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By: - at August 26, 2013

Top 10 Things to Do In Kansas City

A Brief Introduction to Kansas City
There is always something to see in Kansas City which has a rich history and traditions. Whether you are a local resident, new to this city, or are just stopping in for a visit, there are a lot of things to explore in this emerging metropolis. Foreigners in particular visiting Kansas City will enjoy many attractions such as: the thriving art scene, shopping, entertainment, nightlife, and famed barbeque eateries.

Kansas City Skyline
Kansas City Skyline

Kansas City has many world class attractions and destinations that you will enjoy while travelling this rich historic and wonderful city. Here are some top things to do when you are in Kansas City:


10)  Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City
This magnificent museum would ideally be a great place for a family outing. It houses and boasts thousands of vintage toys, including the world’s largest collection of marbles.

Toy Bear Standing Guard Outside the Toy and Miniature Museum
Toy Bear Standing Guard Outside the Toy and Miniature Museum
By Sandover (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

It is full of beautiful doll houses and a great place for people of all ages. If you are into art and miniature then you should visit this place.


9)  Power and Light District
The Power and Light District is a fantastic entertainment area of Kansas City, which serves out-of-towners, visitors from the suburbs and downtown in a variety of ways.

Power and Light District Kansas City, Missouri
Power and Light District Kansas City, Missouri

The area has plenty of bars, restaurants, theaters, a high-end supermarket, and free concerts to people looking for some fun.


8)  Crossroads Arts District
As the name suggests, it is a concentrated area with 400 local artists and 100 independent studios. People can spend a few hours in the neighborhood atmosphere of this great place with plenty of dining options.

Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri
Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri

There are numerous galleries, studios and restaurants in the neighborhood as well as plenty of beautiful people by the look of this photograph. 





7)  Legoland Discovery Center
This is a fantastic highly interactive Lego playground designed for kids. Children will love watching animated Lego features in a 4-D theatre.

Entrance to the Legoland Discovery Center
Entrance to the Legoland Discovery Center
By cjdc profile (Flickr), via Wikimedia Commons

There are also lots of creatures on the laser-shooting rides, such as “Kingdom Quest,” where you zap skeletons and more.


6)  Powell Gardens
Located just east of Kansas City, Powel Gardens is a fantastic botanical garden spanning over more than 900 acres. This wonderful garden boasts an amazing display of plants and flowers that are in bloom year around.

Overhead View of a Portion of the Powell Gardens
Overhead View of a Portion of the Powell Gardens

You will not see the same display of flowers and plants twice at Powel Gardens because they change with the seasons. This is also a favorite wedding destination for many couples.


5)  Union Station
Union Station is one of the mot favorite attractions on Kansas City with plenty of great things to do and see there. Union Station was a railway station until 1914, which today is home to the notable Science City, which is an interactive city made of science.

Interior of Union Station - Kansas City, Missouri
Interior of Union Station - Kansas City, MO

It is also home to many quaint shops, restaurants, a planetarium, an exhibit on the history of the American railroad, and more. Science City also offers a range of exciting things to do like visit the famed Rail Exhibit.

Union Station Exterior Overhead View
Union Station Exterior Overhead View
By Dual Freq (Own work.), via Wikimedia Commons

If looking around makes you hungry, there are some great restaurants and café’s to visit with wonderful food. The beautiful Union Station building is huge with beautifully a restored ceiling of the Grand Hall.


4)  Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City zoo is a great attraction for people of all ages - children in particular. Spanning over 200 acres, this famous zoo has over 900 animals from all countries. The zoo is so huge that it has trams, shuttles and a train for the conveniences of the visitors.

Overhead Tram at The Kansas City Zoo
Overhead Tram at The Kansas City Zoo
By KCZooFan from Olathe, KS, U.S.A (African Sky SafariUploaded by snowmanradio), via Wikimedia Commons

Kansas City Zoo is particularly a great place for kids to visit and have some cool fun. There are many species of animals and birds to see, such as: a lively gang of chimpanzees, large African elephants and reptiles.

Two Yellow-collared Lovebirds at Kansas City Zoo
Two Yellow-collared Lovebirds at Kansas City Zoo
By KCZooFan (Flickr: Black-masked Lovebirds), via Wikimedia Commons

Animal feedings are also available and are more than enough to keep visitors entertained.


3)  Country Club Plaza
Country Club Plaza is filled with high-end stores and friendly restaurants. Classic Cup Café and Jack Stack Barbeque are among the top café’s you should not miss.

Country Club Plaza All Lit Up for Christmas
Country Club Plaza All Lit Up for Christmas

The world famous Country Club Plaza is one of the top picks and destinations of Kansas City.

Country Club Plaza - Kansas City, Missouri
Country Club Plaza - Kansas City, MO

This spot was one of the first areas with outdoor shopping, entertainment, and a dinning district in the USA. Over 170 amazing shops and great restaurants have made it one of the top places to visit while in Kansas City. You can even enjoy a romantic carriage ride!

Fountain Among Shops at Country Club Plaza - Kansas City, Missouri
Fountain Among Shops at Country Club Plaza - Kansas City, MO

There are also nice places to have drinks or dinner on one of the many beautiful patios around the plaza. Many people also prefer to sit at a courtyard and enjoy jazz music in the evening.


2)  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This world famous museum is one of Kansas City’s top attractions. The original Nelson-Atkins Building has one of the world’s most impressive collections of Egyptian sculptures and Japanese art ranging from as old as the 10th century.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, MO

The Blotch Building of the museum houses contemporary art, African art and photography. Literally, you could spend days looking around at everything both inside and out of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Exterior view of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Exterior view of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

You will have to pay a small fee to see the special exhibits, but otherwise, admission is free. Free guided tours and audio tours are also available to visitors.


1)  Kansas City BBQ
Barbecue is the one thing that Kansas City does better than anywhere else! Kansas City is called “The Home of Barbecue,” with more than 100 barbeque joints in the area. Kansas City has a very rich tradition of doing barbeque with dry rubbed meats which are cooked to perfection.

Outside of the World Famous Kansas City BBQ
Outside of the World Famous Kansas City BBQ
By XF Law (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Then it is covered with spicy sauces. The taste is so delicious that people travel there just for the barbeque. You should try a few of the barbeque restaurants to get the original taste of traditional barbeque in Kansas City.

Kansas City is Home to Some of the Best Ribs On The Planet!
Kansas City is Home to Some of the Best Ribs On The Planet!

Some of the famed Kansas City barbeque restaurants are Jack Stack Barbeque, BB’s Lawnside Barbeque, Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, and Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, in addition to numerous others.


Final Thoughts
These are just some of the best attractions when it comes to things to do in Kansas City. It is a wonderful city filled to the brim with hidden gems. Visiting Kansas City will be a great experience for Americans or international tourists. The world class art museums, fountains, barbeques, and Kansas City Zoo are some of the most beautiful destinations in this culturally rich city of the United States.


 

 

 

 

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