The weather is warming up and the kids are getting anxious for school to end, which can only mean one thing: summer will be here soon. With the year’s most carefree season on the way, your family is probably excited to get out of the house and spend some time together. In our new blog series, we’ve created a list of special activities and events that you don’t want to miss in Carthage. In this week’s post, we’ve put together seven fun things to do with the people you love.
1. Go Bowling at Star Lanes Bowling Alley
Whether you’re taking the kids or a group of friends, Star Lanes offers entertainment that everyone can enjoy. The historic bowling alley first opened in 1961 in the building that used to be the Fox Midwest Crane Theater. After offering family fun for more than 50 years, Star Lanes is still a popular destination for Carthage residents and visitors. Star Lanes is located at 219 E 3rd St. Call 417-358-2144 for pricing and more information.
2. People-Watch at Carthage Square
Historic Carthage Square is a must-see destination for travelers to the city. As the center of the town, Carthage Square provides a unique gathering place for residents and visitors to come together. With so many people enjoying the fine restaurants, shops, and historic sites offered in the Square, it’s a great place to people-watch and spend time with your friends and family. While you’re there, listen to the fun accents of travelers taking photos of the Jasper County Courthouse. Don’t forget to greet visitors with your biggest smile and welcome them to town.
3. Cruise Over the Whee Bridge
Some people know it as Tummy Tickle Hill, while others know it as the Whee Bridge. Whichever name you call the bridge by, you know the exciting thrill that comes from riding over it. Built in 1920, the Whee Bridge offers fond memories for generations of Carthage residents. Take the kids over the bridge this summer, and make sure they throw their hands in the air!
4. Catch Up with Friends at Carthage Deli
For more than 30 years, the Carthage Deli has been one of the most popular spots along Carthage Square. With 1950s décor and delicious sodas, sandwiches, and desserts, the Carthage Deli is a favorite destination for residents and travelers on Route 66. Visit the deli with your family and friends and share your favorite Carthage memories over some ice cream or a tuna melt.
5. Kiss Someone You Love at the Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast
Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast combines elegant, antique furnishings with modern conveniences and is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or family reunion. The house was built in 1893 and features stained glass windows, a grand staircase, antique decorations, and modern comforts like whirlpool tubs, high-speed Internet, and cable television. Book a relaxing stay by calling 417-358-7265.
6. Have Some Humble Pie
With low prices, healthy choices, and a menu boasting a wide range of dishes, Humble Pie is a favorite spot for hungry Carthage residents. Whether you want a tasty sandwich or a delectable dessert, you’ll find something to suit your tastebuds here. Humble Pie, located at 2426 Grand Avenue, even features free wireless Internet access. They welcome you to come in and stay for awhile!
7. Share Your Favorite Memories
Wherever your search for fun in Carthage takes you, we’d love to hear about your favorite memories! Take pictures of you and your family and friends at your favorite spots in Carthage and post them on our website at visit-carthage.com. We’re excited to see people enjoying our fine city, and hope you’ll have a summer filled with laughter, love, and lots of fun!