Zip Trip Detours Worlds of Fun and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As part of FOX4 Zip Trips, Kerri Stowell offers places to see on your trip to or from all the cities we’re visiting this summer. Our first stop is Kearney, and along the way you’ll find a thrill seeker’s paradise: Worlds of Fun!

“They’re going to have a blast. It’s the big key right there, no reservations needed. We had that last season because of COVID restrictions, but we don’t have that this year,” said Worlds of Fun PR and Communications Manager Sean Cunniff.

The theme park is home to world-record rollercoasters and world-class events. First: “Celebrate America”.

“There’s nothing quite like driving The Patriot and seeing The Patriot lit up with fireworks on the 4th of July,” Cunniff said.

The Grand Carnivale is an unmissable international festival that takes place from July 23 to August 7. This fall, the “Halloween Haunt”.

“It’s the biggest Halloween attraction in the Midwest. There are so many scary and exciting things going on, and during the day there are tricks and treats with The Great Pumpkin Fest,” Cunniff said.

Speaking of treats, there are a variety of food options throughout the park.

“We have a new relationship with Betty Rae’s Ice Cream. We have park-exclusive ice cream flavors that you can only get at Worlds of Fun. The first one we have is the popcorn flavor,” Cunniff described. .

“We have a new monster-rella stick. It’s about the size of my monster-rella forearm, a stick of mozzarella cheese. It’s so cheesy, it’s so good, it’s so bad for you, but it’s so good you can’t help but love it.

Check the Worlds of Fun website for an update on hours and special events.

About 20 minutes away in Liberty, the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is open for business.

“Martha Lafite grew up in Liberty and went to local schools. She had more than one horse in her life and a few dogs, and she loved being outdoors in nature, and she always wanted to have a wildlife sanctuary,” said.

Martha died in 1975, but her dream of a natural sanctuary continued in a trust.

“We partnered with MDC, Missouri Department of Conservation, they purchased the adjacent property and we manage that property as part of the wildlife sanctuary,” said

“We have five habitats or six habitats depending on what you call a pond. We have a meadow, a clearing, a forest, a stream and its riparian zone and a wetland.

More than a dozen hiking trails connect wildlife areas.

“It’s a great time to get out and watch the frogs and toads in the swamp. They lay eggs and scream so loudly, but sometimes it seems crazy.”

The sanctuary is open seven days a week. The interpretation center is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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