Lee’s Summit Day Trip

Only in the area for the day? Let us help maximize your time in Lee’s Summit. Below you’ll find a list of family friendly recommendations. Keep in mind, this is only a taste of everything Lee’s Summit has to offer. There is much more to see and do on your next extended trip!

9:30 am Start your day off right with a cup of coffee from local coffee shop, Whistle Stop Coffee and Mercantile, located in the heart of historic downtown Lee’s Summit. Give yourself some time to take in the local business hustle and bustle as shops begin to open for the day. Listen for train whistles as freight trains and Amtrak travel through. Walk down 3rd Street to find local murals and the iconic Hartley Heart Fountain. Browse local boutiques such as Cameron’s Home Furnishings, Very Violet Boutique or Local Foundery – all great for finding unique gifts and keepsakes.

Whistle Stop Coffee & Mercantile boasts a scenic back patio as well as cozy indoor seating.

11 am Once you’ve explored downtown to your hearts content, fuel up and hit some of Lee’s Summit’s historical landmarks by car. Near downtown you’ll find two notable historic stops: The Lee’s Summit History Museum and Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. A little further out, you’ll find the Historic Longview Mansion. Once named the “World’s Most Beautiful Farm” this multi-acre estate built in 1914 was once home to Kansas City millionaire Robert A. Long. After an expansive renovation in 2018, this 104-year old mansion is now used for weddings and special events. It’s a must see! And while you’re in the Longview area, drive around the lake for some beautiful scenic views!

12 pm – Located less than 20 miles from downtown Kansas City, Lee’s Summit shares KC’s love of barbecue. In fact, they are not only home to several top-notch BBQ joints, but they also host an annual Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ Competition (check our community calendar for exact dates). So, to test out Lee’s Summit barbecue, head to award winning, Summit Hickory Pit BBQ for lunch. Their bottled signature sauce makes a great souvenir to take home with you – find it in the SHP Trading Post on your way out!

If barbecue isn’t your thing, Main Slice offers great pizza and salad options, or for something lighter check out Tropical Smoothie Café in Summit Fair.

2 pm – Depending on the weather, you might want to spend some time outdoors. Lee’s Summit is home to several beautiful lake fronts – Longview Lake and Lake Jacomo are most accessible for taking in scenic views. Another relaxing outdoor option is Stonehaus Farms Vineyard and Winery. Sip wine and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere with beautiful views of the vineyards.

If you’re traveling with kids, Lea McKeighan Park is a great place to let them burn off some energy, and Paradise Park is a family friendly amusement center with options for indoor and outdoor fun.  

Traveling with kids? Check out Lea McKeighan Park for some free fun that will keep them entertained for hours!

If weather is not in your favor, consider catching a movie at B&B Theatres, or a game of bowling at Summit Lanes.

6 pm – Lee’s Summit brings a variety of dinner options, so whether you’re in the mood for mouthwatering barbecue, delicious seafood or casual options the whole family can enjoy, we promise you won’t go hungry!

Pearl Tavern is a relatively new (and popular!) addition to the culinary scene offering a fresh oyster bar and other great seafood options. Smoke Brewing Co. brings two crowd pleasers together – beer and barbecue. Located in downtown Lee’s Summit, this tasty option is a good one if you want experience Lee’s Summit’s nightlife scene after dinner.

Looking for something family friendly? Locals love Habanero’s Home of the Flying Pepper for Mexican fare, as well as La Fuente Mexican Restaurant. And Long-Bell Restaurant is a small pizza joint offering arcade games and a relaxed environment. Always a kid pleaser!

8 pm – If you aren’t too worn out after dinner, head back downtown to experience Lee’s Summit’s vibrant nightlife. On the weekends, Libations & Co. is a cozy spot for listening to live music while sipping a handcrafted cocktail. Llywelyn’s Pub is a lively bar in the heart of downtown offering a good time any night of the week.

Llywelyn’s Pub offers a casual environment perfect for catching a game and a bite to eat.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, consider grabbing a table at Third Street Social. This local favorite serves as the dessert test kitchen for pastry chef, Nicolette Foster, so in addition to long-standing favorites such as the Oatmeal Cream Pie, you can find an array of new and unique desserts on rotation.

If ice cream is your dessert of choice, we recommend Poppy’s Ice Cream. Voted best ice cream in Kansas City, this house made ice cream and sorbet has been a crowd pleaser for over a decade.