Fleming Park is an enormous 7,800-acre public park around 20 miles outside of Kansas City in Blue Springs, MO.
Swope Park is larger than New York City’s Central Park and is the pride and joy of KC’s parks and recreation system.
Located in Longview Lake Park, Longview Lake is a 930-acre lake surrounded by softball complexes.
There are around 20 launch sites along the Kansas River and plenty of places within the city and on the outskirts to rent kayaks.
While Lake of the Ozarks is a substantial 2.5-hour drive from Kansas City, it’s a spectacular State Park.
Located in Lawrence, Kansas, around a 40-minute drive from downtown Kansas City, Clinton State Park.
The Missouri River is an iconic historical system that served as the entry point for Lewis and Clark’s famed western pioneer expedition in 1804.
Located 15 minutes north of downtown Kansas City, Smithville Lake is one of the largest lakes on our list at 7,200 acres.
Shawnee Mission Park is a lovely state park 30 minutes outside of Kansas City on the Kansas side with a disc golf course, dog park.