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Paddle Your Way to Summer Fun


Article by Mindy Hargesheimer

Photography by Mindy Hargesheimer

Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away (Or, pedal!)

Looking for a leg work out? Look no further than Shawnee Mission Park's peddle boats, and if you're more of an upper body kinda guy, paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes GALORE!⛱🛶🏄🏼‍♀️⛵️

Thank goodness for social distancing in the summer season, and for KC providing a wealth of outdoor hot spots to choose from! This Midwest metro may technically be landlocked, but with a multitude of lakes in and around the vicinity, we can always find that refreshing escape and take a break from the urban landscape!

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Local Lake Life

We recently hit up Shawnee Mission Park's Marina to soak up some sun as a family, and the sights and sounds of everyone loving local lake life was awesome. A quick drive no matter where you live within the city limits, this park is one of 16 Johnson County Parks & Rec members offering everything from disc golf and dog parks, to hiking, biking, fishing, equestrian trails, theater in the park and a 120-acre lake with a swimming beach and marina perfect for setting sail or renting kayaks, paddle boards, canoes or pedal boats.

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Online Rentals

You can make an online reservation for your watercraft of choice, making it super easy to park, arrive, check in, life jacket it up, and hit the waves (jk, there are no waves). Just Don’t Rock the Boat, Baby. CHEESE!