attractions in Hannibal. Mark Twain and his adventurous stories come to life as visitors cruise up and down the river. There are three types of cruises that visitors can enjoy. Sightseeing cruises include commentary on river history, legends and historic sights. A small snack and beverage bar are served on this hour-long cruise. You may even be able to see your Hannibal Inn from the boat. A dinner cruise is also available with reservations. Live music and dancing accompany a tasty dinner on the boat. On Saturdays there is a late night jazz cruise in which visitors can dance and mingle. It's a wonderful way to end a day of touring the town.