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Parks and nature in Kansas City

Top parks

Zoo
“The KC Zoo is incredible spot to spend the afternoon with your family and friends. They have a train to see the entire place in one day. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Garden
“I love Loose Park and personally feel it is the best park in KC. Trails for running or walking, lawns for relaxing, trees for hamocking, ponds, and the rose garden is a brides dream! ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“We absolutely love this park! It's great for running, walking, picnicking, or just sitting! Beautiful, beautiful place!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“Peaceful and serene! Enjoy the walk and Its beautiful water gardens and horticulture. ”
  • 20 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
“Includes goat feeding, “gold” mining, fishing, pony rides, and a few other things. Great for ages 2-12. Prices are very reasonable.”
  • 14 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
Park
“This park is a great place to let the kids run and play on the playground equipment. ”
  • 7 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
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