Top 12 Things To Do In Parkville, Missouri

things to do in Parkville MO
Ryan Joshua
Ryan Joshua 
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Located just a few minutes north of downtown Kansas City lies the quiet yet bustling town of Parkville in Missouri. The town is known for its very pleasant downtown area, university, parks, and other attractions. It also features several places to stay like Airbnb vacation rentals. If you are someone from the city trying to take a break from their busy days, you can enjoy exploring Parkville. Some of the attractions that you can visit include a large park along the river, an underground shopping area, and two wooded nature sanctuaries. If you are interested in visiting the quaint town, here are just some of the best things to do in Parkville, Missouri.

1. Shop for antiques at Parkville Antique Mall

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Posted by Parkville Antique Mall on Sunday, March 21, 2021

If you are an antique enthusiast, someone that loves to collect antiquities, or just want something old and historic to accentuate your home, then you can try visiting Parkville Antique Mall. The mall offers a myriad of antique shops to choose from, and each of these stores sells a variety of old merchandise. From antique furniture, houseware, toys, kitchenware, jewelry, books, toys, and even fixtures, you will surely get the one that you like most at Parkville Antique Mall.

Parkville Antique Mall

Address: 173 English Landing Dr, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Website: Parkville Antique Mall

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm

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2. Embrace nature at Parkville Nature Sanctuary

Parkville Nature Sanctuary
Source: Photo by Flickr user Laura Supalla Gil... used under CC BY 2.0

Explore the beauty of nature and the wilderness as you visit Parkville Nature Sanctuary. It is a wildlife preserve and an educational area well-kept by citizens of the City of Parkville. It has a total land area of 115 acres (46.54 hectares) and can be accessed by around 3 miles (4.82 kilometers) of hiking trails. You will surely enjoy the sights and the natural beauty of Parkville Nature Sanctuary. But remember not to litter as you walk along the park.

Parkville Nature Sanctuary

Address: 100-198 E 12 St, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Website: Parkville Nature Sanctuary

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3. Watch a show by the Bell Road Barn Players

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Posted by Bell Road Barn Players on Monday, June 22, 2020

Witness the world-class performance of greater Kansas City’s oldest community theater, the Bell Road Barn Players. They have been performing and wowing the audience since the group’s inception in 1954. The Bell Road Barn Players have been existing for several decades now and has produced hundreds of talented actors, performers, directors, and technicians. If you are in Parkville, make sure to catch one of their shows such as “Our Town”, which is considered as the group’s signature production, along with “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Bell Road Barn Players

Address: 8021 North Nodaway Avenue, Parkville, MO

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4. Try authentic American dishes at Nick & Jake's

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Posted by Nick and Jake's Parkville on Friday, June 18, 2021

Looking for a place to have your meal? Then you should try dining at Nick and Jake. The authenticity of Nick and Jake’s American dishes sets it apart from the other restaurants in the whole of Parkville. Make sure to try their specialty dishes such as lobster mac and cheese, fried chicken salad, baby back ribs, chocolate cake, prime rib, tenderloin sliders, and chili crusted ahi tuna. You should also try their one-of-a-kind brunch buffet!

Nick & Jake's

Address: 6325 Lewis St. Suite 110, Parkville, MO. 64152

Website: Nick & Jake's

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 10pm; Mon - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 1am

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5. Spend the afternoon at English Landing Park

English Landing Park
Source: Photo by Flickr user Laura Supalla Gil... used under CC BY 2.0

Featuring 68 acres (27.52 hectares) of land, English Landing Park is a perfect place for you to spend the afternoon. You can try walking or jogging along their 3-mile (4.82-kilometer) walking trails, play with your kids at their large playground area, enjoy kayaking and boating from their boat ramp, have a picnic at one of their picnic shelters, and play rounds at their sand volleyball court and disc golf course. There are also facilities available for special events such as family reunions, and sporting events like their stages, baseball fields, and soccer field.

English Landing Park

Address: 8701 McAfee St, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Website: English Landing Park

Opening hours: 5:30am - 12am (daily)

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6. Grab a drink at The Alley Bar

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Known to be Parkville’s friendliest bar and the de facto neighborhood watering hole, The Alley Bar serves the best drinks and several entertainment options with specials changing every day of the week. You will surely have fun enjoying your drink while you play bingo during their bingo night, sing with the band during their open night mic, or just have some casual talks with your family and friends.

The Alley Bar

Address: 11 Main St, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 3pm - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 7pm

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7. Walk along the wilderness at White Tail Trail

Whitetail Trail
Source: Photo by Flickr user John Brighenti used under CC BY 2.0

Nestled inside an urban forest, the White Tail Trail allows you to enjoy the beauty of nature while walking or jogging without even leaving the city. It is located along a steep hillside, a forested ravine, and back down an old logging road. There’s plenty of deers and other animals that you can see along the trail. There’s also a waterfall, several streams of the river and a cabin shelter that can be found throughout the trail. Remember that bikes, dogs, and motorized vehicles are not allowed along the trail.

White Tail Trail

Address: Kansas City, KS 66109, USA

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8. See amazing paintings at Cathy Kline Art Gallery

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Posted by Cathy Kline Art Gallery on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Cathy Kline Art Gallery is one of the most noted art galleries in Parkville. The art gallery is being frequented by renowned artists and societies as the venue for their respective exhibits. One of the “regulars” at Cathy Kline Art Gallery is Gary Staab, a world-renowned scupltor known for his bronze statues and studies of full-scale replicas of dinosaurs that have also been featured in various natural history museums around the world. Make sure to check out Cathy Kline Art Gallery and even purchase some amazing art there when you are in Parkville.

Cathy Kline Art Gallery

Address: 8701 NW River Park Dr, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Website: Cathy Kline Art Gallery

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 10am - 9pm; Wed: 10am - 6pm; Thu - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

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9. Shop 'til you drop at Parkville Commons Shopping Center

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Posted by Parkville Commons on Friday, January 4, 2019

The Parkville Commons Shopping Center is everyone’s one-stop shopping destination in Parkville. The mall has a wide array of tenants, which is mainly composed of local businesses and homegrown restaurants and bars. There are boutiques, health stores, animal care, grocery shops, and services at Parkville Commons Shopping Center. The mall itself also has a weekly set of activities for an even more fun shopping experience.

Parkville Commons Shopping Center

Address: 6325 Lewis St #112, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Website: Parkville Commons Shopping Center

Opening hours: 8am - 11pm (daily)

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10. Test your shooting skills at Parma Woods Shooting Range

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In the mood to shoot some targets? Then you should visit Parma Woods Shooting Range. You can shoot targets using different weapons such as handguns, rifles, and bows. There’s also a lot of distance variations for you to aim your gun accurately and practice shooting on a very safe range. A safety and range rules video is also required to be watched by everyone that visits Parma Woods Shooting Range to ensure everyone’s safety.

Parma Woods Shooting Range

Address: 15900 NW River Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153, United States

Opening hours: Fri - Tue: 10am - 4:30pm (closed on Wed & Thu)

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11. Have fun at Parkville Mini Golf

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Posted by Parkville Mini Golf on Monday, May 16, 2011

Enjoy some good old fun by playing a game of mini-golf at Parkville Mini Golf. Its very kid-friendly environment makes it a hit among families. The miniature golf course has a total of 18 holes for you to tee off and also offers a very spectacular view of the whole city. Parkville Mini Golf is also known for its very delicious ice cream that is enjoyed by everyone that visits.

Parkville Mini Golf

Address: 7 W 1st St, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 3pm - 9pm; Fri: 3pm - 10pm; Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm

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12. Appreciate art at Art4U

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Posted by Art4U on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Art4U is the best place for art lovers and enthusiasts to visit. It is a haven for Ukrainian, European, and local Kansas- and Missouri-made artworks. Art4U not only sells amazing paintings but also handmade gifts, souvenirs, and jewelry. To help develop and promote art in Missouri, 15 percent of Art4U’s proceeds are donated for these causes.


Address: 110 Main St, Parkville, MO 64152, United States

Website: Art4U

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 12pm - 6pm (closed from Sun - Tue)

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Have fun at Parkville, Missouri

Park University Campus Missouri
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With the myriad of places and activities that you can do in town, Parkville, Missouri is indeed a great place for you and your family or friends to visit. Make sure to check out these great things to do while you are in Parkville.

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