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Summer in the Kansas City area often brings more sizzle than we'd like, but it doesn't mean you have to miss out on family fun at Powell Gardens. Here are a few tips for beating the heat while enjoying a visit this summer;

Arrive early.

The Gardens open at 9 a.m. and this is the best time to tour the exhibit. Bring along water bottles (freeze a partial bottle ahead of time to keep it cold throughout your walk). If you have toddlers, a stroller or wagon will be handy.

Take a break in the Rock & Waterfall Garden.

This cool, shady garden has babbling brooks and benches with beautiful views.

Consider a trolley pass.

Just a buck gives you all day access (and kids always ride free!).

Splash in the Fountain Garden

After you've toured the exhibit, make a stop at the Fountain Garden. Bring swim suits, towels and sun screen and have fun splashing!

Cool off with a garden-fresh frozen treat

While you're drying off, trek on over to reFresh in the Heartland Harvest Garden's Missouri Barn to cool off with a homemade popsicle. Flavors vary with the daily harvest, but so far flavors have included Blackberry Fennel, Peach, Plum Shiso, Peach with Raspberries, Peach with Blackberry Swirl and Chocolate Raspberry.

Visit Fun Foods Farm

Let the kids pump water for the Missouri mules in Fun Foods Farm and splash through the water feature there. Unless a field trip is taking place, you can also cool off in the Youth Education Building if you need a break from the heat before heading back.

Enjoy the 'great indoors,' too

Wrap things up in the air-conditioned comfort of the Visitor Education Center. Have lunch in Cafe Thyme and explore the conservatory exhibit. Stop by Perennial Gifts for a souvenir and you're set—all before the hottest part of the day arrives.

Did you know? Powell Gardens is offering a dinosaur-themed birthday party option to coincide with the Jurassic Garden exhibit. Learn more »


Did you know Powell Gardens offers classes for youth and families year-round?

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Meet the Missouri mules and see what's growing at Fun Foods Farm, a garden just for kids!

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