When the leaves begin to show their color is also when Boonville’s tourism industry really blossoms. It’s no wonder that Boonville made Smithsonian’s top 10 list for best small town destinations, the sites and amount of tourist activities is quite large for a community this small.

When the leaves begin to show their color is also when Boonville’s tourism industry really blossoms. It’s no wonder that Boonville made Smithsonian’s top 10 list for best small town destinations, the sites and amount of tourist activities is quite large for a community this small.

For Boonville Tourism Director Katie Gibson, once the temperatures become more enjoyable, that is when people begin to discover or re-discover Boonville.

“The fall season really starts as soon as the weather begins getting more enjoyable to be outside.  As far as the visitor season, we definitely start seeing the Katy trail pick up in traffic as the humidity drops. Being such a great agricultural area, there are always great outdoor activities to really celebrate the harvest and the great weather and colors of the fall season,” Gibson stated.

Boonville activities begin to pick up as the calendar turns to September.

“Boonville has a few early fall events like the Steam Engine Festival and the Festival of the Lights in September, but we do lack events later in the fall like October and November. Luckily the other towns in the Boonslick area make up for that, so there seems to always be some great activities to do close by,” Gibson stated.

Tourism in the Boonslick has evolved greatly in the last several years.

“As the Katy trail and Warms Springs Ranch become more and more popular, especially during the fall season, it can be harder to get reservations. Luckily we have more new attractions opening up to keep visitors busy like the Katy Bridge, the Mitchell Antique Car Museum, the River, Rails and Trails Museum and some great new shops and restaurants downtown, along with our traditional tours and activities,” she added.

As the fall season starts, Gibson reflected on the successful summer season.

“We have had a great season so far and each day we are seeing more and more people come into the new museum and visitors center now that we are open in the new space.  We have definitely had an increase in group tours this year because we have more options for them to do in town.  As we continue to develop the Depot District, and people become more aware of all the great things that there are to do in town, the word will start spreading. I have an advertising budget to help spread the word on what a great town we have here, but some of the best advertising is word of mouth. Being that we are right off of I-70, we have the opportunity to show people that are just stopping of on their travels, what a great town we have with a lot of unexpected things you won't find in any other town,” she stated.

Once the fall season is complete, Gibson will begin to work on the Christmas in Historic Boonville festivities.