Celebrate the Season in Independence

Soak up warm hospitality during the cooler season in the heart of our nation, just a step outside Kansas City. In Independence, the past is so close you can feel it. Find your Independence as you discover the abundance of activities, history, shops and restaurants.

Two horses pulling a tour group in a sleigh on the Historic Independence Square in Independence, MO
Tour the Historic Independence Square from the comfort of a sleigh or a covered wagon.

Rich history you can feel

Visitors will find great American stories around every corner in Independence. Don’t miss our historic homes—the Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, Harry S. Truman Home and 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home & Museum—which offer magnificent sights even from the outside. Then, relive the struggles and triumphs of the Oregon, Santa Fe and California trails as you ride in a covered wagon tour with Pioneer Trails Adventures.

A well-known past Independence resident, former President Harry S. Truman lived most of his life here and once worked at a drugstore—now an authentic soda fountain—on the Historic Independence Square. His legacy lives on at the Historic Truman Courthouse and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum. In 2021, the Truman Library will reopen after a $30 million renovation, featuring reimagined exhibits and an updated entrance.

A light-up Merry Christmas sign above the Courthouse Exchange patio in Independence, MO
Enjoy a festive meal at local restaurants on the Square.

A bright future to embrace

The Square is home to one-of-a-kind shops, top-notch restaurants and a cozy place to grab a pint of local beer.

Browse for gifts (for loved ones or for yourself!) at boutiques such as Scandinavia Place, Gilbert Whitney & Co. and Serendipity Antique Shop

Courthouse Exchange boasts a casual ambiance with hearty comfort food, while Ophelia’s serves eclectic American cuisine in a romantic atmosphere—the perfect recipe for an impressive date night.

Grab a flight at 3 Trails Brewing to sample their unique selections, such as the Patchwork Quilt, a West Coast-style IPA, and Do You Yuzu? featuring bright citrus notes. Not a beer fan? Check out the house-made hard cider, mead and sour beers.

Craving more action? Head to the state-of-the-art Cable Dahmer Arena for fast-paced fun with the Kansas City Mavericks hockey team. The 5,800-seat arena offers plenty of room to space out amongst fans cheering on the Mavs as they take the ice. With plenty of parking and a convenient location off of I-70, this is a game-changing winter attraction in Independence. 

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Find Your Independence in Independence, MO