Lee's Summit can provide a family-friendly vacation, and let you 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. Lee's Summit covers a large area, 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 probably fall that is the best time. With great weather. Several local festivals. Less crowded stores, restaurants, and attractions. And best of all, there is 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.
- Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, 2751 NE Douglas St, +1 816 969-1186, It serves just private jets. It is being expanded to bring some airlink flights to town.
- Kansas City International, 601 Brasilia Ave, Kansas City. About 40 min north of the city (U.S. 71 is the quickest way to get there), KCI has domestic and international flights.
- Interstate 70, runs just north of town, it has an exit onto I-470 south into town.
- Interstate 470, from the west and north.
- U.S. Route 40, from east to west (runs parallel with I-70 through most of Missouri).
- U.S. Route 50, from east and west.
- U.S. Route 71, runs north and south just west of town, it does have an exit on MO-150, MO-291, & I-470 to take you into town.
- Missouri State Highway 7, runs north and south east of town. It does jct. with U.S. 50.
- Missouri State Highway 150, runs east and west in south part of town.
- Missouri State Highway 291, south and picks a mile east going north.
- Missouri State Highway 350, connector with Interstates 435 and 470.
Again, the best way to get around is by car. So, the major roads in the city are as follows: Chipman Rd, 3rd St, Blue Pkwy, Oldham Pkwy, Douglas St, Colbern Rd, Ward Rd, Todd George Rd, Woods Chapel Rd, They take you to most places you would visit.
- Enterprise, 1025 SW Blue Pkwy, +1 816 736-8222
- LS Taxi, 1605 SE Willow Rd (at the corner of 16th St), +1 816 246-8246, local taxi available for use. Call ahead to schedule your time of pick-up, drop-off, and locations your traveling to.
- Metro Bus Service Bus #252 (Lee's Summit MetroFlex),  [formerly dead link]
- Metro Bus Service Bus #152 (Lee's Summit/Raytown Express), (same link as above).
Old Time CharmEdit
- 1 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!
- 2 Historic Train Depot, 220 SE Main St. After the first two depots burned down, the current structure was built between 1903 and 1905. It now houses the Historical Society Museum which has displays on the railroad.
- 3 Lee's Summit Historical Cemetery, 806 SE 3rd St, ☏ . 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.
- 4 Longview Farm, 3361 SW Longview Rd, ☏ . Built between 1913 and 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, ☏ . Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, its famous red doors have welcomed guests and regulars since 1884.
- 5 Harry S. Truman Farm Home National Historic Site, 12301 Blue Ridge Blvd. Tours from 9:30AM to 4PM. In nearby Grandview (west of US 71), the home is fascinating to learn about for presidential history buffs. The home does have a skunk smell problem inside.
History and museumsEdit
- 6 Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E Park Rd, ☏ . A reconstructed small Missouri village made of 25 buildings dated from 1820 to 1860. The region's finest living history museum, on the shores of Lake Jacomo. Parts of the documentary Bad Blood were shot here.
- 7 Battle of Lone Jack Battlefield and Civil War Museum, 301 S Bynum Rd, Lone Jack (south of US 50), ☏ . 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.
- Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.
- 8 [formerly dead link] Lee's Summit Historical Society Museum, 220 SE Main St, ☏ . Inside the downtown train depot, a small but informative museum about Lee's Summit's history and the importance of the railroad await you.
Beaches are open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Longview Lake, ☏ . Beach- 111101 Raytown Rd, Marina- 9898 Longview Rd. 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, 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, next to beach. The most popular with power boaters and water skiers, Blue Springs is in Fleming Park, just north of Jacomo.
- Prairie Lea Lake, ☏ . 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.
Beauty and natureEdit
- [formerly dead link] 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 Blue Springs Lake, Lake Jacomo, Missouri Town, the Wild Buffalo Reserve, and Jim Bridger Conservation Area.
- [formerly dead link] Longview Lake Park, 470 exits Raytown Rd (I-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.
- [formerly dead link] Blue and Gray Park, Bucker-Tarsney Rd (7 miles south of I-70 and 1 1/2 miles north of US 50). 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 M-Th 9AM-4PM, F-Su 10AM-1PM. These are self-guided, guided tours must booked in advance by calling +1 816 251-3578. Unity Village is the headquarters of Unity, a religious organization. It features a school, hotel, motel, forested grounds, a nine-hole golf course, a restaurant, Filmore Chapel, and beautiful Mediterranean-style buildings. The majority of it was built in 1889.
- [dead link] James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, 13101 SE Ranson Rd (1½ miles south of US 50), ☏ . Forests, grassland, wetlands, prairie, lakes, fishing, and archery are just a few reasons to visit James Reed.
- [dead link] Jim Bridger Urban Conservation Area, ☏ . Great deer hunting and forest hiking make this enjoyable. Near Lake Jacomo.
- [dead link] Lone Jack Conservation Area, ☏ .
- [formerly dead link] Kemper Outdoor Educational Center, 8201 Jasper Bell, ☏ . An outdoor paradise with reptiles, rock & fossil displays, nature hikes, wildlife exhibits, and a gift shop. There's a lot to do here.
- [dead link] 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, noon to 4PM.
- [formerly dead link] Native Hooved Animal Enclosure, 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.
- [dead link] Art Detour. Downtown gets spruced up changing artists works scattered around. Also at Longview College.
- Lee's Summit Symphony. Performances are housed at LS High School's PA Center. For tickets visit their website.
- Summit Art. Summit Art is a charitable 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.
- All three local high schools, and MCC-Longview, have their own theatre seasons where they perform plays and musicals several times a year.
To keep up to date on public art displays, check out the Lee's Summit Art Council website.
- Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, ☏ . 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.
- Family Golf Park, 1501 NE US 40 (1 mile east of I-470), ☏ . This family-run place features a driving range, a par 3 course, mini-golf, bumper boats, and a game room.
- Tunnel Town & the Pirate Voyage, 3751 NE Ralph Powell Rd, ☏ . Great for young families, this place features many youthful attractions and a restaurant.
- [dead link] Laser Mania, 1051 SE Century Dr, ☏ . A laser tag center. It has a game room and youth activities.
- [formerly dead link] Eastglen 16 Movie Theater, 1451 NE Douglas St, ☏ . A 16-screen theater with a fun zone and laser tag on the upper floor.
- Lee's Summit City Parks.
- [formerly dead link] Fred Arbanas Memorial Golf Course, 11100 View High Dr, ☏ . The most popular of Lee's Summit's courses is great for newbies and pros. With a championship and par 3 courses plus a driving range all on Longview Lake.
- Shamrock Hills Golf Course, 3161 S. MO-291, ☏ . 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, ☏ . A local favorite at the Lee's Summit, Grandview, Belton corner next to US 71.
- Winterstone Golf Course, 17101 E Kentucky Rd, ☏ . Independence, 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.), ☏ . 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, ☏ . 10 award-winning wines greet you here. Tours, tasting, and panoramic views of the vineyard make this a must see.
Events and festivalsEdit
- Friday Night Music in the Park, ☏ . May–August.
- Third Thursdays on Third. Monthly.
- Spring Open House, ☏ .
- Raspberry Meadows Craft Show, ☏ .
- St. Patrick's Day Parade, ☏ .
- Annual Woodcarver's Show, ☏ .
- Opening of Longview, Blue Springs, and Jacomo Campgrounds, ☏ .
- Beach Season Opening, ☏ .
- Sheep Shearing, ☏ .
- Children's Day Missouri Town 1855, ☏ .
- Open Sail Day, ☏ .
- Downtown Days.
- Freedom Fest, ☏ .
- Lake Fest, ☏ .
- Tour de Lakes Bike Ride.
- Booms and Blooms Festival, ☏ .
- Leagacy Blast Fireworks, ☏ .
- Independence Day Missouri Town 1855, ☏ .
- Christmas in July Craft Show, ☏ .
- Jamaican Jam, ☏ .
- [dead link] Strotherfest, ☏ .
- Summit Fest, ☏ .
- Fall Open House, ☏ .
- Longview Horse Park Association Annual Benefit Horse Show, ☏ .
- Pioneer Spirit Country Antique Show, ☏ .
- Missouri Town 1855 Music Festival, ☏ .
- Oktoberfest, ☏ .
- [dead link] Longview Art and World Music Festival, Summit Art.
- Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts, & Music, ☏ .
- [dead link] Kick It Up! Chilifest, ☏ .
- Oktoberfest Craft Show, ☏ .
- Holiday Open House Sneak Peak, ☏ .
- Spirits from the Past Missouri Town 1855, ☏ (reservations only).
- Halloween Parade, ☏ .
- Fall Harvest Craft Show, ☏ .
- Traditional Holiday Open House, ☏ .
- Mayor's Tree Lighting, ☏ .
- Christmas in the Park, ☏ .
- Craft Patch Craft Show, ☏ .
- Christmas in the Park, ☏ .
- Winterfest, ☏ .
- Missouri Town 1855 Christmas Celebration, ☏ .
- Windows on the Past Missouri Town 1855, ☏ (reservations only).
- 'Longview Community College, 500 SW Longview Rd, ☏ . The first U.S. Community College to win Time Magazines "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 [dead link], 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., ☏ .
- 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.
- Summit Fair. SE corner of US 50 and I-470,
- Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Dr, ☏ .
- Cockrell Mercantile Company, 30003 East Old US 50 Hwy, ☏ . 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. An old-fashioned country store that's 115 years old.
- Downtown Lee's Summit. Roughly bounded by 2nd, Green, 4th, & Douglas St. This is the most popular shopping district in LS. A little bit of new and old mix together to make the perfect midwestern commerce center.
- SummitWoods Crossing. NW corner of Chipman Rd & US 50, The newest 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.
- [formerly dead link] Independence Center Mall, SE corner of 39 St & I-70, Independence (at I-470 & I-70 junction). With over 130 specialty & department stores, it is the largest shopping center in the region.
- [formerly dead link] New Longview, SE corner of Longview Rd & View High Dr. (at Longview Farm). 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 at Longview Farm). Local and national restaurants and stores.
- I-470 and Douglas St. (between I-470 & Tudor Rd). With a movie theater, restaurants, and several business.
- [dead link] Lee's Summit Farmer's Market, 2nd & Douglas St.. Every Wednesday & Saturday from 7AM to sell out, Every Mid-April thru November, the LS Farmer's Market sponsors locally grown fruits and vegetables.
- Greenwood, SE of city core on MO-150. An antique lovers' dream is shopping Greenwood with 5 in a single block.
- [dead link] Brooke Corbin, 615 SW 2nd St.
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All Lee's Summit bars and restaurants are completely non-smoking.
- Pappi's Pizza & Pub, 405 NW Blue Pkwy, ☏ . A local favorite.
- McKeever's Sports Bar & Grill, 320 SW Blue Pkwy, ☏ .
- Dixon's "Famous" Chili, 209 SE 291 N, ☏ .
- [formerly dead link] The Filling Station Bar-B-Q, 333 SE Douglas St, ☏ .
- Jumpin' Catfish, 834 SW Blue Pkwy, ☏ .
- Neighbor's Cafe, 104 Se 3rd St, ☏ .
- The Peanut, 219 SE Main St, ☏ .
- [dead link] JP Coffee, 3390 SW Fascination Dr, ☏ .
- Calipetro's, 1196 NE Douglas St, ☏ .
- [formerly dead link] Paddy O'Quigley's Pub and Grille. North LS, 700 NE Woods Chapel Rd, +1 816 373-5888, South LS, 291 & 150 Hwy, +1 816 875-2325.
- [dead link] Forbe's Woodfire Grill, 221 SE 291 Highway, toll-free: .
- Jose Pepper's, 1667 NE Douglas St, ☏ .
- [dead link] Habanero's Mexican Restaurant, 1008 SE Blue Pkwy, ☏ .
- Whistle Stop Coffee & Mercantile, 227 SE Main St, ☏ .
- Ward 150 Bistro Pizzeria, 837 SW Lemans Dr, ☏ .
- Tequila Harry's, 410 SE MO-291, ☏ .
- Jerry's Bait Shop, 302 SW Main St, ☏ .
- Five Guys, 614 NE 291 Highway, ☏ .
- Garozzo's Ristorante, 1547 NE Rice Rd, ☏ .
- Summit Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q, 1012 SE Blue Pkwy, ☏ .
- [dead link] Ciao! Bella Ristroante, 235 SE Main St, ☏ .
- 54th Street Bar & Grill, 815 3rd St, ☏ .
- Houlihans, 625 NW Murray Rd, ☏ .
- [dead link] Maxwell's Downtown Grill, 301 SE Douglas St, ☏ .
- [dead link] R. A. Long's Sawmill Restaurant, 3365 SW Fascination Dr, ☏ .
- Siki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 601 NW Blue Pkwy, ☏ .
- Peach Tree Restaurant, 1671 NW Chipman Rd, ☏ .
- Marina Grog and Galley, ☏ . 22 A Street, at Lake Lotawana (a private community).
- Maxwell's Bar, 301 SE Douglas St, ☏ . In back of Maxwell's.
- Catch 22, 9502 Colbern Rd.
- [dead link] Eddie's Lounge, 3512 SW Market St, ☏ .
- Do Drop Inn, 22 SW 3rd St, ☏ .
- 3rd Street Pub Inc., 17 SW 3rd St, ☏ .
- [dead link] The Alley Cat, 321 SE Main St, ☏ .
- Logon's Bar, 807 SW Oldham Pkwy, ☏ .
- Big Cedar Brewery, ☏ .
- Side Pockets, 224 N. Oldham Pkwy, ☏ .
- Jerry's Bait Shop, 302 SW Main St, ☏ .
Hotels and motelsEdit
- 1 Quality Inn and Suites, 4825 N.E. Lakewood Way, ☏ .
- 2 [dead link] Hampton Inn, 1751 N.E. Douglas St, ☏ .
- 3 Comfort Inn, 963 SE Oldham Pkwy, ☏ .
- 4 Comfort Inn & Suites, 3701 N.E. Ralph Powell Rd, ☏ .
- 5 Super 8 Motel, 607 SE Oldham Pkwy, ☏ .
- 6 Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 1301 N.E. Windsor Dr, ☏ .
- 7 [formerly dead link] Unity Village Hotel & Conference Center, 1901 N.W. Blue Pkwy, ☏ .
- 8 America's Best Value Inn and Suites, 1020 S.E. Blue Pkwy, ☏ .
- Hilton Garden Inn & Hartman Conference Center, 19677 E Jackson Dr, ☏ . Independence.
- Comfort Suites, 19751 E Valley View Pkwy, ☏ . Independence.
- Staybridge Suites, 19400 E 39th Place South, ☏ . Independence.
Lee's Summit is one of the safest cities in America, which is a big reason it was ranked the 27th Best Place to Live by CNN/Money Magazine. If you need assistance though call:
- 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 [formerly dead link], both of which are well worth visiting.
- Harrisonville [dead link], 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 an interesting place to visit. A must see is Historic Downtown Liberty [dead link], 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 academy'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 [formerly dead link], about 45 minutes away from the city center, A national treasure. This reconstructed outpost from 1803 was hand-selected by William Clark. In Sibley and on the mighty Missouri River.
- Lexington, a little less than an hour away from the city center. The best to learn about Missouri's impact in the Civil War within an hour's drive is Lexington. You have to visit Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. One of most fascinating of Missouri'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 explored.
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|Hutchinson ← Kansas City ←||W E||→ Warrensburg → Jefferson City|