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Parks and nature in Kansas City

Top parks

Zoo
“Rated as one of Americas best, the Kansas City Zoo spans 202 acres and features over 1300 animals!”
  • 49 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. ”
  • 46 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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