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Visit with costumed interpreters as you stroll along lantern lit paths to the Watkins family home, where you will be greeted by the smell of hot apple cider and the sound of Christmas carols. Enjoy free samples of traditional treats, flaming of the plum puddings, reading of the family letters and a visit with Father Christmas.
Activities at the visitor center will include kids' crafts and live holiday music. This event is free of charge and the Watkins home is open for the duration of the event. For more information, contact the historic site.
Perfect for business and leisure travelers, this Comfort Inn is two miles from the KCI Airport. Complimentary shuttle service to the airport, 4:30 a.m.-11 p.m. We offer a free hot breakfast, 5 a.m.-9 a.m.
Indoor salt-water pool and hot tub. We offer rooms with king beds and rooms with double queen beds.
Visit our website for details and reservations.
The Hall of Waters was built in 1936-1937 as a bottling facility and distribution point for the healing, medicinal mineral waters of Excelsior Springs. This beautiful, one-of-a-kind, Art Deco building held the world’s longest water bar, an indoor swimming pool, a Polio pool, the water department, a spa both men, and a spa for women.
Today, the Hall of Waters houses city offices and the Hall of Waters Visitor Center and Cultural Museum. A self-guided walking tour is available.
The Visitor Center offers information on area attraction, shopping and events.
Enjoy the benefits of home at Mellon's Country Cottages. Our cottages have king- or queen-size beds with full kitchens and overlook of a lake. Our new cottage is designed for that romantic weekend you deserve. We also have cottages with hot tubs.
This 500-square-foot glass mosaic is located in the Official Missouri Welcome Center/Rest Area on Interstate 35 between the Iowa border and Eagleville. The colorful mural displays the prairie landscapes, personalities and history of northwest Missouri. Southbound I-35 at mile marker 112.
A circa 1912, 153-room hotel and spa. Rest your head where the famous (Harry S. Truman) and infamous (Al Capone) have slept. Amenities include a 19,000-square-foot spa; hot tubs; pools; and a restaurant.The Elms is 30 minutes north of downtown Kansas City. The hotel completed a massive renovation in 2012.
Our Spa at the Elms has a comprehensive and welcoming selection of relaxing spa treatments.
Our restaurant offers fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere.
Tryst Falls is a scenic waterfall, one of the only natural waterfalls in the area. This natural park includes a playground, shelter houses and picnic tables. Shelter facilities available for rental.
Watkins Mill State Park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The most rugged portion of the land was created by the cutting action of Williams Creek. A 100-acre lake features an accessible fishing dock and a boat-launching area. Bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish are plentiful in the blue waters. The sandy swimming beach is a popular spot on a warm, sunny day, and a changehouse is available nearby.The park offers abundant wildlife and plants. Visitors regularly see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and other native animals. The bird population is abundant with a wide variety of species, some of which are only seen in northwestern Missouri.
The park contains Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, which features a three-story woolen mill, the only 19th century textile mill in North America with its original machinery still in place. The site is a National Historic Landmark, as well as a National Mechanical Engineering Historic Landmark.
The park is located seven miles east of I-35 on Route 92, then one mile north on Route RA.
Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is part of Watkins Mill State Park. Tours of the 19th century woolen mill and Watkins home are given daily. This is the only 19th century American woolen mill with its original machinery intact. During summer months, a Living History Farm program is featured on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The site features a visitor center, a lake, camping, picnic sites and a shelter, fishing, a paved bicycle trail, a swimming beach, and hiking and equestrian trails.
The site is located seven miles east of I-35 on Route 92, then one mile north on Route RA.
Tours: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Watkins Mill has basic and electric campsites. Each site has a graveled parking pad, a picnic table, grill and a lantern hook. Five sites are wheelchair accessible. Facilities include water, two shower houses and a laundry. There is a dump station. Firewood is available for purchase.
Tours of the 19th-century Woolen Mill and Watkins home are offered. A living history farm program is held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. The site features a visitor center and museum with exhibits and an audio-visual room. Picnicking, fishing, a bicycle trail around a lake and hiking and equestrian trails are available. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online.
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