Cheap Beaches

There’s not much time left for beachin’ it in Jackson County. Longview Lake Beach (111101 Raytown Road, 816-767-0727) and Blue Springs Lake Beach (1500 Northeast Bowlin Road, Lee’s Summit, 816-503-4876) close for the summer after Labor Day weekend, which means today and Monday are it. So break out the sunscreen and head to the water between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. both days. The parks offer boat rentals and permit fishing. Plus, recent heat waves have inspired weekend and holiday beach-fee reductions. Admission to either park is just $2 for adults ($1 for children). For more information, see

Aug. 16-Sept. 3