There is always something going on! From NASCAR racing, the American Royal BBQ, and philanthropic runs, walks and motorcycle events - they have a little of everything. And the Legends is close by!
By Linda Casey
Weston Bend State Park
16600 Missouri 45, Weston, MO 64098, USA
Beautiful wooded area with lots of hiking trails! It is especially beautiful in the fall.
By Linda Casey
In a quiet setting just off I-70 in Topeka, Kansas, near major shopping centers, restaurants and other equally important services, you'll find the Deer Creek Valley RV Park. Along with beautiful landscaping and surrounded by trees, the fully fenced park has a security gate, and is just a short ride from Lake Shawnee where you can enjoy fishing, boating, jet skiing, paddle boating, and a beautiful hiking and biking trail around the entire lake. The huge, level concrete pull throughs include roomy patios and all the hookups you'll need, which will make your stay here as comfortable as you could wish for on an RV road trip. The restrooms are fully automatic, with great water pressure and hot showers, and the laundry is housed in the same building. A swimming pool, playground and large fenced pet play area is available on site, and there are strict rules against barking dogs ? great news for people who value their sleep.
Konza Prairie Biological Station
Less than ten miles south of central Manhattan is the Konza Prairie Biological Station, a unique venue that combines compelling natural history with scientific study and biological preservation. The site is jointly owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University, and acts as a field research station for the university?s school of biology. This precious ecological preserve is much more than simply grassland. This area represents the largest portion of unplowed, tall-grass prairie on the entire continent, and serves as a nature preserve for a variety of flora and fauna. This accommodates a herd of bison along with animals that include birds, fish, and reptiles. The public is allowed access portions of the site through a network of looping hiking trails, and once a year the preserve holds a Biennial Visitors' Day that allows visitors to access other parts of the preserve and conducts guided walking tours.
Kansas City Automotive Museum
If you are a car buff and you are in the Kansas City area, then a smart choice for you is the Kansas City Automotive Museum. What began as an idea by a group of car enthusiasts soon turned into a reality for the Kansas City car community. Two years of grassroots marketing and four awards later, the Kansas City Automotive Museum received its first major donation from a private donor, making the long awaited museum possible. The idea of an automotive museum in Kansas City makes a lot of sense for car enthusiasts.The Kansas City area is home to major automotive and motorcycle manufacturing, racing and a vibrant collector community. They have a long, storied and proud automotive heritage that needs to be preserved and celebrated. The museum highlights significant Kansas City automotive history such as 1965 Le Mans winner Masten Gregory (the "Kansas City Flash"), the Ford Winchester Plant, and Greenlease Cadillac. In addition, the Kansas City Automotive Museum hosts car club meetings and special events throughout the year.
The Goodnow House
Kansas played a pivotal role in the years leading up to the Civil War. It earned the nickname ?Bloody Kansas? because of the violence between those who wanted to keep it a freestate and those who wanted to turn it into a slaveholding state. Kansas is where the abolitionist John Brown first gained notoriety in his struggle against slavery. The Goodnow House tells the story of freestaters who founded Manhattan. Isaac Goodnow and his wife, Ellen, built this unique stone farmhouse. He started the Kansas State Teachers Association and established the college that became Kansas State University. Visitors to the Goodnow House will about what life was like during the turbulent years in Kansas. They will also learn more about the Goodnows at this native stone residence and barn. The Goodnow Hose is open Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm.
Kansas City, KS
Home to the world?s tallest water slide visitors can face their fear of heights or simply enjoy the interconnected river system that takes you through rapids, currents, and tidal waves. You can ride the wave on the Boogie Bahn surf ride. And there are many activities for little kids such as 13 mini slides. You can relax on beaches or private cabanas, and enjoy a swim up refreshment bar.
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, KS
The museum is known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive Asian, European and American collections, you can see prominent photography from artists such as Andy Warhol or view the Hallmark Collection of photos. There is 6,100 square feet, of Native American art to admire as well. You can also enjoy fresh air and the sculpture park where famous sculptures such as Auguste Rodin?s the Thinker and many more can be viewed.
The National WW I Museum and Memorial
Kansas City, MO
A museum which celebrates peace and liberty, it commemorates the impact the war had on the global community. There is much to absorb here over 100,000 objects and documents, life size trenches, interactive exhibitions, as you enter the museum you will cross the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge which is suspended over a poppy field, nine thousand poppies, representing 1000 deaths.
The Burr Oak Woods
Blue Springs, MO
The Burr Oak Woods is a wonderful place for visitors in Blue Springs, Missouri. The park has received many enthusiastic reviews from recent visitors. The park is especially popular with bird watching enthusiasts from near and far. There is a nature center in the park with an indoor bird viewing area that is listed by the Audubon Society of Missouri on the Conservation Area Bird List. The park includes several demonstration sites with glades, savannas, woodland natural community restorations, and much more. Demonstrations provided show how tree harvesting and thinning improves forest health and wildlife habitat. In addition, visitors have the chance to use interactive, hands-on displays and exhibits. There is a 3,000 gallon aquarium, an indoor wildlife viewing room, and interpretive exhibits on the fish, forests, and aquatic habitats of Missouri. Hikers will enjoy the six hiking trails, and nature lovers will enjoy the scenic limestone outcrops throughout the woods. As people drive through the area, there is a good chance they will view deer, turkeys, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.
Old Cowtown Museum
A city frozen in the mid 1800s, this living museum offers a permanent collection with over 10,0000 objects, everything from textiles, furnishings, furniture, tools, art are proudly displayed. Stories from the past will be relived through daily activities and educational programs.
Explore a seven foot tall model of the human mouth, see how art and science are intertwined, see what it feels like to fly, you can bring your toddlers to Tot?s spot where they can have an array of educational toys and costumes, learn how Nano technology works in an interactive exhibition. Learn about the importance of science in everyday life.
Sedgwick County Zoo
Recognized for its conservation efforts internationally, the zoo is home to over 2,500 animals of nearly 500 different species. You can enter an African village and view Gorillas and collobus monkeys, travel to South America and visit a colony of Humbodlt Penguins, or go to Asia and see Amur and Malayan tigers and red pandas. You can tour the zoo through a boat trip or a tram.