Every town has hidden treasures that don’t make it into the travel brochures. Maybe it’s an out-of-the-way diner that serves homemade pie daily, or a bookstore that has stacks of old pulp novels, or a lounge that’s cool, dark, and thrumming with live jazz every night. It might be something as simple as a building or a neighborhood with its own unique character or unusual historical value. Whatever you’re looking for, Kansas City has plenty of hidden treasures for those who know how to track them down. So while you’re waiting for spring to arrive, maybe you should arrange for a treasure hunt or two and see what you can find.
Here are a few of our favorite hidden treasures in the KC area to get you started:
- River Observation Tower (First and Main, Kansas City, MO): Situated right at the end of Main Street near KC’s famous River Market, you can stroll across a long bridge over the railroad tracks to an observation area where you can look out over the Missouri River. Or take an elevator or stairs down to the river’s edge.
- Kansas City History Museum (3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO): Situated in historic Corinthian Hall, the museum houses displays on local and regional history and natural sciences, not to mention a 50-seat planetarium and a working soda fountain. Plus, admission is free to the public.
- Frisco Train Depot & Strang Line Waiting Station (14907 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa, KS): Want to learn more about the history of the Missouri & Kansas Interurban Railroad, better known as the Strang Line? This 1912 train depot, which has been converted to house a small museum about the rail line’s history, is the place to do it.
- The National Archives (400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO): Did you know that KC was home to one of only 13 National Archives locations in the country? It’s true. Our local branch is right next to Union Station, and hosts events and tours regularly. Stop by for instructions on how to search federal records, or to dig up some of your own family history.
- The Steamboat Arabia (400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO): One of KC’s best kept secrets, the Steamboat Arabia Museum in the River Market houses the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world, all salvaged from the wreck of the Steamboat Arabia, which sunk in 1856.
- Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio (3613 Belleview, Kansas City, MO): Visit the home and studio of famed painter Thomas Hart Benton, preserved just the way he left it. See how Benton lived and worked, and take in some of his paintings in their natural habitat.
- Battle of Westport (6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO): The largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi, the Battle of Westport is sometimes called the “Gettysburg of the West.” Visitors to the Battle of Westport historic site can take self-guided tours of the area where the battle was fought, visit the historic John Wornall Home or the 1855 Harris House and Westport Historic Society, or look around the Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum.
Those are just a few of the hidden gems that can be found just a short drive away from the Lazy Acres adult living community in Belton. So whether you’re already a resident or you think you’d like to join our friendly, thriving community today, take a trip through our neighborhood and see what hidden treasures you can turn up. To learn more about Lazy Acres adult community in Belton, MO, give us a call during regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or drop us a line anytime via our online contact form.