Kansas City


Winter’s finally over in the Kansas City area, and it’s time to plan for outdoor summer fun. Nothing is better on a summer day than spending time at the pool, whether it’s relaxing, taking in a great workout, or playing with the kids in a water wonderland. It doesn’t look like Schlitterbahn will reopen for the 2019 season, but there are still plenty of great options. Here are 12 water parks in Kansas City and the surrounding area. I’ve also included parks that open for public use, rather than limited to residents of a particular community. 

Seasonal note. With the exception of the indoor water parks, the vast majority of these share seasonal hours. You can find parks open from around Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Oceans of Fun

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161

When? The season starts on May 24th and ends after Labor Day weekend on September 2nd.

What? Oceans of Fun is a tropically-themed water park that was once the largest in the world. Adjacent to the World of Fun amusement park, it covers 64 acres. Walk between the Worlds of Fun theme park and the Oceans of Fun. The park contains everything from a calming lazy river to extreme water slides. Kids can find a variety of slides, geysers, and fountains at Crocodile Isle or Paradise Falls. A wave pool has high tide every 10 minutes.


  • A daily admission ticket will provide access to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun for $39.99.
  • You can save money by buying a season pass and sometimes ordering online.

Springs Aquatic Center

9400 N Congress Ave, Kansas City, MO 64153

When? Opens May 25, 2019, through the end of the summer.

What? Part of Tiffany Hills Park, Springs Aquatic Center offers a lap pool for intense swimmers and a leisure pool. Two winding water slides plunge into the 700-square foot leisure pool. Kiddies will enjoy the zero-entry pool or the spray ground with a tipping bucket, silly shower, mist sprayers, pop jets, and a moppet puppet. The center also has a bathhouse with showers, lifeguard stations, and concessions.


  • Regular price for those 48″ in height and taller $9
  • Youth (less than 48″) $6
  • Senior pricing $6.

Fun in the Sun. Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/leoleobobeo-1487549/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=2494906">Jan Haerer</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=2494906">Pixabay</a>

Adventure Oasis Water Park

2100 Hub Dr, Independence, MO 64055

When? Opens May 25, 2019, through Labor Day.

What? Adventure Oasis Water Park includes over 6,000 square feet of wet and wild activities at Buckaroo Beach. Surrounding the beach is a 900-foot lazy river, a climbing wall, and three different water slides. Those wanting a deeper swim will enjoy the separate 25-yard lap pool and diving area. Kids will enjoy Halfpint Paradise, which is part of Buckaroo Beach. A full concession and dining area are available as well.


  • Residents $9
  • Nonresidents $10
  • Ages 3-12— Residents $6 and Nonresidents $7
  • Ages 65 and over — Residents $6 and Nonresidents $7
  • You can also buy a family pass, 5-visit pass, 20-visit pass, or a season pass.

Bay Water Park

7101 Longview Rd, Kansas City, MO 64134

When? Opens May 25th through Labor Day weekend.

What? Bay Water Park is a city-owned aquatic center located in Kansas City, MO, at the intersection of Blue Ridge Blvd and Longview Road. The facility has the only surf simulator in the area at a public facility that allows the rider to do stand-up like surfacing or kneel like boogie boarding. It also has a large lazy river, two giant tube slides, and a large plunge pool. A family play pool includes kid-controlled sprays and fountains, several slides, and a dumping bucket.


  • Over 48″ tall $9
  • Youth (less than 48″) $6 per day
  • Seniors 65+ $6
  • Children one year and under are free.

Great Wolf Lodge

10401 Cabela Dr, Kansas City, KS 66111

When? The indoor pool is open year-round although dates do vary. Check online as there are a limited number of day passes each day and there may be seasonal closures. The outdoor pool is seasonal.

What? Looking for a huge indoor waterpark just perfect for a special occasion? The Great Wolf Lodge is a hotel with a 38,000 square feet indoor water park that includes a large variety of activities from hot springs for the adults to a 4-story tree house water fort for the kids. Use one of the 8 water slides to glide into one of the five splash-and-play pools. Kids will also love the giant tipping bucket, cub paw pool, and the whopping hollow playground. Additional activities include an arcade, character appearances, lunchtime activities for the pool and story time.  While the majority of their waterpark is indoors only, they also have outdoor water activities.

Price? Day passes are available online and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance. The passes do get pricey at $50 and up per person (depending on the day); children two and under get in free.

Black Bob Bay, Olathe, KS

14570 151st St, Olathe, KS 66062

When? Seasonal hours start in Late May (around Memorial Day) through Labor Day.

What? Black Bob Bay is a great place that is larger than your regular public pool but quite not the size of Oceans of Fun. It offers a lazy river, aft water slides, and a 50-meter pool. The dive well includes two 1-meter diving boards and two 3-meter boards with a 50-meter pool. For kids, there are shallow water play structures, a splash park, and a baby pool.

Price? Purchase an Outdoor Pool Season Pass at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd

Summit Waves

120 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

When? Opens May 25 through August 13, 2019

What? Summit Waves is an outdoor water park that features a six-lane lap pool with diving pools, one tube slide, and one body slide. A water playground area includes dump buckets, mini slides, and other activities for the kiddoes. A concession stand is available.


  • Lee Summit residents $7
  • Nonresidents $10.

Splash Cove or Jim Allen Aquatic Center Water Park in Missouri. Photo by Chris Murphy on Flickr — https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrism70/515076909/in/photolist-MvWhR-MvMKW-MvKK7-MvUqn-DeiTio

Splash Cove (Jim Allen Aquatic Center)

5800 King Ave, Shawnee, KS 66203

When? The season begins May 25th and ends on August 11, 2019.

What? Splash Cove is an excellent summer-time location for families with small children. It includes a mini wave pool, 125-foot full body slide, and a party cabana. The zero entry pool is great for kids; all of the pools are 3 feet deep and under. It doesn’t have a full Olympic-sized pool or deep pool so if you want to do laps, look elsewhere.  Kids can enjoy the splash pool, a completely interactive playground. The full concession is available as well.


  • Shawnee residents $6
  • Non-residents $8
  • From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., admission is half-price on Monday through Friday.

Coco Key Water Resort in Missouri. Photo by Britt Reints on Flickr — https://www.flickr.com/photos/emmandevin/4980490928/in/photolist-8A7a9G-8A4d5p-8A4cZc-8A7fQN-8A7j23-DMryfd-8A7jrf-8A4i3T-8A7nuq-8A4iA8-8A7mHW-8A4av2-8A3ZaB-8A7d75-8A4a7X-8A7g9s-8A46qc-8A45tF-8A7frw-8A7dQQ-8A7aN5-8A4dtF-8A4e4x-8A48np-8A4eht-TXbtWP-8A7kgu-8A4aSR-8A4aLH-8A7rEh-SEJP39-7YA7dW-8A4gGe-7YwRkK-7bt6np-7YA7jN-7YwTeX-7YA881-7YwSJR-7YwVyR-7YwRqe-7YA8TY-7YA9JA-7YA9Dy-7YA6Hm-8A47YT-8A7e3w-8A43R2-8A7aqJ-8A7a45

CoCo Key Water Resort

9103 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64133

When? Open year-round on weekends and open on Thursday and Fridays during the summer.

What? Looking or another indoor water park that is available all year long? CoCo Key Water Resort is part of the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center. The indoor water park is over 55,000 square feet of swimming activities, dining options, and a state-of-the-art arcade. They have three big slides for adults and three intermediate slides for kids and a few little ones for younger children along with lily pads.

Price? General admission $9.99; be sure to make reservations ahead of time.

Mission Family Aquatic Center

5930 W 61st St, Mission, KS 66202

When? The season starts on May 25th and lasts through the summer

What? The Mission Family Aquatic Center is a small facility with a lap pool that is large enough for practice. It also offers a lap pool and a kiddie pool with a splash pad.


  • Residents $6
  • Nonresident $8.00
  • If you attend during twilight hours between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., there’s a $2 discount.

Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park

456 Tan Tara Estate, Osage Beach, MO 65065

When? Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend

What? Part of the Margaritaville Lake Resort, the Jolly Mon Indoor Water Park is a 20,000 square foot indoor waterpark with over 600 feet of water slides, an activity pool, and a lazy river for tubing and floating. The kids will enjoy a three-story wilderness tree house with slides, water blaster, tunnels, bridges, and a 600-gallon tipping bucket. There is also a 21-seat whirlpool available for relaxation along with a snack bar. It’s also just outside of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park for more summer activities.


  • Hotel guests $17
  • Non-hotel guests $22
  • Children ages 2 and under are free.

Kenwood Cove Water Park in Kansas RachelH7 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park in Salina

701 Kenwood Park Dr, Salina, KS 67401

When? Seasonal hours start May 25

What? Sure, it’s a little bit of a distance from Kansas City, but the Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park in Salina is still worth the trip. The facility has 1,400 feet of slides, a lazy river for kids of all ages, a raging river, inner tubing, wave pool, and body slides for the more adventurous types. A lap pool is available for swimming every morning except Sundays and during the park’s regular hours. Kids will enjoy the soggy bottoms water playground, lily pads, family fun slide,  and splash pool


  • Adult day passes $6
  • Seniors (62 and up) $3
  • Children (3-17) $4
  • Ages 2 and under are free


Bonus  — White Water in Branson

3505 West, MO-76, Branson, MO 65616

When? Opens May 25th through Labor Day

What? White Water Branson isn’t in the KCMO metro but it’s close enough for a weekend road trip. The waterpark has 13-acres of pools, water slides, and other attractions. Explore the lazy Aloha River or the more thrilling speed slides of Kalani Towers or KaPau Plummet. Surrounded by cascading waterfalls, White Water Waikiki Wave is an interactive double speed speed-slide. Kids of all ages will enjoy the  500,000-gallon wave pool, the playground area of Coconut Cove, and the water slides, geysers, and other activities of Splashaway Cay. Private poolside cabanas are available for rent and the park offers both dining and shopping.


  • One-day tickets (ages 12-64) $45
  • One-day tickets (ages 4-11) $25
  • One-day tickets (65+) $33

Other Adventures

Still looking for summer-time ideas in Kansas City?  Here are some ideas.

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Overland Park, Kansas, is the second most populous city in Kansas and it shows. Driving any of the main thoroughfares, you’ll see the explosive growth of Johnson County in its high-rises, shopping centers, and (frankly) crowded streets. It’s easy to see that Overland Park is Kansas City’s largest suburb with over 170,000 residents.

Approximately ten miles south of the Overland Park Convention Center is an oasis from all the traffic and downtown noise. I discovered it by accident when driving to Louisburg, Kansas, in an area that I had thought was South Olathe. [I was all, “Is Siri lost again?”] The Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a 300-acre arboretum and garden located in a remote area of U.S. Highway 69.

A six-mile hiking trail winds its way through the park and crosses Wolf Creek. A sculpture garden has 18 permanent sculptures with an additional 12 on display throughout the gardens. One of the most relaxing parts is their botanical gardens. A lakeside amphitheater beside Margaret’s Pond offers views of several gardens and is a relaxing place to sit and relax.

Best of all? Tuesdays are free.

Here are recent photos that I took at the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. As a nature enthusiast, it was a great break from cars and city lights. Unfortunately, I’m still learning about flowers and so I can’t label many of these. Feel free to provide suggestions!


Looking for additional things to see in Overland Park? Visit the KCOP Website.

Where to find it? (Map)

8909 W 179th St, Bucyrus, KS 66013

Just twenty miles east of Kansas City, Independence, Missouri, is a city with a mixed reputation. When I first moved to the KCMO metro, people warned me to avoid the city due to crime rates, industrialized neighborhoods, and “it’s boring.” I ventured into the city once in April to attend to a writer’s group at the city library. It was in the northwest part of town known for higher crime rates. I could kind of see what they were talking about. Yet, I was curious to see what else was in the area. I’m kind of stubborn that way.

Louisburg is a small town of about 4,500 residents about 40 miles southwest of Kansas City, but don’t let its small size fool you. You can find everything from a sprawling city park, an excellent aquatic center, to an impressive feline (and other animals) sanctuary on the outskirts of town. On Saturday nights, you can also visit Powell Observatory and watch the night sky without the harsh glare of city lights.

I recently had family in town who had never been to Kansas City, Missouri. I am still a fairly new transplant, but I wanted to put together a short itinerary that we could do in an afternoon. Admittedly, we drove by a lot of the places on the list and didn’t stop, so it may take longer if you are looking to stop and shop. They also wanted to stop at a Casino that was closer than the ones along the River and on their way back to Kansas. So, feel free to move Clark’s Point before the visit to the City Market area and then head on out to either Berkley Riverfront or the Isle of Capri Casino in Kansas City. Either way, here’s how to explore Kansas City, Missouri in roughly four hours.

Looking for free or low-cost activities this summer in the Kansas City metro area? Sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Interpretive Site Coalition, Kansas City’s Passport to Adventure’s free annual program has information about 22 nature and wildlife centers, museums, gardens, historical sites, and education centers in the Kansas City metroplex. At any one of these locations, participants can pick up a password booklet that gives information about the participating centers. It’s a great resource to help you get to know the area and get back to nature.

In the northernmost part of Kansas City, Missouri, is an 80-acre museum operated by the Kansas City Parks, Recreations, and Boulevards. The Shoal Creek Living History Museum, part of Hodge Park, has seventeen authentic 19th-century buildings that make the park feel like stepping back in time. These buildings were relocated from their original villages or homestead and placed in this park.