Kangaroo Time

Van Buren is a small town in southeast Missouri. The population is 1,241 (in 2020). But, sometimes small towns can offer big things to do.

Tuesday my son and I drove about 40 miles to visit Van Buren and do some of those fun things.

There’s the Jolly Cone restaurant with its outside walk up and order counter. We went there for ice cream, tater tots, and french fries. Yum.

The Landing is a hotel and restaurant that offers float trips down the Current River. They had a fire in 2021, but are rebuilding and open. We didn’t float or stay there this time, but we have in the past. Here is their link is you’d like any information. https://thelandingcurrentriver.com

We went to Big Spring, which I wrote about in my last 2 posts. It’s a wonderful natural spring with 2 hiking trails, some buildings the CCC built in the 1930’s, a campground, picnic pavilions, and access to the Current River.

Another place we went is called Missouri Down Under Adventure Zoo. It is a small zoo, right outside of town. The big draw is the kangaroos. They also have gem panning, a cave, a quarry dig, other animals, and some amazing tree carvings.

The kangaroos are in a huge fenced enclosure and you get to go right in there with them. The day we went it was 102 degrees, so shade was a priority for most of them.

We did see one over at the water tank. I was able to give it a snack out of my cup.

snack time
drink time
shade time
kangaroo time
tree carvings
gem panning
that hole is the cave entrance
inside the cave

We had a great time. They also have lemurs, baby goats, rabbits, birds, snakes, porcupines, and a few other animals. Their website is https://www.missouridownunder.com if you’d like to see the hours or ticket information.

We had a great day in Van Buren on Tuesday with some hiking time, ice cream time, and kangaroo time.

Hope you have a great day!

Jessica

6 thoughts on “Kangaroo Time

    • Hi. I was so surprised that we could go right in there with them. That one let us stand by it and take many photos. Pretty neat experience. We’d only ever seen kangaroos behind a fence at other zoos.

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  1. I did not know about these attractions in Van Buren. The tree carvings are interesting to me! When we went to Echo Bluff SP, we visited Alley Spring and Round Spring, but we skipped Big Spring. Maybe next time! Sounds like a nice place!

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    • Hi. Let me know if you ever come back this way. There are some other springs around here that are amazing, too. Love that you have been to Alley Spring, Round Spring, and Echo Bluff. Alley Spring has mill tours this summer- I’m hoping to go in there. Love old buildings.

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