15 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO NEAR FORT LEAVENWORTH
By Will Borger
IntroductionAfter you settle into your role at Fort Leavenworth, you’ll probably want to find some things to do in and near the post. Finding your new favorite places can take time, so we’ve made a list to help get you started. Finding new places to spend quality time with family and friends is crucial to feeling comfortable at a new post. Explore these options and find what works best for you and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations too! Know what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to what you go: (1) Golfing (2) Bowling (3) Shooting Range (4-6) Parks, Rivers, and Lakes (7-8) Gyms (9) Movie Theaters (10-12) Museums (13) Shopping (14-15) Art and Culture
Suggested Read:Fort Leavenworth: In-Depth Welcome Center
Things to Do Near Fort Leavenworth
Fort Leavenworth Golf Course
1. Trails West Golf Course306 Cody Road Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone:1 (913) 651-7176 Trails West is a 190 acre, 18 hole course. The course also features a clubhouse, proshop, lighted covered driving range, two practice putting greens, ladies’ and men’s locker rooms and Fairway Grille, which is considered one of the best places to eat on post. Public and private lessons are also available.
Fort Leavenworth Bowling Alley
2. Fort Leavenworth Strike Zone165 Fourth Street Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone:1 (913) 651-2195 The Strike Zone is a 16 lane bowling alley that includes a W2 Pro Shop and a snack bar. The bowling center offers open bowling, tournaments, and leagues for all ages and skill levels. Bumper bowling and lessons are also available.
Fort Leavenworth Shooting Range
3. Brunner Skeet and Trap Range701 Sheridan Drive Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone:1 (913) 651-8132 The Brunner Skeet and Trap Range provides a full range of shotgun shooting programs throughout the year for new and experienced shooters. Monthly Fun Shoots allow families to practice their shooting skills, and the range also hosts registered skeet tournaments.
Parks, Rivers, and Lakes
4. Wollman Park1300 Shawnee St. Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 651-7176 Wollman Park offers playground equipment, picnic tables, walking areas, and several shelters for rent. By far the most popular part of the park is the aquatic center, which offers pools, slides, diving boards, and other aquatic activities. The park also offers swimming lessons and occasionally hosts events.
5. Hawthorn Park1100 Ohio Street Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 758-2948 Hawthorn Park covers 95 acres of land and offers two sets of playground equipment, picnic areas, horseshoe courts, and softball fields, which are often used professionally.
6. Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park290 Stimson Ave Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone:1 (913) 651-2203 A beautiful statue park adjacent to a man-made pond and waterfall, Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park features a number of statues and plaques dedicated to the history of black Americans in the U.S. Military.
Fort Leavenworth Gym
7. Gruber Fitness Center200 Reynolds Ave Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone:1 (913) 684-5120 The Gruber Fitness Center features a fitness room with several types of cardio equipment, as well as free weights. There’s also a racquetball court, combative and group exercise rooms, rock climbing wall, and male and female sauna.
8. Harney Sports Complex185 Fourth St. Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone:1 (913) 684-2190 The Harney Sports Complex is equipped for Crossfit, handball, racquetball, basketball and an indoor pool. Fitness classes are available, as are swimming lessons, lifeguard training, water safety instructor training, and water aerobics.
Fort Leavenworth Movie Theater
9. Landing 4 Theaters225 Delaware St Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 651-4646 A family-owned theater with friendly staff and relatively inexpensive and tasty concessions, Landing 4 Theaters is something of a local favorite. Folks regularly praise its reclining seats and cleanliness.
Fort Leavenworth Museum
10. C.W. Parker Carousel Museum320 S Esplanade St Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 684-2190 With four antique carousels and a 1913 wooden carousel that everyone can ride, this is a memorable museum. It also offers guided and virtual guided tours, all of which include a carousel ride, and a gift shop.
11. Carroll Mansion Museum1128 5th Ave Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 682-7759 Renovated from an 1858 four-room farmhouse to a 16-room Queen Anne Victorian over a 20-year period, the Carroll Mansion reflects Victorian ideas about status, education, and economic stability. The museum offers weekly tours, frequent programs, and several community outreach opportunities.
12. Richard Allen Cultural Center412 Kiowa Street Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 682-8772 Opened in 1992, the Richard Allen Cultural Center is located across the street from the historic Bethel AME Church, which was part of the Underground Railroad. The museum focuses on recognizing and preserving African-American heritage and offers exhibits, tours, research opportunities, and traveling exhibits.
13. Leavenworth Antique Mall505 Delaware St Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 758-0193 This antique mall features four floors with antiques and collectibles from over one hundred different dealers that sell everything from architectural items to vintage clothes. You can have a good time browsing, but don’t go in thinking you won’t buy anything.
Art and Culture
14. Leavenworth Performing Arts Center500 Delaware St Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 651-0027 This historic art deco theater is home of the River City Community Theater group. It hosts several live theater performances a year, including youth shows.
15. Board and Brush207B Delaware St Leavenworth, KS 66048
Phone:1 (913) 583-4222 Board & Brush Creative Studio offers classes that will walk you through the process of making your own wooden sign. No experience is necessary; they’ll teach you how to do everything. Make sure to bring friends - you’ll want someone to share some wine with while you work.
ConclusionLeavenworth is a small town, but it has many offerings to keep you and your family busy. Explore your options, and don’t be afraid to try out new things. Ask your new friends and neighbors for recommendations, especially when it comes to local attractions and outdoor parks and events. This list is just a taste of the offerings on and near the post. We hope it gives you a place to start as you get acquainted with the area.
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