21 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN FORT LEONARD WOOD (2021 EDITION)
IntroductionIf you’ve never been to Fort Leonard Wood before, you might not know all there is to do, both on and off post. If you’re not sure where to start or are looking for something new to do this weekend, we’ve compiled a list of 21 of the best things to do.
Suggested Read: Fort Leonard Wood Missouri: In-Depth Welcome Center
COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to health restrictions, though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Check websites and call ahead to learn each listing’s current status.
21 Things to Do Do in Fort Leonard WoodKnow what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to get right to it: (1) Events (2-5) Gyms (6-8) Movie Theaters (9-13) Parks, Rivers, and Lakes (14) Golfing (15) Bowling (16-17) Entertainment (18-21) Museums
Fort Leonard Wood Events
1. Installation Wide Events13486 Replacement Ave. Bldg. 470, Room 1105 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-6913 Installation Wide Events (IWE) is for soldiers, their families, and community members of Fort Leonard Wood. They have many programs including the Independence Day Celebration, Oktoberfest, Tree Lighting Celebration, Easter Egg Hunt, Movies in the Park, and concerts. Check their website for their most up to date schedules!
Fort Leonard Wood Gyms
2. Davidson Fitness Center (DFC)1300 South Dakota Ave. Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-4359 At Davidson Fitness Center, you’ll have 68,000 square-feet of gym space with state of the art equipment. They feature basketball courts, free weights, and cardio gear for all your exercise needs. They even have personal fitness trainers if you’d like to get some extra coaching. As an added bonus, they have an indoor pool!
3. Specker Gym6060 Michigan Ave., Bldg. 1714 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-7377 At Specker gym you’ll find 17,000 square feet of premier Olympic and powerlifting equipment. Aside from the weight equipment, their cardio rooms feature an array of machines: treadmills, ellipticals, stationary and spin bikes, steppers, and rowers.
4. Anytime Fitness1104 Historic Rte 66 Waynesville, MO 65583
Phone: 1 (573) 774-4195 For a workout facility off post, check out Anytime Fitness in Waynesville. You’ll be able to work with trainers and establish a custom exercise regimen. Membership also gives you access to over 3,000 facilities nationwide!
5. Crossfit St. Robert633 State Hwy Y St Robert, MO 65584
Phone: 1 (573) 286-8486 For hardcore enthusiasts, Crossfit St. Robert might be what you need. Immerse yourself in the community with locals and other soldiers and get your Workout of the Day (WOD) on.
Fort Leonard Wood Movie Theaters
6. Abrams TheaterBuilding 804, Iowa Ave Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (800) 527-2345 Conveniently located on post, Abrams Theater plays the latest flicks. Check their site for movie times and coupons, and browse their trailers to get a preview of what’s showing.
7. B&B Theatres1200 Gw Ln Waynesville, MO 65583
Phone: 1 (573) 774-6943 With options for birthday parties and retro nights, B&B Theatres offers cinematic options off post. Check their site for the latest movie times and prices.
8. Regal Forum1101 E 18th St Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: 1 (844) 462-7342 Regal Forum screens everything from classics to the latest blockbusters. Take your family or a date for a relaxing and fun day out at the movies in Rolla.
Parks, Rivers, and Lakes
9. Lake Of The Ozarks Recreation Area789 Olney Circle Linn Creek, MO 65052
Phone: 1 (573) 346-5640 The Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area (LORA) is one of the country’s largest man-made lakes. You can camp, boat, hike, water ski, and fish along its over 1,000 miles of shoreline. A great destination for camping, boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
10. Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC)16810 FLW K Bldg. 2290 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-4223 At Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) you can find all your outdoor recreation needs. They have hunting, archery, fishing, and hiking. If outdoor activities are your thing, this is your spot. Be sure to check for seasonal information as well as state and local licensing requirements.
11. Paw ParkFort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-4223 At Paw Park, pet owners and their pets can exercise and socialize. They have two specialized areas that are separated between large and small dogs.
12. Atchley Park1805 Lynn St Lebanon, MO 65536
Phone: 1 (417) 991-2222 For a park experience off post, check out Atchley Park in Lebanon. They have pavilions with electric plug-ins, baseball and softball fields, as well as four horseshoe pits.
13. Peanick Park715 State Hwy 42 Osage Beach, MO 65065
Phone: 1 (573) 302-7460 Peanick Park in Osage Beach is another great option for outdoor activities off post. They have baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, pavilions, playgrounds, and walking trails.
Fort Leonard Wood Golf Course
14. Piney Valley Golf Course (PVGC)18694 FLW 20 Bldg. 10221 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 329-4770 Piney Valley Golf Course (PVGC) has an 18 hole, par 72 championship course that runs along the Big Piney River. PVGC is open to the public and also has a driving range, putting green, chipping area, and a pro shop. Give them a call if you want lessons!
Fort Leonard Wood Bowling
15. Daugherty Bowling Center7077 Illinois Ave Bldg. 1609 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-1498 Come to the Daugherty Bowling Center for all your bowling needs. Here you’ll find 40 lanes of fun in a recently remodeled facility that is a great place for friendly competition, family fun, or a date night. You can find a full service snack bar and a pro shop within.
Fort Leonard Wood Entertainment
16. Strike Zone7077 Illinois Ave Bldg. 1609 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-1498 The Strike Zone has become the local dining and entertainment destination of choice and is located in the bowling alley. But come here for more than just bowling, they have all sorts of great food specials and fun events.
17. Escape Uranus Escape Room14400 State Hwy Z St Robert, MO 65584
Phone: 1 (573) 723-1442 Have you tried escape rooms? At Escape Uranus you’ll find challenging puzzles that are meant to be collaborative escape adventures. Currently, they have 5 rooms, so you can get more than just one visit out of it!
Fort Leonard Wood Museums
18. Fort Leonard Wood Engineer Museum495 South Dakota Ave. Building 1607 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-0780 At the U.S. Army Engineer Museum you’ll see a variety of gallery displays. Visit to check out WWII temporary mobilization buildings, historical Army engineering equipment, landmine warfare artifacts, and tactical bridging exhibits.
19. US Army Military Police Corps Museum14296 South Dakota Avenue Building 1607 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: 1 (573) 596-0604 At the US Army Military Police Corps Museum, you will find collections displaying the history of the Military Police of the U.S. Army from 1775 to present. Free to the public, you might spend more than a few hours exploring their informative and interactive exhibits.
20. Old Stagecoach Stop Museum106 N Lynn St Waynesville, MO 65583
Phone: 1 (573) 336-3561 For a visit to the past, check out the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum in Waynesville. It’s the oldest building in Pulaski County and was built by W.W. McDonald in the mid-1850s. It’s a historical hotel with rooms that give you tastes of different times in history.
21. Uranus Sideshow Museum14400 State Hwy Z St Robert, MO 65584
Phone: 1 (573) 746-2810 Get ready to get weird. At the Uranus Sideshow Museum you’ll see live animals, a sword swallower, and much more. This is the second largest personal collection of oddities in the world, so you don’t want to miss it!
ConclusionWhether this is another tour here or your first time, you’ll find plenty of great experiences to enjoy all over Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding cities in the heart of Missouri. Be sure to ask around and get insights from locals and those who have been around for a while. You may become an expert yourself as you spend more time here.
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