Hey, Kansas City! We here at iFamilyKC would love to welcome our newest Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette! She has a great first post to share with us today on 15 trails and parks to check out around the Kansas City area this fall. It’s a great time to get out and active, so definitely check it out, and give Brigette a big ol’ iFamily welcome!
15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn
For those that know me, know I love, love, LOVE autumn! The cool air, the clothes, pumpkin everything! But seriously, autumn is, in my opinion, the best time to go out about, take walks, walk/bike trails and visit parks. Outside of a few rainy days, most of the time it’s just perfect.
So before you plan your next outing with the family, check out my picks for the 15 best parks and trails to visit this season!
This just may be our favorite park in Kansas. I grew up going to this park and outside a few major updates, every time we visit, I feel like a kid again! They have plenty of things to climb on, swing on or just room to run around. This is definitely a family favorite.
This is possibly our favorite Park on the Missouri side lol. I love the fact that it is divided into age appropriate play areas but they also have a picnic area that allows you see both play areas at once!
This park is perfect for really active families! Not only does it have age appropriate play areas, but it also has huge fields for running, pets and picnics. It even has a few soccer fields as well.
Okay, so it’s not a park – but it has awesome trails and a small kids “play area”. One thing that is really cool about the trails at the arboretum is the “Enchanted Forrest”! My kids loved seeing all the fairy houses and tall trees. It really was a great adventure! Once you leave the forest, there are gardens, grassy areas to play, a pond with huge Koi and even a train park with a train car they can explore.
This park is great for those autumn family phots! Tons of space to run, 3 playgrounds, an off leash area and observation tower. This park is definitely a crowd pleaser!
Even though it is the same place, I gave the trails at SMP their own spot on this list! Its miles and miles of open space and beautiful views! With trails for walking, hiking, biking, horse riding and more, It definitely is a must visit.
The trails at Wyandotte County are perfect for those that love to bike! Miles of trail circle the park in its entirety with a smaller nature trail offers plenty of stops along the way. With a library, boat house marina and war memorial, you are sure to enjoy your visit!
This park is great for play or practice! One side is a playground sure to challenge your kids and the other side is a baseball diamond great for practicing or even a friendly game! Either way, you’re sure to have a good time here!
Brumble’s Forest is a playground inside of Meadowmere park, and this playground is really unlike anything you have ever seen! With a theme of the wonderful outdoors, huge animal statues, swings and plenty of things to climb on, this playground is worth the drive (if you don’t live close).
First off, can you say playing with a view?! Black Hoof park definitely has an amazing set up! You and your family can play overlooking Lake Lenexa, a nature play area, second playground and an amazing view of the lake by the picnic area. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful parks in the KC metro area!
This is another family favorite for many reasons! Large space, trails, playgrounds and my favorite, the ROSE GARDEN! There are so many different things to enjoy at Loose Park so make sure you make it a day trip!
This park is sure to become one of the metros most popular parks! Valley Park is by far the most unique park I have ever seen. Not only is Valley Park perfect for your most adventurous child, but it will definitely challenge those little muscles. They can climb on EVERYTHING, play on a rip-swing and enjoy a 55ft slide!
At Blackbob park, you definitely need to plan an all-day adventure! From the castle themed playground to batting cages and trails to basketball courts, everyone will enjoy their time at the park! Make sure you plan ahead for a game of miniature golf!
Listowel Park is another themed park that really goes above and beyond when it comes to expanding your kids imagination. Not only does it have picnic tables that face the equipment but it is Pirate themed! What is more fun than playing pirates?!
As one of the oldest and biggest parks in Kansas City, Swope Park has it all. Trails, playgrounds historic buildings, amazing sites and even a ZipLine! This park is family, pet and adventure friendly!
There are so many parks throughout the KC metro area and these are just a few of our favorites! If you have the time, make sure you visit as many as you can this autumn!