Whether the KC Royals win or lose on the diamond, there’s always a reason to continue the fun in Independence, MO. Just 15 minutes from Kauffman Stadium, the historic city of Independence is the top spot to explore after an afternoon ball game at The K. Hit the town with these recommendations for a guaranteed good time.

Discover legends & legacies

It all started on the Historic Independence Square. Independence’s quaint downtown is the starting point of countless legends and legacies that have formed this city into the vibrant place it is today. Hop aboard a covered-wagon tour with Pioneer Trails Adventures to follow the path of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails, which all started here. Visit the impressive Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, newly reopened after a $30 million renovation. Walk the hallowed halls of historic homes, such as the Vaile Mansion and Bingham-Waggoner Estate, to get a view into 19th-century life.

Grab a drink

Get the W with a post-game date night or group get-together at 3 Trails Brewing, pouring flights and pints of classic brews or housemade hard seltzer. For a fun-filled family outing, stop at Clinton’s Soda Fountain for sweet treats like flavored phosphates and indulgent sundaes.

Soak up the suds

A delicious meal is always easy to find in Independence, with countless local restaurants serving up comfort food, fine dining, and mouthwatering barbecue. For a quick bite, Mugs-Up Drive In is a sure bet with fresh-cooked burgers and crispy fries. Vivilore, part restaurant and part home decor boutique, offers upscale American cuisine in the up-and-coming Englewood Station Arts District.

Looking for things to do before a KC Royals game?