A picnic lunch or dinner with just your special someone or with the whole family is one of the most archetypal summertime scenes out there. Finding the perfect summer picnic spot in Kansas City is always the hardest part of the trip and can turn out to be a bust if you arrive too late or if you don’t know the area that well. Here are a few hits of the summer season for picnicking In Kansas City. Take the pressure off with these sure spots.
Penn Valley Park
Location: Pershing Road and Main Street
This park includes 3 acre Washington Lake, an off-leash dog park, picnic shelters and 1.88 mile asphalt trail. There are also two baseball diamonds that can be reserved by permit and a playground.
The park is home to several notable art pieces such as The Scout for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, Pioneer Mother Memorial (1927) recognizes all pioneer mothers who crossed the plains; The Hiker (1947) stands south of the Liberty Memorial Mall and represents veterans of the Spanish-American War and many more.
Deana Rose Children’s Farmstead
Location: 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS, 66221
Admission: Mon-Thurs FREE, $2 Fri-Sun
This venue is designed to look like a turn-of-the-century farmstead and is home to over 200 animals, vegetable and flower gardens. On this 12 acre property there is a one-room schoolhouse, fishing pond and pony rides. Activities available to enjoy are bottle feeding baby goats, milking a cow and taking a horse drawn wagon ride in the woods. The park is open daily from 9am until 5pm and closes for the season on Oct. 31st.
Overland Park Arboretum
Location: 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS 66085
Hours: Open seven days a week
April 10-Sept. 30: 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1-April 9: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 300 acre Arboretum and Botanical gardens were founded to keep Overland park in the forefront of environmental and ecological issues. This area is a cultural, recreational and educational spot for the Kansas City area. This park includes botanical gardens, trails and a visitor’s center. This arboretum and botanical gardens are the perfect background for your upcoming picnic season.
Location: 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS
This park has recently been updated and has made enhancements to the wetland and lake that are part of this 44 acre park. This park is excellent for family outings with two fishing lakes, a walking path, tennis courts, picnic shelters, basketball courts, restrooms, playground, paved parking, and grills for your hotdog needs.
Also on the property is a great playground that has been entertaining children for generations, a rose garden and a memorial arboretum.