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Social Distancing in KC Area Parks

The weather in Kansas City is finally starting to feel like spring, but with COVID-19 still front-page news, many families are trying to figure out how to enjoy all that the season has to offer while respecting Social Distancing guidelines and Stay at Home Orders.  Luckily, the Kansas City Metro is an incredible place to enjoy the outdoors safely, and many of them are just a few steps from your front door.

Talk a Walk

Sometimes even that afternoon walk around the neighborhood isn’t quite enough to get your blood pumping and your body moving.

Lake Olathe

Lake Olathe is Johnson County’s newest family hotspot.  During a regular summer Lake Olathe would be full of families enjoying outdoor concerts, having picnics, kayaking or enjoying the obstacle course on the lake. With 258 acres there is plenty of space for the family to spread out and walk to your heart’s content even while observing social distancing guidelines.

Ernie Miller

Ernie Miller is a giant wooded hiker’s dream in West Olathe.  There are miles and miles of wide trails and plenty of space for even a large family to spread their wings and explore.  Please note: While the main building is currently closed the park is still open.  They even have a Family Scavenger Hunt on their website for families to enjoy!

Cave Spring Park

Cave Springs Park in Raytown is a local favorite. With miles or rocky trails, everyone will feel a sense of adventure and even the most energetic child (or adult) will have a blast.

Hit the Bike Trails

Indian Creek Trail

Much of Southern Metro lives in close proximity to the Indian Creek Trail System.  With 26 miles of Trails from JoCo to Jackson Co. this greenbelt system will make even the most novice biker feel like a pro.  So grab your kids, your bike and your water bottle and stretch your legs on the Indian Creek Trail.

Swope Park

is notorious for its many biking trails. It’s the home for the Urban Trail Co. and currently sits at 13.5 miles and is constantly growing!

Shawnee Mission Park, Loose Park, and Kill Creek Park also have excellent trails to keep you moving and keep you safe.  **Please note: most area parks/venues have closed their public restrooms, plan accordingly!!**


Spring in Kansas City has always been the perfect time to get outside. Whether you are exploring your neighborhood parks or staying close to home, stay safe and keep moving!

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