Summer Fun in Kansas City



Hurricane Falls at World's of Fun

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June through August — Let’s just call it what it is — The best three months of the year!

 

435 has hit the pools, fished lakes and streams, paddled and splashed the water parks, dived and jumped through hoops (literally) to bring you a mega list of activities to take your summer to the next level.

ADVENTURE

Hang 10

Bayrider Surf Simulator

 

Learn how to surf the waves at the “Bayrider Surf Simulator” at The Bay Water Park. Instructors will teach you how to “Flow Ride," which is an actual water sport that combines surfing, snowboarding, skating and wakeboarding. Private lessons are $25 per 30-minute session. kcparks.org


Get Your Tarzan On

Go Ape -- The Treetop Adventure at Swope Park

 

Swing through trees. Zip line through nature and hold on tight as you “Go Ape” at the Treetop Adventure in Swope Park. This two-and-a-half-hour journey through the forest canopy might just have you doing the classic Tarzan yodel. Tickets are $58 for adults and $38 for children 10 to 15 years of age. goape.com


Set Sail

Sailing Club

 

Be the captain of your own ship, or at least learn what keel and jibe mean by taking sailing lessons. The Jacomo Sailing Club Offers classes for adults all summer. Cost is $200. jacomosailingclub.org


Peter Pan It

Zip KC Zipliners 

 

Why just have one zip line when you can have nine? At Zip KC, nine zip lines stretching more than 5,800 feet and (gulp) reaching speeds up to 50 mph will have you flying high. The finale is the zero-gravity line which is a 12-foot free fall. Fans say it's part zip line, part roller coaster. Tickets start at $79.99 per person. zipkc.com


Girls, Get Down and Dirty 

Wild Women Timber Challenge

 

The Wild Woman Timber Challenge on June 3rd is a 5K obstacle course relay just for women. Be prepared for foam, mud pits, bluff and rope climbs, inverted monkey bars, cargo nets and more. Entry fee on race day is $65. kctimberchallenge.com


Conquer a Challenge Course

40 Foot Climbing Tower at the TimberRidge Adventure Center

 

Anything with the term “Dangle Duo” must be a blast – right? At the TimberRidge Adventure Center, a rope course, zip line and “Eagle’s Nest” 40-foot climbing tower (with Dangle Duo) and vertical playpen along with rappelling, is all you’ll need to test your outdoor prowess. jcprd.com


Reach New Heights

Rock Climbing Wall at Emerald City Gym

 

If you’re into scaling cliffs and know what a belay loop is, become a member of the Kansas City climbing community and get all the deets about the best places for outdoor climbing. climbkc.com. If you want to learn to climb, embrace the “monster” — the metro’s largest indoor rock climbing wall, the venue boasts 5,000 square feet of vertical and horizontal climbing space and is available for beginners as young as seven. Prices for classes vary depending on age and experience. emeraldcitygym.com


Train to be a Ninja

Urban Air Trampoline Park

 

If you’ve ever watched NBC's “American Ninja Warriors” and thought, “Hey, I want to do that!” You can get a taste of what it takes at the warrior obstacle course at Urban Air Adventure Park. If you discover you’re not (ahem) a warrior, there’s always the trampoline park. $20 for a two-hour pass.
urbanairtrampolinepark.com


Hold on Tight

Ride the Renovated Timber Wolf at Wolds of Fun

 

The Timber Wolf, the beloved wooden roller coaster at Worlds of Fun, has gotten a makeover. Now you’ll finish the ride hauling it at high speed while you hit a banked 70-degree turn and get rotated almost sideways. We recommend not getting on this ride with a full stomach. Admission is $39.99 if you buy your tickets online. worldsoffun.com


Be a Race Car Driver

Richard Petty Driving Experience

 

If you feel the need for speed, try out the “Rookie” package at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You’ll get to drive a real NASCAR car by yourself for an eight-minute timed session on a regulation track. If that sounds too scary, you can ride shotgun for three laps at top speed in a race car with a professional driver. The “Rookie” package begins at $319 and the “Ride Along” begins at $149. drivepetty.com