Greet the Season in Independence

Experience warm hospitality during the cooler season in the heart of our nation’s history, just a short drive from Kansas City. In Independence, MO, the past is so close you can feel it. The colorful community vibe of the city will make you feel right at home as you explore the abundance of activities, lively shops and relaxing restaurants. Start your journey, and find your Independence!

Two horses pulling a tour group in a covered wagon in front of the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, MO

Retrace the steps of history

Revel in the age-old relics that remain very much alive in Independence. Take a tour of the 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home, but watch out for lingering ghosts. Or face the spooky spirits head-on during a ghost hunt. Enjoy a covered wagon tour, or opt for sharing a mule-drawn sleigh ride with Santa and recall the memory of shivering pioneers headed west. Sift through trail artifacts, letters and more than 2,600 first-person trail accounts at the National Frontier Trails Museum. Feel the roots of history and sip on superb refreshments during Champagne and Chandeliers in a genuine Victorian mansion.

The Vaile Mansion during fall in Independence, MO

Break free from the ho-hum

Independence has hosted the dawn of epic adventures for centuries, so it’s the perfect place to forge forward in your own memory making. Catch a sports game, jam out at a concert or learn to ice-skate at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Stretch your legs on the Annual Winter Solstice Torch-Lit Hike at George Owens Nature Park, or stay toasty on a Christmas tour at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. Fill your bags at the stores on Independence Square, and then fill your belly at local treasures like the Main Street Coffee House, A Little BBQ Joint or Clinton’s Soda Fountain.

Two women sitting on a bench in front of a mural that reads “#LoveTheSquare” near Historic Independence Square in Independence, MO
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