Hello, Kansas City! As spring winds down, and summer ramps up, you may be looking for fun and affordable day trips near the metro. You’re in luck — our Mom Squad Ambassador, Sarah, gives you five options for the upcoming season. Check them out and let us know in the comments where you’re going!
5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City
School is out in a few weeks. And if you weren’t aware I am sure that you have a kid that is counting
down the days! I am always one for a celebration—just ask my husband, anything; good grades, cleaned
up their room, brushed their hair, didn’t color on the dog! I am also a big fan of getting out of town for a
few days. Combine those two and you have the perfect recipe for an End of School Road Trip! The other
thing—my kids can make it about 5 hours and then the questions start, which I realize is pretty good for
most kids, but basically this is when the movies start to get old! So this week I have included some off the beaten path road trips within 5 hours of the metro that are sure to keep all members of the family entertained!
Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a family-owned zoo which has one of the largest animal collections in Kansas. With over 40 exhibits including several interactive stations this is definitely one to add to your list. Tanganyika is the only place in the US where you can interact with ring-tail lemurs in their island habitat and feed Indian rhinos and pygmy hippos. From most of the reviews that I read, it is a great place for younger kids—more animals in a smaller area to save their little legs (and grandparents too!). If you still can’t get enough zoo the Sedgwick County Zoo is close as well and has some great exhibits as well.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park is located in the Lake of the Ozarks area. If you like hiking then this is the place
for you! One of the highlights is a turn of the century castle built high on a bluff and more than 15 miles
of walking trails. These trails lead to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and of course to the lake itself! Just head down for the day and pack a lunch for a picnic or decide to make a camping trip out of it!
If you think that Eureka Springs is just bed and breakfasts and ghost inhabited hotels then you are only half right. Eureka prides itself on its fabulous festivals, I personally love the St. Patrick’s day celebration
and have participated many times, they just had their May Festival celebration and there are several more throughout the summer—just check to make sure they would be fun for the kids! The city itself is
nestled in the Arkansas hills and makes for a great walking area, there are tons of eccentric shops and
art galleries, and always good music to find in many areas of the city, especially during Blues Weekend. Plan on staying the night in either The Crescent or The Basin, both have their share of ghost stories but
their true draw is how they pull you into the vintage feel of the city. I have stayed at both but I don’t think got an ounce of sleep because the lights were always on and I was constantly checking under the
I grew up in Southwest Missouri, so I have spent quite a bit of time exploring Roaring River. I have incredible memories from here sharing times with my grandparents, parents and friends. Trout fishing is obviously its biggest draw but there are also great things to do and see for the whole family. The park is one of the premier trout fisheries in the nation and stocked each night. When you walk past the tank
wave your arm like you are throwing food, cruel but kind of funny too! There are seven trails that lead
through the hills including Deer Leap Trail that ends overlooking the fish hatchery. There are options to
camp as well as rent a cabin for the weekend; but double check to make sure of these arrangements before you go, southwest Missouri had some major flooding which has shut down a lot of their camping