222 Peculiar Dr.
Belton, MO 64012
Phone: (816) 322-1222
Fax: (816) 322-2232
It is sometimes very difficult for people in Missouri to get out and enjoy water activities, due to the winter and the fact that it is mostly landlocked. And despite all the mighty rivers that run through the state, if guests do not want to 'rough it' in the Great Outdoors, they need not look any further for family fun other than The Bay Water Park. The Leisure Pool has rolling, gentle waves that are perfect to lounge, the Play Pool is a good place to learn how to swim and the massive Family Pool contains all the water slides and fountains one could imagine. The park is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and it is a great option to beat the heat of summer.
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 Deer Creek Golf Club offers a simply perfect golfing experience. The club has a wonderful terrain, and its pristine setting makes a perfect venue for intimate weddings and other private gatherings.
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.
The majestic Blue River runs through the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and is one of the most popular recreational places for city dwellers. On both sides of the river, outdoor enthusiasts can get on their bike, take their horse or simply walk idly on the well-manicured trails. The trails are a great place to get away from it all while still in the city and an even better place to see flora and fauna.
This 35-acre historic site and nature preserve sits on land that once was part of the Santa Fe Trail. Today, it is dedicated to the preservation of local history and natural surroundings. A variety of interactive programs is available, including one that focuses on Lepidoptera (Butterflies), Ornithology basics, O' Pioneers and more. For those that love to hike, bird watch, picnic or just get lost, Cave Springs is truly a getaway from it all. As its name suggests, there is a small cavern and a riparian pond within the park.
In the southern heart of K.C., Swope Park is the place to visit if you have excursions with nature on your itinerary. Located within this grand park lies the Lakeside Nature Center, a place where naturalists can inform the community about the region, its flora and fauna as well as provide rehabilitation facilities for injured wildlife. It is a great place for those into ornithology or just like to bird watch and the center holds events such as readings, workshops, volunteerism and hiking excursions as well. Check website for rotating events and more details.
The Overland Park Golf Course boasts of state-of-the-art golfing facilities. The club has an indoor practice area, while the rolling hills outside make ideal conditions for any golf enthusiast.
Polish your golfing skills and hone newer ones at the Brookridge Golf & Fitness Driving Range. This place boasts of state-of-the-art facilities, and their trainers are some of the best in the city.
This course is located within the larger confines of Swope Park and is one of the best public courses in the Midwest. It was designed in 1934 with 18 holes by the famed golf architect A.W. Tillinghast as a place to relax within the larger metro area. In fact, you can see the K.C. skyline from some of the tees and enjoy the tranquility. The prices are some of the best in Jackson County, but if you decide not to stick around and put, then you can visit the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theater or the Blue River Parkway Trails, all of them are extremely nearby.
Swope Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the entire Kansas City metropolitan area, and this includes both Kansas and Missouri! Inside the 1,805 acre park, visitors will find the Starlight Theatre, the Lakeside Nature Center, Equestrian Stables, the tranquil Blue River & Swope Memorial Golf Course, a number of picnic areas and a lot more! Moreover, it houses the Kansas City Zoo which features a Tropical Habitat House, the Bird & Carnivore house and a large number of African & American animals. It also has the beautiful Swope Memorial, built in the memory of philanthropist and founder of the park, Thomas Swope. Over the years, a lot of structures have been developed and re-developed in order to enhance its beauty and to increase its use by the general public.
Here at the Old World Balloonery, guests traverse the Midwest skies with the aid of hot air molecules colliding rapidly inside of a balloon. The flights are at morning and at dusk because they say the winds are much calmer during these periods. Nonetheless, the price is 200USD per person and if you want to take your date, the company also offers 'Sweetheart Rides' upon request. Excursions last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour; call or check website for reservations and other package options.