Jackson County's first government building, constructed with slave labor, was the only courthouse between St. Louis and the Pacific at the time the Santa Fe Trail trade began. Two-room log structure was home to roots of Jackson County where controversial slave state, land disputes and westward expansion issues were dealt with. Once a Mormon mercantile store, this structure has a great significance to members of the LDS church. Harry Truman held court here in the 1930s.
Everything You Need to Know About Spring in Kansas City
Flowers are in bloom and the weather is warm. Between a brisk morning hike in the wilderness and an afternoon on the patio with a cold drink in your hands, your days are filled with heading from one adventure to the next, or simply doing nothing at all—and loving every minute of it. It’s springtime in KC, a time for a renewed appreciation of everything that makes the city great, and experiencing all that’s new in the Paris of the Plains.
Here’s everything you need to know about spring in Kansas City:
Fresh Air for All
While a booming metropolis, KC is nestled conveniently near a multitude of outdoor landscapes dying to be explored. Go hiking with family or friends, or take a trip by yourself for some much needed “you-time.” The lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows of Powell Gardens beckon visitors to discover the attraction’s displays. In the city, you’ll find Loose Park just south of the Country Club Plaza, perfect for a picnic or few hours of fresh air.
Travel north to North Kansas City for a wide assortment of urban nature areas and dog parks. While you’re there, grab a paddle and hit the courts at Chicken N Pickle, a hybrid, chef-driven restaurant/entertainment venue. Speaking of outdoor hangs, countless bars and restaurants around the metro accommodate patio dwellers during springtime weather.
Check out Harry’s Bar and Tables in Westport for casual evenings, Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District for beer brewed in-house, Café Trio off The Plaza for stellar views and Leinenkugel’s in the Power & Light District for satisfying bar bites.
Festival Season Returns
The arrival of warmer temperatures also marks the return of festival season, starting with March basketball. Although not technically a festival, this collection of events is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the year in KC, bringing hoops fans to the city in droves.
But that’s not all spring has to offer. St. Patrick’s Day in KC is practically a citywide celebration while Middle of the Map Fest welcomes artists of local, national and international fame to the city.
KC’s cultural roots are celebrated in the spring as well. The Brookside Art Annual draws crowds in the tens of thousands over the course of three days in celebration of the art community.
But don’t count out First Fridays in the Crossroads, where galleries open their doors to welcome guests with insightful exhibitions. Family-fun is paramount at both the Truman Heritage Festival and Celebration at the Station, and film buffs can’t get enough of KC FilmFest every April.
Relaxing atmosphere with a broad range of beer styles. Located on the historical Independence square.
Water fun for the whole family. Park open May 24-Sept. 1, season passes also available; call 816-235-7843 for information. Additional Independence Parks to enjoy : -Water Playground - McCoy Park Location: 24 Highway & North Delaware This is a summer delight, with water play/spray features that are appropriate for children of all ages and give kids the opportunity to cool off in the summer heat. -Water Playground - Rotary Park Location: 24th & Hardy This summer fun spot is a concrete pad with spray features that shoot, spray or mist water for kids to enjoy.
The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.
The American Royal hosts many of Kansas City's premier fall events including the World Series of Barbecue®; the world's largest barbecue competition, their Livestock Show; one of the Midwest's largest livestock expositions, a PRCA sanctioned professional rodeo, and 6 prestigious horse shows including the UPHA National Championship Horse Show. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs.
Focusing on the role of agribusiness in our lives. Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents. Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits. Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City's rich and storied history. Learn about the beginnings of the American Royal and the impact of Tom Bass and Loula Long Combs. Observe horse show, rodeo and livestock show clothing, saddles and memorabilia. Compare your weight with chickens, market hogs, and feeder steers. Visit the reading corner, play computer games, and learn about livestock judging.
Blade & Timber's premier axe throwing facility in the Power & Light District offers 11 throwing lanes, a party room, good eats, beer, wine and an expanded selection of entertainment including darts and yard games. Safety-certified coaches spend one-on-one time with each guest to master the bullseye. Guests are encouraged to play games and even try a few trick shots during the 1.5 hour axe throwing experience. Axe throwing is the perfect outing for friends, families, corporate groups, special events and team building activities.
The Beast has earned its reputation as a top 13 haunted house in the nation for years. Find your way through this thrilling open format design where visitors pass by dramatic scenes on four floors with a twisted path out. Traverse through the haunted house in a true 4D experience that includes movie-quality special effects, holograms, props, animatronics and a real alligator.
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is recognized today as one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri because of its role in the history of the area and the people that lived there. Plotted in 1827 on that super highway west called the Santa Fe Trail, the Estate played an important part in our region's history. Of the many colorful owners, characters and residents of this now legendary home, the most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham.
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Our mission is simple -- to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. The Boulevard story begins in 1988, when founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City's historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989.