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Theme Parks

Worlds of Fun
(816) 454-4545, I-435 and Parvin Road (exit #54) northeast of downtown Kansas City. Over 170 rides, shows and attractions on 175 acres, open from mid-April through October, in an internationally themed park. Includes the Timber Wolf, one of the world’s top-ranked wooden roller coasters, and the Mamba, one of the world’s tallest and fastest steel coasters. Newest addition in 2001 was Camp Snoopy. Closing times vary. Season passes and single-day passports available

Oceans of Fun
(816) 454-4545. Next to Worlds of Fun, off I-435 and Parvin Road, the Midwest’s largest tropically themed water park featuring surf, sun and sand activities on more than 60 acres. Among more than 35 attractions are the million-gallon Surf City wave pool, adults-only pool with swim-up refreshment cabana, children’s water playgrounds and seven giant water slides. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day with varying closing times. Season passports and single-day tickets available