Nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks, the wonderful city of Rolla awaits you. It will surprise and delight you with its colorful history lessons and vivid reminder of “how things were.” Take a step back in time and experience Rolla’s fascinating history. “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” and catch a glimpse of a younger America.
Highlights of Rolla include its beautiful downtown. Visitors are welcomed with an array of unique stores, a dance studio, a salon and spa, a cupcake shop, as well as shops with special gift items and home decor. From the unusual to the sublime; clothing to knickknacks; name brands to local crafts — you can find almost anything you are looking for or perhaps something you aren’t. Historic Benton Square is the heart of the arts and entertainment district adjacent to downtown Rolla. Benton Square is a unique destination. This renovated 1909 historic schoolhouse features a florist and gift shop, a full-service salon and spa, a clothing boutique and restaurant.
If you’re looking for nightlife, downtown Rolla has that too. Relax and unwind at the Public House Brewing Company, and enjoy a hand-crafted beer or a glass of wine. Grab your friends and head down to Fisher & Brown’s Speakeasy. Broadway talent can be found right here in Rolla. Ozark Actors Theatre, one of only two professional summer stock theatres in Missouri, and Leach Theatre are wonderful venues to explore the performing arts. From orchestras to comedians, illusionist to acrobats, the options are endless.
Family fun is around every corner, from an outdoor skateboard park to indoor roller skating at The Zone, to mini golf and go-karts at Kokomo Joe’s Family Fun Center. Rolla is draped in parks, offering everything from family events and picnics to organized sports. You’ll find a multitude of exercise regimens under one roof at The Centre, a state-of-the-art facility that includes an aquatic center, track, and gymnasium and fitness area. Warm weather fun is next door at the SplashZone water park.
Are you ready to get your kicks on Route 66? Join in the fun and festivities at the Route 66 Summerfest. The first weekend in June, the streets of downtown Rolla come alive with the rumble of classic cars and the sounds of classic oldies. Summerfest is a free event that has something for everyone, from car shows to craft vendors, a street dance and derby races.
Thousands come from every direction to take part in the annual Lions Club Carnival. During the week of July 4, Lions Club Park is transformed into acres of carnival games, rides, fireworks and the best funnel cakes around. Several weeks later more family fun can be found at the annual Phelps County Fair. As autumn splendor arrives in Rolla, so do the talents of area craft vendors. The annual arts and crafts festival is a daylong event during which the streets of downtown Rolla are lined with over 50 food and craft booths.