The Top Attractions in Kansas City
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Shopping & Entertainment:
Country Club Plaza - The Kansas City plaza (Country Club Plaza) is a unique and splendid shopping district built by the J. C. Nicholas Co. in the 1920. The Country Club Plaza offers more than 140 shops and dining spots, snuggling amid Spanish and European inspired architecture and decoration. Brookside follows the Que. with its collection of boutiques, specialty stories and gift shops. The plaza celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1997 and is the oldest shopping center in the country that promises quality shopping and enjoyment to 11 million tourists each year.
Westport - Just like the diverse shops and restaurants you'll find in Westport, it's also home to a wide variety of special events. Visitors can take in a wine tasting one weekend and an auto race festival the next. Antique fairs and art shows are intermingled with concerts and fairs in the streets. The nightlife makes it KC's premier entertainment district. Westport's business owners, residents and patrons are as warm and welcoming as you'll find anywhere in the country.
Kansas City Power & Light District (13th and Walnut) - Visitors can now experience a new Downtown Kansas City with the Kansas City Power & Light District. The $850 million entertainment district - the largest new development project in the Midwest - has reenergized downtown, creating an entertainment, retail and dining hot spot for visitors and conventioneers. It transforms itself from a unique lunch and retail destination by day to an exciting dining and entertainment experience in the evening.
Crown Center (2450 Grand Blvd.) - The three-level Crown Center Shops feature more than 60 shops and restaurants. Shopaholics are drawn to the unique specialty stores, headlined by Halls Crown Center. Theatre goers can choose from Broadway-style productions at the American Heartland Theatre, award-winning youth-oriented shows at The Coterie Theatre and innovative shows at the new Off Center Theatre. Kaleidoscope at Crown Center is a magical art studio where children can be creative and feel good about their own special ideas. Creating with bows, cardboard, jazzy junk, making puzzles and painting with melted crayons are just a few of the fun things to do. Kaleidoscope gives children (and grown-ups, too) a unique opportunity to express themselves in a supportive, encouraging environment.
The Legends at Village West - (Kansas City, KS) - Enjoy the Village West shopping spree. Shop at the many stores and outlets at The Legends outdoor shopping center. The variety of stores includes JC Penny, Wilson Leather, and The Buckle. Outlets include The Gap, Levis, and Adidas. Enjoy lunch and video games at Dave & Busters, or enjoy lunch as the kids dig for fossils and build their own dinosaur at the T-Rex restaurant.
Zona Rosa (8640 N. Dixson Ave.) - Nestled within upscale neighborhoods in Kansas City north, the area’s unique entertainment and shopping district is located at the northwest corner of 1-29 and Barry Road, just minutes from KCI airport and downtown Kansas City. Since opening in May 2004, the new urban retail environment has welcomed thousands of visitors to its "city within a city" atmosphere, offering shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as office and residential space.
Oak Park Mall (11519 W. 95th St, Overland Park, KS) - With two spectacular levels of world-class shopping and dining, Oak Park Mall is the perfect mix of local boutiques and national favorites like Sephora, Arden B, J Crew and the Rainforest Cafe. Convenient covered parking, luxurious leather seating areas, a state-of-the-art food court and a children's play area with carousel and train rides, Oak Park Mall offers something for everyone. Nordstrom, Dillards, J.C. Penney, The Jones Store plus over 185 specialty stores.
Town Center Plaza (5000 W. 119th St, Leawood, KS) - Town Center Plaza is an upscale open-air lifestyle center featuring over 90 national and specialty stores, exceptional restaurants and a 20-screen movie theatre. The meticulous landscaping, elegant architecture and superior mix of upscale retailers create a unique ambiance that is reminiscent of strolling though a cozy, European village. Town Center Plaza is home to The Jones’s Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods, AMC Theatre, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters & Restoration Hardware. Town Center Plaza also boasts several award-winning restaurants including Bristol Bar & Grill, Yahooz, Sushi House, Houlihan’s and more.
Arts, Music & Entertainment:
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak Street) - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. In 2007, TIME Magazine ranked the museum's new Bloch Building, #1 on the "The 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels" list.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick Blvd.) - Since opening in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has become a leader among modern and contemporary art museums in America. The Museum has always had a strong commitment to its mission: to present contemporary art of the highest quality and significance through a permanent collection and a balanced exhibition program, and to stimulate dialogue, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art through free educational public programming.
The College Basketball Experience (1401 Grand Blvd.) - The College Basketball Experience is a world class entertainment facility connected to the Sprint Center. It houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, where visitors can honor college basketball legends and learn about the history of the game. The entire second floor gives a "hands-on" approach to college basketball. Virtually every skill of the game has an activity station – rebounding, passing, three-point shooting, free throw shooting and more.
Toy & Miniature Museum (5235 Oak St.) - A trip to the Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of play. Come and explore the world class collection of antique toys, dolls and miniatures. From old-fashioned steam engine trains to vintage games and gadgets to an amazing assortment of scale miniatures, the one-of-a-kind giant collection is a must-see for Midwest visitors. With 28 exciting rooms to explore, the Museum is a special destination that's sure to spark your imagination.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS) - Johnson County Community College is home to the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region. The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art features major exhibitions of internationally, nationally and regionally renowned artists. Free admission and parking.
Quality Hill Playhouse (303 W. 10th St.) - Quality Hill Playhouse, located in downtown Kansas City's Arts District, produces six musicals and cabaret revues each year. A cabaret revue is a performance with emphasis on the music, usually built around a theme. Each performance features three or four professional singers accompanied by piano; one or two shows each season feature the singers accompanied by a piano, bass and drums combo. With only seven rows and 153 seats, Quality Hill Playhouse is Kansas City's most intimate theatre and provides excellent viewing and hearing from all seats.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre (4949 Cherry St.) - Kansas City Repertory Theatre is one of the Midwest region's premier professional theatres. The professional theatre-in-residence at UMKC, the Rep has two performance spaces: Spencer Theatre, which is located just four blocks east of the Country Club Plaza, and Copaken Stage, located in the heart of the Power & Light District.
Kansas City Ballet (1616 Broadway Blvd.) – The Kansas City Ballet continues to hone its reputation as one of the best mid-sized ballet organizations in the nation. The Ballet presents three repertory performances each year that pay homage to established masters of ballet while reaching out to explore contemporary works by emerging choreographers. Kansas City Ballet's repertory season includes 15 performances (five each season) with fall, winter and spring seasons at the Lyric Theatre. Kansas City Ballet School classes are available to students of all ages, whether aspiring toward a professional career or dancing for enjoyment.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City (1029 Central Ave.) - Lyric Opera of Kansas City is one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies. Lyric Opera produces an eclectic repertoire, and offers one production of an American or contemporary opera most seasons. In the fall of 1998, the Company began performing operas in the original language, a tradition which continues today with all operas being performed in the original language with English subtitles.
Kansas City Symphony (1020 Central Ave.) - Founded in 1982 and recognized as "The Sound of Kansas City," the Kansas City Symphony's 80-person orchestra performs more than 50 concerts in three series (classical, family and pop). The Symphony's 42-week season runs September through June. In addition, the Symphony performs non-series concerts such as Celebration At The Station and Pops In The Park, educational programs, outreach performances, holiday concerts and serves as the orchestra for the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet.
Kauffman Center for Performing Arts (coming soon) – Poised to become of the world’s finest performing arts venues, the Kauffman Center was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. When it debuts, it will serve as the new home to Kansas City’s acclaimed ballet, opera and symphony companies. The facility’s soaring dual arches will contain two spacious performance halls: The 1,800-seat Proscenium Theatre and the 1,600-seat Concert Hall.
Starlight Theatre (4600 Starlight Dr.) - While you're visiting Kansas City, don't miss the opportunity to experience summer magic at Starlight Theatre. This one-of-a-kind outdoor theatre has been a heartland treasure since 1951. Starlight Theatre is affordable and fun for all ages. In 2008, Starlight Theatre was selected as the "Favorite Performing Arts Venue or Organization" in the KCCVA's Visitors' Choice Awards program. Starlight Theatre also offers plenty of space to host a private dinner, meeting or other event. Groups of 50 to 1,500 can be accommodated at Starlight, either in the beautiful 10-story stage house or one of the spacious dining rooms.
Music Hall - Municipal Auditorium (201 W. 13th St.) – The Beautiful 1936 Art Deco theater seats 2,402. It features a spectacular foyer & grand staircase, box office, coat check, lighted marquee with backstage dressing rooms and green room. The Music Hall is perfect for general sessions, entertainment and special presentations.
Crossroads Art District - If you’ve heard of the trendy Crossroads Arts District, it’s more than likely because of First Fridays. The monthly art walk draws locals by the thousands, all looking for a good dose of gallery-hopping. Crossroads is also home to several unique boutique shops, housed in once-vacant warehouses. Even if art isn’t your thing, the shops in the Crossroads run the gamut.
American Royal Museum & BBQ (1701 American Royal Ct.) - Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City's rich and storied history. Observe horse show, rodeo and livestock show clothing, saddles and memorabilia. If you like food (and who doesn't) come to the American Royal Barbeque the biggest barbecue competition in the world! Each evening of the barbecue contest features great musical entertainment. The American Royal kicks off its fall season with a parade featuring more than 150 floats and balloons. The American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo features some of the nation's most talented competitors, country music entertainers, a commercial trade show and a petting zoo.
Historical & Educational:
World War 1 Museum at Liberty Memorial (100 W. 26th Street) - On December 2, 2006, the expanded National World War I Museum opened the window to an extraordinary emotional and intellectual experience. Envisioned by the people of Kansas City, designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and designated by Congress as the nation’s official World War I Museum, the new state-of-the-art complex uses an incredible collection and highly-interactive technology to bring this global history to life, and to foster timely discussions of ethics, values, decision making and conflict resolution.
American Jazz Museum – (1616 E. 18th Street) - The Museum includes interactive exhibits and educational programs as well as the Blue Room, a working jazz club, and the Gem Theater, a modern 500-seat performing arts center. Located in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District in Kansas City, this is the place where jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, and hundreds of others defined the sounds of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Today, scholars, students, musicians, and fans are drawn here to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the best music America has to offer.
Negro League Baseball Museum (1616 E. 18th Street) - Explore the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues at this museum located in the 18th and Vine District. Through video presentations, film exhibits, interactive stations, a photo gallery and pieces of memorabilia, the museum offers insight into the lives and careers of the players who contributed so much to the game of baseball while helping to advance the Civil Rights movement.
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum (500 W Hwy. 24 Independence, MO) - Learn about the life and times of our Harry S. Truman. Here you’ll see how an average farm boy became our 33rd President. Parents will enjoy the historical aspect of the museum, while the kids get to put themselves in Harry Truman’s shoes. Here they’ll get to make campaign buttons, sort mail, and even write letters to the president
Steamboat Arabia (400 Grand Blvd) - The Steamboat Arabia was a side wheeler steamboat which hit a snag in the Missouri River and sank near what today is Parkville, Missouri, on September 5, 1856. Thousands of artifacts from the steamboat and its cargo that were recovered are now on display in the Steamboat Arabia Museum in the River Market district of Kansas City, Missouri.
National Frontier Trails Museum (318 W. Pacific Ave, Independence, MO) -
The National Frontier Trails Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted to the three great western routes: the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. Located in Independence, MO, the principal "jumping off" point for all three trails, the museum highlights the unique features of each trail and their dramatic impact on American History. Additional exhibits focus on the explorations of Lewis and Clark and the reasons why people heeded the call to "Go West!" Covered wagon rides with narration of local history are also available
World Famous BBQ!
Arthur Bryant’s BBQ (1727 Brooklyn & Ameristar Casino) – Is considered by many to be the most famous barbecue restaurant in the United States.
Gates Bar-B-Q (multiple locations) As a family restaurant established in 1946, Gates has grown from a single store front at 19th & Vine to a family of five up-to-date restaurants throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. The connection of good food; fast, personalized service and an immediate greeting of “Hi, may I help you?” serve as Gates’ trademarks
Jack Stack BBQ (multiple locations) - Rated #1 barbecue in the country by Zagat's.
Winslow's Famous Slow's KC- BBQ (20 E. 5th St.) - Slow's serves a mouth-watering blend of slow-cooked meats and home style side dishes. Killer spicy wings, the Famous Smokie burnt-end sandwich and succulent slow-smoked ribs are signature items. Slow's features a 300 seat patio; full bar and seasonal live music. Slow's was featured on the NBC Today Show as one of the top rib joints in America and also as one of the top barbeques in Bon Appetit Magazine.
Ameristar Casino & Hotel (3200 Ameristar Dr.) - Ameristar Casino Kansas City is one of the largest and most impressive casinos in the country, with a selection of over 2,900 slots and video poker machines to choose from. With 11 diverse dining options to choose from, Ameristar Kansas City offers an unsurpassed selection and variety of restaurants including Pearl's Oyster Bar, Amerisports Brew Pub & Arthur Bryant's Barbeque.
Entertainment amenities include the Star Pavilion, featuring national headliners; Casino Cabaret; the Regal Cinema's Kansas City 18 Theater; Hi-Vi video arcade; and Kids Quest, a supervised child-care facility. The property also offers a 184-room hotel which offers a mixture of suites and standard rooms featuring single king-sized or double queen-sized beds.
Harrah’s Casino & Hotel (One Riverboat Dr.) - Casino & entertainment center with 10,000 sq. ft. of convention space accommodating groups of 30 to 1,000. New 392-luxury-room hotel featuring 50 suites. Casino includes more than 1,800 slots and table games. Property includes seven restaurants including Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill and Mike & Charlie's Italian Restaurant. Also, home of the Voodoo Lounge concert venue and nightclub.
Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa (777 NW Argosy Pkwy.) - Argosy became a premiere destination spot with the opening of its hotel and spa in April of 2007. The Mediterranean-themed, 258-room luxury hotel and spa is equipped with the latest technologies and top-of-the-line amenities. The lavish hotel is the final piece in making Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa a premier travel destination in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest. Each room features a 42" HD Plasma TV, leather lounge chair, wireless, high-speed Internet, luxurious bathroom spaces with Kohler® rain showerheads and much more. All of this is in addition to the property's fully equipped fitness center, business center and an adjoining day spa with a ceiling-to-floor water feature. The spacious banquet facilities can accommodate up to 600 guests.
Other Top Attractions:
Kansas City Gangster Tour - Our Gangster Tour features an interactive look at the Pendergast era from 1920 to 1945. “Gangster TV” highlights this wild and wooly era with historical film and photographs from the period. You’ll learn and see how the “Pendergast Machine” controlled the political system and the very fabric of life in Kansas City. The tour highlights infamous crimes like the Union Station Massacre, shows the locations of speakeasies and gambling halls and explains how liquor flowed freely during prohibition. The homes and workplaces of crime bosses and the sites of major turf wars are also featured on the tour. Sounds like an “offer you can’t refuse.”
Kansas City Zoo (6800 Zoo Drive) - Celebrating its 100th year in 2009, the Kansas City Zoo offers visitors the unique experience of seeing more than 900 animals in naturalistic settings; all stretched across 200 acres in Swope Park. The Zoo's exhibits are organized by continent with major sections for Africa and Australia. Along with its marvelous animal collection, the Zoo prides itself on outstanding educational opportunities including overnight safaris for children, families and classrooms.
Kansas Speedway (400 Speedway Blvd. Kansas City, KS) - Kansas Speedway has become one of the most popular and most diverse motorsports venues in the country. Kansas Speedway hosts NASCAR’s premier series, the NEXTEL Cup Series. It also brings the superstars of the Indy Racing League’s IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA’s RE/MAX Series to Kansas City, Kan., for an exciting season of heart-pounding motorsports action. Besides the racing, other weekend track events include high-speed driving schools where race fans can learn what it’s like to be Richard Petty or Mario Andretti. Car shows, community functions and private parties make up the rest of Kansas Speedway’s yearlong activity calendar.
Union Station (30 W. Pershing Rd.) - Union Station is proud to host various national traveling exhibits throughout the year. Past exhibits include The Dead Sea Scrolls, A T-Rex Named Sue, Titanic: The Exhibition and many more. Discover the scientist inside you at Science City with over 50 hands-on science activities. Experience a massive movie in the Vic & Helen Regnier Extreme ScreenTheater, the region's only 3D projection system with a screen five stories tall. Union Station also offers visitors fine restaurants, unique shops, world-class field trips, birthday parties, corporate outings and much more.
Worlds of Fun (4545 World of Fun Ave.)- Worlds of Fun is the premier amusement park destination in the Midwest that includes six world-class roller coasters. Thrill seekers challenge the Patriot, the longest and tallest inverted roller coaster in the region and the cold steel of Mamba commands the skyline at 205 feet above the ground as one of the tallest, longest, and fastest steel roller coasters in the world. Worlds of Fun also features 16 rides designed specifically for children.
Oceans of Fun (4545 World of Fun Ave.) - Oceans of Fun is the largest tropically themed water park in the Midwest. Thrill seekers can challenge the storm of Hurricane Falls, a daunting 72-foot tall super slide that sends rafts of up to five sliders twisting down a flume of river rapids. Guests of all ages are drawn to the fun at Paradise Falls -- a water funhouse that includes water cannons, sprays, tipping pails, net crawls, rope bridges and waterslides and much, much more. Oceans of Fun is also a great place for group outings. The park offers facilities for catered picnics that accommodate groups from 40 to over 500.
Great Wolf Lodge (10401 Cabela Dr. Kansas City, KS) - Serving as Kansas' Year-Round Family Resort, Great Wolf Lodge provides a comprehensive package of destination lodging amenities, including 281 family-sized suites; a 49,000 square-foot indoor entertainment area, featuring a grand scale water park; arcade with ticket redemption; children's craft and activity room; Aveda® Concept Spa; fitness room; northwoods-themed restaurant; confectionery café; state-of-the-art meeting space; spacious outdoor pool; gift emporium and a performing Great Clock Tower.
Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex (9103 E. 39th St.) - The Sheraton is a full-service hotel located adjacent to the Truman Sports Complex, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. Featuring 372 spacious guest rooms, wheelchair accessible. Full-service restaurant, Starbucks Café, in-room dining, motor coach parking, 24-hour fitness facility, indoor & outdoor heated swimming pools, whirlpool, saunas, 24-hour business center. Meeting space: 16 rooms, largest 9,039 sq. ft. Kansas City's newest attraction, the Coco Key Water Resort, is a 55,000-sq. ft. indoor water resort! Coco Key features thrill slides, an adventure river, Parrot's Perch play island, the Palm Grotto Indoor/Outdoor Spa, and much, much, more!
Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations (11401 N. Congress Ave.) - The 358,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Mo. was built in 1998 to increase production of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. The tour center features a series of displays that guide you through the various manufacturing and assembly processes and illustrate the individual and collaborative skills necessary to produce each motorcycle. Your tour experience begins with an introductory film. Then it's on to the factory floor where you'll witness a wide range of operations from welding, laser-cutting and frame-bending, to polishing and wheel assembly and sophisticated robotic welding technology.
Boulevard Brewery (2501 Southwest Blvd.) - Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. The Boulevard story begins in 1988, when founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City's historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989. The first keg of Boulevard Pale Ale was delivered -- in the back of John's pickup truck -- to a restaurant just a few blocks away. The popularity of Boulevard’s beers has since spread to 11 Midwestern states. Tours are offered every Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m., Friday at 1 p.m and 3 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Rose Garden at Loose Park – (5200 Pennsylvania Ave.) - The 80-acre park was given to the city in 1929 by Ella Loose to honor her husband Jacob, a businessman and philanthropist. The elegance of the park stems from the famous Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden (built in 1939) and the classical walkway that leads to it. As spring arrives, more than 4,000 roses -- in 125 varieties -- burst to life in the circular garden courtyard reminiscent of a royal setting for a Shakespeare play.
Powell Gardens (1609 NW U.S. Hwy. 50 Kingsville, MO) - Set on 915 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens -- Kansas City's botanical garden -- offers breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events and classes. Garden features include an Island Garden, Perennial Garden, a Rock and Waterfall Garden, a Wildflower Meadow, an indoor conservatory, ever-changing Terrace Gardens and native plantings. Heartland Harvest Garden (coming soon): The 12-acre, 100 percent edible Heartland Harvest Garden will explore food’s journey from seed to plate and will include a demonstration kitchen, a youth education garden and four intricate quilt gardens.
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village (coming soon) – In its first project outside of Texas, waterpark giant Schlitterbahn will build its fourth family destination on a 370-acre site in Kansas City, KS. The village will be one of the world’s largest tubing parks, with miles of interconnected rivers and attractions such as the Master Blaster, as six-story up-hill water coaster. The year-round resort will also feature 1,800 hotel rooms, including waterfront cabins and “treehaus” accommodations.
Sadlers Indoor Racing (325 N. Mur-Len Rd, Olathe, KS) – Get behind the wheel of high performance karts to experience racing firsthand at speeds up to 45 mph. Great for corporate events, company picnics, fundraisers, league racing, private parties, and arrive and drive sessions. Isn't it time you did more than just watch? Can handle groups up to 420 people.
PowerPlay (13110 W 62nd Terr. Shawnee, KS) - PowerPlay Family Entertainment Center is an 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fun center with something for everyone. Our new facility includes go-karts, laser tag, cosmic golf, bumper cars, tilt-a-whirl, swing and rascal rocket rides and a kids zone area. PowerPlay is a fun and unique venue for corporate retreats, team building, company parties and special events with rides and attractions that are geared for every age group. Corporate and banquet rooms allow seating capacities from 30-400. Rent the entire facility for up to 2,000 people for private parties. PowerPlay also has a fully staffed kitchen with endless catering options. Our on-site experienced event coordinators customize group packages for a group of any size and plan your event for you.
Deanna Rose Farm (138th and Switzer) – The Farmstead is eight acres of family fun and entertainment featuring a barn, a silo and a petting zoo with horses, rabbits, sheep, chickens, ducks, goats and more. The birds of prey exhibit will have your children soaring with excitement -- they can catch a close glimpse of eagles, owls and hawks. Each near new arrivals are born at the petting zoo, and the Farmstead hosts a baby-naming contest each year. Picnic facilities and a playground are available as well as a garden.