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Things to do in Independence

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Great collections of southeast Kansas history. The museum also hosts luncheons, dinners and musical groups. Its cheap to get in and worth a look. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“More than just a coffee and sandwich shop. Ane Mae's serves quiche, fresh baked muffins, soups, salads and smoothies.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Wow. Our family's favorite active weekend getaway "vacation" spot. The trails and rock climbing options here are without a doubt unique to Kansas. Take a short nature hike on the Green Thumb trail or pack up for a rugged camp hike west of the reservoir. The water's edge near the Comfort Cove campground has super unique shale rock formations. Great for teaching kids to skip rocks! Hike Table Mound trail for an active day trip activity with your family or partner. Worth the 45 minute drive from Chanute.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Zoo
“Riverside Park and Zoo are free to the public. It is beautiful and historic, as the first monkey in Space, Miss Able, was born there on Monkey Island”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“The library offers more than just books! Programs available for small children, tweens, teens and adults.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Premise
“They have a carousel, mini golf, and a train during the summer months. All year the zoo is open, but some animals won't be there during the winter. The best part? The zoo is FREE!”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“They have karaoke and trivia nights, the bartenders are all friendly, and I have yet to go when the local draw beers weren't $2”
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Point of Interest
“Family friendly pool includes two slides, lazy river and a pool for babies and toddlers.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Must try the iced sugar cookies! These are a local favorite. Daily specials for lunch makes this an easy lunch option. ”
  • 1 local recommends
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“Must try the iced sugar cookies! These are a local favorite. Daily specials for lunch makes this an easy lunch option. ”
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