The Prettiest Parks In Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City, Missouri has many different types of parks for the whole family to enjoy. Lush gardens, open green fields, lakes and ponds, and sunny skies help make the parks in Kansas City some of the prettiest in the nation. Read on to find out more about the most beautiful parks in Kansas City.

Loose Park

Loose Park has long, green expanses and a beautiful lake. Visitors to the park can play tennis on the tennis courts, walk along the paved trails, or fly a kite over the park’s wide field. The park often hosts weddings, parties, picnics, and community events such as drum circles on Monday nights, and is said to be the site where a Confederate general commanded his forces in the Civil War’s Battle of Westport – they honor this heritage with a cannon and Civil War markers. The park also has a beautiful rose garden for visitors to enjoy.

Penn Valley Park


Penn Valley Park, overlooking the downtown areas of Kansas City, is where visitors can get the best views in the city. The expansive park is home to several famous memorials and statues, such as the statue ‘The Scout’. The park also houses the official United States World War I Memorial Museum and the national memorial The Liberty Memorial. For recreational purposes, Penn Valley Park has a fitness trail, tennis courts, ball fields, a lake, a skate park, and even a leash-free dog park.

Waterfall Park

Butterfly Garden

Waterfall Park is a large park that looks picture perfect; it is the ideal setting for a romantic picnic lunch. Visitors to the cozy space can relax in the natural, wooded area while looking upon the waterfalls. In addition to gorgeous views, the park also features a fun playground for kids with a small rock wall and a jungle gym. The park also has a lake.

Lowenstein Park

Lowenstein Park is a large expanse of green in the Lee’s Summit suburb of Kansas City donated by the Lowenstein Brothers. The park’s 18 acres create the perfect conditions for running and playing frisbee. Visitors to the park can enjoy a picnic on the picnic tables at the park, or walk along the beautiful trails. Children can play in the playground areas, or shoot hoops at the basketball park. The prettiest part of the park is the Children’s Memorial Butterfly Garden.

Sculpture Park

Right outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art sits Sculpture Park, a 22-acre expanse that’s a popular recreational spot in Kansas City. Sculpture Park is known for its famous giant shuttlecock sculptures that rest on the lawn. In addition to the shuttlecocks, Sculpture Park features several other sculptures and also has several beautiful gardens that visitors can browse through. Visitors can fly a kite over the grass, relax and look at sculptures, or walk along the trails. For jogging and a fountain, visitors can cross the street to get to Theis Park.

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