This observatory was built in 1984 in Lewis-Young Park. The 30-inch Ruisinger telescope is the largest telescope in a five-state area and is open for public viewing of the night sky. In fact, minor planet 25890 Louisburg, discovered in 2000, is named after its home city of Louisburg. Powell Observatory programs run weekends May-October.
Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center
This nonprofit organization is devoted to the care and preservation of endangered large cats — while educating the public on their behavior, habitats and threats of extinction. See leopard cats, wolves, cougars, lions and tigers during tours guided by Cedar Cove volunteers. Don’t miss the feedings at 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Classic, single-screen drive-in movie theater that’s perfect for a date night out or an evening with the whole family. The Midway is one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in the Midwest. Reasonably priced snacks are served at the concession stand with mom- and-pop service often provided personally by the owners.Double features are played weekends during the summer months.
Louisburg Cider Mill
One of the top apple cider mills in the United States, Louisburg Cider Mill has been making fresh, 100 percent pure apple cider since 1977. Sample the hot cider, cider slushes, apple butter and cider donuts made fresh daily — and see how the apples get pressed into cider. Louisburg Cider Mill hosts a variety of events, including its popular Ciderfest in the fall.
Powell Pumpkin Patch
Visit the most traditional pumpkin patch in Kansas City. Here, you can wander through a 35-acre pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin. Corn mazes, a nature trail and hayrides top off the fun. The Powell Pumpkin Patch has been family owned and operated since 1990. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free.
New Lancaster General Store
Built in 1874, this landmark is rich in history — and was the meeting place of the Kansas Anti-Horse Thief Association. The New Lancaster General Store has also been a post office, creamery, telephone office and community gathering place — as well as a place for farmers to sell produce and eggs. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s run by Stephen and Kristin Graue of Middle Creek Winery.
Spring Farm Tour
Visit as many stops as you like in this self-guided farm tour held every spring on Mother’s Day weekend. Site hosts are happy to answer your questions. Almost 1,000 people participate annually in this popular day-trip. Complete information is available at www.MiCoFarmTour.com
Fall Farm Tour
Spend a day in the country visiting working farms and learning about how farm animals and fruits and vegetables are produced. Stops vary each year. The October change of seasons makes for a great time for a drive in the country. Complete information on the tour stops is available at www.ADayOnTheFarmInKansas.com.