What to visit in Rolla? Below, there is a list with a few of the city's most popular attractions. Check it out!
>> Ber Juan Park, considered to be the centerpiece of Rolla's parks, featuring open grassland, walking trails, and top of the line recreational facilities. Key areas of interest with the park are The Centre, Rolla's Health and Recreation Complex, the tennis courts and SplashZone, at the corner of 14th and Holloway, a playground and picnic area on 14th street east of the SplashZone, the Skate Park at 13th and Farrar, and the Ber Juan Sportsplex, a multi-field baseball, softball, and soccer complex located in the north-east corner of the park, off of 18th Street.
>> Edward L. Clark Museum, featuring showcases of minerals, rocks, fossils, mammoth tusks and maps, as well as numerous historic items used throughout the long history of the division. The museum boasts a computer program that depicts earthquake occurrences in the New Madrid Seismic Zone as well as worldwide.
>> Orval Reeves Gallery, a small art gallery which contains the work of 10 local artists, and jewelry designs by female artists, offering unique gifts, and affordable original art pieces and collectibles.
>> Blue Bonnet Special Steam Train, one of 30, 1500 series engines that was built in 1923 for Frisco Railroad. You will find interesting facts about this train such as it has a 4,500-gallon oil burning boiler, it weighs 350,000 pounds and was deeded to the city of Rolla on June 13, 1955. Visits to see the Blue Bonnet Special Steam Train are available year round, and the admission to see it is free of charge.
There are numerous fun celebrations, held in Rolla, throughout the year, among the most favorite and most expected ones also being: the Annual St. Pat's Parade, happening in March, in downtown Rolla, Route 66 Summerfest, celebrated in June, a family oriented festival held in downtown Rolla, featuring classic cars, food, musical entertainment, children activities/games, craft vendors, and sporting events, and Rolla Lions Club Carnival, kept in July, the largest annual event in the Rolla area, offering rides, games, car raffle, midway, food, fireworks and fun, among other.
Among the top places to shop in Rolla, MO, there are:
- Peacock Stained Glass & Gifts: 816 N Pine, Rolla, MO.
- Red Door Gifts: 700 N Pine St., Rolla, MO.
- Glik's: 1260 Forum Dr., Rolla, MO.
- Kent Jewelry & Fine Custom Gifts: 907 Pine Street, Rolla, MO.
- JC Penney: 1050 S Bishop, Rolla, MO.
- Chic Chick: 1344 S. Bishop Ave., Rolla, MO.
- The Frame Shop Gallery: 410 Highway 63 South, Rolla, MO.