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Parks and nature in Kansas City

Top parks

Zoo
“Nice place to visit if you love animals. They have over 1,700 animals to include a Polar Bear!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Garden
“The Rose Garden at Loose Park is beautiful and smells amazing. Once you've enjoyed this you could take a walk/run on the 1.2 mile paved trail and spend time watching the ducks in the pond. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“We absolutely love this park! It's great for running, walking, picnicking, or just sitting! Beautiful, beautiful place!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“This is a secret gem of a garden. Free to the public. This garden is managed by Powell Gardens, a Botanical garden about 45 minutes away. There is a cat who lives there named Princess Crazy. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“DO NOT GO HERE!!! THIS IS THE "HOOD" OF KC!!!! ESPECIALLY AFTER DARK! LOL BUT SERIOUSLY, DON'T!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for kids! They do close early, I think around 4. Reasonably priced as well!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Penn Valley Park is a beautiful place to walk or jog, flanked by the World War I Memorial and the Penn Valley Off Leash Dog Park. So If you're traveling with your dog, it's a great place to visit!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lake
“Nice park with workout stations and a 1 mile looped trail. Check out the JC Nichols fountain while there! ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Traveling with your family and need a space for kids to run out energy? Traveling and wanting a place for a nice morning walk or jog? Macken Park has a 1 mile paved track lined with gorgeous trees! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
  • 1 local recommends
Playground
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Trail
“Trail where the old KC trolley used to run. Will take you from the plaza to Brookside neighborhood. About 3 miles. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Riverfront Heritage Trail (start at the beginning near 2nd and Main for a great overlook point before starting the trail down the stairs). This overlook and trail go along the river for spectacular views, especially during sunset.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“The entrance to Gate 4 is nearby at Gladstone Blvd and Elmwood Ave, and Gate 3 is at Gladstone Blvd and Walrond Ave, near the Kansas City Museum. The Cliff Drive Scenic Byway is a 3 mile-long road that is usually closed to cars; great for dog walking (on-leash) or biking. Kessler Park surrounds Cliff Drive and has numerous hiking/mountain biking trails, an area for rock climbing, and a frisbee golf course.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“If you really want to get away, this is a series of nature-immersion trails consisting of nothing but narrow dirt paths and beautiful forest and river scenes.”
  • 1 local recommends