Whether you’re looking for a place to play with the kiddos or to decompress with some off-screen time, Kansas City offers dozens of parks and recreational spots for you to enjoy.
Ready to plan your trip to the park? Grab your shades and trusty water bottle — here are 20 of Kansas City’s best:
Longview Lake Park, 11100 View High Dr., KCMO
Check out the Longview Bike Trail at this 4,800+ acre park, winding along the lake front and ending at Shelter 9 in O’Donnell Park. Don’t have a bike? Rent one at Shelter 14.
Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd., Olathe, KS
Get your nature on with the 67-acre lake surrounded by a 57-acre community park — originally dedicated in 1920. Just beyond the dam at the park is a beautiful waterfall.
Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Rd., KCMO
This spot is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without going far. We recommend checking out the Rose Garden.
Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th and Lackman Rd., Lenexa, KS
The tall slide, various playgrounds, and paved path along a pond make this a picture perfect family outing.
Gezer Park, 13251 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS
Come dressed for the sandbox (BYOT — bring your own toys) and enjoy the man-made stream open year-round.
Roe Park, 10400 Roe Ave., Overland Park, KS
This park is perfect for families with kids of all ages — including tennis courts, picnic benches, a nature playground, and a splash pad.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Woodland Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, KCMO
The new park, in partnership with 15 and the Mahomies, features sensory and physical play modules and an all-weather surface.
Hospital Hill Park, Gillham Road and E. 22nd Street, KCMO
Right in front of Children’s Mercy Park is the Sybil Silkwood Nutter Inclusive Playground — frequently used by therapists treating patients with social and physical exercises.
Leawoof Dog Park, 106th Street + Lee Boulevard, Leawood, KS
Shade trees, benches, and an obstacle course (with small and large dog sides) make this a paw-fect spot.
Swope Park Off-Leash Dog Park, 5051 E. Gregory Blvd., KCMO
With five acres, big/small dog areas, dog/people water fountains, and plenty of trees, this park is calling you (and your pup’s) name.
Waggin’ Trail Off-Leash Dog Park, 432 E. 32nd Ave., North Kansas City, MO
DYK? The path on the little dog side is shaped like a bone.
Platte Landing Dog Park, 300 S. Main St., Parkville, MO
Adjacent to English Landing Park along the Missouri River, Platte Landing has five acres of separated dog park.
Happy Tails Park, 1251 SE Ranson Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO
This dog park features agility equipment and kids’ playgrounds — make your trip a family affair.
Swope Soccer Village, 6310 Lewis Rd., KCMO
Located in the heart of Swope Park, this soccer facility consists of six synthetic turf fields and three natural grass fields. The park serves as a training facility and hosts many local recreational and club teams.
Legacy Park, 1201-1501 NE Legacy Park Dr., Lee’s Summit, MO
Aside from the multiple athletic programs that happen here, casual athletes can enjoy the baseball, soccer, and football fields. Don’t forget to check out the park’s 22-acre lake.
Macken Park, 1002 Clark Ferguson Dr., North Kansas City, MO
Check out the tennis, racquetball, pickleball, and handball courts. There is also a one-mile asphalt trail and a separate half-mile trail for skating and biking.
Heritage Park, 16000 Pflumm Rd., Olathe, KS
Find an array of fields for softball, soccer, and football — plus, an 18-hole disc golf course.
Happy Rock Park, 7600 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO
This space features five lighted ball fields, four soccer fields, four lighted tennis courts, and a basketball court.