There are plenty of activities to enjoy in Kansas City year round. But when the summer weather rolls in, there is an excellent selection of outdoor activities that are a real treat. There are festivals for music and art lovers, family-centric entertainment for families, sporting events for the super fans, and outdoor events for the adventurers.

Need some inspiration to fill out your summer calendar? Here are 10 summer activities to choose from in Kansas City!

1. Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course

If you’ve ever watched Animal Planet and thought that climbing through dense forests like a monkey seems fun, here’s your chance. This unique adventure course has a bunch of different courses that allow guests to climb high up in the trees. Activities include zip lines, Tarzan swings, Yamazoe Steps, plank crossing, and more!

When: All Summer

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2. Shakespeare Festival

Check out a Shakespearean play outside, the way they were performed in Shakespeare's day. Better yet, admission is free. This summer you can see a production of The Winter’s Tale. There’s plenty of food and beverages available on site if you’d like to have a picnic while you enjoy the show.

When: Tues-Saturday June 12-July 1

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3. Explore the Kansas City Wine Trails

If you’re a wine lover looking for an easy day trip, check out the Kansas City Wine Trail. Spanning from Kansas City to Waverly (about 70 miles east), the nine award-winning wineries along the trail offer a wide variety of wines ranging from dry to sweet.

When: All Summer

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4. Segway Tour

Take a tour of the city from the interesting vantage point of a segway. If you’ve never ridden a segway, they’re motorized vehicles that you stand vertically on as you ride. There are a wide variety of different tours that you can take atop a segway, including museum tours, entertainment tours, food tours, and green spaces tours.

When: All Summer

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5. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

This family-friendly attraction is a great place to see and feed a wide range of barnyard and local animals. The farmstead is designed to look and operate like a traditional Kansas family farm. The farmstead boasts an impressive 200 animals, has a fishing pond, and also pony rides for children.

When: Memorial Day through Labor Day

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6. First Fridays in the Crossroads Art District

The Crossroads Art District comes alive the first Friday of each month as thousands gather for the 40-gallery art crawl. First Fridays have been a popular way to spend a Friday night for a few years now and is quickly becoming a regional favorite. Attend a First Friday and you can expect to see live entertainment and a wide variety of sidewalk vendors and food trucks.

When: First Friday of Each Summer Month

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7. Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Stroll through this 300-acre nature sanctuary for a wilderness retreat that offers a unique insight into eight natural ecosystems. The park features paved and woodchips pathways that make navigating the large area easy.

When: All Summer

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8. Jazz in the Woods

Jazz in the Woods is precisely what it sounds like- excellent live jazz music in a serene and picturesque location. This two-day festival features tons of great jazz musicians for you to groove out to. The event is free to the public and serves as a fundraiser for local children’s charities.

When: June 20-21

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9. Catch a Show at the Starlight

The Starlight has been a landmark in Kansas City since it first opened its doors in the 1950s. It is one of only three self-producing outdoor theaters still operating in the United States. Some of the shows on the schedule this summer include Dirty Dancing, The King and I, Cinderella, and Hairspray. Concerts taking place at the Starlight this year include Chicago, Steely Dan, the Barenaked Ladies, and Foster the People.

When: All Summer

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10.  KC RiverFest Fourth of July Celebration

Looking for an event to celebrate the Fourth of July? KC RiverFest is an excellent family-friendly way to spend the 4th. Entertainment at RiverFest includes live music, kid activities, street performers, food, and a grand fireworks display to close it out.

When: July 4th 4:00-10:00

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Find Your Next Kansas City Apartment with Elevate Living

Hopefully, you enjoy your summer out in the sun and can enjoy some of the activities we detailed in this list! If you’re in need of a new apartment, Elevate Living is here to help!

We have a number of awesome apartments available to rent in Kansas City and would love to make your apartment search as easy as possible. Looking for a property that has a swimming pool to allow you to cool down this summer? We have those!

Contact us today to learn more about our current availability.