In my first article on free things to do in Independence http://glowbass.com/budget-events-in-kansas-city/free-things-to-do-i…, I mentioned several fun, free things to do. In my second article I highlight over a dozen other places to have family fun.
These free attractions and activities include:
1827 Log Courthouse, 107 W. Kansas. Last courthouse between Independence and the Pacific Ocean for forty years.
Bass Pro Outdoor World, 18001 E. Bass Pro Drive. Enjoy outdoor trails, playground, pavilion and lake, or wildlife displays and acquarium inside. Minimal charge for laser shooting gallery and rock climbing wall.
Chicagoand Alton Depot, 313 W. Pacific. Built in 1879, the oldest two story restored depot in Missouri. Furnished with railroad memorabilia and equipment, as well as period antiques upstairs in the station master’s home. Donations.
Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River and Auditoruim, 1001 W. Walnut.
The Temple spirals 300 feet high and houses a museum, two theaters, bookstore, 1600 seat sanctuary graced by a world class organ, and artwork. Check out free audio guide tours at the reception desk. Free organ recitals 3 daily, May through September . The Auditorium also boasts a famous organ and is home to the Children’s Peace Pavilion, a free interactive museum for children packed with hands-on activities and exhibits.
Historic Independence Square,Lexingtonand Main. Enjoy eight restaurants, 15 gift and specialty stores and five antiques shops in the charming area surrounding the historic Jackson County courthouse.
Independence Center. Sample all the best in retail shopping. Take a break at the indoor play area or spin on the elegant carousel (minimal charge).
MidwestGenealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road. Opened in June 2008, this is the largest public genealogy library in the nation.
MormonVisitors Center, 937 W. Walnut. Learn about the key roles Mormons played in frontier Independence through flat screens, video kiosks, dioramas and a full size log cabin, plus a frontier themed play area for kids. Upstairs, interactive displays and exhibits share modern beliefs of the Church.
Pioneer Spring Cabin, Truman and Noland Roads. Take a walk back into time and during a look at log cabin life in the 1800s.
SkateParkat Hill Park, 23rd Street and Maywood. Concrete bowls, rails, stairs and grind blocks allow kids to show their skate skills.
Spraygrounds. Features that mist, spray and shoot water let kids cool off.
Located in Rotary Park, 24th and Hedges and McCoy Park, 24th Highway and North Delaware.
Walking Trails: Hike one of the three marked walking trails, with the themes of Truman sites, Mormon heritage and the Swales (ruts) made by covered wagons. Or follow a driving tour of Civil War sites in Independence. Free brochures available for each of the four.