Kansas City Outdoor Activities

Kansas City Outdoor ActivitiesGet back in touch with Mother Nature as you take in all the lovely sights and smells Kansas City has to offer in its great outdoors. With plenty of parks and gardens to choose from, you will have ample opportunities to get back in tune with nature. Stroll through an urban park or hike along a challenging path at some of these favorite nature spots.

Kauffman Memorial Garden
Escape outdoors to the Kauffman Memorial Garden for a bit of greenery mixed in with the urban landscape. This 2-acre garden features brick pathways that wind through the beds of more than 350 seasonal varieties of perennials and annuals, playful fountains, bronze statues and majestic horticultural designs.

Address: 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO - MAP
Phone: (816) 932-1200
Web: www.powellgardens.org

Berkley Riverfront Park
Walk or bike along the Missouri River at the Berkley Riverfront Park. This 17-acre park is more than its 10-mile pedestrian and bicycle pathway, however. Guests of the park are welcome to take advantage of the natural amphitheater, the one-mile esplanade, as well as the many picnic tables, bike racks, water fountains and recycling containers as they spend some time outdoors.

Address: Grand Blvd & River Front Rd., Kansas City, MO 64120 - MAP
Phone: (816) 221-0636
Web: www.kcportauthority.com

Jacob Loose Memorial Park
Stop by Kansas City’s green gem. The Jacob Loose Memorial Park is Kansas City’s third largest park and is overflowing with outdoor activities for people of all ages. Take a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous rose garden, let the children burn off their extra energy at the state-of-the-art playground, visit historical markers or take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy a picnic.

Address: 5200 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112 - MAP
Phone: (816) 784-5300
Web: kcparks.org

Shawnee Mission Park
Discover why Shawnee Mission Park is the most visited park in the state of Kansas. This enormous 1,250-acre park is filled with outdoor amenities, including a scenic lake (perfect for boating and fishing), a 53-acre dog park, a performing theater, an archery range and numerous picnic areas, camping grounds, shelters, nature trails and play areas.

Address: 7900 Renner Rd., Shawnee, KS 66218 - MAP
Phone: (913) 888-4713
Web: www.jcprd.com

Swope Park
Visit Swope Park, the 29th largest municipal park in the US and crown jewel of Kansas City, for some of the best outdoor activities in two states! Visit the zoo, catch a theater performance or learn at the Nature Center. Get active on one of the many biking and hiking trails, pack up your clubs for a round of golf or try your hand at Frisbee golf, and much, much more.

Address: 6600 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64121 - MAP
Phone: (816) 513-7500
Web: kcparks.org

Fleming Park
If you head 15 miles away from Kansas City, you will encounter Fleming Park. The largest park complex in Jackson County, Fleming Park draws in over one million visitors annually. So, if you are interested in fishing, boating or swimming at the lakes, roughing it at one of the campgrounds, taking advantage of top-notch outdoor facilities or seeing what life was like in 1855, make sure to make a stop at this popular nature destination.

Address: 22807 Woods Chapel Rd. Blue Springs, MO 64015 - MAP
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Web: www.visitkc.com

Antioch Park
Children and their families will adore Antioch Park. The oldest park in Johnson County, this lovely outdoor complex houses the Old Dodge Town playground (complete with a pint-sized hotel and general store modeled after the Wild West), a cool playground, dozens of nature trails and plenty of areas for picnic and barbeques in this wetland environment.

Address: 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam, KS 66203 - MAP
Phone: (913) 831-3355
Web: www.jcprd.com

Powell Gardens
Visit the large botanical Powell Gardens for a trip to the different areas across the world. Experience both native and exotic plants, as well as specialized and themed gardens. See water plants and desert plants, blooming perennials and harvest crops. Take advantage of the nature trail to get up close to native KC life or enjoy the outdoor tranquility of the rock and waterfall garden.

Address: 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO - MAP
Phone: (816) 932-1200
Web: powellgardens.org

Kansas City Zoo
Let out your inner animal at the Kansas City Zoo. Filled with animals from around the globe, this zoological park is one of the only places in the region where you will see over 1,300 animals representing hundreds of species (including many endangered creatures) in one area. Visit everything from polar bears and penguins to lions and tigers at this popular zoo.

Address: 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO 64132 - MAP
Phone: (816) 513-5800
Web: www.kansascityzoo.org