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5 Summertime Activities in Lees Summit

Explore Lee’s Summit, MO this summer at these five destinations and activities!

We love Lee’s Summit, Missouri! We may be biased, but we think Lee’s Summit is the best area of Kansas City to call home. No matter what season there are tons of activities here, but summer especially is a fantastic time to enjoy and explore our wonderful neck of the woods.

1.       Summit Waves Water Park

Open from late-May to mid-August, Summit Waves is the perfect place to take the family on a hot summer’s day. Relax in the lazy river or let the kids play on the various pools and slides. The concessions won’t break the bank, either! Lee’s Summit residents even get a discount on tickets, so get your single visit or season pass today! Follow Summit Waves on Facebook to keep an eye on any specials or events, or follow the Lee’s Summit Parks & Rec Department on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for even more goings-on.

2.       Longview Lake

For more aquatic summer fun head over to Longview Lake. The 930 acres of water entertainment and 14 shelters offer a great place to get together with friends and family. The 1-acre beach area offers plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing, or up the ante on a power boat or jet ski. There are also quite a few events and activities hosted by Jackson County Parks + Rec throughout the summer, so check out their website for a calendar of events and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to keep up with everything going on.

3.       B & B Theaters

Beat the heat this summer at B & B Theaters. Started by two families (Bills and Bagby) in 1980, the history of the theater truly begins in 1924 when Elmer Bills, Sr. founded Bills Theatres, playing silent movies in Salsbury, MO. A decade or two later Sterling Bagby, a former concession clerk, started the Bagby Traveling Picture Show that evolved into a drive-in theater circuit. Fast forward to 1980 when the two families decided to join forces and turn the two family businesses into B&B Theaters. From the days of silent films, through the drive-in craze, all the way to the digital era of today, they are truly in it for a love of film. See what’s showing and get your ticket today! You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to keep up with any special events or showings.

4.       Downtown Days

Kick off the summer at Lee’s Summit Downtown Days! Held each year in early June, Downtown Days is the go-to southeast Kansas City festival. Enjoy this family-friendly (free!) event that’s been going on yearly for over three decades I the heart of downtown Lee’s Summit. Stop by for live music and entertainment, festival foods, carnival rides, crafts and other wares, and much more. With new attractions and entertainment options each year, you definitely don’t want to miss this celebration! Learn more about the entertainment, vendors, and more on their website, and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

5.       Oktoberfest

Bookend summer festivities with another fabulous Lee’s Summit festival at Oktoberfest! Held mid- to late-September (technically after summer, but a great way to welcome fall!), Oktoberfest serves as a fundraiser to support Lee’s Summit businesses. Enjoy and experience everything you’ve come to know and love about Oktoberfest, from the traditional German arts and crafts to all the brats you can eat. And of course, there’s a Biergarten, and even a Rootbiergarten! Learn more and check out all the food, drinks, and other vendors that will be there on their website.

What are your favorite summertime activities in Lee’s Summit? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and let us know!

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