Plenty to do in Platte County

One of the displays at the Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant tour center.

On a recent trip to Platte County, which includes part of Kansas City, along with cities such as Parkville, Riverside, Platte City and Weston, my eyes were opened to a variety of opportunities I didn’t know existed in the Show-Me State.

So, what is there to do in Platte County? Well …

For starters, Platte County is home to a mammoth Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant where tours are offered from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Before you take a tour of the actual assembly operation, you’re greeted by a beautiful lobby area where several Harleys are on display.

Amid the unfinished frames and motor components are actual completed bikes for you to take a “test sit” to get a feel for their size and comfort. If you use your imagination, you can picture yourself cruising down a country road with the loud purr of the motor beneath you. These bikes are beautifully crafted pieces of equipment, and even if you’re not a rider (full disclosure: I’m not) you can appreciate the work and quality these American classics. Plus, they’re downright cool.

Lined up and waiting at Worth Harley-Davidson.

Continuing with the motorcycle theme, and just a short drive away from the assembly plant, is Worth Harley-Davidson, one of the nation’s largest Harley retailers. Along with an excellent showroom floor of new bikes, Worth has a large pool of rental Harleys from which to choose. These awesome machines rent for about $100 per day. To learn more about renting from Worth Harley-Davidson, check them out on VisitMO.com by clicking here.

Looking at all these Harleys helped me work up an appetite. At Zona Rosa, which is an amazing shopping, dining and entertainment complex, Stone Canyon Pizza had just what the doctor ordered. It’s called the Bob’s Whole Hog pizza.

Imagine, if you will, a perfect pizza crust (not too thin, not too thick) covered with … wait for it … KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce, Canadian bacon, smoked bacon, Italian sausage, American sausage, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Yes, it was as good as it sounds. Better, in fact, as I at first wasn’t convinced the BBQ sauce would fit nicely on the pizza. But it truly does and was glad I took our waiter’s advice on this one.

MoTravelMama, center, watches as a teammate shoots at Kactus Creek.

Another one of my favorite stops in Platte County was the Kactus Creek Croquet Club. At this venue, a local builder has turned his backyard into a croquet player’s paradise. Only, this isn’t your father’s croquet game. Using mallets that resemble Thor’s hammer, the team game involves lots of planning and strategy; and sometimes, sending your opponent’s ball under a fence.

Kactus Creek, outside of Parkville, is the brainchild of Matt Griffith, who has been playing croquet professionally for more than 30 years. Professional croquet! Who knew?

He converted his yard into a wonderful course that’s open for public play. The best part; it’s free. If you’d like to leave a donation, that’s fine, and if you want to bring a group out, some charges will apply. But if you’d like to just head out to play with a friend, there’s no charge, and Matt will teach you some of the game’s finer points. He’s an avid player who really wants to get word out about the game and help it grow.

I won’t tell you who won our game (don’t ask MoTravelMama – she was on the other team). I’ll simply say it was a good game and fun to compete.

Speaking of MoTravelMama, look for Platte County follow-ups from her because I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg . So please, check back in the coming days for follow-up entries; you might learn more about amazing meals at places such as Buddha’s in Zona Rosa and Corner Cafe in Riverside, the scenic wineries of Platte County, family farms and pumpkin patches, and the incredible Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa.