Powell Gardens

1609 NW U.S Highway 50
Kingsville, MO 64061

A not-for-profit nationally recognized botanical garden located just east of Kansas City, Missouri, only 20 minutes west of Warrensburg. The gardens is set on 970 acres offering breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events and classes for the entire family. Powell Gardens is known for its garden displays incorporating native plantings and the Heartland Harvest Garden, the nation’s largest edible landscape. The gardens can be rented for weddings, receptions, ceremonies and other private events.

Nassif Aquatic Center

428 E Mill Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093

The coolest place to be when the weather’s hot! Come out for a day of fun. Enjoy a lap pool, slide and diving board, spray ground and lazy river. Concessions and party packages are available. Operated by Warrensburg Parks and Recreation.

Central Missouri Speedway

5 NE County Road V
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Central Missouri Speedway Website

Central Missouri Speedway is a high banked 3/8-mile (on the outside) Clay Oval track located 3.5 miles north of Warrensburg, right off of Highway 13. Weekly racing takes place on Saturday nights from April to September. CMS hosts special events racing during the summer holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. There are two general admission grandstand areas, one on the front side of the speedway where the flagman and announcer's tower are located and the other on the pit side of the speedway, where drivers check in and stage from their pit stalls. A full concession stand is available as well as restrooms. The front-side grandstand features grandstand seating running the entire length of the front straightaway from turn four to turn one. There is plenty of parking on either side of the speedway.

Old Drum Statue

300 N Holden Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Old Drum Statue Website

When you visit Warrensburg, you’ll want to take a selfie with our famous four-legged friend Old Drum! While at the Old Drum statue, take a few minutes and read about the famous trial from which the phrase "Man's Best Friend" was spoken in the closing speech by Senator George Graham Vest in the "Tribute to a Dog." The statue is located in Warrensburg's historic downtown on the lawn of the current Johnson County Courthouse.

Original Johnson County Courthouse

302 N Main Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093

JCHS Website

The Johnson County Historical Society is a non-profit organization which maintains the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library & Museum and the historic buildings on the Old Courthouse Square. The archives of original county records dating from 1834 are housed in the library. The library and museum provide a premiere research facility specializing in family and local history.

One of the many buildings on the JCHS complex is the Old Courthouse (1838 to 1871). It still stands, carefully restored, in its original location on Main Street. The period courtroom and upstairs offices pay tribute to the brave pioneers who built it. The Trial of Old Drum, where George Graham Vest’s Eulogy on the Dog was delivered, took place in the courthouse in 1870.

The complex is open 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For guided tours and group tours, please contact the JCHS curator.

County Courthouse