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Discover downtown Lexington, Mo., during social outing for 50 Plus on June 8
POSTED: 05/12/2016
Uncover the delights offered by the charming city centers of municipalities just outside the Kansas City metro area during the first of two social outings offered by the by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The idea behind this program is that before suburban sprawl, each city’s downtown served as a hub of activity, and these areas continue to thrive with their own distinctive shops and restaurants. Participants are invited to relax while JCPRD provides the transportation, and enjoy shopping, and eating at a local restaurant.

This program is called Discover Downtown and the next outing will take place on June 8 when participants will go to Lexington, Mo. Lexington lies about 40 miles east of Kansas City on the bluffs of the Missouri River. Participants can follow in the footsteps of Santa Fe Trail traders in this beautiful historic town. Enjoy antebellum homes, antique and specialty shops, and charming restaurants. Take a self-guided walking tour through town to enjoy architecture and the history of the area. Lunch is on your own at Riley’s Pub and Grill.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “social outing.”

Participants will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, and return at approximately 3:30 p.m. that day. The cost is $20 per person for Johnson County residents or $23 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 34269.

The other Discover Downtown outing offered this season will take participants to Lawrence on July 19. For more about that trip, search for barcode 34270.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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