Econo Lodge Inn & Suites I-35 at Shawnee Mission
7508 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Overland Park, KS 66202
Phone: (913) 262-9600
Fax: (913) 262-8160
Enjoy a fun day out with your loved ones as you visit Herman Laird Park. The park is adorned with a magnificent life-size statue of the Shawnee Chief, Charles Bluejacket. You can practice your tennis skills at their tennis court which this park features. In addition to the tennis courts, this park houses basketball courts and playground equipments for a relaxing day with your friends and family.
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.
A popular local hangout since its opening in 1993, 75th Street Brewery has served approximately two million glasses of homemade beer to date. Features a menu of tasty choices with beer pairings, such as the Kansas City Baby Back Ribs and Gigantic Bavarian Pretzels. Fantastic service with a down-home appeal, including a regular schedule of local musicians. Also accommodates large groups for private occasions in two aptly titled rooms, The Nest and The Family Room.
Harmony, nobility, spirituality, community service and education are just some of the words that describe the prestigious Unity Temple and its initiatives. A non-profit organization, Unity Temple invites people to come forward and share their joys, sorrows and help each other. Located on the beautiful Country Club Plaza, it has a bookstore, a cafeteria, a museum, a state-of-the-art auditorium and a Yoga room. Unity Temple also features a Gallery Hall which assembles national and international artists displaying spirituality through their artwork.
Plan a trip with your loved ones at 1950s All-Electric House takes you back in time to the era of 1950s. Earlier a family house, this museum displays gadgets like a hidden television, electric curtain opener, garage door opener and more.
If one place could illustrate the heartbeat of Kansas City, it would be Country Club Plaza. Known as one of the first malls in the world, this outdoor district has 180 shops, 38 restaurants, numerous hotels and several entertainment venues. The Plaza abounds with activity almost around the clock and the Spanish Colonial architecture combined with the many fountains for which Kansas City is known, create an atmosphere unparalleled anywhere else in the city. During the holidays, the district glows with the twinkle of millions of Christmas lights.
Kansas City, MO is sometimes 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.
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.
Home and studio of local artist, Thomas Hart Benton, this site is a must-visit for those interested in the 'Regionalist' art movement. The house is now a museum that contains artifacts and other objects from Benton's daily life. The chief exhibits are his famed mural " A Social History of the State of Missouri" as well as a stretched canvas that the artist never touched. If you enjoy the art of Grant Wood or John Steuart Curry, then you will enjoy one of their brethren at the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio.
The Waldo Water Tower was built in 1957 and features on the National Register of Historic Places. This former water tower functioned during 1920 to 1957. Its architecture resembles that of a castle replete with 12 sides and topped with arched windows. The tower is 134 feet (40.8 meters) tall and has a large capacity.
This historic district is the oldest in the Kansas City area. The brick buildings lining these busy streets once housed supply shops that outfitted pioneers heading west on the Oregon, Santa Fe and California Trails. Today, this thriving entertainment district offers everything from dining and nightlife to galleries and special events. Some of Kansas City's biggest celebrations occur here, including the Westport Irish Fest, Art Westport, Westport Antique Fair and the Holiday Open House.
This artistic wonderland is housed in a splendid neoclassical structure that looks like it is a piece of work in itself. The collections of American and European art contain masterpieces from the most prominent schools and periods, from artists such as Homer, Caravaggio, Monet, Titian, Rodin, Renoir and hundreds of others. Popular displays at the museum include the Chinese Temple Room, a sealed Egyptian tomb and an outdoor sculpture garden. A cafe and gift shop are also on-site. Admission is free.