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Focusing on History

by Dan Christopher

Scanning the slightly musty third-floor workshop, I sense a lingering energy from a business that had thrived in an earlier century. I imagine hushed conversation among diligent factory workers crouched over whirring machines.

Celebrate the Fourth with Clay


Get ready to celebrate with Clay as Independence Day swiftly approaches! There's tons of red, white, and blue fun to be had throughout Clay. See where you can celebrate this year in our 2017 list of July 4th Fireworks and Festivals in Clay County.

Reserve the Date: Make Music - Liberty

by Bill Stilfield

Save this date! Make Music Day is June 21, so tune your instruments and get ready to make a joyful noise with us!

Excelsior Springs in the Path of Totality


Excelsior Springs is a vibrant, historic community of 11,000 in a prime viewing area to see the 2017 Solar Eclipse. The city’s natural beauty and unique history make an exciting venue for this epic event on August 21, 2017 and will be hosting a plethora of activities on the weekend leading up to the event.

Born To Be Wild


Enjoying family time outdoors at Smithville Lake in Clay County, Missouri.

Liberty Finds

by Chelsea Hall

As the owner of a small home decor shop, I'm always on the hunt for inventory and inspiration. My 15-year-old daughter, Oakley, often joins me on my weekend trips, which makes for excellent bonding time.

Today in Clay - November 3rd, 2016


You may be looking from the forecast to your calendar and wondering if we somehow skipped straight to Spring, but technically we're still in early Fall! Even though the high for today may be in the 70s, it's still November! It just doesn't feel like it quite yet...

The road less traveled in unforgettable Clay County, MO


A group of friends takes an unforgettable getaway to North Kansas City, MO and discovers that it's a true original full of special memories

Today in Clay - October 3rd, 2016


Its beginning to feel a lot like fall here in Clay, and with the cooler weather comes a slew of exciting seasonal activities!

The Story Behind This Haunted Hotel In Missouri Is Truly Creepy

by Vanessa Righeimer

It should be no surprise that one of Missouri's most historic hotels, is actually one of its most haunted places. The Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs boasts luxury lodging and spa services, but that's not the only thing this hotel has to offer. The hotel has played host to many famous people over the years, but it also has been known to cater to the more supernatural guests.

Take a romantic getaway to charming Clay County, MO


A couple toasts their anniversary with a romantic getaway to Excelsior Springs, MO

Try a historical Jesse James getaway in Clay County, MO


A couple steps back in time with a Clay County, MO getaway and enjoys a visit to the many destinations related to Jesse James history in the area.

Today in Clay - September 2nd, 2016


Fall officially begins on the 22nd of this month, which means we have exactly 20 days of summer left! Dont let your summer slip away without one last hurrah, go soak up some sun with some local outdoor fun!

Enough energy for an entire family in Clay County, MO


"Race you to the top!" Ryan, my middle son, shouted as he and his two brothers began scrambling up the 40-foot-high rock climbing wall. As a mom of three boys ages 10, 12 and 13 my days are filled with sports, roughhousing, and the inevitable bumps and bruises that come along with boys

Fun Family Lodging at the Worlds of Fun Villages

by Kim Ritter

Planning a family vacation to Kansas City and wondering where to stay near Worlds of Fun? Did you know that you can stay right AT Worlds of Fun? Seriously! The Worlds of Fun Village offers family friendly RV camping, cabin and cottage rental right on the Worlds of Fun campus, and is convenient and close to the theme park with comfortable lodgings.

The Jesse James Museum in Kearney, Missouri

by Kim Ritter

Now that our children are school age and old enough to understand, we've started adding historical stops to many of our family road trips. They are fun and interesting way for them to learn a little bit of our country's history hands on and to better understand some of the things they learn in books and in class. It's always nice when one of our journeys takes us near an interesting historical place that we can explore and recently we had the chance to stop in at the Jesse James Birthplace in Kearney, Missouri.

Visiting Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO

by Kim Ritter

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Worlds of Fun is an amazing 235 acre amusement park that not only includes access to rides, shows and attractions, but admission also gets you access to Oceans of Fun, their waterpark as well. It's one of our favorite stops when we visit the Kansas City area in the summer months and a must-see if you've never been.

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