400 S. Platte Clay Way
Kearney, MO 64060
Phone: (816) 628-2288
Fax: (816) 628-2705
Spread across 1500 acres (607 hectares) of woodlands, the Watkins Mill State Park transports you to an idyllic 19th-century pastoral. It features a restored home, an octagonal school, a church and woollen mill as well as textile machineries. There is also a visitor center to give you a background of the Watkins family and their ventures. This vast property has a huge lake that is ideal for fishing, a swimming beach, biking trails, pathways, an equestrian trail, picnic spots and 96 campsites. It is definitely worth a trip with your loved ones.
This historic jail located northwest of Kansas City is held in reverence by the Church of Latter-Day Saints because this is where the religion's founder Joseph Smith was once imprisoned. In the 1830's, many Mormons including Smith arrived from Ohio and tried to establish a settlement around Jackson County. Since they had been expelled from Ohio, the resulting establishments did not sit well with the locals, so in 1838 war broke out and Smith surrendered shortly thereafter. Today, the 'jail' is no longer, however the LDS church still runs the center for religious activities held here and it also has a replica inside of what the old jail looked like.
Worlds of Fun offers the Midwest a tradition of family entertainment and jam-packed fun with over 175 acres of exciting attractions. Thrill seekers and roller coaster lovers can choose from the 'Boomerang', 'Timber Wolf', 'Spinning Dragons' and 'Mamba', one of the world's top 25 roller coasters. Other popular rides include 'Fury of the Nile' and 'The Detonator', a ride that shoots riders towards the sky in 200-foot towers. There are also plenty of rides for kids also, which makes it a great spot for the entire family. Plan on spending the entire day and wear good walking shoes. Since the winter is brutally cold in the Midwest, the park is only open from April until October.
WinterStone Golf Course is a full 18 hole course which is situated above an active limestone mine. Golfers not only have to overcome the regular obstacles of water and sand but also have to concentrate when the explosions and drilling of the mine shakes things up during what is known here as thunder times.
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.
McCoy Park is the first inclusive park for people with disabilities in the city. The park includes an accessible playground and baseball field.
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.
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.
Harry S Truman National Historic Site is the site of buildings which were significant in the life of this American president which have now been turned into preserved museums. Some such buildings include the Truman house, the Truman farm, the Noland home where his cousins lived and the Wallace homes.
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.
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.
George Owens Nature Park is an area of pristine green woodlands with hiking trails, two lakes for fishing, a camp ground, a picnic area and more. The park has a butterfly garden and a nature park which has seasonal exhibits to help you get up close and personal with our fellow creatures.