The tourism pros in Independence have put together these suggested itineraries for your visit. Included in this section are general group tour itinerary ideas as well as themed and special interest itineraries. They make a great starting point for your Independence experience.
Independence is a good fit for families looking for a fresh place to take grandchildren. Wagon rides, the National Frontier Trails Museum, Puppetry Arts Institute, Children's Peace Pavilion, the Truman Library, parks, spraygrounds and the Adventure Oasis Water Park appeal to both parents and children.
BASE CAMP FOR RV CAMPERS
Independence is located at the intersection of major interstate highways. A full service in-town RV park offers easy accessibility to our heritage attractions and those in nearby Kansas City. A low cost of living, places to buy supplies and get repairs all make Independence a good home base from which to experience the metro area.
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE JAMES GANG
Independence is home to the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home, where older brother Frank and other members of the James Gang were "guests"during the Civil War. Listen to stories about famous outlaws and guerillas during a historical tour while riding a covered wagon. Then visit Frank's grave, buried nearby in a small cemetery.
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY
Exhibits at the National Frontier Trails Museum and Truman Library share events of African -American history from the frontier era through the 1950s. Other attractions include the 1827 Log Courthouse, 1859 Jail and black history on the Square.
HOLIDAY HERITAGE HOMETOWN
Independence offers tours of decorated historic homes, shopping on the Square, visits with Santa and Father Christmas, live music, tree lighting festivities, pioneer era Christmas events, puppet shows and much more.
From the war with Mexico to the Civil War, WW I, WWII and Vietnam wars. See movies, artifacts, watch and read personal recollections, monuments, battlefields and more.
ONE OF KIND ATTRACTIONS
At the Puppetry Arts Institute, children can make their own puppets and put on a show on stage. Leila's Hair Museum boasts over 2,500 pieces of art and jewelry made partially or entirely from human hair. Families can enjoy hands on activities and art stations at the interactive Children's Peace Pavilion, a free favorite for kids of all ages.