Discover 5 Outdoor Adventures in Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri, delivers outstanding outdoor adventures for travellers. Discover five opportunities that are not only good fun but also foster an appreciation for nature and conservation of the environment. To make your Kansas City discovery enjoyable, book your stay in one of the many budget-friendly or luxury Central Kansas City hotels.

Cycle the Brush Creek Waterway

The Brush Creek Waterway is a tributary of the Blue River that winds through southern Kansas City from Blue Banks Park to the Kansas City Country Club in Mission Hills. Originally built as a flood control system, the waterway is now a green corridor frequented by cyclists, runners, and walkers.

Brush Creek Waterway makes an enjoyable place to spend time outdoors but get away from the traffic and noise, since much of the waterway is below street level. The cycle path is between three and four miles long.


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Neighbourhood: Country Club Plaza District; Ward Parkway

Transportation: Entry points and bus stops from Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Blue Parkway

Shawnee Mission Park

The Shawnee Mission Park is a 1,600-acre area of parkland in the southwest of the city. The dominant feature is a 150-acre lake, where sailing, boating, and fishing are popular activities. Shawnee Lake is also fantastic for swimming, with several nearby beach areas.

Visitors will also find plenty of other facilities for fun outdoors, ranging from an outdoor theatre and tennis courts to softball grounds and an archery range. Don’t overlook the views from the observation tower.


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Neighbourhood: 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas

Transportation: 30-minute drive from the centre of Kansas City

Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Get in touch with nature in the heart of the city at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Tucked away on the banks of Brush Creek is a green oasis that covers 10 acres of native wetlands, park land, and wildlife. The centre runs an exciting programme of educational activities to help city dwellers appreciate and take care of the natural world.

Try camping, hiking, and wildlife spotting. You’ll find more than an education centre here; this is a place for everyone to come who wants to take time out to reconnect with the environment.


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Neighbourhood: 4750 Troost Ave.

Transportation: Bus No. 25 stop on Troost Avenue at Volker

Meet Nature at the Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City has an excellent zoo, well-known for its conservation programme and world-class exhibits. This nature sanctuary has over 200 acres of green space, a place for urbanites to get in touch with the natural world. The Kansas City Zoo is especially famous for its African Plains section, and you can go on a safari ride through this section. A special highlight is the boat ride across the lake.

Neighbourhood: 6800 Zoo Drive

Transportation: 15-minute drive from the centre of Kansas City

Zip-lining in Kansas City

Kansas City boasts a specialist zip-lining course set in Swope Park, the city’s largest park. GoApe offers a range of physical challenges and loads of fun for people of all ages and experience. Challenge yourself on the various rope ladders, swings, and bridges that lead high into the tree canopy. This park is well-designed and makes for an energising outing.


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Neighbourhood: 7331 Oakwood Drive

Transportation: A 20-minute drive from central Kansas City

Take a fresh look at Kansas City and get outdoors to explore the many exciting adventures available. With the outdoor adventure ideas presented above, you’ll discover a new side to Kansas City.

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About Natasha von Geldern

Natasha von Geldern is the World Wandering Kiwi, a freelance travel writer, editor and inveterate traveller who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real one trip at a time.

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