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Top 10 Free Things to do in Independence Missouri

Updated on August 6, 2014

Independence Missouri: My Hometown

Are you planning a road trip this year? Do you like historic places? Do you enjoy free attractions, Try a USA road trip to Independence Missouri.I spent my teenage years in Independence, Missouri. In the early 60's and even today it is a wonderful place to live and grow up. Independence has a rich history and even proudly proclaims it is the hometown of the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S Truman.

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Free Things to do In Independence Missouri

Harry S Truman Home

Harry S Truman Historic Site

The Harry S Truman Historic Site free to all and a wonderful place to start touring and learning about Independence, Missouri. Harry S Truman National Historic Site offers cell phone audio tours of the historic site and surrounding areas. Three tours are currently available.

Around the Corner from the Truman Historic site are several structures important to Truman throughout his private life and starts at the Truman home in Independence.

The Political Education of Harry Truman starts at the Truman statue on the Independence town square and takes visitors past several buildings that were significant in Truman's early political years.

The audio tours provide visitors with another option to learn more about Harry Truman, both as an individual and as a president. The cell phone program is provided by OnCell Systems of Pittsford, New York and calls to this number, (585)672-2611, are free except for airtime on your cell phone. Visitors using the program can also leave comments about the tour with their cell phone.

Everyone should start their sightseeing of Independence at the Truman National Historic Center.

A Great Read about an Honorable Man

Plain Speaking
Plain Speaking

Anyone who thinks of Independence, thinks of Harry S Truman. Inspiring biography of a man of character. We need a Truman now.


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1827 Log Courthouse

Last courthouse between Independence and the Pacific Ocean for forty years at the time the Santa Fe Trail trade began.

Chicago and Alton 1879 Depot

Built in 1879, the oldest two story restored depot in Missouri. Furnished with railroad memorabilia and equipment, as well as period antiques upstairs in the station master's home. Donations.

Bass Pro In Independence MO

A great free resource for families. The store offers free workshops for kids about every month, plus there's the gigantic fish tanks,checkers games, and wooden rockers set up at the back of the store, overlooking a small lake. George Owens Nature Park

Those looking for even more outdoor experiences can try out the hiking trails at George Owens Nature Park, or if it's too cold, head over to the spacious indoor play area at Independence Center.

Children's Peace Pavilion

This is located inside the Community of Christ Auditorium is also free, interactive, and thought-provoking for children as they examine peace both internally and globally. Be sure and check out the impressive Community of Christ Temple across the street with its 300-foot spire. Independence is the international headquarters for the denomination, and tours are free.

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Independence (Images of America: Missouri)
Independence (Images of America: Missouri)

If you are interested in Independence, Missouri, you will love this pictorial about Independence.

Pioneer Cabin Independence Mo
Pioneer Cabin Independence Mo

Ten Free Things to do in Independence Missouri

Pioneer Spring Cabin

Take a walk back into time and during a look at log cabin life in the 1800s.

Historic Independence Square

Enjoy eight restaurants, 15 gift and specialty stores and five antiques shops in the charming area surrounding the historic Jackson County courthouse. Just enjoy walking around a small town square in America.

Mormon's Visitors Center

Learn about the key roles Mormons played in frontier Independence through flat screens, video kiosks, dioramas and a full size log cabin, plus a frontier themed play area for kids. Upstairs, interactive displays and exhibits share modern beliefs of the Church.

Community of Christ Visitor's Center

The Temple spirals 300 feet high and houses a museum, two theaters, bookstore, 1600 seat sanctuary graced by a world class organ, and artwork. Check out free audio guide tours at the reception desk. Free organ recitals 3 daily, May through September . The Auditorium also boasts a famous organ and is home to the Children's Peace Pavilion, a free interactive museum for children packed with hands-on activities and exhibits

1948 Election--everyone was fooled

The Girl from Missouri Poster Movie 11x17 Jean Harlow Lionel Barrymore Franchot Tone Lewis Stone
The Girl from Missouri Poster Movie 11x17 Jean Harlow Lionel Barrymore Franchot Tone Lewis Stone

If you like old movies, Jean Harlot is from Missouri--she was born Harlean Harlow Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri in 1911.


Independence Missouri is a Fun Place to Visit!

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      5 years ago

      No but now our base home is Missouri so when we get back from overseas we've got some neat places to visit. Free is good, especially for big families :) Thanks.

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      5 years ago

      I enjoyed learning about Independence. I didn't know much about MO until I moved here a few years ago. I had fun learning about Truman. It's neat that there is a holiday to celebrate him here in MO. Thanks for a great read.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      It's been a long time. Enjoyed visiting my home state again through your page. :)

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      6 years ago

      A very concise guide to visiting Independence with nicely done highlights by you!

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      Jen withFlash 

      6 years ago

      Once about 20 years ago, I went to Independence looking for a Dairy Queen. It was closed down so I left. :(

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No, I've never been to Independence (unless I happened to drive through), but I'm from Illinois and this all looks somewhat familiar and interesting.

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      6 years ago

      No, but I would really love to visit. I like visiting historical places.

    • JenaleeMortensen profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for making this lens. I found it very interesting especially since I had ancestors who lived in the area.

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      6 years ago

      I'm from Missouri and was thrilled to see this lens! Great review and rating for Independence! Blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Looks like the next time I cruise past Independence, I should stop for a look around. Looks interesting.


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