At just over 65 square miles, Lee’s Summit, Missouri is a smaller city with a big city feel. Lee’s Summit sees colder months, and warmer months by the average temperatures range from 20 degrees to 87 degrees. Since this is a smaller city, with only about 97,290 people living there, the education system seems to be the largest employer. Visitors to the town will find plenty of fun activities, including some historic living museums, restaurants, and breweries.
© Paradise Park
Founded by Jon and Juli Ellis, Paradise Park is an indoor/outdoor activity center for families. With wholesome, clean fun, families can play and work together. Visitors should consider checking out the rock wall, laser tag maze, batting cages, go karts, and miniature golf areas. For those interested in something even more unique, consider gathering the whole family together for a shot at an escape room. Paradise Park currently has three escape room experiences, all perfect for ages 12 and up. These escape rooms put you and your family to the test by asking you to solve scenarios and puzzles in under an hour.
1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086, Phone: 816-246-5224
2.Missouri Town 1855
To check out what Missouri life was like in 1855, consider checking out Missouri Town 1855. This constructed village was never a real village, but it contains real buildings from the 19th century from around Missouri. Visitors to the town can see animal breeds that were around in 1855 and used in daily farm life. Along with the live animals and recreated people in the living museum, the buildings represent a typical town in 1855, including homes from the various classes. This way, visitors can see what life was like for all, and not just the privileged. Stores, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith, and a non-denominational church are also in the town.
22807 Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015, Phone: 816-503-4800
3.Lee’s Summit History Museum
© Lee’s Summit History Museum
The Historical Society of Lee’s Summit and Museum is located in the old post office on Main Street. The building was built in 1939 as a part of the New Deal, which found jobs for millions during the Depression. When a new post office was built in 1962, the building became City Hall. In 2005, it began its transition into the historical society. While only open three days a week, the museum houses several artifacts, historical documents, and recreations of some local historical sites, like the Vogue Theater. Photos and stories about famous Lee’s Summit residents can also be browsed. Admission to the historical society is free.
220 SW Main Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, Phone: 816-287-4477
4.New Axiom Brewing Co.
© New Axiom Brewing Co.
New Axiom Brewing Co. is an amalgamation of three breweries that came together as one. The brewery is open six days a week and encourages food, pets, and family. With so much experience in one brewery, there is a lot of creation and experimentation happening in the stills. This gives guests a great opportunity to visit the tap room to try several flavor profiles. Consider trying Imperial Milk Stout, full of milk chocolate notes, or Double Bean Breakfast, a stout with double the coffee and vanilla. Along with some fruitier blends, the Anyways.Shake.Peanut Butter Hazy IPA is a unique delight includng real PB, salt, and lactose.
949 NY Columbus Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
5.Third Street Social
© Third Street Social
Third Street Social is an American city-style social hub where diners can get brunch, lunch, or dinner. The owners of the restaurant wanted to bring the big city feel to the smaller town of Lee’s Summit. What does this mean for the menu? Dishes are high-end versions of some American classics. For instance, consider trying the Fresh Texas Redfish fingers (sweet potato fries coated with cracker crumbs and served with tartar sauce), the Third Street Meatloaf (including andouille sausage), or the Braised Duroc Pork Shoulders (served with grits, cornbread, and collard greens). Of course, sides are just as important in America, so be sure to check out the smoked gouda mac & cheese, the cheesy grits, or sticking an egg on anything.
123 SE Third Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, Phone: 816-384-2123
© Llywelyn’s Pub
Llywelyn’s Pub serves Celtic and American-style pub food at seven locations. For those who are going to a St. Louis Blues or Cardinals game, park at the pub and take the trolley into downtown to avoid parking costs. After the game, be sure to check out one of the over 40 beers on tap at the bar and some of the food offerings. Along with burgers and sandwiches, some popular pub fare is offered: braised pot roast, fish & chips (fries, of course), Shepard’s pie, or bangers (lamb sausage) and mashed (served with green beans and a mushroom cream sauce).
301 SE Douglas, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, Phone: 816-272-5083
7.Wally’s Grill and Drafthouse
© Wally’s Grill and Drafthouse
Nothing goes together better with beer than burgers. The two were made for each other, and at Wally’s Grill and Drafthouse, that’s exactly what diners get. Burgers are not the only food item on the menu, though. Along with sandwiches and full-sized entrees, the “Snacks ‘n Stuff” section on the menu offers great pub food like fried cheese curd, cowboy nachos (with pulled pork), flatbread pizzas, and fish tacos. Burgers can be taken to the next level with the house bacon and onion jam. Of course, dinner wouldn’t be complete without trying one or more of the 24 ice cold beers on tap. Wally’s serves cocktails and bottomless mimosas on Sunday and is one of the first to offer Moscow Mule flights.
837 SW Lemans Lane, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082, Phone: 816-537-3451
7 Best Things to Do in Lee’s Summit, MO