Outdoor Adventures in Kansas City

Spring in Kansas City is a great time to explore the many outdoor opportunities for family fun. Whether you’re hiking one of KC’s best trails, visiting the animals at the Zoo or exploring gorgeous gardens, you’ll find a relaxing oasis in the middle of the city.

City Market

City Market’s mission is to provide our community with access to fresh, healthy food. The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Upon arrival, please look for and follow social distancing signage in the Farmers Market pavilions and walkways throughout the property and maintain a perimeter of at least 6 feet from other customers and vendors. Learn more.

Go Ape Zipline

Join us across the USA for some tree-mendous adventure! Learn more.

Kansas City Zoo

The Kansas City Zoo is located in historic Swope Park. With more than 1,700 animals and over 200 acres, the Zoo is the most affordable fun in Kansas City! Learn more.

KC Water Sports

KC Watersports is one of the best wakeboarding destination in the Midwest.  For beginners, we offer day camps and lessons to perfect your skills.  For our experts, you won’t find a more challenging set of rails, ramps, and sliders anywhere in the region. For the family, we have a shaded beach, where you can relax and watch the kids ride or play. Our Surf Shop is well stocked with the best gear in the industry, with rental equipment available. All skill levels are encouraged, so head out to KCW this summer and enjoy some fun in the sun! Learn more.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

The museum has twenty-one structures with seventeen authentic 19th century buildings dating from 1807-1885.  Our historic log cabins and homes were relocated from surrounding counties to create a village setting. Learn more.

Worlds of Fun

Deanna Rose Farmstead

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is the perfect place to learn, grow, and have fun. Visit more than 250 animals and birds, learn about growing flowers and vegetables, experience a Kanza Indian encampment or a one-room school house, and take a stroll through main street to the fishing pond. Opens April 1. Learn more.

Lake Olathe

Olathe’s newest family hot spot opened last year, and we can’t get enough of it! With a swimming beach, aqua park, marina, nature playground, and Olathe’s first spray ground, you may have a hard time fitting in all the fun in one visit. Here’s what you need to know to spend a day (or a weekend!) at the new Lake Olathe. Check out our guide!

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

As the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm offers unique experiences and opportunities that engage visitors of all ages in discovering 1860s farming, life on the Kansas frontier, and stagecoach travel. Learn more.

Overland Park Arboretum

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is an educational, recreational and cultural resource for the Kansas City region. At the Arboretum, you’ll experience gardens with more than 1,700 species of plants, a variety of landscapes, including meticulous gardens, wild hiking trails, and open prairie, and different educational opportunities around every bend in the path. Learn more.

Top Golf

Topgolf Kansas City will feature 102 bays over 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, lively bars and a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away! Learn more.

Aaron’s Fun Center – Mini Golf

The Oasis Mini-Golf course features 18 challenging holes that include water features, water falls and waterways and various golfing hazards. Learn more.

Burr Oak Woods

Burr Oak Woods is located in Blue Springs and is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. With six self-guided hiking trails, you and your little ones will find plenty of new places to explore. For added fun, try printing off or downloading a nature scavenger hunt and turn your hike into a game. Learn more.

Powell Gardens

Welcome to Kansas City’s botanical garden! See beautiful gardens, native meadows, nature trails, a woodland chapel and more. Gardens reopen April 1. Learn more.

Kansas City Miniature Northern Railroad

Kansas City Northern Miniature Railroad operates seasonally from May- September in Frank Vaydik Park. Learn more.


T-Shotz is Kansas City’s locally owned, next-generation golf and entertainment venue. T-Shotz is made for Kansas Citians. By Kansas Citians. There’s only one T-Shotz location. And it’s right here in your backyard. Learn more.

Great Wolf Lodge Day Pass

Planning your next day trip? Looking for something the whole family will enjoy? Nothing to do on a rainy day? It’s time to get your pack together and go for the moment at Great Wolf Lodge. With the new day passes, enjoy unlimited splashes at our 84-degree indoor water park, access to over 50 activities and more all under one roof, and be back in your own bed by bedtime. Learn more.

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!