Jackson County Parks + Rec

Jackson County Parks + Rec has many ways to make your day throughout fall and winter. Bask in the beauty of the vivid fall colors surrounding our three major lakes (Lake Jacomo, Blue Springs Lake and Longview Lake), our championship golf course and our multi-use trails

Fred Arbanas Golf Course in the fall in Jackson County, MO
Take in views of the changing leaves during a round of championship-caliber golf.

Tee time & top-notch trails

Hitting the links never looks better at Fred Arbanas Golf Course than in the fall, which boasts some of the best greens fees around on a challenging 18-hole championship course, a par-3 executive course, driving range, putting green and full clubhouse amenities.

Jackson County’s trails have proven popular this year, with the new Rock Island Trail winning the hearts of those who have discovered its natural wonders through every season.

A mule with a Merry Christmas caparison draped over his back at Missouri Town 1855 in Jackson County, MO
Fall and winter are the perfect seasons to step back in time at Missouri Town 1855.

A rich past & bright future

Learn how the early pioneers in our region adapted to fall and winter with historic interpreters at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark and Missouri Town 1855. These premier historic sites are open Saturdays and Sundays from November 15 through March 1. Come see how they decorated for the holidays, kept traditions alive and nurtured their community.

Get into the holiday spirit with Jackson County’s favorite tradition: driving through Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake, open Thanksgiving eve through New Year’s Eve. With more than 500,000 lights, 175 animated figures and splashes of Christmas color, the entire family will delight in the magic of this enchanting winter wonderland … a gift to you from Jackson County!

A holiday light display showing Santa in a hammock featuring flamingos and palm trees during Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake in Jackson County, MO
Celebrate the holidays with festive events such as Christmas in the Park.

Visit makeyourdayhere.com for hours, directions and more activities to keep spirits high all year around.

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