English Landing Park, south end of Main Street in Parkville, (816) 741-7676; riverfront park with scenic trail, shelters, boat ramp, ball fields and Waddell Bridge, on the National Historic Register.
Frank Vaydik-Line Creek Park, N.W. 56th Street and Waukomis Drive, (816) 513-9585; 136 acres including Line Creek Archeological Museum, (816-587-8822); elk and buffalo, ball diamonds, three-lane swimming pool, shelter and picnicking with restrooms; Line Creek Community Ice Arena & Park Center; and Kansas City Northern Railroad (816-734-0203), a 16-gauge railroad open for rides May-October.
Dr. Frederick Marshall Conservation Area, on the Platte River south of Highway 92 on N. Farley Road, Platte City area (816) 655-6250; 168 acres of bottomland forest and restored prairie; hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing.
Guy B. Park Conservation Area, west of Highway 371 on Bee Creek Blvd., Platte City area, (816) 792-8662; 380 acres, 17-acre lake, ponds, hunting, fishing, hiking and bird watching.
Platte Falls Wildlife Area, east of I-29 at Exit 19 and north ? mile in Platte City area, (816) 792-8662; 2,441 acres; hunting, fishing, biking, bird watching nature study, Platte River boat ramps; Missouri Department of Conservation.
Snow Creek Ski Area, seven miles north of Weston on Highway 45, (816) 640-2200; winter recreation complex with beginner and intermediate ski runs, ski school, day and night skiing and snowboarding on man-made snow, 80-day season; lodge with restaurant, lounge, shop.
Tiffany Springs Park, Hampton Road and N.W. 88th St., (816) 513-9585; nearly 700 acres with five ball diamonds, eight soccer fields, playground, bird watching and nearby mountain bike trails.
Weston Bend State Park, 16600 N. Highway 45, Weston, (816) 640-5443; 1,055 acres; camping, picnicking, 3-mile paved trail, deep woods, bluffs and panoramic view of the Missouri River on Lewis & Clark Trail.