Spring is well under way and summer is fast approaching,
which means it’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy the outdoors as much as
possible. Lee’s Summit, in fact, the entire Kansas City area is known for its
greenery and they say that no matter where you are in KCMO you’re no more than
30 minutes from a park. It makes sense, then that many local spots open up
patios and host special programs to encourage getting outdoors. One aspect of
this that we particularly love at The Residences at New Longview, is quite a
few of these outdoor spaces also welcome pets! We love our furry residents
here, and would much rather see them out and about instead of stuck at home all
day! Read on for five of our favorite local spots to take your furry friend
The Wild Way
The Wild Way is, put simply, a coffee shop that operates
through a mobile camper. They’ve taken the tradition of a local coffee shop and
put a food truck twist on it. During the winter they stay indoor in their
winter warehouse, but while it’s nice out they’re traveling around bringing a
delicious cup of coffee to everyone in KCMO. Since they are outdoors, you don’t
need to leave your pooch at home while you enjoy an artisanal cup of joe. Check
out their website or follow them on social media to find out where they are
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James A. Reed
Memorial Wildlife Area
We really love nature and the outdoors in Lee’s Summit.
Case in point, the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, just south of Highway
50. 731 of the 3,084 acres in the area, the Wildlife Area offers 12 lakes
perfect for fishing, as well as areas for camping and hiking. Hound dogs and
breeds that enjoy water will especially love the area, and if you’re into
hunting or trapping and have a license, no need to leave Lee’s Summit to catch
tonight’s meal with your furry helper.
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Three Dog Bakery
If you’re a doggy parent Three Dog Bakery is a
must-visit. Inspired by a rescue pup with a lot of food allergies, the bakery
now specializes in handmade dog treats of all shapes and sizes. Founded in
1989, they even claim to be the world’s first bakery for dogs. Each small batch
treat contains only simple, real ingredients perfect for even the most
sensitive doggy stomachs, and you can learn more about each ingredient they use
on their website. Next time you’re heading toward Country Club Plaza bring your
pooch along and pamper them with a special treat.
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Longview Lake Park
Another nearby outdoor destination is Longview Lake Park,
where you can enjoy all sorts of water fun. Dogs do need to be kept on leashes,
but with an entire acre of beach, not to mention 14 picnic shelters and several
campgrounds, pups will have plenty of area to roam and get exercise even on a
leash. Longview Lake also offers a full-service marine with conveniences such
as boat rental, concessions, fishing supplies, and a full-service staff.
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From breakfast to dinner, with a coffee break or happy
hour in between, Axios is worth the short drive north to Kansas City’s
Brookside neighborhood (stop by on your way home from Three Dog Bakery!). A
classic French bistro inspired by owner Chef Emmanuel Langalde’s native
Aix-en-Provence cuisine, the menu focuses on fresh, organic, and seasonal ingredients.
And the best part? Thanks to the fantastic outdoor patio, you don’t have to
leave your furry friend behind while you’re out having a nice dinner.
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Where’s your favorite place in and around Lee’s Summit to
take your furbaby? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know!