There is no quick way to get to Powell Gardens from KC. Powell Gardens is southeast of KC by approximately 30 miles. You can either take I-70 E, go south on Hwy Z and go and east on Hwy 50 or you can take I 435 E to 470 E go through Lee's Summit and get onto Hwy 50 E and take that all the way to Powell Gardens.
My first experience with Powell Gardens was with a date with a photographer and a bride. Yep, I was in the wedding party and was there for wedding pictures. I understood why so many brides liked the setting of Powell Gardens and the outdoor chapel, the grounds were well manicured and peaceful.
It's also a great place to throw a blanket down and have a small picnic or even have a meal at the restaurant there.
The island garden central to the lake and grounds was picturesque and a definite must see. In addition to acres and acres of walking access, Powell Gardens offers educational classes for all ages and experiences. Some evenings offer concerts and fireworks, and sculptures dot the landscape for temporary public viewing. Last year, they had lifelike sculptures of prehistoric dinosaurs.
The gardens are fairly large and open and they do offer complementary trolley service within the grounds.
April-October: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
$2.50/children ages 5-12
Free/children under 5
November-March: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
$2.50 children ages 5-12
Free/children under 5
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50
Kingsville, MO 64061
I have The ARTS Council Map of KC. It showed Powell Gardens as part of Lee's Summitt and included it as part of the metro area. It is a pretty far drive out in to the country side and I almost did not include it in this page. It is worth taking the drive to go there. I was there for their butterfly festival and had great fun a couple of years ago. There are many varieties of gardens and a fabulous chapel. Look for a small winery on the road near Powell Gardens. I got some good wine there to bring back home.
A few miles outside KC is a lovely outdoor garden, with a pond, streams, and flower beds. This is a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
From downtown, take Interstate 70 east toward St. Louis. Exit at Bates City. Take Highway Z south 13 miles to Highway 50. Turn left on Highway 50. Travel one mile; the Gardens’ entrance is on the left (north) side of Highway 50. Approximate drive time is 50 minutes.