If a season was ever personified by a community, Louisburg would be fall.
The community is home to the Louisburg Cider Mill & Country Store, which is rated among the top cider mills in the nation with activities throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy a variety of ciders, cider donuts made fresh daily, sample a famous Lost Trail Root Beer, craft soda or hard cider. For a fall family getaway, attend Ciderfest Sept. 30 or Oct. 1, 7, and 8. The fun continues throughout October with Zombie Forest Nights and the Burning of the Scarecrow.
Seasonal farms like Powell Pumpkin Patch are the perfect place to handpick a pumpkin or gorgeous gourd to complete fall décor. This 35-acre patch has specialty pumpkins, cornstalks, a corn maze, hayrides, a concession stand, a nature trail and more. Admission is free.
Whether it’s a new tradition or a long-standing one, picking a perfect pine for family yuletide celebrations at the family-operated D&G Christmas Tree Farm is a must. Selections include pre-cut trees or cut–your-own with bow saws provided. The helpful staff will shake, wrap, and secure the tree for a safe ride home.
Holiday Magic on Broadway takes place the first Sunday in December. From 3 to 6 p.m. Broadway Street is lined with Holiday activities and photo opportunities. At 6 p.m. the Mayor's Christmas Tree is lit and then a Light-Up parade takes place along Broadway Street.
But don’t just come down when the leaves are turning, Louisburg draws visitors all year for its unique combination of things to taste, see and do.
When visiting, prepare to be awestruck by big cats and bright constellations.
Just to the east of Louisburg is the Cedar Cove Feline Conservation and Education Center, a nonprofit devoted to the care of endangered predator species. Visitors can tour the 11-acre facility and view tigers, African lions, assorted smaller felines including leopards, cougars and wolves, all while being educated about the animals’ habitat and dangers they face. For a real sight, catch the tiger feedings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
For stargazing, stop by Powell Observatory, managed by Astronomical Society of Kansas City, and stare into the Andromeda Galaxy through the Ruisinger telescope, one of the largest available for public-viewing in a five-state area. In addition to in-person public programs and private events, Powell Observatory streams presentations from the ASKC Facebook page.
Louisburg Cider Mill
Louisburg City Lake
While Louisburg may be famous for its cider, that’s not the only festival in town. Hosted by Louisburg Lions Club, Cruise the ‘Burg car show invites vintage car lovers of all ages to admire classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. (First Sunday in May.)
Marching down historic Broadway Street is the annual Labor Day Parade with fun-loving activities including inflatables for the kids, volleyball, bingo, music, food and more. Events held at American Legion Park.
Voted a Kansas City runner’s favorite, the Louisburg Cider Run 5K, 10K and Kid’s Fun Run course begins on Broadway Street and ends with a cup of apple cider or hard cider for all participants aged 21 years and older. Expect local vendors. It is part of the Fall Fermentation Series. (First Saturday in October)
A uniquely Louisburg tradition, the Electric Light Show features the Louisburg High School band at Wildcat Stadium. The lights go out and the music turns up with each band and dance team member illuminated in neon as they perform their competition show! A firework show concludes the evening. (Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.)
Parks offer ideal amenities outdoors for unscripted fun.
Rutlader Outpost, a full-service RV Park, referred as the “Ole West Border Town” is complete with indoor or outdoor storage, convenience store, fishing pond, and access to Middle Creek State Fishing Lake.
Encompassing more than 200-acres, Lewis-Young Park has outdoor fields for soccer, baseball, and football. If you enjoy being outside you will appreciate walking trails, disc golf and a fishing lake. Hot air balloons are welcome to take off and land from the park.
Local favorite, Louisburg City Park hosts a covered shelter and playing courts for pickleball, tennis and basketball. A paved trail around the lake provides perfect winter conditions for cross-country snow skiing.
Planning an event? Host it at one of the venue options.
The English Barn, located just north of Louisburg, was constructed by Amish craftsmen using beautiful Douglas fir timbers and intricate woodworking throughout the more than 5,600 square-foot facility.
The Haven Event Space is a brand new contemporary rustic wedding and event venue north of Louisburg, featuring a 300-guest capacity with indoor and outdoor event spaces.
The Wildcat Activities Center has a large gym area and can be rented for parties, practices and more.
Fox Hall, located on Broadway is newly remodeled with plenty of space for a small to larger groups.
The Glam Shak is a quaint smaller venue for groups of fewer than 50. The garage door opens onto a patio for additional seating during nicer weather.
Looking for a place to stay?
The Lowman Loft offers a dreamy boutique loft that is a beautiful place to gather, relax and celebrate in downtown Louisburg.
No daytrip is complete without shopping. Home to specialty stores loaded with antiques, accessories, clothing and other curios, Louisburg does not disappoint.
Inside Simply Se-Lah, a downtown boutique, shoppers will find an array of new and vintage pieces alongside craft work from local artisans. With more than 26,000 square feet of antique furniture and architectural salvage to browse through at Louisburg Market Street, where rare finds are not so rare. The hunt is half the fun at Captain Cook’s Treasure Chest where shoppers can explore up to 50 vendor booths offering antique and vintage items, assorted local art and handcrafted goods. Jabez Boutique specializes in custom bleached t-shirts and is full of many unique items.
No matter the craving, good eats are always in season.
Local Brew will satisfy caffeine addicts with a hot or cold coffee, and specialty beverages.
Miss B’s Café serves up comfort foods including two of their specialties – fried chicken and cinnamon rolls. Open 7-2 every day except Monday and Tuesday.
Even picky eaters can find a favorite on the menu offered at Timbercreek Bar & Grill or Bub’s Bar & Grill.
With menus that fit their names, La Mesa Mexican Restaurant, Rice House Chinese Restaurant and Louisburg Barbecue & Brews + Pizza each offer local favorites.