Summer is here, and that means summer day trips! With no snow on the roads and the long evenings to enjoy, summer travel is so enticing. There’s something magical about packing the cooler full of nice drinks and sandwiches, rolling down the car windows or putting the top down, and hitting the highway to adventure. The only hard part is deciding where to go! If you’re stumped for a destination not too far from home, your friendly senior living community in Belton has some ideas for you. Some you may recognize, but some might be new to you! Read on, and be sure to let us know on Facebook if you go exploring!

Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park. Ste. Genevieve, MO. Have you ever been to Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park? Ste. Geneviève was the very first permanent European settlement in the state that would eventually become Missouri. Today, park visitors can learn about the French-Canadian settlers by taking a walking tour, watching an educational video, and touring historic buildings! Be sure to reserve your time slot ahead of time.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Republic, MO. Are you a Civil War history buff? Why not take a trip to Wilson’s Creek? It’s famous for being the site of the first major battle of the Civil War fought west of the Mississippi. Visitors can tour the field and the trails and even take a horseback ride through this amazing historic site.

Pony Express National Museum. St Joseph, MO. Children and adults alike remain captivated by the idea of the Pony Express! Visit the Pony Express National Museum and experience interactive exhibits that will entertain and educate your whole family.

Fort Scott. Downtown Fort Scott, KS. Fort Scott is another Civil War history site to explore. Lying close to the border between Missouri and Kansas, Fort Scott was a Union hospital and supply depot, which made it an attractive target for Confederate troops. Visitors can take self-guided tours through twenty historic structures and five acres of restored tallgrass prairie!

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. Independence, MO. Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, and his home is preserved in Independence, MO. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the house and learn all about Truman, his family, and his worldview.

Mark Twain Boyhood Home. Hannibal, MO. If you’re more of a literature fan than a Civil War fan, why not head over to Mark Twain’s boyhood home? Mark Twain grew up on Hill Street, on the bank of the great Mississippi River. Visitors can tour the house he lived in from 1844-1853 and see the whitewashed fence that inspired the famous scene in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  

All of us at Lazy Acres love how much local history there is in our area. If you take a day trip this summer, please share what you saw on our Facebook page. We’d love to see your pictures and hear your stories!

Local history is just another reason to love our senior living community at Lazy Acres in Belton. Want to join us? Call during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form any time!