A true paradise for golf-enthusiasts, the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate is another gem of a course from the Nicklaus Design kitty. Located to the south of the center of Overland Park, the golf course is sprawled out between West 143rd Street and West 135th Street, and is a 18-hole championship course that has hosted some very prominent golf tournaments, like the Midwest Classic. As a private club, one would have to be a member to enjoy all of the excellent facilities on offer here, but non-members can also enjoy some of the facilities, albeit at a higher cost. See the website or call to know more.
The sprawling Kansas City Zoo, which attracts close to 700,000 visitors annually, is divided into sections named for areas of the world, from Africa and Australia to Farmland USA. Visitors can walk the 202-acre (88 hectares) park or ride trams from one place to another. There is also a guided train tour that allows guests to see park highlights without the fatigue.
Often Kansas City is referred to as the "City of Fountains" and considering there are more than a hundred different ones in town, the moniker is apt. This fountain is the most popular and probably the most photographed in KC. It is reminiscent of the 'Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi' located in Rome's Piazza Navona with its four equestrian figures that represent mighty world rivers. In fact, this fountain was created entirely in Paris then transported to the Mackay Estate in New York before it was finally moved here.
One way to beat the Kansas City summer heat is to venture to the city's biggest water park. Located next to its sister amusement park, Worlds of Fun, this 60-acre park has slides, wave pools, streams and floating rides that offer the best way to cool down for both adults and children. Refreshments are available on the park premises and individual season passports are also available.
Step into a world of creativity and fun at Legoland Discovery Center. This amusement park is especially made for children and the child-friendly attractions reflect just that! Go on the interactive Kingdom Quest ride or build whatever type of vehicle you can imagine at the Lego Racers: Build & Test attraction. You can even watch a show in the 4D cinema. No trip to Legoland Discovery Center is complete without seeing important landmarks made miniature at Miniland.
Deanna Rose was the name of a local police officer killed in the line-of-duty, and it is also the name given to this historic replica of a 19th century farmstead located in nearby Overland Park. On the farm, children can go on pony rides, feed baby goats, fish in the pond and even learn how to milk a cow. However, the objective of this farm is to promote interactivity with not just farm animals, but also birds of prey, reptiles as well as learn about horticulture. There are also several gardens, a playground, crafts, a nature trail and horse drawn carriage rides. Admission is free Monday through Thursday, however there is a nominal 2USD charge on the weekends.
Upon first glance, Loose Park doesn't conjure up images of a bloody Civil War battle within the cozy confines of this now tranquil place. Where the park now sits was the site of the bloody Battle of Westport, considered the 'Gettysburg of the West' due to the large number of troops who engaged. Inside the park, there is a monument to this battle, a replica cannon and for a little more levity, the Laura Conyers Smith Memorial Rose Garden.
The Center strives to provide a platform for students to pursue a physical activity of their choice and use exercise as an antidote to stress and anxiety. Regular physical exercise leads to improved focus, better moods and motivation and primes the brain to learn faster. The endorphins released during exercise trigger positive emotions and result in a feeling of well-being . Classes and workshop at the center at are geared to meet wellness goals of students.
Theis Park is named after Frank Theis and is a popular local park known for hosting a variety of local events. The park has a beautifully curated grassy area that is frequented by families and nature lovers. There is a dedicated jogging track for fitness enthusiasts. There is a well maintained amphitheater where you can attend theatrical events. The park can be used for weddings and receptions as well. Live music concerts take place at the park as well.
Take a break from the jarring city sounds and the hustle bustle of your life and head to the serene Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. The center is spread across ten acres (4 hectares) and has wetlands, gardens, and open spaces to explore. Get up and close with nature and the local wildlife as you engage in walking, hiking, and camping at the center. Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center is an ideal place to spend quality time with your family.