Family Staycation at Powell Gardens

Here in Lee’s Summit we have a great historic downtown district, enough shopping to keep you busy for days, restaurants that the foodies die for and much more, but whether you are local to Lee’s Summit or here for a visit sometimes it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle to explore nature for a bit! Add in the need for social distancing and that many indoor activities are limited this year, the call to outdoor attractions is at an all time high.

Thankfully in Lee’s Summit we boast a great deal of outdoor options – a top-rated parks system, four lakes, over 12 miles of hiking trails, golf courses and other recreational activities.

Just outside of Lee’s Summit sits Kansas City’s premier botanical garden – Powell Gardens and as close neighbors we are proud to consider them one of our own.

While travel is tricky, Powell Gardens is the perfect spot for a family staycation. Located less than 20 miles from the Lee’s Summit area, the Gardens are just far enough away to feel like a getaway without inspiring choruses of, “are we there yet?” from the backseats.

Before you jump in the car we’ve put together a few tips for the trip. Here’s what you need to know!

Fuel Up

Ok, we know it’s only a 20 minute drive from Lee’s Summit, but once you get to the gardens you’re going to want to hit the ground running so fuel up with a pastry from Skratch Bakery or grab a cup of joe from Post Coffee on your way out of town. You’ll thank us later!

Whatever you sweet tooth craving, Skratch Bakery has something for everyone – Skratchmade Gourmet Cookies, Ooey-Gooey Bars and much more!

Pit Stop

Again, we know the drive is short, but we suggest taking your time and enjoying the journey as much as the destination. There is an adorable little shop called Cockrell Mercantile Company about half way there. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and browse a collection of unique items – ranging from kitchen accessories, great gift options, and other home good keepsakes.

Stretch your legs by browsing isles at Cockrell Mercantile Company boasting unique home items and other keepsakes.

Welcome to the Gardens!

Wander through the Visitor Center landscape, check out the aquatic plants in the Marlese Lowe Gourley Island Garden, and relax in the shade of the David T. Beals III Woodland and Stream Garden. 

Seed to Plate Lunch at Café Thyme

Head to the Heartland Harvest Garden to learn about the journey of our food from seed to plate. Grab some lunch crafted by Chef Michael Foust and made from ingredients from the Garden. Local  ice cream is for sale in reFresh, the Missouri Barn snack shop. 

Picnic in the shade under the eaves of the Missouri Barn. Climb the steps of the silo for birds-eye views and iSpy.  

The Harvest Garden at Powell Gardens.

Play in a Garden Built for Kids

Then head to the Children’s Garden where little ones can play with plants and colorful nature-inspired games while learning about the world outside.

Splash and Sprial

Next, cool off in the Fountain Garden – the largest flower of them all featuring 56 spray heads that create the illusion of an opening flower. 

End your visit with a stop in the Perennial Lounge (opening July 24), featuring local and seasonal gifts, coffee, wine, beer, and snacks as well a comfortable place to reflect on the day. 

Cool off in the Fountain Garden featuring 56 spray heads that create the illusion of an opening flower.

To maintain social distancing regulations tickets must be purchased in advance. For additional information or to reserve your spot please visit Powell Garden’s website.