Looking for a quick, easy weekend getaway in the Kansas City metro area? Check out Miami County—only a 30-minute drive south of the Plaza, on 4-lane highways.
With almost a dozen lakes, 50+ miles of trails, and 10 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, you won’t want to miss these stops on your next visit.
Eat at The BBQ Shack
Featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” this BBQ joint in Paola is also listed on the KansasTravel.org’s list of “Unique Kansas Restaurants.” Try the signature Smoked Wings—or the Brisco Darlin’s Burnt Ends.
Visit the history museums
Learn about Civil War-era history at the John Brown Museum. Then stop by the Osawatomie Railroad Museum to get your fix of the Union Pacific. The Miami County Historical Museum has 6,000 sq. ft. of historical displays that tell the story of early Kansas—including Native Americans, historic missions, railroads, and the Civil War.
Sycamore Ridge Golf Course was rated as the “#1 Course in the Kansas City Area” by Golf Digest, and the “#1 Public Golf Course in Kansas” by Zagat. Visitors love playing the 18 holes of bentgrass, designed by Jim Colbert and Baster Spann in 2000. Also, try the nearby Metcalf Ridge Golf Club and Osawatomie Golf Course.
Go fishing and boating
Hillsdale Lake draws 1 million visitors every year—to fish, hunt, camp, and swim at this 4,580-acre lake, one of the top tourist attractions in the state of Kansas. With 30 miles of horse trails and 5 miles of hiking trails, there’s plenty of room to explore.
Ride the Wine Trolley
Miami County is home to the Somerset Wine Trail—and you can experience all 4 wineries (safely!) on their unique Wine Trolley, including:
- Middle Creek Winery
- Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery
- Nighthawk Vineyard & Winery
- White Wind Farms
Gaze at the stars
On Saturday nights in May-October, you can visit Powell Observatory for a public viewing of the stars. Maintained by the Astronomical Society of Kansas, this Ruisinger telescope has a 30” mirror and is the largest telescope available for public viewing in a 5-state area. With this technology, you can even see the Andromeda Galaxy, 2.5 million light-years away.
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