The end of summer is a perfect time to get out of town … but where to? Guest blogger Lysa Allman-Baldwin shares her recommendations on what to see and do outside of Kansas City, Missouri.
There are many advantages to living in and visiting the KC area—the Heartland of America. And one of them is the close proximity to several cities that have a great deal in the way of culinary, history, artistic and recreational diversions—making them great day trips.
You may have been to, or just driven through, these three spots, and are familiar with what they have to offer. But within each one are a few surprises guaranteed top delight and inspire.
Located just 40 miles west of Kansas City, Lawrence has been listed as one of 12 distinctive U.S., destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as among “The 10 Best Small Arts Towns in America,” due to its large percentage of professional artists in the work force here.
Although we have to say goodbye to some of our favorite outdoor attractions during the chillier winter months in Kansas City, now is the time to be thankful for the myriad of fun and quirky indoor museums around town. One such gem is the Toy & Miniature Museum on 52nd & Oak.
The beauty of this place is that it appeals to visitors of every age—the museum can be a magical toyland for kids but also serves as a nostalgic trip down memory lane for adults. Visitors can travel through time with generations of cherished toys including dolls, dollhouses, trains, cars and more.
The museum also houses one of the largest collections of fine-scale miniatures in the world. The tiny treasures are perfect in scale, making them working reproductions of actual pieces.
Take, for example, this pair of tiny dueling pistols. Artist Eric Pearson designed them so that all of the mechanisms are the exact proportions as those of a full size pistol.
School is in full swing and the milder temps feel wonderful. Fall is here. While the leaves haven’t really started changing, pumpkins are now on display all around our city. Which means one thing - PUMPKIN PATCHES! Our family loves going to pumpkin patches. It is an annual activity in our family and Kansas City has plenty to choose from.
We decided to go to Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins in Belton at 177th and Holmes Rd., since its stays open til 6 p.m., during the weekday and a short drive from our house. We went on a Thursday and we practically had the 140-acre farm to ourselves. It was great! My six-year-old son was in the chicken coop while my daughter was milking the wooden cow and I didn’t have to make them stay together. They could roam freely without worry (me, of course). But I suspect that weekends are entirely different. That’s when they have pig races, pony rides, a mechanical pumpkin chomping dinosaur and much more. Read more