Shawnee Travel Guide

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Shawnee Things to Do

  • Chief Charles Bluejacket Statue and...

    This statue and fountain, sculpted by Shawnee historical artist, Charles Goslin, was dedicated in 2003. The scene is the great Shawnee Chief Bluejacket reading to two of his 23 children, as was his custom."Bluejacket, the great Shawnee war chief, and his grandson, the Rev. Charles Bluejacket, are amply memorialized in the city of Shawnee, where the...

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  • Shawnee Mission Park

    1250 acre park administered by Johnson County Recreation Commission includes lake, prairie, and woodlands settings with numerous opportunities for picnicking, sports, and hiking. Also - see my Shawnee tip for sports to view activities at the Shawnee Mission Park Lake.

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  • Pioneer Crossing Park

    This small park at the eastern entrance to Shawnee commemorates the important role played by the many trails that ran through the area (Santa Fe, Oregon, California, Mormon, Military Frontier Trails, etc.) Sculptures depict a wagon train, as well as Richard Williams, a wagon master who made his permanent home just a few blocks west of where the...

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  • Theatre in the Park

    On weekend evenings during the summer, Shawnee Mission Park's outdoor theatre hosts high-quality performances of popular musicals, as well as festivals and guest performances. On Labor Day, it's the Kansas City Symphony. Bring your picnic, blankets and/or lawn chairs, but arrive early to reserve your space. Reasonably priced entertainment at $5 per...

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  • Shawnee Old Days Festival

    Each year the city of Shawnee, Kansas hosts the Shawnee Old Days Festival. It's 4 days of carnival rides, concerts, games, and food. The fair has free admission but you must pay to go on rides and play games, but it's quite reasonable. Thursday nights you can purchase a wrist band for $15 for unlimited rides all night long.There are booths set up...

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  • City Hall Murals

    Shawnee's City Hall building is worth a visit, even if you don't have to pay a parking fine or buy a dog license, for it contains a beautifully done mural depicting the history of the city of Shawnee. A pamphlet is available with complete guide to the people and events shown.The artist, Charles Goslin, is well-known for his historical paintings...

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  • Johnson County Historical Museum

    This museum is small, and can be seen in an hour or less, but is a jewel. It has undergone extensive professional redesign in recent years and is now in a class far above most county museums.Displays trace the region's evolution from the days of its native Indian tribes, then home to tribes driven off of homelands in the east, to early settlement,...

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  • The Oldest Building in Shawnee

    If you are driving on Nieman Road in Shawnee and notice and old building with a plaque on the side, this is it. It identifies the building as having been built in 1824, making it unusually old for a bulding in the Kansas Territory. It suffered damage as a result of William Quantrill's raid on Shawneetown, but was not totally destroyed and appears...

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  • Shawnee City Hall

    Shawnee's City Hall is not much of a tourist destination, to be honest. However, it is of some interest because of it is built on the site of an event of historical interest and because of the Charles Goslin murals found in the entry foyer.A plaque on the city hall grounds reads: "Oct 17, 1862 QUANTRILL'S RAID ON SHAWNEETOWN - A band of confederate...

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  • Veterans Memorial

    This memorial is dedicated to Shawnee military men and women who have served their country in service. This little park is adjacent to one of the city swimming pools, a library, and the Shawnee Community Center. Features a walking path.

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  • Exhibits in the Johnson County...

    One section of this museum explores and contrasts the roles of the Methodist, Baptist, and Quaker missions in the life of Shawnee, Wyandot, and other Indian tribes.Photography is not allowed within the museum. This photo is scanned from the museum's (non-copyrighted) brochure

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  • Old Shawnee Days

    Generally held the first full weekend in June, it's Shawnee's three day celebration of the Old West. Highlights include the biggest parade in Kansas, a carnival, entertainment ranging from rock bands to blue grass to the Shawnee Town band, great food, and you never know when you're going to wind up in the middle of a gunfight between the sheriff's...

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Shawnee Restaurants

  • A Great Combination!!

    Miss Molly's Cookie & Muffin Place has long been a supplier of the finest muffins, cookies, and other sweet things to area coffee shops, restaurants, etc. The building itself is 120 years old.

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  • Minsky's Pizza, Voted the Best Pizza in...

    Minsky's has GREAT pizza!!! The are a local chain of restaurants and have been around in Kansas City since 1976. There are several locations in the area, but we go to the Shawnee, KS location since it's closest.They have pizza, pasta, chicken, salads and sandwiches. You can dine in or take out, or have delivery.

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  • Pine and Bamboo Garden

    The Pine and Bamboo has a very loyal following of locals and is particularly popular with Asians from this part of the metropolitan area. The second generation of the Lo family is now operating this fine establishment. The service is friendly and reliable. Until recently, the decor was nothing special and there were lots of tables in a small area....

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  • Fine dining in a historic setting

    This restaurant could be included in a section of historical sites. This federal style home was built about 1850, perhaps as a mission parsonage sitting adjacent to the Shawnee Indian Meeting House. In 1854, Andrew Reeder, first territorial governor of Kansas, resided in the home.The Governor's Meeting House could also be listed as...

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  • First Watch

    Open only for breakfast and lunch. Marvelous egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, as well as sandwiches. Can get real busy, especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings. A favorite with the after church crowd. Omelettes, but the wheat germ pancakes are outstanding, as well. Several of our friends have granola added to the mix also.

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  • Best pizza in the area

    This shop was formerly part of the local chain know as Pizza Shoppe. This company makes excellent pizza, but the folks in Shawnee wanted to do some things different. So they bought the facility, endured six months of closure to fulfill part of the agreement, redorated, and reopened to eager and loyal customers. IT WAS WORTH IT!! These folks make a...

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Shawnee Off The Beaten Path

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    by basstbn Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Mill Creek Streamway.

    An 18 mile, inter-city pedestrian and bicycle trail. Some sections are flat and easy to walk; some (such as areas in the northern section of Shawnee Mission Park) are quite hilly and strenuous. Yes, there are hills in Kansas. Good place for bird watching. One lover of eastern bluebirds has installed a network of bluebird houses along the trail.

    There are three access points within the city of Shawnee, one of those near Nelson Island in the Kansas (or Kaw) River. For a trail map and a guide to birds that may be seen in the area, go to the office at the Renner Road entry to Shawnee Mission Park.

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Shawnee Sports & Outdoors

  • Shawnee Mission Park Lake

    A variety of water sports are available at Shawnee Mission Park Lake, including sailboating, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, fishing, and swimming (at the beach only.) No power boats allowed other than those utilizing trolling motors. Sailboats, paddle boats, canoes available for rent at marina.

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  • Canlan Ice Sports

    Canlan Ice Sports is a hot spot for youth hockey, but also has many open times for pleasure or recreational skaters. Good idea to call ahead for open skate times.It can be fun to just drop in, as I did this particular day, and watch the kids play. (And, of course, their rabid parents.) Skates available for rent, or bring your own.

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Shawnee Favorites

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    by basstbn Updated Feb 16, 2004

    Favorite thing: If you're looking for a place to worship while in the Johnson County, Kansas, or Kansas City, Missouri, area over the weekend, I invite you to join me at Shawnee Church of the Nazarene. Located on 5539 Quivira Road, several blocks north of Johnson Drive. Phone 913-631-5555. Services at 8:30 and 10:50 on Sunday mornings. I usually attend the latter.

    Fondest memory: Nothing uptight or stuffy about this church. Dress casually, not to impress. Mixture of ages and backgrounds in the congregation, but everybody gets along. Simultaneous Spanish translation available in the second service.

    The service is a blend of traditional and contemporary elements; the music is more contemporary than traditional. The preaching is authoritative and Bible-based, but filled with hope and grace.

    More information is available at www.shawneenaz.org

    Worship at Shawnee Nazarene
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