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The point of visiting Lee's Summit is (A. have a family friendly vacation, (B. get away from the hustle of Kansas City. You come here to see historic towns, have great shopping, fish, go boating, and slow your world down. Saying that, Lee's Summit is a large city in land size. So renting a car or driving here are the easiest ways of getting around and getting out. Lee's Summit is a place you really have to experience. When you're here, you can't help but smile!
From LS's location in the midwest it is probaly fall that is the best time. With great weather. Several local festivals. Less crowded stores, restaurants, and attractions. And best of all, the peace and quiet here on weekdays. Spring and summer are still great times to visit themselves, but avoid winter here if you can. They are cold and snowy.
Again, the best way to get around is by car. So, the major roads in the city are as follow:
Todd George Rd,
Woods Chapel Rd,
They take you to most places you would visit.
Historic Downtown Lee's Summit, Roughly bounded by 2nd, Green, 4th, and Douglas Streets, , A vibrant mix of shops, restaurants, and midwestern flair, Downtown Lee's Summit is a important place to the locals. The original downtown burned down in 1880 and what you now see was constructed and completed by 1889. Two National Historic Districts are in the area. So see what downtown has to offer!
Historic Train Depot, 220 SE Main St., , After the first two depots burned down, the current structure was built between 1903 - 1905. It now houses the Historical Society Museum which has displays on the railroad.
Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery, 806 SE 3rd St., (816) 969-7403, , The final resting place of Cole, Robert, Jim, & Bursheba (the brother's mother) Younger, several of Quantrell's raiders, and prominent early citizens of the town. The self-guided walking tour is a great way to learn about these people and their role in Lee's Summit history.
Longview Farm, 3361 SW Longview Rd., (816) 761-6669, , Built between 1913 - 1915, it was called the "World's Most Beautiful Farm". 17 of its remaining buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available on request.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 416 SE Grand , (816) 524-3651, , Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, it's famous red doors has welcome guests and regulars alike since 1884.
Harry S. Truman Farm Home National Historic Site, 12301 Blue Ridge Blvd, Tours from 9:30 to 4:00, , In nearby Grandview (west of US 71), the home is fascinating to learn about for presidential history buffs. WARNING!!! The home does have a skunk smell problem inside. :(
Longview Lake, Beach- 111101 Raytown Rd, Marina- 9898 Longview Rd, (816) 767-0727, , The most popular of the Lee's Summit public lakes, Longview is located next to the college, Ferd Arbanas golf course, and longview mansion.
Lake Jacomo, Marina- 7401 West Park Rd, (816) 795-8888, , the largest and most beautiful of the lakes (it's nestled in the woods), Lake Jacomo offers up a fisherman's dream. It's in the south end of Fleming Park.
Blue Springs Lake, Beach- 1500 NE Bowlin Rd, Marina- Located next to beach, (816) 795-0822, , the most popular with power boaters and water skiers, Blue Springs is in Fleming Park, just north of Jacomo.
Prairie Lea Lake, (816) 795-8200,  the smallest of the public lakes has two parks on it, South PL (on Scruggs Rd between Todd George and Blackwell Pkwys) is the larger and North PL (on Colbern Rd opposite Lake Jacomo) is the smaller. They feature picnic areas, boat ramps, and are the quietest public lake parks.
Fleming Park, 2 miles east of I-470 on Woods Chapel Rd, , Fleming is the most stellar of the parks in Lee's Summit. It features both Blue Springs Lake, and Lake Jacomo as well as Missouri Town, the Wild Buffalo Reserve, and Jim Bridger Conservation Area.
Longview Lake Park, I-470 exits Raytown Rd and View High Dr., , The main attraction here is Longview Lake which is operated by the US Core of Engineers. It houses "Christmas in the Park" every December.
Blue and Gray Park, 7 miles south of I-70 and 1 1/2 miles north of US 50 on Bucker-Tarsney Rd, , The host of HOAC Boy Scout Camporee every October is renowned for its horse-riding trails and cross country skiing.
Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US 50, Kingsville, 20 miles east of LS, , The region's botanical garden was once a dairy farm and boy scout camp! With seasonal displays and hours, the website is the best way to keep up to date with what you want to see.
Unity Village, MO-350 & Colbern Rd, Tours from 9:00-4:00 Monday thru Thursday, 10:00-1:00 Friday thru Sunday. These are self-guided, guided tours must booked in advance by calling (816) 251-3578, , Unity Village is the headquarters of Unity. It features a school, hotel, motel, forested grounds, a nine golf course, a restaurant, Filmore Chapel, and beautiful Mediterranean style buildings. The majority of it was built in 1889.
Art Detour, , Downtown gets spruced up changing artists works scattered around. Also at Longview College. Keep your eyes out for it!
Lee's Summit Symphony, , Heading for its fifth season, LSSO is a great way to end a night! Performances are housed at LS High School's PA Center. For tickets visit their website.
Summit Art, , Summit Art is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the visual arts, multi-cultural art education and humanities throughout the Lee's Summit and regional surrounding communities.
Not to mention that all three local high schools, as well as MCC-Longview, have their own theatre seasons where they perform plays and musicals several times a year. Notable performances from the past include: Les Miserable, Beauty and the Beast, The Comedy of Errors, Arsenic and Old Lace, plus many more!
Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, (816) 246-5224, , Mini-golf, bumper cars, go-karts, batting cages, huge game room, foam factory, cafe', edutainment wing, you could spend a whole day here and still not do everything! Visit the Midwest's premier family fun center.
Family Golf Park, 1501 NE US 40, 1 mile east of I-470, (816) 228-1550, , This family run place features a driving range, a par 3 course, mini-golf, bumper boats, and a game room. Perfect for everyone!
Tunnel Town & the Pirate Voyage, 3751 NE Ralph Powell Rd, (816) 524-2002, , Great for young families, this place features many youthful attractions and a restaurant.
Laser Mania, 1051 SE Century Dr, (816) 554-6264, , The premeir laser tag center in the area. It has a game room as well as youth activities.
Eastglen 16 Movie Theater, 1451 NE Douglas St, (816) 554-3386, , A 16 screen theater with a fun zone and laser tag on the upper floor. Sounds like a good afternoon.
Lee's Summit City Parks, , Several beautiful and family friendly parks await for you to enjoy in Lee's Summit! With nearly thirty to choose from, it's hard to pick. But the most popular are: Legacy , Harris , Lowenstein , and Pottberg . Plus don't forget the Greenway Trails !
Fred Arbanas Memorial Golf Course, 11100 View High Dr, (816) 761-9445, , The most popular of Lee's Summit's courses is great for newbies and pros alike. With a championship and par 3 courses plus a driving range all on Longview Lake. It's sweet.
Shamrock Hills Golf Course, 3161 S. MO-291, (816) 537-6556, , A challenging course indeed this one is. Maybe a nice something from the Pro Shop with make you feel better after that 99.
Eagle's Landing Golf Course, 4200 Bong Ave, (816) 318-0004, , a local favorite at the Lee's Summit, Grandview, Belton corner next to US 71.
Winterstone Golf Course, 17101 E Kentucky Rd, Independence, (816) 257-5755, , Built on top of a limestone mine, Winterstone is place for some great peace and quiet. MO-291 North is how you get there.
Lakewood Oaks Golf Club, 651 NE St. Andrews St, (816) 373-2505, , A championship course, great food at the restaurant, and a pro shop greet you here. This is a member only course so check the website for information if you interested.
Stonehaus Farms Vineyard and Winery, 24607 NE Colbern Rd, (816) 554-8800, , 10 award-winning wines greet you here. Tours, tasting, and panoramic views of the vineyard make this a must see!
Bynum Winery, 13520 S Sam Moore Rd, Lone Jack (816) 566-2240, , Great location in the rolling plains of western Missouri, Bynum Winery has a award-winning selection is just waiting for you to enjoy! Free tours and tastings 7 days a week.
Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E Park Rd, (816) 503-4860, , A reconstructed small Missouri village made of 25 buildings dated from 1820 to 1860 makes this up. The regions finest living history museum on the shores of Lake Jacomo!
- Parts of the documentary "Bad Blood " were shot here.
Battle of Lone Jack Battlefield and Civil War Museum, 301 S Bynum Rd (south of US 50), Lone Jack, (816) 697-8833, , A small but important civil war battle took place here in 1862. It remains one of the few National Civil War cemeteries where soldiers who died that day are still buried on the battlefield.
- Parts of the documentary "Bad Blood " were shot here.
Lee's Summit Historical Society Museum, 220 SE Main St, (816) 525-9440,  Inside the downtown train depot, a small but informative museum about Lee's Summit's history and the importance of the railroad await you.
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, 13101 SE Ranson Rd, 1 1/2 miles south of US 50, (816) 622-0900, , forests, grassland, wetlands, prarie, lakes, fishing, and archery are just a few reasons to visit James Reed.
Jim Bridger Urban Conservation Area, (816) 622-0900, check website for directions, , Great deer hunting and forest hiking make this enjoyable. Near Lake Jacomo.
Kemper Outdoor Educational Center, 8201 Jasper Bell, (816) 229-8980, , An outdoor paradise with reptiles, rock & fossil displays, nature hikes, wildlife exhibits, and a gift shop! There's a lot to do here.
Savanhland Educational Park, Pleasant Hill, , Over 200 exotic animals and critters are here for you to learn about. Included: Zebras, Monkeys, Kangaroos, & Chimps. Open on the fourth Saturday of each month to the public, 12 to 4.
Native Hooved Animal Enclosure, at Lake Jacomo, , The big draw being the wild buffalo (bring some carrots to feed them!), but other interesting animals lurk here too, like Elk and Deer. It's near to MO-7 and Lake Jacomo/Missouri Town. P.S. - A brand new baby buffalo has just recentaly been born!
Longview Community College, 500 SW Longview Rd, (816) 672-2050, , The first U.S. Community College to win Time Magazine's "College of the Year" Award, Longview (located on Longview farm and lake) has a wide variety of classes & programs. It houses a new performing arts center and the Frank White Jr. Baseball Complex.
University of Central Missouri-Summit Campus, NE Corner of Chipman Rd & Blue Pkwy, , This award-winning school's first campus outside of Warrensburg, Summit Center offers flexible city hours in a state-of-the-art facility.
Baker University-Lee's Summit, 1278 NE Windsor Dr, (816) 347-0559, 
Unity Institute, at Unity Village, , With several classes to promote your understanding within, the Unity Institute is a peaceful to sit and study an afternoon away.
Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Dr, (816) 795-4300, , You can't miss Outdoor World from I-70! Full of everything you could possibly want or need, plus a 3-star restaurant, it's a great expierience. Also included is a outdoor waterfall, 18-acre lake, and a brand new park. Get out there!
Cockrell Mercantile Company, 30003 East Old US 50 Hwy, (816) 697-1923, , with 6 stores in one, this place is more of a village! You can shop for foods, garden goods, kitchen ware, bakeware, party goods, and home decor. Don't forget your cup of coffee too! A true old fashion country store that's 115 years old! Stop on in!
Downtown Lee's Summit, Roughly bounded by 2nd, Green, 4th, & Douglas St, , The most popular shopping district in LS, and who can blame them? A little bit of of new and old mix together to make the perfect midwestern commerce center. You have to see it!
SummitWoods Crossing, NW Corner of Chipman Rd & US 50, , The newest but certainly not the last great urban shopping center to grace LS is SummitWoods. You can't miss it on your way in, it's right where I-470 & US 50 junction.
Independence Center Mall, SE Corner of 39 St & I-70, Independence, , with over 130 stores ,both specialty & department, is the largest shopping center in the region. Located at I-470 & I-70 junction.
New Longview, SE Corner of Longview Rd & View High Dr, , New and expanding, New Longview, located at Longview Farm, is a great neighborhood shopping area.
150 Hwy, (between 291 & Ward Rd), Up & coming with new development everywhere, 150 Hwy in south LS is getting busy and will have many local & national stores and restaurants on it.
291 North, (between US 50 & I-470), Absolutely full of great restaurants to eat at and stores to shop at, both national & local, 291 is a great area to motor around and shop.
I-470 and Douglas St., (between I-470 & Tudor Rd), With a movie theater, restaurants, and several business, this area has definitely gotten a face lift recently and should enjoy.
Lee's Summit Farmer's Market, 2nd & Douglas St, Every Wednesday & Saturday from 7:00 to sell out, , Every Mid-April thru November, the LS Farmer's Market sponsors locally grown fruits and vegtables. So stock up!
Greenwood, SE of city core on MO-150, , A antique lovers dream is shopping Greenwood. With 5 located in a single block, you can spend a entire day looking for the perfect gift.
Belton, US 71 South of LS, , A city with its own vital downtown strip, Belton also features a historic rail and city museum.
Blue Springs, MO-7 or I-70 East of LS, , The big things in Blue Springs are forests. The main features being Burr Oak Woods State Forest  and Landahl Park , both of which are well worth visiting.
Harrisonville, MO-291 South of LS, , The old courthouse square and an 1835 log cabin are the big stars of Cass County's seat. Recommended to enjoy.
Independence, I-470 North of LS, , Hometown of the westward expansion and former President Truman, Independence is a must see! Several attractions about the 3 "great trails" and Truman are here, as well as Mormon historic sites. Plus it's the county seat of Jackson so the Courthouse Square  is a great place to start.
Liberty, I-470/MO-291 North of LS, , The county seat of Clay County is talked about worldwide for being the site of the first daylight bank robbery, by the James-Younger Gang in 1866, but it's famous William Jewell Collage and 3 local museums make it a interesting place to visit. A must see is Historic Downtown Liberty , you have to visit it!
Lone Jack, US 50 or MO-150 East of LS, , Home to the Battle of Lone Jack and Bynum Winery, Lone Jack is the perfect sleepy small town to visit.
Martin City, MO-150 & Holmes Rd West of LS, , Some of the best restaurants in the area are in Martin City like, Jess & Jim's , RC's Chicken, and Jack Stack's Barbeque . Plus you can shop till you drop for everything you can dream about. Let's not forget the baseball and golf acadamey's too!
Pleasant Hill, MO-7 South of LS, , A gorgeous downtown museum and rail station, a city lake and golf course, plus it's home to the Cass County Fair. Pleasant Hill is worth a day.
Warrensburg, US 50 East of LS, , The county seat of Johnson County is also home to the main campus of University of Central Missouri, which wonderful to tour. It also houses two public golf courses and is near Knob Noster State Park , Whiteman Air Force Base , and two wineries  & .
Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, about 45 minutes away from the city center,  or , A national treasure indeed! This reconstructed outpost from 1803 was hand selected by William Clark himself. Located in a Sibley and on the Mighty MO river. You have to do this!
Lexington, a little less than a hour away from the city center, , The best to learn about Missouri's impact in the Civil War within an hours drive is Lexington. You have to visit Battle of Lexington State Historic Site ! One of most fascinating of MO's state park's. Lexington also has the oldest continually used county courthouse west of the Mississippi. A stray cannonball is still lodged in it from the Civil War!
Kearney, about 45 mins away from the city center, , The birthplace of America's most famous outlaw Jesse James  and Kearney Historic Museum are the big draws here. This picture perfect small town in Western Missouri is waiting to be explore!