When travelers plan a trip to Kansas City, others may ask them whether they are heading to Kansas or Missouri. That’s because Kansas City’s western section is in Kansas and its eastern counterpart is in Missouri. An interstate system connects the two. Locals refer to the Kansas City, KS side as “KCK” and the Missouri side as Kansas City. Each has its own unique identity and attributes, with both sides offering visitors a long list of intriguing sites and experiences to explore.

01Swope Park: Nature With Amenities

Zoo Drive, Kansas City, United States Photo by Zachary Spears on Unsplash

Most locals agree that the best time to visit Kansas City is between mid-May and early July, and from late July into late September due to the hot muggy temperatures that peak in mid-July. Around 2 million visitors each year beat the heat by heading to Swope Park, located on the Missouri side of the city. This 1800-acre park features a wide array of family-friendly fun. Visit the Kansas City Zoo filled with more than 1000 animals from around the world. Check out the Beanstalk Children’s Garden, or swing through the trees at the Go-Ape Treetop Adventure Course. Picnic tables, water fountains, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and a dog park are just some of the other activities available.