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Due to its proximity to Kansas City, Independence has all of the amenities of a large metropolitan area while still maintaining a great hometown atmosphere. Although it still has a small-town feel, Independence is the fourth-largest city in the Missouri. Independence is also the county seat of Jackson County, although a small portion of the city also falls within Clay County.

Like many cities in the Kansas City metro are, Independence is rich in historical significance. Independence was founded on March 29, 1827, and quickly became a vital frontier town. Known as the "Queen City of the Trails," Independence was an important stop on the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Independence is also the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and where he began his political career.

There are several historical landmarks in Independence, including the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and the National Frontier Trails Center. There are also many modern day amenities and attractions including the Adventure Oasis Water Park, the new Independence Event Center, nearby Arrowhead Stadium, and over 21,000 acres of outdoor fun made possible by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. If you still have time on your hands with all of these amazing activities, spend some time shopping at either the brand-name stores at Independence Mall or at the myriad of local shops that line Independence Square.

Independence Area Insight

  • Terry Prindle
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    Independence, MO
    Tucked away in the historic Englewood Arts District in Independence, MO, Vivilore offers an exceptional dining experience combining gourmet cuisine, art, and lush garden views. This hidden gem features a menu that changes with the seasons, ensuring the freshest ingredients. Dishes like their succulent duck breast and creative vegetarian options are paired with an extensive wine list. The ambiance, adorned with artwork, creates an unforgettable setting for any special occasion.
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    Independence, MO
    If you're in the mood for Japanese cuisine, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse is a fantastic choice. Located at 19800 E Valley View Parkway in Independence, this hibachi-style dining experience is both entertaining and delicious, with chefs preparing your meal right at your table. The sushi menu is also extensive, offering fresh and creative options.
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    History comes alive at the Courthouse Exchange, where classic American comfort food takes center stage in a historic setting. Housed in a charming building dating back to 1899, this iconic restaurant offers a nostalgic journey through time. From juicy steaks to hearty burgers, Courthouse Exchange serves up delicious fare that's sure to satisfy any appetite. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely lunch or gathering with friends for dinner, Courthouse Exchange invites you to experience the timeless charm of Independence.
  • Kelli Pool
    RE/MAX Heritage
    Thai Spice offers an extraordinary culinary journey that leaves taste buds tingling with delight. Nestled within unassuming surroundings, this hidden gem surprises diners with its exceptional Thai cuisine that transcends expectations. The Rama Chicken stands out as a true revelation, boasting a peanut butter sauce infused with coconut oil that sends taste buds into a frenzy of delight. Don't let its unassuming exterior fool you; within its walls lies a treasure trove of exquisite Thai cuisine waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a connoisseur of Thai food or simply seeking an unforgettable dining experience, Thai Spice is not to be missed.
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    Herford House is a gem nestled in Independence, boasting its Kansas City roots and a legendary reputation that stems from its original location in the Kansas City stockyards. As soon as you step inside, you're greeted with the inviting aroma of premium hand-cut steaks grilling over hardwood coals, setting the stage for an exceptional dining experience. The ambiance of the dining area is warm and inviting, with dim lighting, rich hardwood paneling, cozy private booths, and a grand fireplace that adds to the rich lodge-type atmosphere. It's the perfect for romantic dinner, or a group meal with friends. For starters, the Prime Rib Stew stands out as a classic favorite, featuring tender meat and fresh vegetables simmered to perfection. It's a comforting dish that sets the tone for the rest of the meal. The Autumn Harvest Salad is my favorite. The tartness of the apples contrasts beautifully with the nutty toasted butternut squash, while creamy goat cheese and a delightful vinaigrette dressing tie it all together. To end on a sweet note, the signature house-made carrot cake is an absolute must-try. With its decadent combination of walnuts, pineapple, coconut, and white chocolate cream cheese icing, every bite is a symphony of flavors. The addition of caramel sauce and candied English walnuts elevates this dessert to new heights of indulgence. Overall, Herford House offers a memorable dining experience that celebrates its Kansas City roots while delivering top-notch cuisine and warm hospitality. Whether you're craving a perfectly grilled steak or a delightful seasonal salad, this casual steakhouse delivers on all fronts, leaving you eager to return for more.
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    Independence, MO
    For authentic Kansas City-style barbecue, look no further than Adam's Smokehouse. Located just a short drive from Blue Springs, this beloved barbecue joint is renowned for its slow-smoked meats and mouthwatering sides. Whether you're craving tender brisket, juicy ribs, or savory pulled pork, Adam's Smokehouse delivers barbecue perfection with every bite. Pair your meal with classic sides like baked beans and creamy coleslaw for the ultimate barbecue feast! Adam's address is 19000 E 39th St S in Independence, MO.
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    Independence, MO
    Craving a slice of perfection? Look no further than Square Pizza, where every pie is a masterpiece of flavor and freshness. Located in Independence, MO, this beloved pizzeria delights guests with its mouthwatering creations, featuring crispy crusts, premium toppings, and irresistible sauces. Whether you're ordering a classic Margherita or customizing your own culinary masterpiece, Square Pizza delivers a slice of heaven with every bite. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly service, Square Pizza is the perfect spot to unwind and indulge in the simple pleasures of great food.
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    Independence, MO
    It's that time of year again. Get your grills and coolers ready and head to the Twin Drive-In in Independence, MO. Located off of 291 HWY and E Kentucky Rd, the Twin Drive-In is a staple of Independence. With double features starting at 9:30 p.m. every night, the Twin offers a great and economical way to spend the evening with the family.
  • Felicia Harris
    RE/MAX Heritage
    The National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, Missouri, is a significant institution that focuses on the history, interpretation, and preservation of America's principal pioneering trails. These trails played a crucial role in shaping the history of the American West, and it's wonderful that there is a museum dedicated to sharing their stories.

    The Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the California Trail were all vital routes during the 19th century, as thousands of pioneers embarked on perilous journeys westward in search of new opportunities and a better life. Independence, Missouri, served as a key starting point for many of these pioneers, and the museum's location in this historic city adds to its significance.

    As a history museum, the National Frontier Trails Museum offers a variety of exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays that showcase the experiences of the pioneers who traveled along these trails. Visitors can explore the challenges and triumphs faced by these early settlers, learn about the diverse cultures they encountered, and gain a deeper understanding of these trails' impact on American history. It's wonderful that the museum serves as a place for public education and supports academic research in this field.

    Overall, the National Frontier Trails Museum is an excellent destination for anyone interested in learning about the history of America's pioneering trails and the brave individuals who traversed them.
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    Independence, MO
    Live entertainment can be a great addition to a restaurant experience. If you are looking for restaurants with live entertainment, look no further. The Courthouse Exchange is an excellent opportunity to offer the type of entertainment and food you want. Check out their schedule online and visit. You won't be disappointed.
  • Felicia Harris
    RE/MAX Heritage
    The month of April has come and gone. We saw the amount of Independence homes under contract go up more than 15% from the previous month. This means we see the spring market blossom.

    Deciding whether or not to buy a home is a complex decision that depends on various factors, including your financial situation, housing needs, and the current state of the real estate market. While it's true that historically low-interest rates and a shortage of homes for sale in some areas have made it a good time to buy a home for some people, it's important to carefully consider your own situation before making a decision.

    Here are some things to consider when deciding whether now is the right time for you to buy a home:

    Your financial situation: Can you afford the down payment, monthly mortgage payments, property taxes, and other expenses associated with owning a home? Do you have a stable income and job security?

    Your housing needs: Are you planning to stay in the area for a while? Do you need a larger home to accommodate a growing family, or are you downsizing?

    The state of the real estate market in your area: Are homes selling quickly? Are prices rising quickly?

    It's important to research and work with a knowledgeable real estate agent to help you and your family lay out your personal goals for buying a home!
  • Julie Maupin
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    Independence, MO
    Mugs-Up Drive located right off 23rd Street in Independence is worth your drive time from anywhere in the Kansas Metro. When I lived in Columbia, MO (Go Mizzou!) my friends would pick a day and all go treat ourselves to Black Cow in town (aka Root Beer Float) and a burger. It is not the healthiest place to eat but those burgers are second to none. The carhops still take your order, deliver your food and all with a smile...Go with your honey, kids, or friends, and check it out for yourself. It's a definite treat!!!

    See the website below for the location and hours.
  • Felicia Harris
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    Independence, MO
    Independence is really booming. Currently, there are at least 58 homes for sale. These homes are 3+ beds/ 1+ baths. Independence is a very affordable option if you are thinking of buying a home. Especially if you are thinking of downsizing or buying a starter home!!
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    Independence, MO
    It is almost time! Vaile Victoria Mansion will be opening this weekend for tours once again after being closed for the winter.

    Built by Colonel Vaile in 1881. At that time in history, it was amazing and modern for its day. It is comprised of 31 rooms, marble fireplaces, and beautiful work everywhere you look. There are many events at the stunning mansion every year such as daily tours, Spring Tea, Celebrating Queen Elizabeth, Strawberry Festivals, and special Christmas tours. There is so much to experience in this beautiful home. Tours start back on April 1st. Get in line!
  • Felicia Harris
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    If you have not tried A Little BBQ Joint you should!! It always has amazing food and live entertainment. If you have not tried their Bacon Chips you are missing out. Located right off of 24 Highway and River this place is for sure a must-stop! With ribs, pulled pork, and quartered chicken, this place has something for everyone.
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    Independence, MO
    If you are looking for a great place full of people that love the Lord, preach the Gospel, and reach out to others then New Hope is the place for you. New Hope has many ministries such as Hope Class, a class for those struggling with addictions. A homeless ministry that takes food and clothes to those in need every Friday night. They run buses to bring people that don't have rides to church. It is a great place to love the Lord and serve Him.

    For locations and hours of services visit the website below.
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    Independence, MO
    Dave's is located right on Independence Square. It gives you that old town diner with outstanding service and food. It has a wide menu variation from sandwiches, salads, soups, and even breakfast at certain times. If you're looking to warm the soul, this is the perfect place to go and meet locals from the area.
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    Independence, MO
    Smokehouse BBQ is located off 39th Street across from the mall. The restaurant has an extensive menu and you don't just have to be a BBQ lover to eat here. Their menu includes, of course, BBQ but also, shrimp, steak, salads, burgers, sandwiches, wings, and more. The staff was friendly and attentive, I would recommend checking it out.
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    Independence, MO
    The Independence Community Ice Rink presents a special Skate with Santa event this Saturday, December 10th from 12-4:00 p.m. Bring the whole family out to meet Santa and enjoy some ice skating. The ice rink is located at 19100 East Valley View Parkway in Independence.
  • Terry Prindle
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    Every holiday season, Bass Pro Shop transforms its stores into a festive wonderland with fun and games. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4x6 picture, as well as a free customized digital video that they can share on social media. So be sure and bring the whole family to Bass Pro in Independence and create some unforgettable memories today. Make a reservation online to avoid the long wait at the store. Santa's Wonderland is free and runs through December 24th.
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    Independence, MO
    The Main Event in Independence is a great place for some family fun. Whether you're bowling, climbing, playing laser tag, or playing video games, there is something fun for everyone. You can also get plenty of refreshments, whether it be great food, pop, or even an adult beverage. It's also a great place to host an event such as a birthday party or an outing with fellow co-workers. Check out The Main Event in Independence today.
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    Independence, MO
    Clinton's Soda Fountain is a staple within Independence Square. Clinton's has been in business since 1988. Harry Truman worked at this very location at the pharmacy when he was younger. This place really is a blast from the past, such a cool experience, and the staff is always wonderful. I personally love their original banana split!
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    Independence, MO
    Mom and Pop Alert, now I may be biased because I have been going to Tim's Pizza since I was a little girl... but if you are wanting to support a local small business and have the best pizza you need to check this place out. Every morning the dough is made by hand and couldn't be more delicious. If you try this place out tell them Montana sent you.
  • The most gorgeous gowns around, Stephanie does such a great job at both the bridal market and prom market picking out all the gowns. If you're looking for a bridal gown, prom dress, homecoming dress, military ball gown, or bridesmaid gown this is the place to be!
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    Independence, MO
    Come out to the Historic Independence Square this Saturday, October 29th, from 10:00 a.m.-noon, for the 74th annual Halloween Parade. Spectators are invited to gather around the Square or on the parade route to watch the family-friendly parade of floats, marching bands, dance studios, fire trucks, tractors, classic cars, and clever costumes. After the parade spectators are invited to spend the day supporting the local businesses on the Square as they will be offering "Parade Day" specials all day.

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