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Grain Valley, MO 64029-9089
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Located just east of downtown K.C., the Adams Pointe Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course in the rolling hills of Blue Springs. It is consistently rated as one of the best courses in the entire state, not to mention the fact it is also a popular spot for hosting wedding ceremonies and other events. Check website for special pricing on tee times and other details on the course.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center provides hands-on, interactive education for kids as well as adults through its fossil exhibits, trails, ponds and arboretum. The center is usually filled with elementary school students exploring the different topographical features of the prairie, some others are here for day camp and others are here for team exercises. The on-site instructors teach about natural history including workshops on lepidoptery, herpetology, entomology and the myriad events the center provides is an invaluable resource to the community.
This man-made lake in sprawling Fleming Park is one of the best weekend getaways for people from all around Jackson County. Recreational activities on this 970-acre lake include excursions by speedboat, sailing, picnics, fishing and visitors can also hike upon the trails that encircle the lake. Stop at the convenience store within the marina to stock up on supplies like gas, food, etc., you can even pick up your bait and rent a canoe here also.
This historic landmark is such an important part of the community because of the pioneering courage its famous inhabitants embodied. Most notable among them are statesman and painter, George Caleb Bingham, and later the Waggoners, a well-established flour milling family. Its 19th century architectural details, furniture and paintings are worth a look. Now offering tours at reasonable prices: adults $5, senior citizens $4.50, and children and students $2. Also available for rent and is often used for weddings, large conferences and family reunions.
This 35-acre historic site and nature preserve sits on land that once was part of the Santa Fe Trail. Today, it is dedicated to the preservation of local history and natural surroundings. A variety of interactive programs is available, including one that focuses on Lepidoptera (Butterflies), Ornithology basics, O' Pioneers and more. For those that love to hike, bird watch, picnic or just get lost, Cave Springs is truly a getaway from it all. As its name suggests, there is a small cavern and a riparian pond within the park.
The crack of the bat never sounded so good. If you're an avid baseball fan who's ever dreamed of visiting that historic stadium, or desired to watch that favorite childhood team you never got to see, Big League Tours will set you up with an exclusive baseball package that not only gets you a ticket to the ballgame, but also offers one-of-a-kind baseball opportunities. When you go on a Big League Tour, you might find yourself dining with a Hall of Famer or taking batting practice with an All-Star. With tours available in all 30 stadiums, you can customize your own memorable trip, or join a group on one of Big League Tours regional excursions. Whether your plan is to bond with the family at the ballpark or to spend a weekend with the guys, this unique tour company will provide an unforgettable experience that gets you up-close and personal with the Big Leagues. These tours are available during the regular baseball season. Call +1 866 619 1748 (Toll Free).
This course is located within the larger confines of Swope Park and is one of the best public courses in the Midwest. It was designed in 1934 with 18 holes by the famed golf architect A.W. Tillinghast as a place to relax within the larger metro area. In fact, you can see the K.C. skyline from some of the tees and enjoy the tranquility. The prices are some of the best in Jackson County, but if you decide not to stick around and put, then you can visit the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theater or the Blue River Parkway Trails, all of them are extremely nearby.
In the southern heart of K.C., Swope Park is the place to visit if you have excursions with nature on your itinerary. Located within this grand park lies the Lakeside Nature Center, a place where naturalists can inform the community about the region, its flora and fauna as well as provide rehabilitation facilities for injured wildlife. It is a great place for those into ornithology or just like to bird watch and the center holds events such as readings, workshops, volunteerism and hiking excursions as well. Check website for rotating events and more details.
It is sometimes very difficult for people in Missouri to get out and enjoy water activities, due to the winter and the fact that it is mostly landlocked. And despite all the mighty rivers that run through the state, if guests do not want to 'rough it' in the Great Outdoors, they need not look any further for family fun other than The Bay Water Park. The Leisure Pool has rolling, gentle waves that are perfect to lounge, the Play Pool is a good place to learn how to swim and the massive Family Pool contains all the water slides and fountains one could imagine. The park is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and it is a great option to beat the heat of summer.
Swope Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the entire Kansas City metropolitan area, and this includes both Kansas and Missouri! Inside the 1,805 acre park, visitors will find the Starlight Theatre, the Lakeside Nature Center, Equestrian Stables, the tranquil Blue River & Swope Memorial Golf Course, a number of picnic areas and a lot more! Moreover, it houses the Kansas City Zoo which features a Tropical Habitat House, the Bird & Carnivore house and a large number of African & American animals. It also has the beautiful Swope Memorial, built in the memory of philanthropist and founder of the park, Thomas Swope. Over the years, a lot of structures have been developed and re-developed in order to enhance its beauty and to increase its use by the general public.
The majestic Blue River runs through the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and is one of the most popular recreational places for city dwellers. On both sides of the river, outdoor enthusiasts can get on their bike, take their horse or simply walk idly on the well-manicured trails. The trails are a great place to get away from it all while still in the city and an even better place to see flora and fauna.
One way to beat the Kansas City summer heat is to venture to the city's biggest water park. Located next to its sister amusement park, Worlds of Fun, this 60-acre park has slides, wave pools, streams and floating rides that offer the best way to cool down for both adults and children. Refreshments are available on the park premises and individual season passports are also available.