I (Tracy) have lived in Kansas City, Missouri for the last 21 years (find out why I moved). One thing I loved about Chad (my husband) when I first met him was how he loved to plan dates. He would find out about something fun to do or a place he wanted to take me. I loved surprises so it was always fun to see what he’d gotten so excited about.
Now, when family comes in town he always thinks of cool places to go. We’ve done a lot in Kansas City and I really love it. Kansas City has a big city feel but at the same time can feel like a smaller town. There are so many areas that are being revitalized and brought back to life like the Power and Light District where fans would hang out to watch the Royal’s games and wait to see if any players would show up after the game.
Come to Kansas City for a visit and try out one (or more) of these 10 things to do.
10. The WW1 Museum
The Liberty Memorial, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is a memorial to the soldiers who died in World War I. It houses The National World War I Museum.
In 1919, the LMA and citizens of Kansas City raised more than $2.5 million in just 10 days. The equivalent of roughly $34 million today, this staggering accomplishment reflected the passion of public sentiment for the Great War that had dramatically changed the world.
Because of the physical deterioration of the structure it was closed in 1994. Thanks to the support of the City of Kansas City, the State of Missouri, the United States Government, and generous individual donors, more than $102 million was raised for the restoration and expansion.The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial reopened in 2006 to national acclaim.
This WWI museum is unique. Vintage Aero Flying Museumk in Colorado and Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York were the only other WW1 Museums in the United States.
9. Union Station
Union Station is right in front of the WWI Museum. It is packed with things to do:
- Science City
- The vibrant Theatre District – watch a film on the giant-screen or see a live performance on the city stage.
- KC Railway Exhibit – Experience history as you walk through a hands-on exhibit of the American Railroad.
- Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium – One of the largest planetariums in the midwest.
- Eat a delicious dinner at Pierponts.
- Ride in on the Amtrack and arrive at Union Station depot.
8. The Plaza
Kansas City has more fountains than any city in the world except Rome, Italy and is known as the City of Fountains with over 200 registered fountains in the metropolitan area.
This J C Nichols Memorial is one of many around the Country Club Plaza. The Plaza is an American upscale shopping district. There are the best restaurants and hotels, walking paths and residential areas surrounding the plaza. It is a beautiful place to visit, shop and relax over a delicious meal.
7. Amusement Parks
Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun and Schlitterbahn are two parks you’ll love and are both within 20 minutes of downtown Kansas City. Get ready to take flight 301 feet in the air on the newest ride at Worlds of Fun, the SteelHawks. Verruckt is the tallest water slide in the world dominating the skyline at Schlitterbahn.
6. The Money Museum
Did you know…
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up our nation’s central bank.
I didn’t until our family of 6 visited The Money Museum when my parents were in town one year. Everyone had a great time. It was very interesting with a real bar of gold, machines processing used money, a very informative film, Truman’s coin collection and more! Best of all, it’s FREE! Just be sure you have a valid ID if you are 18 or over.
5. Kauffman Center for Performing Arts
The Kauffman Performing Arts Center is the newest addition to the downtown area. It houses the ballet, the symphony and the lyric opera. The building is amazing! Tours are also available.
4. A Professional Sporting Event
No matter what sport you like or what season it is Kansas City has it covered.
We do not have a professional basketball team but if you like basketball you’ll love the College Basketball Experience. Lots of fun for all ages!
3. The Legends
If you are not into those kinds of sports maybe you like NASCAR? Kansas City, Kansas has a beautiful new area called the Legends. The Kansas Speedway was built there a couple years back and the place is booming!
If you want a romantic getaway stay at Chateau Avalon, Kansas City’s most unique hotel featuring 61 guest rooms and 23 different concept suites. Chad and I stayed in the Camelot for one of our anniversaries. Very romantic.
2. The Roasterie
The Roasterie is a specialty coffee company that offers FREE tours of their roasting facility. We took my mom there this year. She was the cupper. If you like coffee you’ll love this. You can even get married in their event space!
1. Crown Center
One of my best memories with the kids was taking them to Kaleidoscope. You just have to go to experience the unique wonderland that it is.
Kaleidoscope nourishes the creative spirit. It is a place where children are invited to be creative, have fun, and feel good about their own special ideas. Provided by Hallmark Cards, Kaleidoscope is FREE!
At Kaleidoscope, children use their imaginations to make art with left-over materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes. Some materials are cut into shapes, while others are left just as Hallmark sends them. And Hallmark provides different materials so the projects are ever-changing!
After that we would walk through the Crown Center shops, watch them make fudge at the fudge shop, play with some toys at the toy store and then eat at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant where the train would bring your food and drop it down to table as it drove by.
Have you been here? What did you do? Do you live here? What would you suggest?
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