Exciting Activities to Try in Kansas City

Updated On October 8, 2023
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If you wonder why Kansas City is known as “The Heart of America”, you just need to look at the USA map.

Nowadays, the city develops rapidly and becomes known as the cultural capital of the Great Plains.

It’s not only a local barbecue that makes the city popular but also its beauty, magnificent fountains, and mazing neighborhoods that you’d for sure like to explore.

In this article, we’ve collected some of the most amazing things you can do during your visit to Kansas City.

Kansas City
Kansas City

18th and Vine District

The area is known as a producer of some absolutely great jazzmen such as Charlie “Yardbird” Parker.

There are lots of amazing jazz bars around the area as well as some incredible museums you should visit.

One of them is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum where you can learn about the segregated league for African-Americans that was disbanded in the 50s.

Right near it, there is one other great museum – the American Jazz Museum.

Visiting it, you can not only learn about jazz history and development but also enjoy some great jazz music.

Jazz musician
Jazz musician

Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza is the most popular shopping area in the city and one of the most famous in the country.

There you can find a bunch of high-end, glamorous stores.

Also, the place has some great pieces of architecture.

In fact, the whole area is inspired by the incredible architecture of Sevilla in Southern Spain.

Country Plaza
Country Plaza

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is located not far from the Country Club Plaza.

In 2007, Time named this building as one of the “10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels”.

Visiting this museum, you can see El Greco paintings, Andy Warhol photography, as well as some incredible Asian art.

The most famous installation established in this museum is the giant shuttlecocks making an impact on the grasses.


River Market District

Located on the banks of the Missouri River, the River Market District is the oldest area in the city.

In this area, you can find an amazing farmer’s market that operates for more than 150 years.

One other great place you should consider visiting there is the Steamboat Arabia Museum.

There you can see various objects from the steamboat called Arabia that sunk in 1856.

Kansas City street
Kansas City street

National World War I Museum and Memorial

This place is the official site in the USA where people can honor and pay respect to people who participated in The Great War.

Visiting local museums and memorials, you can learn about this event and see artifacts that tell a story of this conflict.

To get to the memorial, you need to cross a glass bridge that goes over the garden of 9000 red poppies.

These flowers were planted to serve as a reminder of soldiers that died during this war, 1 flower per 1000 soldiers.


Catch a Game or Concert

Kansas City is one of the major sports centers in the USA that has an amazing athletic history so it is a great place to enjoy some sports events.

Visiting Arrowhead Stadium, you can enjoy a Chief’s game that is one of the most significant events in the NFL.

Also, make sure to visit Kauffman Field where are lots of great games are held and which is known for amazing fountains around the building.

One other great option is a Sporting KC game at Kansas City’s soccer club.

If you like more some good music, consider visiting the Spring Center that was opened in 2007.

During the opening ceremony, Elton Hohn performed there.


Eat and Drink through the City

As we’ve said before, Kansas City is known for its incredible and unique barbecue that uses a dry rub instead of lots of sauce.

You can visit one of the amazing local BBQ restaurants that are located all over the city.

Among the most amazing places, there are Joe’s, Q39, and Arthur Bryant’s.

Moreover, there are lots of places where you can enjoy some absolutely great craft beer.

One of the best places is the Boulevard Brews that has lots of great events and tours.


Kid-Friendly Options

You may think that among the attractions in KC there are only museums and places for adults.

However, the city is full of great amusement parks.

Among the available options, there is Ocean of Fun, one of the country’s most popular water parks, the roller coasters at Worlds of Fun, and of course the Kansas City Zoo that occupies about 200 acres of land.


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