School is almost out, parents are planning trips and kids are gearing up for the laid back daily schedule we like to call “summer vacation.” According to travel forecasts, people are once again adding travel spending to family budgets as the economy continues to improve. But, not everyone can afford trips across the nation to see major attractions or beaches and oceans.
As you begin making plans for 2014 summer travel, we invite you to explore Merriam! Nestled just eight miles from downtown Kansas City, Merriam offers visitors a convenient, affordable and accessible location to enjoy the most popular attractions across the metro. New in the area this summer–Verruckt, the tallest water slide in the world; the Museum at Prairiefire and the penguin exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo. In addition to new attractions, the KC region hosts hundreds of family-friendly events and activities throughout the season, including the popular Turkey Creek Festival in Merriam, Old Shawnee Days in Shawnee, Santi-Cali-Gon Days in Independence and much more. There’s never a lack of things to do in Kansas City and Merriam welcomes you to stay, explore and enjoy it all.
To guide you through the “must-do’s” in our community, we’ve created a listing of Fun & Free activities and events in Merriam. From sweet bread samples to park concerts and food truck battles, there’s something for everyone here in Merriam. Enjoy your summer travel plans—and, don’t forget the sunscreen!