Take a walk in the park, explore the peaceful woods, take a swing at a country club or shop around town. There are multiple ways to be entertained by this town. So take a look and enjoy Leawood any way you please.
Plentiful Recreation and Entertainment
Lively retail communities, beautiful parkland, water features and public art provide something for everybody to enjoy in Leawood. The areas bounded by 119th Street, Roe and Nall Avenues, and 117th Street have become destination central in Leawood. Some of the best spots in the Kansas City area to shop, catch a bite, meet up with friends, and stroll around can be found in Leawood’s shopping centers.
Activities Year Round - Attend an Event
In addition to shopping and soaking up the natural surroundings, the City of Leawood and local shopping districts host a wide variety of events throughout the year, including a series of live concerts, plays and music festivals at places like Ironwoods Park Lodge and Amphitheater, Mission Farms, Park Place, Town Center Crossing and Town Center Plaza. Barkley Square in Park Place is also home of Johnson County’s only outdoor ice-skating rink (The Ice), for a fun and leisurely winter outing. The Leawood Parks and Recreation Department holds many family and community oriented events, including the annual Eggstravaganza, Fall Festival, Holiday Lighting, July 4th Celebration, Labor Day Run, Breakfast with Santa, Daddy & Daughter Date Night, Community Theater and monthly senior luncheons. Hungry? Then don’t miss ‘A Taste of Leawood’, presented by the Leawood Chamber! After more than 20 years, the event remains a popular showcase for Leawood’s finest area restaurants. This festive evening has helped brand Leawood as one of the region’s premier dining destinations. Located on the north side of Town Center Plaza, the event is held every September and attracts nearly 1,500 attendees. For information about this year’s event, see leawoodchamber.org/a-taste-of-leawood-2 for details.
Sure, there’s plenty to do in the city, but when you need a breath of fresh air or a moment of peace and quiet, these areas are easily accessible.
Tomahawk Creek Greenway (nature category)
The Tomahawk Creek Greenway is a perfect place to exercise while taking in a peaceful afternoon in the woods. Walk, jog, bicycle or rollerblade down the trail as it winds along Tomahawk and Indian Creeks. Or you can stop to fish at any of the three lakes stocked with channel catfish, green sunfish and largemouth bass. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks stock it every month between April and September.
Prairie Oak Nature Center at Ironwoods Park (nature category)
This center provides fun, educational programs for all ages. Visitors can check out the exhibits, stop by the library, walk through the garden and discover all of the habitats along the two-mile walking trail.
Ok, so maybe there’s more to do than just ‘stroll’ our 486 acres of parkland. Read on to find out which park sounds best for you and your day.
Ironwoods Park, 147th and Mission
At Ironwoods Park, check out the Prairie Oak Nature Center and the Lodge. There you’ll find a meeting/banquet center complete with seating for 300+, a commercial kitchen and audiovisual amenities. There’s also a challenge course, the Oxford School House, a beautiful walking trail, playground equipment and an amphitheater for shows or concerts. And if you can’t fit all of that in one day, stay overnight. There are cabins complete with bathhouse access.
I-Lan Park, 126th and Nall
This 10-acre park is dedicated to Leawood’s sister city I-Lan, Taiwan. It’s a replica of traditional Taiwanese gardens featuring a sheltered pavilion, a trail connecting with Leawood’s trail system, a playground, public art and a pagoda.
Gezer Park, located at 133rd and Mission Road
Gezer Park is Leawood’s other sister city– The Gezer Region in Israel. It includes two shelters built with stone harvested in Israel. One of these shelters is “open-air”, reflecting the shelter in the Pinat Shorashim Park in Gezer. There’s also an aromatic Havdalah garden, two pieces of public art, a celebratory fire pit, restroom, a play site and much more!
Tomahawk Park, 119th between Mission and Tomahawk Creek Parkway
This little park is less than 4 acres. It includes a shelter, playground, and a baseball field adjacent to an open play space and Tomahawk Trail.
With 66 acres, this park is the hub of Leawood’s recreational activities. Residents take part in formal and informal sports programs that utilize the park’s soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, youth baseball fields and basketball and sand volleyball courts. The park’s shelters have grills popular through the spring and fall seasons. There’s also a loop-jogging trail, which serves as a trailhead for the main path along the Tomahawk Greenway Trail. After a run, take a dip at The Aquatic Center. It features a zero-depth pool, a 145-foot water slide, baby pool with water toys, fountains and a Sprayground.
Our furry canine friends also have a new place to play on the far eastern side of City Park, just over the bridge. Leawoof Off-Leash Dog Park opened in October 2014 and provides ample room for dogs of all sizes (and their people) to romp and play. The off-leash areas provide two fenced-in play areas (one for small dogs, less than 25 pounds) and one for large dogs (more than 25 pounds) where dogs can exercise in a clean, safe environment under supervision of people who wish to enjoy interaction with their pets and other dog owners. See our Dog Park Page for rules and regulations before you visit and make your dog’s day.
Try out the Ironhorse Golf Club – it’s a favorite among golf lovers. This par 72 upscale public golf course is situated on 189 wooded acres and features an 18-hole championship course, with a layout enhanced by natural waterways and prairie grasslands, supported by an extensive practice facility. Other top golf spots in Leawood are Hallbrook Country Club and The Country Club of Leawood.
Get Out of Town
Every great city can brag about its restaurants and shopping areas – Leawood is no exception. From the casual to the formal, some of Leawood’s premier restaurants and shops are located in shopping centers throughout the community.
Town Center Crossing is an outdoor lifestyle center. It features dining and shopping establishments unique to the KC Metro area. The urban style developments offer mixed-use residential areas, restaurants, retail shopping, and office space.
Mission Farms, located at 107th and Mission Road, this area consists of upscale residential living above charming boutiques and restaurants.
Park Place, another mixed-use community, is located in the heart of Leawood and includes a new hotel destination– Aloft Leawood-Overland Park. This hotel is unique to the Kansas City metropolitan market the first hotel to open in Leawood, and offers a contemporary, sophisticated place to stay for the traveler on the go.
Another mixed-use community (and Chamber member) gaining popularity on the boundary of Leawood and Overland Park, is Prairiefire. This exciting new development invites you to shop, dine, catch a movie, bowl or play bocce ball, and even reside next to the Museum at Prairiefire, featuring world-class architecture and exhibitions from the American Museum of Natural History. Or browse fresh, worldly groceries at The Fresh Market, just a calming walk through native wetlands to the west.
Less than 30 minutes away from any location in Leawood, residents and businesses enjoy easy, affordable access to the wide variety of nationally recognized arts, culture, sports, recreation and entertainment events, and organizations that the greater Kansas City metropolitan area offers. These activities include: world-renowned museums featuring traditional and contemporary art, jazz, agriculture, and history; major league sports teams; fine dining; fabulous shopping; water and amusement parks; and more!
World Class Sports
There’s no denying that this is a sports-minded town. Fans cheer on their National Football League team, the Kansas City Chiefs, at Arrowhead Stadium, while enjoying extravagant pre-game tailgate parties. The 2012 Season marked the Kansas City Chief’s 50th year. The area’s Major League Baseball team and 2014 World Series contenders, the Kansas City Royals, delight fans next door at the “K,” Kauffman Stadium.
Sporting Park, a soccer-specific stadium near the Village West retail center in Kansas City, Kan., is the home of Sporting Kansas City, the 2013 MLS National Champions. Two Sporting players, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. For fans of NASCAR and other auto racing, Kansas City, Kansas, is the home of the Kansas International Speedway, located just south of Sporting Park and Village West. Sports fans can also visit this area to enjoy the Kansas City T-Bones, the area’s minor-league baseball team.
The Sprint Center is Kansas City’s home for basketball, concerts, family shows, special events, etc. This arena seats in excess of 18,000 people and shares a common lobby with the College Basketball Experience, a 41,500-square-foot entertainment facility that contains interactive basketball exhibits and houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Amazing Fine Arts
If the fine or performing arts are more to your taste, the area offers internationally known museums, fabulous gallery districts, and several theaters. Residents visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Lyric Opera House, Kansas City Symphony, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, New Theatre Restaurant, State Ballet of Missouri, Theater in the Park, and the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, among others. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in September of 2011 and will host the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera and a number of other art organizations. Leawood also boasts an outstanding public art program and first rate community theater productions, thanks to the Leawood Arts Council, and the Leawood Stage Company.
A Rich History
It is easy to find a rich and distinctive history in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Metro area is home to the Harry S. Truman Home & Presidential Library, Liberty Memorial, Union Station, Hallmark Cards Visitors Center, Shawnee Indian Mission State Historical Site, Steamboat Arabia, Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio and the 18th & Vine Jazz District (which includes the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum).
If you want to dance the night away or just relax with some friends, Westport offers the perfect blend of entertainment to satisfy your evening cravings. The entertainment district is home to several shops, art galleries, theaters, restaurants and numerous clubs and bars. Revelers can also venture to the Country Club Plaza for some fine dining and a nightcap, while Brookside offers a unique variety of shops and bars for those looking to unwind. If luck is on your side, the Kansas City area is home to several riverside casinos including Ameristar, Argosy, Isle of Capri and Harrah’s.
The massive Sprint Center arena is the cornerstone of Kansas City’s downtown revival, the Power & Light District. The eight-block neighborhood features residential developments, restaurants, themed bars, movie and live entertainment theaters, and mixed retail.
As Leawood’s Park Place, Town Center Crossing, and Mission Farms developments continue to build up, they compliment the already fabulous array of shopping and dining opportunities in and around Town Center Plaza, making Leawood a destination location for anyone looking for the ultimate entertainment and dining experience.
More Family Fun
And given the city’s focus on children and families, even the little ones have their own exciting places to visit. Families can choose from a variety of activities including Science City, Coterie Children’s Theatre, Wonderscope Children’s Museum, the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park, Kaleidoscope, the award-winning Kansas City Zoo, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Theatre for Young America, Paradise Park, Powell Gardens, Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the College Basketball Experience, and the Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, and Schlitterbahn amusement parks.