Summer vacations are creeping towards an end, yet Kansas City temperatures are steadily climbing. It’s definitely time for a quick escape with the kiddos! Of course, the logical solution to beat this heat is water. Although we Missourians are landlocked, there are some impressive water spots that will have you feeling like you’ve traveled thousands of miles versus just a few hours drive. Take a family road trip from Kansas City to these Oasis destinations. A few are actually closer than you think. Yes, I know that you probably won’t have time to visit every last one but you should consider packing up your family and exploring at least one before the summer is over.

The Fugitive Beach 

The Fugitive Beach is located on a 25 acre Rock Quarry.  We offer swimming for all ages, a 60’ waterslide, 15’ and 20’ cliff jumps, sand volleyball, kiddie play area, pavilion rentals, changing rooms, and a beach bar and grill.

Address: 16875 County Road 5285 Rolla, MO 65401

Cost:  $10/person 11 yrs old & Up. Children 10 years old and younger  $6/person

Hours: Open daily May 19-August 20, Monday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Front gate closes at 5:30, no new admissions after 5:30 pm. After August 20th, Weekends only.

Parking: FREE

Drive time from Kansas City: 3 hours, 40 mins.

Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill

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Tropical-feel indoor/outdoor hangout with tables in the sand, bars in the pool & games for kids.

Address: 15208 Red Hollow Road, Gravois Mills, MO 65037

Cost:  2 pools. One adult friendly (over 21) that is free for guests eating and drinking, the other kid friendly pool ($4 admission).

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM

Parking: Free

Drive time from Kansas City: 2 hours, 24 minutes.


Big Surf Waterpark

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Family water park with a wave pool, slides, a floating river, white-water rapids & a splash pool.

Address: 954 State Road Y, Linn Creek, MO 65052

Cost: $15.95 – $31.95

Hours: Open 10 am-6 pm through August 13th, check website for hours after August 13th

Parking: FREE

Drive time from Kansas City: 2 hours, 44 mins

Longview Lake

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Splash into summer at one of the most popular swimming beaches in Jackson County. Enjoy sandy beaches, certified lifeguards and shower and restroom facilities.

Address: 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas CityMO 64134

Cost: $10

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. and holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Call for details.

Parking: Call 816-767-0727

Drive time from Kansas City: 16 minutes

Smithville Lake

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Smithville Lake is a 7,200-acre lake and has more than 175 miles of shoreline.

Address: 17201 Paradesian, Smithville, MO 64089

Cost: Vehicle $5, Boat $12

Parking: N/A

Hours:  Sunday thru Saturday 7:00am – 7:00pm

Drive time from Kansas City: 34 minutes


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