Kansas City isn’t a well-known travel destination, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth visiting. There are lots of places to discover and explore in Kansas City. And you won’t have to wait in lengthy lines or fight through huge crowds to see the best spots. Kansas City has more fountains than any city except Rome, and it has even more boulevards than Paris. There’s truly something for everyone, including sporting events, museums, shopping, and things to do outside. Here are a few things to do in Kansas City to add to your bucket list.
Explore Downtown Kansas City
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One of my favorite things to do when I’m visiting a new place is to walk around and truly get a feel for it. I love to soak up the atmosphere of a city and live as the locals do. In the Central Business District of Kansas City, there are several art deco buildings to photograph. The new Power and Light District has a great nightlife, as well as many delectable restaurants. There’s even a farmers’ market at the Historic City Market, which also showcases concerts and events. Staying close to Kansas City’s downtown core gives you easy access to these venues.
Learn Something New
There are several museums in Kansas City where you’re certain to learn a thing or two. Science City at Union Station and the Gottlieb Planetarium will stimulate and fascinate minds both young and old. There are two art museums in town: the Nelson–Atkins Museum of Art (also home to the Kansas City Sculpture Park) and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is an important monument, especially to those whose family members fought for the United States in the first World War. The Arabia Steamboat Museum provides another unique learning experience.
The Great Outdoors
Loose Park was once an 18-hole golf course but is now a beautiful city park open to the public. There is a rose garden as well as a duck pond. It’s a great place to spend with family and friends. Be sure to pack the picnic basket! The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is also a relaxing place to spend the day. Bask in this serene, quiet garden, filled with colorful flowers, greenery, fountains, and statues. Admission to both places is completely free.
Go Fountain Hunting
There are fountains all over Kansas City, and it is fun to discover new ones at every turn. Just like in Rome, there are hundreds of fountains scattered everywhere. Depending on the time of year or for a special event, the city sometimes will change the color of the water. Remember to toss a penny in the fountain and make a wish!
Kansas City is home of the Kansas City Royals (MLB) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL). Catch a spirited game, and be sure to cheer on the home team!
Kansas City may not be the most visible tourist destination, but you’ll have an incredible time when you visit.