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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.

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
By Jason Doss from Kansas City, MO – KC Streetcar, CC BY 2.0,httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=48655233

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.

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.

More SUV’s: 2016 Honda HR-V spotlight

Honda Sweeps KBB.com Best Family Cars of 2016 Awards

KBB.com Best Family Cars of 2016 - 2016 Honda Civic
The incredible 2016 Civic was one of the many Honda vehicles to be awarded by KBB!

Out of the four categories in the KBB.com Best Family Cars of 2016 Awards, one or more Honda vehicle was selected in each category, confirming that Honda is an excellent choice for any size family thanks to its vehicles’ comfort, safety, and performance. Honda is the only brand to be selected in every category.

The categories were Sedan, Two-Row Crossover or SUV, Minivan, and Three-Row Crossover or SUV. The 2016 Honda Civic and Accord were chosen for the Sedan category, the Honda Odyssey for the Minivan, the Honda HR-V for the Two-Row category, and the CR-V and Pilot for the Three-Row.

Kelley Blue Book editors chose their top 16 list from nearly 30 family vehicles. KBB.com praised the Civic, its Overall Best Buy of 2016, for its safety features, while the Accord was recognized for its premium interior. KBB took particular notice of the CR-V’s resale value and versatility and mentioned the HR-V’s practicality in the city thanks to its small size and roomy second row.

The Odyssey’s handling and features were recognized as well, but perhaps the best praise of all went to the Pilot, which KBB called “the family-friendliest mid-size SUV in existence.”

Read more: 2016 Honda CR-V gets an upgrade

All-New 2016 Honda Civic Sedan Finally Going Into Production

all-new 2016 Honda Civic Sedan - Lee's Summit Honda
All we can say is…FINALLY! The 2016 Civic is on its way.

We’ve been waiting for it with bated breath, and now it’s finally going into production: the all-new 2016 Honda Civic Sedan, completely redesigned from the ground up to deliver even more features, capability, and style than ever before.

It represents the model’s 10th generation, and will be produced at Honda’s Greensburg plant in Indiana. The automaker invested nearly $97 million in the facility to update the manufacturing process and technology and ensure the 2016 Honda Civic will be built with the tools and excellence that the design behind it deserves.

The new Civic certainly looks sportier than it ever has, and is loaded with advanced features like automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, and a digital speedometer. The interior quality is beyond anything that has come before, the chassis handles better, and the turbocharged engine is simultaneously more responsive and economical.

We can’t wait to show it off to you at Lee’s Summit Honda!

See our exclusive pictures here of our first 2016 Civic being dropped off!