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Our Favorite Day Trips Around Gardner

August 9, 2022

Although the summer months seem to have quickly come and gone, that doesn’t mean our desire for taking the ultimate vacation has come to an end right along with it. At Symphony Farms, we take pride in building within the highly sought-after city of Gardner, KS, and we know that there are a number of incredible destinations for you and your loved ones to explore without having to travel too far to get there. Read on to see some of our favorite spots for a perfect day trip around Gardner. 

Fun for the whole family

Throughout the area, there are so many incredible activities the whole family can enjoy together—and the Kansas City Renaissance Festival is definitely one of those activities. This year, the event will happen every Saturday and Sunday from September 3 until October 16, and each time you go, you will leave with some truly unforgettable memories. With each weekend boasting a new theme—you truly won’t want to pass up on a single minute of this incredible experience.  

If you’re hoping to get the kids ready to go back to school, going somewhere that mixes entertainment with learning opportunities could be the perfect middle ground—and with that in mind, there’s no better place to spend the day than the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center in Topeka. With exhibits centered around science, career exploration and art as well as an outdoor 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom—you’ll never be disappointed when you make the trip to Topeka. As long as you’re already in the area—for a little extra excitement the whole family will surely be intrigued by, the Evel Knievel Museum is definitely a spot to add to your list. 

For those who don’t know, Marceline, MO was the childhood home of Walt Disney—so if you have a free weekend, a visit to the Walt Disney Hometown Museum isn’t something you’ll want to pass up on. Explore the town of Marceline, take in the wondrous story of Walt Disney that the museum paints for visitors and stop by the restored Disney family farm that Walt grew up in for a truly unforgettable weekend away.   

Wineries and distilleries

Sometimes, a relaxing day at a local winery, brewery or distillery is the best way to spend a day trip or weekend away—and the area surrounding Gardner has a variety of incredible options for you to choose from. 

Being able to enjoy delicious local wine just down the road is never something that we’ll pass up on, and both White Tail Run Winery & Vineyard and KC Wine Co truly offer an ideal spot to sit for the day and enjoy the delicious local delicacies the winery offers. With incredible events happening often at both locations, there will always be something for you to enjoy on any given weekend. 

If you’re looking for something with a bit more variety, the Bull Creek Distillery is definitely the spot to spend any evening after a night out exploring a new town around the area. With exceptional craft cocktails, a beer list featuring draft, domestic, imported and craft beers and a variety of wines to try—you’ll surely be able to find your new favorite drink whenever you stop by. 

Outdoor explorations

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than getting out of your home for a bit and enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery that the surrounding area of Gardner has to offer. Throughout this beautiful region, there are a number of parks and lakes that are ready to be explored, and we know that you’ll love them just as much as we do. 

Eisenhower State Park boasts an incredible 1,785 acres of land to explore. With plenty of trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding, opportunities to kayak, fish and boat along the pristine waters and the perfect camping spots to spend a night under the stars—this state park is definitely one to add to your list. 

The history that Ha Ha Tonka State Park has brings a number of individuals to the area—and once you’re there, you won’t be disappointed by what you find. With geological wonders such as a large natural bridge, sheer bluffs and natural springs—as well as the beautiful preserved ruins of a stone castle—the views you get from the area are truly one-of-a-kind.

Of course it wouldn’t be a day trip destination topic if we didn’t mention the Lake of the Ozarks. This incredibly well-known area never disappoints, and with a number of activities to occupy your time there, you’ll never have a dull moment. Enjoy the stunning views from the calm waters or explore the area by strolling through the incredible hiking trails. Whatever you do—this spot will never go out of style.

The perfect vacation destination

At Symphony Farms, we love the area we build in, but sometimes—you can find the best vacation spot without ever leaving your home. Our team is incredibly proud of the homes we’ve created for our homeowners throughout our community—so if you’re ready to begin the journey to your dream home today, give us a call at (913) 884-6300 or fill out our online form today. 

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