When visiting Lee’s Summit in the summer, Fleming Park is the place to be. In the center of the park is Jacomo Lake. Spanning over 970 acres, this lake has it all. From boat rentals to bait and dock fishing, it is the perfect location for a summer getaway. For nature-enthusiasts, there are also campgrounds and hiking trails. The Kemper Outdoor Education Center, which is also located in Fleming Park, is perfect for families looking to connect to the outdoors together. Here you can see some of the largest mammals in North America, such as the elk and the buffalo.
Visit the Longview Farm and Mansion for a bit of a blast from the past. One of Lee’s Summit’s early residents, R. A. Long, built the Longview Mansion along with 50 other farm structures between 1913 and 1914. These included a race track, barns, housing, a church, and a police and fire department. The mansion, however, was the jewel of the property with over 22,000 square feet and 48 rooms. Today, this mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular venue for formal weddings and other celebratory events.
Take in the Downtown
Between Main and 3rd Street in Lee’s Summit is the Historic 1880 Downtown District. Stop by and enjoy some of the 40 locally owned shops and boutiques, specializing in jewelry, wine, clothing, home decor, and more. A nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing this area, aiming to ensure that it remains the vibrant core of Lee’s Summit for decades to come. Visitors should make sure to visit over the first weekend in June, as this is when the city holds a Downtown Days… Streets Alive! Festival that attracts thousands of people each year.