Kansas City Park Guide

Your Guide to Kansas City Parks

In Kansas City, MO there are more than 12,000 acres of parkland split up into 220 parks, 29 lakes and 100+ miles of trails and bike paths. You might be extremely surprised at what some of them have to offer. Here’s a sample of 10 different parks for relaxing, taking your dog, enjoying a picnic, going on a hike, disc golfing, fishing or enjoying a nice day at the park with your kids.

1. Relax at Loose Park

5200 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64112


Loose Park is the perfect place to kick back and relax. It is by far one of Kansas City’s most popular parks. At 75 acres this park has plenty to offer. It includes a walking trail around the park, tennis courts, picnic tables, a rose garden, a playground and a beautiful pond.

2. Take your dog to Shawnee Mission Park 
7900 Renner Rd Shawnee KS 66219


Shawnee Mission Park is loaded with activities, but what makes it really stand out from the rest is its’ extensive dog park! The 53-acre off leash area features a swimming area, trails, grassland and wooded areas for you dog to enjoy. Even if you don’t have a dog checking this park out is recommended it has fishing, a beach, marina, disc golf course and a campground.

3. Picnic at Donald J Hall Sculpture Park
4525 Oak St Kansas City, MO 64111


Located in front of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this park is home to 36 sculptures over 22 acres. It includes plenty of room to run around, enjoy the art or just relax while having a picnic on a beautiful day!

4. Hike at Parkville Nature Sanctuary
9 & 12th St Parkville, MO 64152


5. Enjoy the garden at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden
4800 Rockhill Rd Kansas City, MO 64110


Located right in the heart of Kansas City, is a tranquil 2-acre garden. It includes brick pathways and limestone walls for a relaxing feel. This garden features 7,000 plants and is part of the Kauffman Legacy Park.

6. Disc Golf at Water Works Park
Kansas City, MO 64116


This course was used during the 2009 Disc Golf World Championships and also hosts the annual Kansas City Wide Open National Tour Event.

7. Fish at Longview Lake
11100 View High Dr Kansas City, MO 64134


Longview Lake has plenty of fish to offer including Channel Catfish, Largemouth bass, Walleye, Crappie, Common Carpe, White bass, Flathead catfish and more! It has 930 acres of water entertainment and plenty of shelter.

8. Take your kiddos to Penguin Park 
North Vivion Road and North Norton Kansas City, MO 64117


This is a playground in North Kansas City that your kids will quickly become obsessed with. With three different play areas no child will feel left out. Plus the ground is padded with foam so if a little one falls they won’t get hurt.

9. Spend the day at Lake Truman
28761 State Park Rd Warsaw, MO 65355


A wonderful place to get away. This Missouri state park is a solid 2 hours from Kansas City, but it is well worth the drive. Make a whole day out of it and rent a boat, go to the beach, grill out or just enjoy the view! Whatever you decide to do here you will not be let down!

10. View Kansas City Monuments/skateboard at Penn Valley Park
3201 SW Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64111


Penn Valley Park has quite a few amenities including a skate park, tennis court, trails, picnic shelters, baseball diamonds and of course the Liberty Memorial.


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