Lafayette County Wineries:

Cuttings from Missouri grape vines helped restore the French wine industry after they fell desolate as Mildew and then Phylloxera spread throughout the country. Winemaking wouldn't hit

its stride in Lafayette County until the late 1990's. But today Lafayette County now has five wineries, more than any other single county in the state and are considered among the best produced anywhere in the United States.

The rolling hills and fertile loess soils of Lafayette County offer not only a stunning rural landscape, but have produced Missouri’s oldest and largest apple- and peach-growing region.

Lexington, county seat of Lafayette County: 

The proud history of this rural town includes having been home to five colleges, site of a three-day Civil War battle, and an import port on the Missouri River. 

Lexington, Missouri, was the major outfitting stop for the Santa Fe Trail and home of Win. Russell and Win Waddell of the famous freighting firm Russell, Majors and Waddell.  Their famous westward freighting firm was headquartered in Lexington and they founded the Pony Express.

Odessa Aquatic Center:

"Dyer Park" town park
Opened Daily, seasonally

Local Attractions near Odessa, Missouri

Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit organization located east of Kansas City, Missouri, with the  mission: to be an experience that embraces the Midwest's spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives. 

The Gardens'
915 acres provides opportunities for learning and reflection through-out a year-round education program, research and special programs.  Powell Gardens is known for its spectacular gardens, incorporating native plantings and its contemporary architectural design