Lee’s Summit, Missouri

We spent a week at the fantastic Blue Springs Campground in Fleming Park in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, which is right outside Kansas City. The campground is run by Jackson County Parks + Rec. It’s well maintained, gated, and has two camphosts onsite that take turns manning the entrance booth. Travis had to travel to Minneapolis while we were here, which is why we picked this particular campground — it’s about a 40-minute drive to Kansas City International Airport. The Royals and Chiefs stadiums are about a 15-minute drive and downtown is about a 25-minute drive, so the location is pretty fantastic. It was quiet and peaceful during the week, while the weekend was a little more lively with the arrival of weekenders. We had full hookups at a rate of $33 per night. If we ever travel through the Kansas City area again, we will definitely return to Blue Springs Campground!

Address: 5400 NE Campground Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Phone Number: (816) 503-4805

Amenities:

  • Full Hookups
  • Pull Throughs
  • Tent Sites
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Gated
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Table
  • Fire Ring
  • Water Spigots Throughout Campground
  • Playground
  • Ice
  • Firewood
Site 6 was one of the more level sites. The Jackson County Parks + Rec website has a list of the sites with lengths, shade/sun info, and flat/hill info.
Max loved the green grass and sunshine!

There are so many things to do in the area that we easily could have spent another week here!

The campground itself is located in Fleming Park, which consists of two lakes; Blue Springs Lake and Lake Jacomo. There are plenty of seasonal water-centric activities such as fishing, sailing, swimming, and boating as well as a number of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails.

Blue Springs Lake

There is also a reproduction of an antebellum farming community, Missouri Town 1855, comprised of buildings and homes that date from 1830-1880 that were dismantled in their original locations and moved here to be reassembled. There are chickens, sheep, a horse, a mule and pigs that live on site.

The Church – c. 1850
One of two bedrooms available for rent above the Tavern, c. 1850

In another area of Fleming Park, there’s a native hoofed animal enclosure where you can feed elk and American bison.

There are some great museums in Kansas City that I highly recommend visiting.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial was designated America’s official museum dedicated to World War I in 2004. I spent two hours there and barely scratched the surface. The museum tells the story of the Great War and related global events from their origins before 1914 through the 1918 armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference.

The Liberty Memorial Tower stands atop the musuem. At the top, four 40-foot-tall Guardian Spirits (Courage, Honor, Patriotism and Sacrifice) watch over the memorial. The tower is flanked by two Assyrian Sphinxes. “Memory” faces east toward the battlefields of WWI, shielding its eyes from the horrors of war. “Future” faces west, shielding its eyes from an unknown future.
The view of Kansas City from the top of the tower.
The entrance to the museum is across a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths.
This flag flew over the U.S. Capitol when President Wilson made his “Make the world safe for democracy” speech. Four days later, Congress declared war on Germany.
This is a French Renault FT17 Tank that was damaged by a German artillery round.
The U.S. supplied more than 20,000 motorcycles like this 1917 Harley Davidson for use in reconnaissance, communications, and medic operations.
When the United States entered the war in 1917, no chemical warfare protection devices were in use. This is a US CE Box Respirator copied from the British.
“Gassed” by John Singer Sargent

After the museum, I ate lunch at The Russell, just a short drive up the street. The menu is limited, but I had a hard time choosing as everything sounded amazing. My sandwich was delicious and I grabbed a yummy cupcake to go.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art maintains a diverse collection of over 40,000 pieces of art including contemporary, photography, African, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, European, Chinese, South Asian, Japanese, American Indian, and American. Whatever your flavor — they have it. The best part?! The museum is free!

The museum is probably most well known for the four 18′ shuttlecock sculptures in their outdoor sculpture garden.
The museum was most recently in the news when, last November, a museum conservator was examining Vincent Van Gogh’s “Olive Trees” under a microscope and found a grasshopper embedded in the paint. Since Van Gogh often painted outside, this is not unusual, but it made news around the world, because Van Gogh.
The museum is a beautiful facility in and of itself. This is the Rozelle Court Restaurant, which offers lunch most days of the week and dinner with live music on Fridays.

Lee’s Summit is also in close proximity to Independence, Missouri, which is the hometown of President Harry Truman and the location of the Truman Home and Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The house, which he and his family lived in before, during and after his presidency, was bequeathed to the United States upon his wife Bess’s death and is taken care of by the National Park Service. Nothing has been touched and it’s so interesting to get a glimpse into their lives after their White House years. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed in the house.

After the house, we visited the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, with a replica of his Oval Office and other mementos from his life and presidency. He and Bess, as well as their daughter Margaret and her husband, are buried in the courtyard.

Also in Independence: His childhood home and high school, Clinton’s Drugstore (his first job), the church where the Trumans were married, and the Jackson County Courthouse where he served as judge.

We loved exploring the area around Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs Campground and hope to make it back in the future to what else the area has to offer.

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