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Best outdoor activities in Kansas City

Best outdoor activities in Kansas City

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Kansas City is known for its barbecue delights and jazz heritage but, did you know it’s also a great place for outdoor activities too?

Straddling the State line of Kansas and Missouri in America’s Midwest, you’re never far from wide-open spaces just waiting to be explored. When you’re done with all that exploring get a good night’s rest in Kansas City before doing it all over again tomorrow!

Watch a game of “friz”

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Have you ever heard of “Friz”? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t! “Friz” is a flying disc game played on bicycles. It’s fast-paced and action-packed. Watch players battle it out in Kansas City’s Mill Creek Park or give it a go yourself!

Hike the Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail was a major pathway from Missouri to Oregon. It used to carry thousands of pioneer families to the promised land on the western frontier. Nowadays, however, it’s a popular hiking route. While you probably don’t want to attempt the full 2,000-mile hike, you should step foot on some of this ancient trail!

Paddle on the Missouri River

The Missouri river runs through the heart of Kansas City. If you’re in search of an outdoor adventures in Kansas City, then turn to KC River Run. This canoeing and kayaking company offer rentals and tours which will see you paddle down the river and through Kansas City. You’ll get a unique perspective that many travelers miss!

Grab BBQ food to go

You couldn’t visit Kansas City without indulging in some tasty barbecue. If the weather is nice, then get a meat sandwich or a platter (our favorite!) from Gates BBQ and head to nearby Penn Valley Park to enjoy it out in the open. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Stroll through Powell Gardens

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Kansas City’s Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit botanical garden with over 970 acres of lush, rolling hills. The people behind the gardens hope to give you a greater appreciation for plants.

You’ll find breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and different events all year-round.  Don’t miss out on the Heartland Harvest Garden’ America’s largest edible garden!

Day trip to Ponoma Lake

Ponoma Stae Park is in an area where prairie lands change into woodlands. It’s a great place for wildlife viewing, fishing and water skiing. Take a day trip from Kansas City and relax at the lakeshore, go swimming, hiking or boating.

Go on a walking tour

Kansas City has a lot of interesting architecture and sculptures. After a hearty breakfast (you’ll need the energy!), head outside and take a walk around.

Check out some of the murals such as the Power & Light District Mural; the 17-foot bronze sculpture of Charlie “Bird” Parker, a legendary jazz musician; and The Plaza, a Spanish inspired neighbourhood complete with a clock tower and fountains. Finish up your walk with a visit to the Museum at Prairiefire; as interesting from the outside as it is inside!