Free Things to do in Kansas City

Free Things to do in Kansas City
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Getting out and having fun is a must-do, but sometimes it can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, Lee’s Summit Honda has compiled a list of free things to do right here in Kansas City!

1827 Log Courthouse

This building was originally Jackson County’s first government building, built in 1827. It was, at one time, the only courthouse west of St. Charles, Missouri. So if you want to experience some history, visit here!

Boulevard Brewing Company

Here you can partake in a 40-minute tour of the brewery that gives tours of the factory where you can find out about the brewing process and get to sample some brews.

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

This cultural center features exhibits, displays, performances, and more, all centered around the cultural development brought to Kansas City by influential African-Americans.

Children’s Peace Pavilion

This is a hands-on museum for kids that teaches them the concepts of peace. So not only are they having fun, but they’re learning, too, thanks to 25 different activities.

The City Market

This is the largest farmer’s market in the region, with an attendance of about 600,000 people every year. It’s not only a market, though, there’s also gift shops and restaurants.

See more info on Kansas City on our website.

Have Fun with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Voice text, get GPS, and jam to your playlists!

When you’re behind the wheel, you don’t only want access to entertainment, you want access to information, too. Now, you can have it all thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto! This innovative system allows you to mirror your Apple or Android smartphone for easy, hands-free use while driving.

Apple CarPlay

With Apple CarPlay, you’ll have an automatic copilot. CarPlay makes it easy to do the things you want to do without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. You can connect to your music, access your navigation, and even make texts or calls all thanks to Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay uses Siri voice control to allow you to access anything you want to. You can use your voice or your car’s controls on your steering wheel to play music or make phone calls.

Android Auto

So what about those Android users? You’re covered, too! Since most cars come compatible with just Apple CarPlay, the solution was to plug in your Android device to access Android Auto. But now, an update to Android Auto means that it can be as simple as placing your phone into a dash-mounted cradle to minimize your distraction!

Get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a new 2016 or 2017 Honda today at Lee’s Summit Honda.

Kansas City Barbecue Restaurants

Kansas City Barbecue Restaurants
Are you drooling yet?

When you travel, there are plenty of options to eat. Mexican, Thai, Italian, and Chinese are popular options for many families. If you’re up for something American, there’s no better place to eat than a barbecue restaurant. Here are a few Kansas City barbecue restaurants you just have to try from us here at Lee’s Summit Honda!

  • Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill – Located near the County Club Plaza area, Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill offers the oldest barbecue in the city. Featuring 25 vegetables, 12 meats and seafood, and 15 spices and pastas, it’s easy to create your own dinner. With the atmosphere of a century-old building, this restaurant is both interesting and relaxing.
  • The Terrace Buffet – Located in the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, The Terrace Buffet offers a Mediterranean-style dining experience. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, take your pick from freshly prepared salads, fish, pasta, and pizzas to the delicious desserts!
  • BBQ Shack, LLC – Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the BBQ Shack specializes in roasted hogs – literally. From smoked pork spare ribs to BBQ brisket to homemade jalapeno poppers, this is your one-stop-shop for everything barbeque. Featured in America’s Best BBQ Joints, the BBQ Shack is designed for your dining pleasure.

Downtown Kansas City’s Transportation

KC streetcar Downtown Kansas City’s Transportation
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Traveling across the country is easy if you own a vehicle but getting around isn’t impossible if you choose to forego owning a car. Many cities, like Kansas City, Missouri, offer plenty of methods of transportation. If owning a car isn’t for you, here’s a helpful layout of downtown Kansas City’s transportation options.

Most importantly and most recently, the brand new Kansas City Streetcar has opened! It is such a great asset to our ever-growing city. The details of the streetcar’s routes and times can be found here. It’s free to ride and definitely worth checking out next time your downtown!

If you’re planning on traveling long distances, the Kansas City International Airport is streamlined to provide the best service possible. With flights leaving and landing at the airport on a daily basis, getting to your destination is easy.

Like most other major cities, Kansas City also had a public bus system that makes stops around the city multiple times a day. With the addition of the new bus rapid transit line, getting to places like River Market, Crown Center, and the Plaza is faster than ever.

One of the newest methods of getting around is B-Cycle, a fully automated and self-service bike sharing system. Stations are spread through Kansas City and the River Market area. With a swipe of your membership or credit card, the bike is unlocked for you. To return the bike once you get to your destination, just dock it at the nearest kiosk.

If you ever find yourself in need of a car, stop by Lee’s Summit Honda! We’ll be glad to help.

Best Used Hondas

2014 Honda Civic- Best Used Hondas
Which Hondas are best used? Keep reading!

So you’re thinking about buying a Honda? You have come to the right place! We know that some people just can’t afford a brand new Honda, but would still like the reliability of the Honda name. That’s where used Hondas come into play.

Here are the top 4 Best Used Hondas that are even sweeter used.

Civic- Honda Civics are known for getting great gas mileage. So if you’re looking to save some cash at the pump, you should definitely consider a used Honda Civic.

Accord- The Honda Accord gives you options. It comes in coupe or sedan, 4 or 6 cylinder engines, and has many trim levels for you to choose from. Since it has a higher new price tag, a used Accord might be better for your budget.

CR-V-  For the SUV side of things, the Honda CR-V is a staple in that market. It’s reliable, sporty, and has lots of room in the trunk for all your stuff. You can still get some great technology (Bluetooth, Keyless entry, and backup camera) in older models, like the 2013 or 2014 models.

Pilot- The next step up from the CR-V is the Honda Pilot. The Pilot is a great fit for someone who doesn’t want to be known as the “Minivan Mom” but still needs truck space and lots of seats for the kids.

Of course, all the Honda models are great, new or used. Lee’s Summit Honda can help you get in a new or used Honda today. Pay us a visit!

Lee’s Summit summer events

Lee’s Summit summer events
The whole family will have smiles on their faces at these events!

If you think there’s nothing to do this summer in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, you’re wrong! We’ve highlighted some of the most anticipated Lee’s Summit summer events here.

Downtown Days Festival– Friday, June 3- Noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 4- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, June 5- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Downtown Days Festival is always a great time! In the heart of historic Downtown Lee’s Summit, there will be live entertainment, lots of different food, carnival rides, a Barbecue competition, and more! View the official Downtown Days Festival website here.

Got Talent– Saturday, June 11, 2016 7:00 PM

This ‘Greater Kansas City Premier Talent Competition’ promises to bring in some awesome young talent! Watch amazing performers, all under age 18, compete for a top prize of a $5,000 scholarship!

Lee’s Summit Parks & Rec Folk Fest– Friday, June 17, 2016 7:00 PM

Folk music fans- this one’s for you! The Lee’s Summit Parks and Rec team are putting on a few free summer concerts in front of City Hall. This is the first of three concerts for you to check out. Support some local artists and have fun too!

Girls Day Out– Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 AM thru 04:00 PM

Ladies- grab some friends and enjoy the afternoon to yourselves! There will be lots of clothing and craft vendors at John Knox Pavilion. RSVP to the Facebook event linked above!

Fourth Friday Art Walk– Friday, June 24, 2016 5:00 PM thru 08:00 PM

If you haven’t checked out a Fourth Friday Art Walk, now is the time! June’s Art Walk theme is Art for a Cause.  Packed with receptions and showcases, this event is sure to please the artist in all of us!

Backyard Bash– Saturday, June 25, 2016 7:00 PM thru 10:00 PM

Last but not least, we’re featuring the Backyard Bash 2016 at Paradise Park. Let the kids play volleyball at the park while you enjoy a Beatles tribute band concert!

Rumors of the Future 2019 Honda Fit

2019 Honda Fit
Are these Honda Fit rumors TRUE-mors?

The Honda Fit is a fantastic vehicle that we at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to sell. However, rumor has it that the 2019 Honda Fit will become even better. There may be a turbocharged engine option and a hybrid option!

The possible 2019 Honda Fit was shown in a Japanese publication where it was drawn with styling elements found in the newer Honda models. 2019 will bring about the fourth generation of the popular vehicle which could create some new engine options.

There may be a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which will be similar to the engine of the European Civic. Another option may be a hybrid variant, which will have a 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine.

In addition to the possibility of new engine options, the Japanese publication believes that the new Honda Fit will have a “Solid Wing Face” and have sharper LED headlights. The vehicle may also be lighter in weight and have some minor changes to the front bumper.

Although these are all just rumors, we must admit that we are excited to see what the future holds for the Honda Fit!

Honda Keeps People Safe with PhoneDownEyesUp Campaign

PhoneDownEyesUp Honda campaign
Honda encourages you to put your phone down while driving!

We at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to be part of a company that cares about their drivers. Honda is currently running a social media campaign titled PhoneDownEyesUp. This campaign supports Distracted Driving Awareness month (which was April) and promotes safer driving habits.

Most people in American society try to multitask every moment of the day. Distracted driving is usually caused by multitasking, which is dangerous and difficult. Honda’s new video series features people attempting to text and complete an easy task. If someone cannot successfully garden and text, then they should not text and drive. As a disclaimer, even if you think that you can text and garden, you still should not text and drive!

The “Distracted Texting” videos are going to be shared through multiple social networks to remind people of the dangers of texting while driving. This campaign is easy to understand and is designed to be relatable, to reach millennials and all individuals tempted to text and drive.

Honda is committed to keeping all drivers safe on the road, so be sure to watch the videos found at honda.us/PhoneDownEyesUp.

Watch the Honda N600 Serial One Get Restored to its Former Glory

Recently, Tim Mings’ dream came true when, quite by accident, he came across the very first Honda N600 built in the United States. Given that Mings happens to be an expert who has restored more than 1,000 N600s over the course of his life, it couldn’t have been found by a more appropriate individual.

According to Mings, only three of the first 50 N600s that Honda brought the United States still survive. This is doubly significant because it was also the first nameplate that Honda ever sold in the U.S.—in other words, he got his hands on the car that started Honda’s American history. If not for it, Lee’s Summit Honda might not even exist!

Over the next few weeks, he’ll be restoring the Honda N600 Serial One back to its former glory, and you’ll be able to keep up with the whole story on the official Honda-sponsored website and down below.

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Honda Clarity Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Confirmed for U.S. Launch

Today, most people agree that the future of mobility is electric. However, there are always ways to improve how that electricity is produced and how efficiently. It’s doubtful that electric cars will continue to draw their power from lithium-ion batteries for the rest of time.

Another solution is hydrogen fuel cells, and they’re coming sooner than you might think. Honda has officially started leasing its Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to select customers in Japan and the car should be arriving in California later this year.

The Clarity, which was shown off in New York, is powered by an electric motor that can produce 174 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. It recharges fully in about five minutes, emits only water vapor, and Honda expects it’ll receive an EPA-estimated driving distance of over 300 miles. The only downside right now is the lack of hydrogen refueling stations in the country, but as more of those are built, we might see the Clarity—or some other FCV—arrive at Lee’s Summit Honda.

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