Swope Park is the largest park in Kansas City, stretching over 1,800 acres (680 hectares). Named after local philanthropist Thomas Swope, the park was gifted to Kansas City in 1896. It has since become one of the city’s biggest attractions, with over 2 million visitors passing through its gates every year.
Two of the major attractions in the park are the Kansas City Zoo and the Starlight Theatre. Visit the zoo for one of the best African enclosures in America. A free alternative to the zoo is the Lakeside Nature Center, which operates as a rehabilitation facility for local animals. If you find yourself in Kansas on a clear night, head down to a show at the Starlight Theatre, one of the last self-producing open-air cinemas in the country.
If you’re looking for a bit of exercise, Swope Park has plenty to offer. The park has a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) exercise trail as well as more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) of bike trails. Wander through the park and catch a local game of baseball or soccer, or go to the Swope Memorial Golf Course for a quick round. The park also has a course for Frisbee Golf, a challenging yet fun outdoor game.
The park is also a great place for simply taking a relaxing stroll outside the busy city center. Make your way to the Swope Memorial and Fountain or Kansas City Community Gardens. The Beanstalk Children’s garden is a good option if you’re traveling with young kids. It has a small admission fee, but tours are free and usually available.
Swope Park is located about a 20-minute drive south of Kansas City. Entry to the park is free, however, some activities require admission fees. Shows at the Starlight Theatre should be booked in advance.
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place was clean, check-in was quick, breakfast was good, my wife noted a smell in the non-smoking room and asked if i had gotten a smoking room but maybe it was just that usual hotel smell?
Situated in Kansas City, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Zoo, and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Van Noy Mansion and Swope Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Very nice hotel, good selection at breakfast, great for families.
We stayed here this last weekend. We were in town for a family wedding. Location was great- just 5 min from my in laws. Mike the owner was very responsive to questions and was fantastic about updating us with any info. Will definitely stay again the next time we are in town visiting family. Our kiddos ...
Outdoor pool area was nice but didn't see towels anywhere. Three of us in a room but only two sets of towels, didn't want to mess with asking for more. Bedding was nice, TV was nice. Great location and price was good only surprise was $5.81 resort fee, didn't see that coming. Kids would have done ...
Situated in Kansas City, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Swope Park, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Starlight Theatre. National Museum of Toys and Miniatures and Van Noy Mansion are also within 3 mi (5 km).
We brought 3 couples for the KC vs Jaguars NFL game. We had a great time! The house was clean and had nice size bedrooms. Onsite grill was a nice amenity—so was the pinball, pool table and foosball! Great area but we did not explore much. Overall a great place!!
We stayed 3 nights and didn't get our room cleaned until the last night after requesting multiple times. Rooms are small