As many of you know this Thursday in the US is the holiday Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday where we celebrate giving thanks and spend time with our loved ones, whether they be family, friends, co workers or etc. With that being said, I decided to create a hometown series. This will allow for you all to get to know a little bit more about some fellow bloggers and their hometowns. I will have a new city for you each day except on Thanksgiving, as I will be celebrating with family. To kick start the week, I will be sharing about my hometown of Shawnee, Kansas. I currently reside elsewhere, but my heart will forever be in Shawnee, Kansas.
Living in Kansas can definitely be a lot different than what people think. If you have ever watched the movie The Wizard of Oz you will remember that Dorothy is from Kansas. People from this movie automatically assume that all people from Kansas live on a farm. Not all people in Kansas actually live on a farm, I am one that did not grow up on a farm. Shawnee is a fairly big city in Johnson County in Kansas. The city has a population of over 60,000 people in it. The weather is different year round, as we are prone to getting snow, hail, tornados, rain and ice. The city is still amazing to visit all year round though. Below I will give you a guide of the city with things to see, eat and do around Shawnee and cities near by.
Top Things to Do in or Around Shawnee, Kansas:
1.) Shawnee Mission Park
Shawnee Mission Park is one of the most beautiful parks around Shawnee, Kansas. This park is 1600 acres and a true hidden gem. There are several ponds, lakes, trails, places to play, a dog park and things to explore. This park is highly known as a place to take pictures in because of its beautiful scenery. Shawnee Mission Park is a must see.
2.) Antioch Park
Antioch Park is a smaller park with only 44 acres but has a different beauty to it. There are 2 fishing lakes, trails, shelters, places to play and much more. This park is beautiful in the fall with all the trees around. I actually got married in this park because of its beauty in and around the gazebo.
3.) Union Station
Union Station is a historical landmark in Kansas City, Missouri. This station is just a short drive from Shawnee, Kansas. Inside you will find permanent and temporary exhibits, a planetarium, science city and plenty of shops. On the outside of you look closely, you will find a couple bullet holes that remain from the year 1933. This is an amazing place to visit, as I have been several times.
4.) Liberty Memorial
Liberty Memorial is right across the street from Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. This memorial is connected with the National World War I museum. You can get a ticket to go to the top of the memorial and check out the amazing views of Kansas City. There is an elevator to take you to the top and then you have a few stairs to walk up to get to the very top.
5.) Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Nelson Atkins Art museum is located near Union Station and Liberty Memorial. This art museum offers several different exhibits. My personal favorite is all of the exhibits outside. This is a must see whenever you go to Kansas or Missouri.
6.) Watch a Sunrise and Sunset
Kansas offers some of the best sunsets and sunrises I have ever seen. Although I barely seen any of the sunrises in Kansas, they were a spectacular sight when I did see them.
7.) Old Shawnee Days
Old Shawnee Days is a carnival to celebrate the town of Shawnee. This carnival and parade take place every year around the first weekend in June. The carnival opens on a Thursday and closes on a Sunday, the parade is on the Saturday when the carnival is open. There are many different rides, games to play, shops to visit, things to eat and do.
8.) Knuckleheads Saloon
Knuckleheads Saloon is locates in Kansas City, Missouri. This Saloon has a bar and has live music many times a week. They have a variety of music from rock to gospel. I met the famous Jonathan Jackson and the newer band called Beat Root Revival here. This is definitely a very popular hangout for people around this area.
9.) Kauffman Stadium for a Royals Game
Kauffman Stadium, also known as “The K” is home to the major league baseball team the Royals. The Royals have participated in Four World Series but only one two. One was won in 1985 and the other in 2015. This was a very proud moment for Kansas City. This stadium is very large in size and can hold up to around 37,000 people.
10.) Jose Peppers
Jose Peppers is my top favorite place to eat in Kansas. There are several locations around Johnson County and surrounding areas. I highly suggest their espinaca dip, as it is my personal favorite. The dip has cheese, spinach, tomatoes and onions in it. The dip is my idea of perfection as I could eat the entire bowl by myself. I also love their soft tacos and burritos, who am I kidding all of their food is amazing.
This is my list of the top 10 things to do in and around Kansas. These places are all wonderful to visit, eat at and places to hangout at. You can never go wrong when going to any of these places. I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about where I come from. Kansas has a lot more to offer than just farmland I promise.
Tomorrow I have Wendy from Adventurous Retirement on the blog to tell you more about her hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Stay tuned to learn more about Wendy and her hometown in Pennsylvania. Where do you guys come from? Let me know in the comments below.