When it comes to finding the perfect place for family photos, picturesque locations are in no short supply around Kansas City. From the stunning scenery in Loose Park, to the beautiful city views at Liberty Memorial, KC truly offers the perfect backdrop for every family.
But what parents have time to search for the best photo spot…? I can’t find 30 minutes to shower in peace, let alone time to search the internet. But hey, do it for the memories. Right?
Your hunt is over! Mom Squader Leah explored KC to find 25 picture perfect locations for beautiful photos with the fam. So, stop searching the internet and scroll on down to find picture perfect locations all across the metro. Take a look…
Picture Time….Say Cheese!
It’s no surprise that Kansas City is filled with endless picture possibilities, but do you know them all? My quest for the perfect family photo led me to discover many new places around the metro I would love to share with you! Every parent and grandparent wants to best family photos, so grab your camera (or your phone) and head to these beautiful locations around KC. There is something for everyone!
Explore the Most Beautiful Family Photo Places in Kansas City
A list of the Best Picture Places in Kansas City. They all have one thing in common: they’re fabulous places to take your family pictures.
Burr Oak Woods is a great place to hike and explore, but also take family photos! They have a nature center that offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, picnic areas, six hiking trails, viewing decks, and bridges. Burr Oaks offers many family oriented activities to do in the summer. Visit their website to find location, hours, activities, & all the info you need.
I absolutely love Lake Remembrance. You can take the family for a picnic, fishing, scavenger hunt, bike ride, walk, or a jog. There are three walking trails to choose from as well as a dog park. Lake Remembrance has such beautiful views and is so peaceful. I like to go there and escape day to day stress by just breathing in it’s beauty. Learn more about the lake at their site.
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is such a pretty place for family photos. Throughout the summer it hosts free summer concerts in the park. Take advantage of them for some free fun. Rotary Park is a total of 12 acres and is located in central Blue Springs. There are two playgrounds, a walking trail that surrounds a small lake, tennis courts, and a basketball court.
This 915-acre botanical garden is open to the public and does cost a fee to enter . However, it is worth it. They offer countless activities for the entire family. There really isn’t a place in Powell Gardens that isn’t picture perfect. I highly recommend you go there and make a day out of it. You could play “I spy,” go on a self -made “treasure quest,” or make a list of items to find. The options are endless.
Unity Village is absolutely breathtaking. It truly is one of the most serene places I have ever been. You can find peace in one of the many gardens, get lost in the landscaping, or relax at one of several fountains. I have photographed my niece there for her prom as well as enjoyed picnics there with a dear friend. I highly recommend you check out Unity Village if you have not yet.
#6 Kansas City River Market (Kansas City)
There are more than 25 merchants, markets, grocers & shops. The City Market is so much fun. It allows you to travel the world without a passport. I could get lost there. There are so many amazing places to eat, beautiful fresh flowers for sell, cultures from all around the world, and just beautiful people in general. I love showing my son all the family ran produce stands. However, my favorite thing to do there is to taste food that is made by hand, passed down from generation to generation.
What is not to love about the County Club Plaza? There are high end shops, food prepared by world class Chefs, an amazing toy store, live music, carriage rides, and fountains galore! We love going there and making a whole day of it. I encourage you to get out there and explore The Plaza together.
The popular West Bottoms’ stores and restaurants offer one-of-a kind quality vintage items, antiques and lots of places to find great gifts . There are so many cool places tucked away waiting for you to find them. The West Bottoms offers artistic architectural views, hip and fun locally owned shops, and lots of unique places to take photos.
Loose Park is the third largest park in Kansas City. The rose garden at Loose Park is worth the visit alone. There are so many great things to say about Loose Park. The Rose Garden and ponds are perfect family photo opportunities. The beauty it carries is rare to anything else in the area. The park is perfect for playing Frisbee, catching a live drum circle in action, watching the geese in the pond , letting the kids play, eating lunch while people watching, etc. Loose Park is a Kansas City staple.
The Nelson is such a remarkable asset to Kansas City. It provides so many opportunities to bond as a family. The outside area is ideal for taking family photos. I think sometimes people forget about what a great place this is. Not only is The Nelson aesthetically beautiful it is a necessity to show to your children. Most children see the beauty in art and see it as inspirational.
There is something almost magical about Union Station. It maybe the nostalgic charm that comes from the history of so many people who have stepped foot there before me. I like to sit on the former train station benches and think back of what it used to be like there. I can imagine lots of busy travelers, people kissing their families goodbye, people excited to return home, etc. Whatever it is I feel it takes me over every time I am there. I honestly could get lost in the beauty Union Station holds. It has an exotic beauty that is so classy. What better place to take a family photo.
The Liberty Memorial, located at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, is a memorial to service men and women who served in World War I. The museum overlooks downtown Kansas City; the perfect backdrop for family photos! Stand atop the overlook to see a vast Kansas City skyline.
One of my favorite things about Kansas City is the passion we have to see others succeed. The love Kansas City has for The Royals is evident everywhere you look. Their story is a true example of where hard work and determination leads you. Why not take the opportunity to express your love for the team by taking a picture in front of the stadium ? Although many of the Royals billboards displayed around town will never be as cool as the “Salvy” billboard there are still many to choose from. What a great idea for your next Christmas card.
Come enjoy the lovely waterfall and capture beautiful pictures of your family. The waterfalls are the perfect backdrop for your next family photo op!
Old Downtown Overland Park equals charm. It is a great place to spend the day, go shopping, bring out of town guests, or eat brunch at. You can take cooking classes, art classes, explore an awesome art gallery, have yummy desserts, smell fresh spices, run through kid friendly fountains, go to the local farmers market, etc. There is so much to do there.
South Lake Park holds a special place in my heart. It is the park I walked around while I was pregnant with my son. I also had his first three birthday parties there. It is a gorgeous park that is literally centered around a lake. South Lake park offers picnic areas, a play ground, basketball courts, and beautiful place to walk.
I personally have not been inside of the Museum at Prairiefire. I’ve just been awestruck by the beauty of the outside of it. I have seen many people make the drive simply to see the building itself. I have heard a lot of great things about the museum. Their stained glass wall is perfect for your family photos.
Deanna Rose is a child favorite among many. Children can feed animals, go fishing, go” mining”, ride horses, and much more. The amount of fun your child can have is endless. What a great place to take personality reflecting photos of your children.
Shawnee Mission Park is home to a number of fantastic amenities as well as a beautiful 120-acre lake. The beautiful scenic lake is a very popular spot for boating, fishing, sail boarding, family photos and much more. The park also has eleven spacious shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 53-acre dog off-leash area, a disc golf course, and is a great place to enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and Shawnee Mission Park Marina. In season, there are canoes, pedal boats, and fishing boats available for rent at the marina. Please see the SMP website for more information.
Expansive woodland & wetland hunting grounds features picnic spots, trails & fishing lakes & ponds.
A 44-acre park featuring a playground, 2 fishing lakes, tennis & basketball courts, trails & shelters. There are many great places for your family to take photos! Come explore today.
Lake Olathe is vast, with tons of different areas for pictures. The park has a playground to keep the kids entertained and smiling (we all know the struggles of a screaming child during pictures) and trails to walk. Find many choices for cool forests and creeks. And of course, there is the lake!
English Landing Park is a 68-acre facility with several amenities, including; 3 miles of walking trails, a large playground area, a boat ramp, picnic shelters, sand volleyball court, and a disc golf course. This park is sure to satisfy anyone wanting to take advantage of the great outdoors. English Landing Park attracts a wide variety of users from bicyclists to walking or running enthusiasts; there is a recreation outlet for all to enjoy. Or the perfect natural backdrop for family photos;)
Tryst Falls is a scenic waterfall, one of the only natural waterfalls in the area. This natural park includes a playground, shelter houses and picnic tables. Grab your family and capture adorable family photos you will treasure forever.
Fascinating intact civil war era factory and farm. Wonderful camping grounds as well as a great walking and biking trail around a beautiful lake. There are many great events like campground trick or treating and living history events. Check out user reviews of Watkins Mill for more info.
If you have a strong desire to capture great family photos, just go to a place that allows your family to simply be your family. I hope through this article you’re able to find just that place. Thank you to all of the people who helped make this article possible.