Winter Activities in Kansas City
Well folks, we are now on the backside of the winter season. Pretty soon we’ll be looking forward to warmer weather, blossoming plants, and green grass. But for now, we have to make the best of what good weather days we do have. Sometimes that means being creative with what activities you partake in.
Here is a list of a few winter activities in Kansas City that will help get you through the rest of the winter season.
Museums- There are many museums around Kansas City that sometimes offer discounted rates during the “off season”. Whether you are a history buff, or enthusiast of the arts, there’s a museum for you to visit. Check your local listings for museums around you.
Aquariums- Aquariums are fun to visit in the winter because they often have winter animal exhibits that they may not normally have during the summer. Polar bears and penguins come out to play. The Sealife Aquarium in Kansas City is the city’s newest aquarium. They have sharks, stingrays, sea stars and many other creatures you find in the oceans. They even have an exhibit where you can hold live sea stars.
Zoo- The Kansas City Zoo is one of the largest in the state and is open year round. They have live animal shows; rides for the kids including train rides, carousel rides, and a boat ride; plus planned programs throughout the year. This time of year they have exhibits that include penguins and polar bears, and as always monkeys, snakes, and lions. For a list of programs and events visit their website at www.kansascityzoo.org.
Ice Skating- Kansas City has a multitude of outdoor winter activities. The ever popular ice skating is available indoor or outdoor in the great city. Crown Center Ice Terrace is an indoor skating rink if the weather outside is too “frightful”. Plus you can go shopping at Crown Center Plaza and stock up on any essentials or souvenirs. The Ice at Park Place is an outdoor skating arena that is open daily through the winter season.
Tubing is a fun alternative to sledding. Snow Creek Ski Resort in Weston, MO is about 40 minutes from the city and they have a 700 ft long tube hill for all who visit. They also have ski and snowboard slopes from beginner to advanced.
Hiking - Even as the temperatures hover around the freezing mark, you can still get out and enjoy the beauty of nature in the winter. Plenty of the hiking trails in the parks around the state remain open in the winter, just be sure to pack and dress for the climate. Elk River Hiking trail is roughly 12 miles from point to point and offers some of the best hiking trails in the state. You can also hike Gary L Haller National Recreational Trail near Shawnee. The trail here is 13.8 miles start to finish and offers spectacular views of the beautiful Kansas environment.
There is plenty to do in Kansas, even in the winter. Just bundle up and get out and enjoy it!
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