Mostly residential, Midtown is situated between Downtown and Village West and provides access to big Kansas City attractions without all the hustle and bustle.
Here you’ll discover an array of locally-owned restaurants such as the Mason Jar Bar & Grill and Italian Delight, serving Kansas City, Kan. families for generations. Or you can stay true to the KC cuisine and take a bite out of Jones Bar-B-Q. Deborah and Mary Jones, some of the only female pitmasters in Kansas City have been serving up mouth-watering smoked meats to those near and far, including Steve Harvey.
But as with most of Kansas City, Kan., delicious food can be met in Midtown with rich history. Grinter Place Historic Site is known to be one of the oldest farmhouses in Kansas. Once home to one of the early Kansas settlers, Moses Grinter, this Georgian Vernacular house transports visitors back to the mid-1800s. Moses, hired by the military, established the first ferry on the Kansas River in 1831 and a trading post, where he traded with the Lenape Indians. His ferry, propelled by the river current, was used extensively by traders, freighters, and soldiers traveling the military fort trail between Fort Scott and Fort Leavenworth, or to Santa Fe. The first civilian post office in Kansas was also established here in 1850. The Grinter site was part of the Delaware reserve, covering what is now several counties in northeastern Kansas.
If boating, fishing and biking is your sport, head over to the Wyandotte County Lake & Park. The 1,500-acre park features a 400-acre lake stocked with trout and catfish, a single-track biking trail, hiking and bridle trails, an archery range, and room for everyone to roam. Be sure to stop and see the first dual Korean-Vietnam War Memorial located at the front entrance of the park.