Vacations Close to Home: Kansas and Missouri

Thursday, June 12 at 12:10 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

This is part three of a three-part series featuring entertainment and recreation within the Arvest footprint.

Are you looking for ideas for local mini vacations or day trips? Look no further than Kansas and Missouri which boast attractions appealing to locals and non-locals alike!

Kansas City, Mo., is home to several great recreation options perfect for families, groups of friends or couples looking for a retreat. Experience live music and performances at venues such as the Starlight Theatre,* Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland,* Sprint Center* and Cricket Wireless Amphitheater.* Or, if live sports excite you, then you’ll enjoy cheering on the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs or Sporting KC in state-of-the-art stadiums or take in a NASCAR race at the KC Speedway. Kansas City is also home to several museums and attractions such as Legoland Discovery Center,* Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,* National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial,* Negro Leagues Baseball Museum,* College Basketball Experience,* Sea Life Aquarium,* Kansas City Zoo,* American Museum of Natural History* and the Arabia Steamboat Museum.* If shopping and dining are on your list, then you’ll want to visit one of the area’s many shopping and art districts and come hungry as Kansas City is known for its barbeque as well as several world-class restaurants.  

If you’re looking for a place that truly has it all in the name of fun, then Branson, Mo., is the place to visit! Looking for roller coasters, caves, great food and music? Visit Silver Dollar City* and be transported back in time while being whisked away on tons of fun rides. Just want to catch a show? From comedy to country to rock, Branson has a show playing year round to suit your interests! Would you rather shop? Check out the Tanger Outlet Mall* and Branson Landing* with stores to get lost in all day long. Looking for something else? Mini golf? Water parks? Ducks? Branson has that and more!

Looking to slow down the pace? Located on Historic Route 66, Joplin, Mo., and its surrounding areas have great opportunities to explore history and local wildlife. If you are looking to connect with nature, check out Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center* located in Wildcat Park. Hike, stroll, learn and relax during your time at Wildcat. Needing a bit of history to go with your nature desire? Southeast of Neosho, Mo., George Washington Carver National Monument* is the place to be. Take a walk through history and explore the man behind the peanut. Or, maybe you’re just looking to sit back and relax in the 66 Drive-In Theater, located in Carthage, Mo. Enjoy back-to-back features of some of the latest Hollywood releases.

Whether you’re a fan of the city, suburbs or country, you’re sure to find leisure activities in Kansas and Missouri to spark your idea of enjoyable.

Be sure to check out parts one and two of this three-part series, for fun activities in Arkansas and Oklahoma, respectively. Check out our myCommunity Pinterest board* for even more recreation options near you.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Joplin, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri
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