210 Jefferson St.
Grain Valley, MO 64029-9089
Phone: (816) 847-2700
Fax: (816) 847-6493
This 30 acre estate depicts what life was like during the mid-19th Century. It is located in the magnificent Fleming Park and is open year-round. Some of the highlights here are the original buildings that date back to that era and within their halls, the actors who reenact the daily life of these hearty settlers on the American frontier. Missouri Town 1855 also offers hands-on learning with several different workshops that vary from teaching visitors how to blacksmith, basket weave or even how to hearth cook. As a side excursion, Fleming Park itself has much to offer like Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake, both perfect for those who seek the Great Outdoors.
This park features four miles of walking trails, two lakes for fishing and picnic sites.
In downtown Lee's Summit, you will find the William B. Howard Station Park, a small yet lovely open space that is a popular spot among the locals for an evening stroll and more. Spread over a rather limited area of 4 acres (1.6 hectares), the park may not have too many facilities, but it does have a Veteran's Memorial, fountains, and an historic depot. Besides providing an open space for the locals, the park also doubles up as a venue for community events like concerts, fairs, and more. Call to know more.
The Kritser House is a 19th-century residential building designed by Martin Kritser who had relocated to this city to sell wagon trains. The house was in a good condition, and gave shelter to many owners. The strong and sturdy structure even survived the Civil War without any harm. The building has a rich history and thus was later designated as a historic structure in 1985. Though the building was in a dilapidated condition for a while, it went through a series of renovations and modifications and was restored completely.
This log structure in nearby Independence has bore witness to a long and somewhat notorious history in this Midwestern town. It was initially constructed with slave labor to be used as a courthouse, then Joseph Smith from the Mormon church used it as a mercantile store and in the 1930's, former President Harry Truman was a presiding judge when it was re-converted back into a courthouse. Admission is free and private tours can be arranged in advance.
Built in 1859, this historic frontier jail located in Independence Square is where Frank James, Jesse's bank-robbing brother, was imprisoned. With bars on the windows, the jail looks like something out of an old western movie. Visitors can tour the Marshall's home, the jail cells, a schoolhouse and the surrounding grounds. An exhibit of handmade weapons is also on display.
Independence Square is a hub of activity with several attractions, shops, restaurants and cafes located here. On few occasions, this place plays host to several family events including the Truman Days, Flower Show and also sporting events. For more information on the places of interest and the upcoming events of this area, check their website.
As the name suggests, this is Kansas City's huge racecourse. Car races are a rage in the city and the venue is always buzzing with action because of the many events held here. This has been a popular premier race track for international car races and stalwarts like Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, and John Force have raced here. If you check the events list, it's always overflowing with a lot of exciting activities.
The Truman Home offers a glimpse at the personal life of the 33rd President of the US. Groups are limited to eight people. Visitors also enjoy a visit to the Truman Home Ticket Center with an audio visual show depicting the President's life and the interior of his stately home.
Located in nearby Independence, this library is one of only ten presidential libraries in the country run by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses 15 million pages of documents and 35,000 objects that are all associated with the life and presidency of Harry Truman. This populist president was born in Independence and he is buried in the courtyard alongside his wife Bess on the grounds of this impressive library.
Powell Gardens is not only KC's botanical garden, it is a tranquil oasis far away from the bustle of the city. Located in Kingsville, about 35 minutes southeast of downtown, the gardens are spread over an impressive 915 acres (370.2 hectares) and it is comprised of many that are best explored on foot. The gardens are named Heartland, Island, Rock & Waterfall and Perennial, respectively. Each one holds many wonderful botanical treasures and the garden also organizes programs and cultural events to further spread an understanding of this particular region's botany.
Features miniature golf, arcade games, go-carts, batting cages and more.