Recreation & Leisure
The City of Kirksville offers a variety of public parks throughout the area. Three of the parks, Brashear Park, Jaycee Park, and P.C. Mills Park even open wading pools during the summer months! See the Parks page for more details.
Rotary Park offers three covered picnic shelters with electrical outlets, restrooms, a snow sledding area, playground structure, and a sand volleyball court. Additionally, there is a nine-basket Disc Golf course open year round, and an amphitheater that offers outdoor entertainment.
The Aquatic Center is a refreshing choice any day of the year! Located within Rotary Park, the Center offers both indoor and outdoor pools, and is open year-round.
The North Park Complex includes a skate park as well as regulation baseball and softball fields, batting cages, playground structure, covered picnic shelter and concession stand.
This 3,215-acre park has numerous attractions including a marina, beach, dining lodge, trails, cabins, camping, fishing, and Native American Petroglyphs. Spend a day or a week!
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Kirksville location features an Interpretive Center with an aquarium, pelt exhibit, theater, and Naturalist programs for all ages. Additionally, the Conservation Center’s 26-acre campus is open nights and weekends, and includes a walking trail through featured habitats and a stocked fishing pond.
Jackson Country Connection is an agritourism destination that features a giant corn maze, pumpkin patch, educational activities, a farm store and more for families and groups each fall.
Go catch a game and cheer on the Bulldogs! Truman’s NCAA Division II athletic events include baseball, basketball, football, and soccer, as well as swimming, tennis, track & field, golf, and volleyball.
The Adair County YMCA offers many activities including soccer, basketball, wallyball, weightlifting, and summer swim programs. Day passes are available.
Golfers can hit the links at a semi-private 18-hole course. The course includes a driving range, well-stocked pro-shop, and PGA golf instruction. Additionally, the Country Club offers a large club house and restaurant, as well as an outdoor swimming pool.
Leisure World is a popular party destination, and offers bowling, rollerskating, and pool and billiard tables for family entertainment. With 24 open bowling lanes, Leisure World offers party packages for special events and groups of all sizes.
Walking Path – Kirksville School Campus
This approximately 2-mile path circles the Kirksville public school district campus and is a popular spot for visitors with dogs or strollers. The path has a paved sidewalk and pet waste stations available.
Running Track – Kirksville School Campus
Kirksville High School’s Spainhower Field is surrounded by a paved track that is open to the public during hours the school team is not in practice. Proper footwear must be worn and pets are not allowed on the track.
Hiking & Biking Trails
To find more walking, running, hiking and biking paths around the City of Kirksville, see the City’s Hike & Bike Trail Map, the list of suggested running routes at Map My Run, and visit the Forest Lake Area Trail System (FLATS). FLATS is a community organization supporting the development, use, and maintenance of trails in Adair County.
Tennis courts are available to the public at both the Kirksville High School and Truman State University campuses during hours the school teams are not in practice. There are also public courts available at the City of Kirksville’s Patryla Park.
The Truman courts are located on S. Florence Street, close to LaHarpe Street. The High School courts are located behind the the stadium at Spainhower Field. And, Patryla Park is located on Decker Road just to the west of Osteopathy Street.
Looking for a group to train with while in Kirksville? Kirksville Multisport is an informal group of runners, swimmers, and cyclists established to encourage camaraderie amongst active individuals in Northeast Missouri. Show up at a workout or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Downtown Cinema 8 has a wide selection of new-release movies available seven days a week in their multi-screen theater. Enjoy a variety of concession items and arcade games too!
The library offers a variety of programs, including performers and storytellers for children throughout the summer months. Library cards are offered to visitors outside of Adair County for a small fee. See the Library Activity Calendar for dates and details.
The Truman State University Observatory is housed on the University Farm and provides the opportunity to explore the skies. The Observatory is open to the public on select dates throughout the year.
Jacob’s Vineyard & Winery has a tasting room and rental for weddings, showers, class reunions, bachelorette parties, business meetings, and more! Jacob’s also offers a variety of activities, such as the Harvest Fest grape-stomp, throughout the season.
Framed in oak beams and adorned with Western-themed art, Jackson Stables offers a scenic location for weddings, banquets, and other gatherings. A wide selection of West Winery Wines is featured, along with local entertainment, open mic nights, and dinner theater groups.