fun things to do in Kansas City

Straddling the Missouri River and the Missouri-Kansas border, this eclectic slice of the Midwest offers something for every kind of traveler.

From exciting theme parks to honky-tonk bars, award-winning museums, and drool-worthy BBQ joints, Kansas City is surprisingly diverse. Fly-over state? Not anymore!

Founded in 1838, the area became a major trading hotspot and as such, developed into one of the first big western metropolises. Investigate the city’s rich past and snap photographs of the historic architecture. Hunt down its (200) fountains, sip back on bourbon and enjoy a distillery tour, or take a step back in time at Missouri Town 1855.

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of all the exciting things to do in Kansas City, be aware that, technically, there are actually two places named Kansas City next to each other — one in Missouri (KCMO) and one in Kansas (KCK).

Fret not, because we’ll be diving into both, covering the entire Kansas City Metropolitan Area!

1 – Spend a day at Union Station

Union Station, Kansas City

More than a 100-year-old transit hub, Kansas City’s historic Union Station has been restored to its original 1920s grandeur. It has morphed into a beacon of entertainment, dining and culture, with approximately 2 million people walking its historic floor every year.

Within the impressive Downtown building, you’ll find the internationally-awarded Science City, a full-sized planetarium, the family-friendly Model Railroad Experience, two theaters (one for movies and one for concerts/plays), a range of rotating art and history exhibits, and an abundance of unique shops and eateries!

2 – Meet the leopards at the Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo
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A surefire hit for kids and adults alike, the locally adored Kansas City Zoo houses more than 1700 animals of all shapes, sizes and origins, spread across some 200 acres of diverse exhibits.

You’ll find impressive replica ecosystems of the tropical rainforest, African Savanna, Aussie Outback and Asian mountainside, but it’s arguably the Helzberg Penguin Plaza that steals the show.

At just $16 for adults, it’s one of the most affordable things to do in Kansas City!

3 – Wet your whistle at the Boulevard Brewing Company

Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City

Kansas City’s largest independent brewery has been pumping out fresh beverages for over 30 years, famous in the area for its delicious yet affordable Pale Ale.

It’s located on the beautiful banks of the Missouri River just south of Downtown KCMO. You’ll find a cool-yet-inviting taproom decked out in wooden accents with an impressive view of the city skyline.

4 – Dive into adventure at The Escape Game

The Escape Game in Kansas City
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New to Country Club Plaza, The Escape Game captures bold minds and thinkers alike! Each game is a world of its own, with different rooms inviting you to uncover their secrets.

Delve into the mysterious depths of Dr. Humphreys’ flooded lab, escape from a 1950s prison, navigate the intrigues of a global conspiracy in a spice market, race against time to claim a gold fortune during the California Gold Rush, or hop on board a train traveling through time frames.

With engaging themes, this is both a challenging and fun activity. Whether you escape or not, a memorable experience is guaranteed!

5 – Get cultured at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

A world-renowned art museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a stunning tribute to both Kansas City and American culture.

The first stop for many on a tour through KC’s cultural district, the museum is within easy reach by foot or public transportation from the common tourist areas. This massive complex houses nearly 50 acres of awe-inspiring masterpieces from across time periods and continents.

6 – Ride the Detonator at Worlds of Fun!

Worlds of Fun, Kansas City

With the combined attractions of Worlds Of Fun and Oceans of Fun, this is one Kansas City classic you don’t want to miss.

Be it thrill rides (get in line for the heart-stopping Detonator) or water slides, arcade games or live shows, there’s no shortage of family-friendly entertainment on offer!

In addition to two world-class amusement parks, the Worlds of Fun Resort also features a luxurious resort hotel with expansive pools and several on-site dining options.

7 – Explore the city on a segway

segway tours in Kansas City

A wonderfully unique way to see the area (and give those weary legs a rest), a segway tour zips visitors through the Kansas City’s main haunts. Led by knowledgeable and friendly locals, you’ll be ticking off must-see landmarks like the Country Club Plaza, Westport and the Nelson Atkins Museum.

If organized tours don’t quite fit your vibe, you can always rent your own set of wheels and explore the area at your own pace.

8 – Put the pedal to the metal at the Kansas City Speedway (or watch a race)

Kansas City Speedway
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Petrolheads, listen up! For an adrenaline-pumping afternoon unlike any other, look no further than the NASCAR Driving Experience.

This high-octane activity throws you behind the wheel (or you can stay in the passenger seat if you prefer) for a handful of hot laps around a real NASCAR track, with an experienced instructor at your side the whole way through.

Hot tip: Book online, in advance, to save over 50% on the asking price!

Check the racing calendar and don’t miss the race if you wish to watch the pros.

9 – Shoot some hoops at the College Basketball Experience

College Basketball experience in Kansas City
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If you’re a college hoops fan looking to experience the game in all its glory, look no further than this interactive museum.

It features more than just exhibits and memorabilia from your favorite collegiate programs. Visitors can walk through life-size recreations of basketball games (including an NCAA Final), take three-point shots on a variety of different courts and much more.

Keep in mind this attraction is temporarily closed, so be sure to check the website before you visit to avoid disappointment.

10 – Cherish the sounds of music during candlelight concerts

Candlelight Concerts in Kansas City
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If you’re hoping to plan a special date night whilst vacationing in Kansas City or are in search of something uniquely cultured to do, Candlelight Concerts could be the answer you’re looking for.

These intimate experiences take place in various venues around town, carefully selected for their unusual setting where concerts and shows don’t usually occur. However, the biggest wow factor is once you step inside … the entire room is lit up in soft, glowing light thanks to hundreds of candles.

For example, appreciate some of the greatest composers to ever live (like Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi) inside the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, adding a sense of grandeur fit for the masters.

Or, enjoy a tribute to your favorite artists like Taylor Swift, queen Beyoncé or Coldplay at The Gem Theater or an ode to Radiohead at The Blue Room.

11 – Visit the eye-opening Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City
credit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Shining light on a regrettable part of sporting history, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum chronicles over 75 years’ worth of baseball from the point-of-view of African American players who weren’t allowed to play in the Major Leagues.

The museum is also home to more than 20,000 baseball cards and a wide array of memorabilia highlighting the careers of Negro League players.

Kansas City is the birthplace of Negro League Baseball and with that, it’s only fitting to pay homage to one of its most in-depth attractions.

12 – Play detective in an escape room

escape room in Kansas City

Consider yourself somewhat of a detective in the making. The next Sherlock Holmes, perhaps? Well, now’s your chance to prove it!

Choose from a range of interactive themes revolving around magic, heists, pandemics (how fitting) and time travel, just to name a few. There’s a problem-solving, clue-cracking challenge suitable for every age and interest.

There are a few different escape rooms in Kansas City to take your pick among. Breakout KC Escape Room has six rooms to choose from, varying in difficulty, from the likes of Matchday Mayhem to the Szechuan Secret.

With just 60 minutes on the clock, crack The Da Vinci Code, find your way out of a dream world, or join Holmes and Watson at 221B Baker Street for their next murder mystery at Escape Room Kansas City.

The five rooms at Tick Tock Escape Room are hyper-realistically designed and in fact, they specially built two identical rooms if you want to race your friends against the escape clock!

13 – Drive the classic car of your dreams

Kansas City Classic Car Rentals

Have you ever wished to sit behind the wheel of a 1950s Chevrolet Corvette? Or a 1960s Ford Mustang? Well, dream no longer.

At RND, you can rent the classic car of your dreams and hit the streets of Kansas City.

With a number of restored classic cars available to rent, you can choose just how retro you want to go and pay to use the car per day.

Don’t forget to roll down the windows and feel the wind in your hair!

14 – Soar over the state border with a helicopter tour

helicopter tours in Kansas City
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While the city boasts plenty of prime viewpoints, nothing beats the visual of Kansas City from 1,000 plus feet in the air!

Depending on your preferred budget and itinerary, helicopter tours typically soar over JOCO (Johnson County), historic Downtown and the Missouri River. And, if you’re game, they even offer the chance to take an introductory helicopter flight lesson!

With the friendly pilot providing plenty of fascinating insights about the landmarks below, it’s one of the best things to do in Kansas City.

Tours with Kansas City Helicopter Rides run for 15 minutes and fly over downtown Kansas City — and you can choose a day or night time flight.

Skybound Helicopters cover the whole metropolitan area with the option of a 15, 30 or 45-minute experience. Snap photos from above of the Arrowhead Stadium, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or Midtown, for example.

15 – Check out the charming Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens, Kansas City

Spread across Powell Gardens‘ 970 acres of beautiful gardens and prairies, a stunning variety of plants (6,000 varieties, to be precise) from all around the globe, as well as an expansive Fountain Garden and Perennial Garden.

Complementing all of these lush green spaces, the garden also has a wide variety of events on offer, including seasonal festivals and gardening courses for all you green thumbs out there!

16 – Learn about outdated health practices at the Glore Psychiatric Museum

Glore Psychiatric Museum, Kansas City
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Located an hour drive north of Kansas City in St. Joseph (the perfect excuse for a day trip), this award-winning museum is a must-see for any history buff.

As one of the most unusual exhibits in the country, the Glore Psychiatric Museum provides audiences with an informative and eye-opening experience into America’s past with mental health care.

It’s home to thousands of psychiatric artifacts from hospitals across the country, including electroshock therapy machines and lobotomy tools. Guests rave about the museum’s tours, but beware, they’re not for the faint of heart.

17 – Pamper yourself with a spa day

Spa and wellness in Kansas City
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After a few days of exploring, horseback riding or getting a little wild in the Power & Light District, a day of relaxation and rejuvenation is never a bad idea.

Without a doubt, The Spa at Briarcliff is one of the most luxurious options in town, away from the hustle and bustle in Briarcliff Village. Unwind with a Hot Stone Escape Massage or a Couples Essential Massage, and there are great treatments available.

Spa on Penn has an extensive menu, with plenty of interesting and unique options. Book an Italian Tone & Shine White Flowers Treatment, Hungarian Body Ritual or French Red Clay Mud Wrap.

Whether looking for a massage, water therapy or specialized spa treatment, Salon Oasis & Day Spa has it all, including packages just for men.

Operating for more than 20 years, Natural High Wellness Center & Spa is all about detoxifying your mind, body and spirit. They offer massage therapies, organic skincare and foot treatments, as well as thermal and colon therapies.

18 – Stop into the Evel Knievel Museum

Evel Knievel Museum, Kansas City

For those who love a good thrill, the Evel Knievel Museum is an absolute must.

It features everything from original jumpsuits and motorcycles to personal letters and other unique memorabilia of America’s most iconic daredevil (who famously jumped his motorcycle over 13 buses on live TV).

This museum provides onlookers with a memorable experience that satisfies even the most die-hard fans.

19 – Step back in time at Missouri Town 1855

Missouri Town 1855, Kansas City
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A living history museum that transports you back to the 19th century, Missouri Town 1855 educates visitors on the fascinating early days of Kansas City.

Inside this meticulously restored pioneer village, you’ll find five historic structures with exhibits ranging from a country store to an old-fashioned schoolhouse, as well as living history demonstrations (such as blacksmithing and candle dipping).

20 – Visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial

National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City

Making our way back to the ground (and all of its activities), there are few places more interesting for history aficionados than the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

This historical landmark features a memorial plaza, interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, a bookstore and more — paying homage to soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.

21 – Spend a couple hours at the Museum at Prairiefire

Museum at Prairiefire, Kansas City

Just outside the city in Overland Park, the kid-friendly Museum at Prairiefire offers the perfect mix of education and entertainment, showcasing two core traveling exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History every year (plus plenty more ranging from anthropology to zoology and dinosaurs).

Sitting smack-bang in the middle of the Prairiefire Entertainment District, the museum is a stone’s throw from restaurants and shops, a movie theater, and a bowling alley.

22 – Explore the city Amazing Race-style!

scavenger games in Kansas City

If wandering around the streets in the shadows of an over-talkative walking tour guide makes you want to pull your hair out, we’ve got the perfect solution: an interactive, self-guided, fast-paced and problem-solving scavenger hunt!

With an array of app-run tours available that skirt around town to hidden gems and famous landmarks alike, it’s a wonderful way to see the vibrant city.

23 – Step inside the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City
credit to the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

An absolute must for art lovers, the near-century-old Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (the city’s first art museum, in fact) is renowned for its fine collection of American Art, spanning the Colonial period to the modern era.

To top it off, the high-trafficked museum also runs puppet-making workshops, painting classes, and showcases over 12 temporary exhibitions year after year.

24 – Throw some axes at Bury The Hatchet

axe throwing at Bury The Hatchet in Kansas City
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Seemingly out of nowhere, the ancient tradition of ax throwing has taken the recreation world by storm — so why not get in on the action and try it for yourself when visiting the City of Fountains?

At Bury The Hatchet, you’ll not only get an introduction to the sport, but also participate in a handful of games and challenges. While harder than it looks, with safety-focused instructors on hand, you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time.

25 – Take the kids to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Kansas City

For those just looking for a fun-filled day, what could be better than LEGOLAND®?

Visitors can enjoy attractions like MINILAND (a scaled-down version of iconic Kansas City landmarks) and build their own cars in Build ‘N Test, then race them on the Driving School track.

Meanwhile, kids of all ages will love the interactive experiences that feature more than 3 million Lego bricks.

26 – Stroll through the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Kansas City

An easy 30-minute drive from downtown Kansas City, the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to take in all of Mother Nature’s beauty.

More than 800 plant species on display and a range of sculptures, lakes and walking paths are spread across the 300-acre park. It provides fresh air that we all need once in a while on vacation.

27 – Hum along at the American Jazz Museum

American Jazz Museum, Kansas City
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Easily one of the unmissable things to do in Kansas City for music lovers and history buffs, the American Jazz Museum tells the story of jazz from its roots to the present day. It also portrays the intriguing story of how it influenced modern Midwest culture.

The museum features interactive exhibits, performances, and films — not to mention an impressive permanent collection that includes instruments like Duke Ellington’s grand piano.

Hot tip: Visit on a Friday or Saturday so that you can catch some live evening music in the world-famous Blue Room.

28 – Catch a game at Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

Home to Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium is the only stadium in North America flanked by a giant crown!

Rising majestically from the grass on its beautiful downtown site, it has been called one of the finest sports cathedrals in our country — and for good reason! It offers an unmatched atmosphere for any sporting event, while also providing exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the locker rooms, memorabilia halls, and dugout.

29 – Wander around the Lakeside Nature Center

Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City
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Nestled within the sprawling Swope Park, the Lakeside Nature Center is a wonderful destination for animal lovers and anyone after a couple of hours of zen.

The center features a variety of educational displays, with an emphasis on the ecosystems and habitats found right in the KC backyard.

After learning a thing or two about the rescued animals, wildflowers or birds of prey, take a stroll around the area. With more than 5 miles of hiking trails, it’ll never feel crowded.

30 – Explore the Country Club Plaza

Country Club Plaza, Kansas City
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The Country Club Plaza is a shopping mecca for over a century with more than 125 of your favorite stores plus two world-class museums. This beautifully preserved district is one of Kansas City’s most iconic destinations. It’s no wonder it’s been given the title of a National Historic Landmark District.

Home to the historic Folly Theater and Kauffman House (not to mention dozens of restaurants on the side streets and live music on Saturdays during the summer months), it’s a crowd favorite for locals and tourists alike.

31 – Check out the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City

Whether you’re an actual kid or just a big ole kid at heart, this museum is nothing short of a delight.

Located in a beautiful neo-classical building, this sprawling space houses one of America’s most comprehensive collections of toys and miniatures — with more than 90,000 items from around the world!

Take a peek at the dollhouses, trains, and toy soldiers to see why it’s been called one of the top five displays in America!

32 – Enjoy the serenity at the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden, Kansas City

The Kauffman Memorial Garden is as serene as it come with ponds, fountains, blooming flowers and plenty of gardens to stroll through — yet still, it remains a hidden gem (not for much longer, we imagine).

Maintained beautifully and especially magnificent in the fall, this downtown slice of greenery is sure to have you leave feeling refreshed and calm.

33 – Visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium

SEA LIFE Aquarium, Kansas City

More than just an ordinary aquarium, SEA LIFE has created an interactive aquarium experience, where all ages can have fun learning, appreciating our diverse marine creatures and spotting some of their favorite animals up close.

Home to turtles, sharks, sting rays, tropical fish and more, the space is divided into various exhibits according to the species.

Some of the immersive features to try out here include the Interactive Touchpool, walking inside the Seahorse Temple, visiting the Doodle Reef (where you can create up your own digital sea creature) and others!

Ocean lovers; there is a Sea Turtle Rescue Center for these cute creatures that aren’t able to survive in their natural habitat anymore.

34 – Say hello to the lions at Topeka Zoo

Topeka Zoo, Kansas

Playing host to more than 800 furry, friendly, and frisky creatures from all corners of the world, this zoo is one of the Midwest’s top destinations for animal lovers.

From bears and bison to lions and lemurs, it’s a home away from home for all sorts of wild creatures — not to mention the adorable tiger cubs (residents born in 2018).

Don’t miss the beloved tropical rain forest, and parents, let the kids burn off some energy at Animaland!

35 – Stop into the Arabia Steamboat Museum

Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City
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Visit this museum for a glimpse of Kansas City’s turn-of-the-century river culture — complete with original steamboats, paddle wheelers and plenty more!

Located just south of the American Jazz Museum in Downtown KCMO, it tells the story of the city’s early days along the Missouri River (which was once the bustling center of trade and commerce in the Midwest). It also shows how steamboats facilitated and influenced Kansas City’s growth.

If the museum inspires you, there’s plenty of dinner cruises on the nearby Missouri River.

36 – Go skydiving … indoors!

indoor skydiving in Kansas City

Possibly the coolest thing to ever happen indoors, this indoor skydiving simulator lets you experience all of the thrills and adrenaline that come with free-falling without any of the risks.

With a range of packages available for different skill levels or group sizes, it’s an awesome way to spend some time whether you’re flying solo or with friends.

37 – Meet the locals at City Market

City Market, Kansas City

An absolute must-see for anyone in Kansas City (including tourists), this historic outdoor market has been a city landmark for over 100 years.

If you’re in Downtown KCMO on Saturday morning, stop by for some farm-fresh produce or handmade jewelry. Try some locally-made jams (seriously!), award-winning salsas or grass-fed beef from one of the many vendors.

38 – Cheer on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

Known as one of the loudest and most intimidating atmospheres in all of American sport, Arrowhead Stadium is an electrifying place to watch football — especially if you’re cheering for the home team!

Not only does Kansas City’s pro squad play their games here (including preseason), but it also hosts soccer matches and concerts, as well as VIP tailgate parties, 90-minute guided stadium tours, and 60-minute gameday tours.

39 – Throw down the picnic rug at Jacob L. Loose Park

Jacob L. Loose Park, Kansas City
credit to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Far more than just a quaint slice of greenery, this park also offers the chance to learn a thing or two about the history of Kansas City — thanks to the horticultural library at the Garden Center and the beautiful Rose Garden.

Why not make a day of it? Within walking distance from the park sits the buzzing Country Club Plaza, home to a range of boutiques, bars, and restaurants worth checking out.

40 – Confuse yourself at the Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions, Kansas City

A great place for kids and adults alike, the fun Museum of Illusions is packed with interactive exhibits that will make you think twice about what’s really there — or not.

The Museum of Illusions can be found nestled inside the popular Union Station, which offers a range of restaurants and shops to explore after the museum.

41 – Practice your drive on the golf course!

Golf courses in Kansas City
credit to the Ironhorse Golf Club

If you fancy yourself the next Tiger Woods, KC boasts no shortage of noteworthy fairways.

So, no matter if you choose the greens of the Ironhorse Golf Club, Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Falcon Valley Golf Course or stunning Teereting Rocks course, a blissful day out is all but guaranteed.

Not quite ready for the 9-irons? The city boasts a few neon-centric mini-golf centers too!

42 – See what’s on at the T-Mobile Center

T-Mobile Center, Kansas City

This 19,000-seat revitalized Downtown arena (formerly Sprint Center) presents something enticing no matter what your tastes are.

It’s hosted big events like Justin Bieber and A Day to Remember to local favorites of Kansas City, Symphony Orchestra and Sporting KC (the soccer team).

Your best bet is to plan ahead and check out its website for a list of upcoming events and tickets.

43 – Spare some change at the Money Museum

Money Museum, Kansas City
credit to the Money Museum

Undoubtedly one of the best free attractions in Kansas City (ironic, isn’t it?), this museum offers a fascinating look into the history and creation of — yep, you guessed it — money!

The exhibits include gold coins from ancient Egypt, banknotes from around the world and even provide an up-close view of what it takes to make new bills!

44 – Grab dinner at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City
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An adored Kansas City staple since the early 90s, Joe’s (formerly known as Oklahoma Joe’s) is a fantastic eatery to grab a hearty lunch or dinner with friends.

Enjoy favorites like pulled pork sandwiches, sample the brisket or dig into chicken dinners by the pound alongside an order of fries (or onion rings). Whatever your finger-lickin’ order, you won’t regret it!

45 – Tick off the Kansas City fountains

JC Nichols Memorial Fountain, Kansas City

As you’ll quickly realize, they don’t call this metropolitan hub the City of Fountains for no reason!

It has dozens of fountains within walking distance of Downtown’s main haunts — from Swan Lake Fountain with its exquisite red-coated columns in Swope Park to the recently constructed World War I Memorial Fountain. You’re never too far away from the calming sound of flowing water.

Hot tip: Join a free walking tour and stroll past at least a couple of fountains.

46 – Take the youngsters to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Kansas City
credit to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Founded in 1887, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is a Overland Park treasure and one of Kansas’s oldest continuously operating children’s farms.

Visitors can take guided tours through the farm where they’ll be introduced to all sorts of animals from pigs and cows to donkeys and goats — not to mention plenty of chickens roaming free around the property!

Beyond farm life, there’s also a hayride and plenty of other activities for little ones to enjoy.

47 – Turn the page at Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library, Missouri

Bookworms and literature enthusiasts, take note!

Calling West 10th Street home, the KC Public Library offers a wide variety of titles for visitors of all ages to get stuck into. Whether you’re after children’s books or the latest bestseller, you’ll find it all within this charming library.

Be sure to snap a selfie in front of the unique facade (made to look like giant bookends) and grab a coffee on the airy patio.

48 – Taste the best burger at the Westport Flea Market

Westport Flea Market, Kansas City
credit to the Westport Flea Market

You’d think we’d be calling all bargain hunters, but actually, the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill is the go-to for BURGER lovers!

As the home of “The Best Burger in Kansas City,” according to the Food Network (and plenty more online review sites), this bar and grill routinely dazzles foodies with its enormous buns and patties.

Besides the mouthwatering meats, Westport also hosts trivia contests and live music.

49 – Catch a show at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City

The jewel of Kansas City’s cultural district, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is a must-visit for theater geeks.

In addition to hosting major touring productions from world-renowned companies like the Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera, this center also produces its own original performances year-round!

50 – Check out the National Airline History Museum

National Airline History Museum, Kansas City

For a peek into the past of aviation, there’s no better place than National Airline History Museum.

This museum offers interactive exhibits, as well as operational (and retired) aircraft and flight simulators — not to mention loads of information about how this industry shaped Kansas City!

51 – Grab lunch at Town Topic Hamburgers

Town Topic Hamburgers, Kansas City

Most locals have their favorite burger joint — and if it’s not the Westport Flea Market, we’re betting that this unassuming spot on Broadway is top of mind for some.

Serving up a heap of nostalgia with each juicy patty, Town Topic may not be the flashiest eatery in town, but it’s one-of-a-kind with its 1950s-style decor.

52 – Do as the locals do at Kansas City First Fridays

Kansas City First Fridays, Missouri

A non-negotiable for the to-do list, every month in the Crossroads Arts District, the city comes alive with a different theme for its ever-popular First Fridays event.

With galleries and shops staying open late to showcase their newest collections alongside live music, dance performances and food trucks galore, it’s always an entertaining evening out!

53 – Get artsy at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City
credit to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Hosting a range of exhibitions that span modern and contemporary art, this museum tucked away down in Overland Park is definitely worth the trip.

With samples of local and international work to suit all tastes — from German Expressionism to Chicano Art — seldom does an art lover leave disappointed!

54 – Spend the afternoon at Penguin Park

Penguin Park, Kansas City
credit to Kansas City Parks & Recreation

Located right in the middle of the city, Penguin Park provides a refreshing slice of greenery — the ideal spot for a picnic, BBQ or nap under the sun.

What makes this park so iconic (and a hit for kids) is its unique decorations. You’ll find a giant giraffe, elephant, kangaroo and penguin statues on the playground and beside picnic tables.

55 – Laugh it out at The Comedy Club of Kansas City

The Comedy Club of Kansas City
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Are you in the mood for an evening of tummy-bending laughter? There’s no better place to enjoy some live comedy and see your favorite stand-ups on stage than at The Comedy Club of Kansas City.

The calendar is always full, and so guests can choose a show that sounds most up their funnybone alley. Entertainers hold the room for a couple of nights a week.

Just like the proper old-school comedy clubs, there is also an open mic night (located in the 40-seater Projection Room upstairs) for any budding comedians keen on sharing their wits and jokes with the crowd.

Both mega industry names and upcoming talent enter the stage. There is a restaurant and bar on-site too.

56 – Shop till you drop at the Legends Outlets Kansas City

Legends Outlets Kansas City
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Known for its wide collection of designer and luxury outlet stores, Legends should be No. 1 on the list when you’re craving a little retail therapy.

Besides more than 120 top names like Michael Kors and Nike, this outdoor shopping mall also features live music, summer workouts and a range of one-off events.

57 – Dig in at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, Kansas City

A Kansas City staple for over 113, the family-owned Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque is renowned for its lip-smacking pulled pork and beef brisket.

Visit on a weeknight to avoid the crowds or take your feast down the street to nearby Blues Park — either way you can’t lose with Arthur Bryant!

58 – Roll the dice at the Ameristar Casino Hotel

Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City
credit to the Ameristar Casino Hotel

Straddling the Missouri River, Ameristar is home to all things entertaining.

In addition to a plethora of gaming tables and slot machines, this hotel offers everything from luxury suites with breathtaking views of Kansas City’s skyline to award-winning American cuisine — so no matter what you’re looking for, it can be found here.

59 – Sit in the nosebleed section at Knuckleheads Saloon

Knuckleheads Saloon, Kansas City
credit to the Knuckleheads Saloon

An awesome spot to let the hair down, this unassuming joint in the West Bottoms has been around since the 80s.

It plays host to some of the best underground bands and well-known artists in the Midwest.

Check the website to see who’s rostered to perform during your stay!

60 – Get your drink on at Tom’s Town Distillery

Tom’s Town Distillery, Kansas City
credit to Tom’s Town Distillery

Featuring an impressive beer garden and event spaces fit for up to 200 people, this Crossroads district watering hole has become one of Kansas City’s most popular attractions for gin, vodka and bourbon lovers.

Boasting a full-service restaurant full of hearty fare to soak up the alcohol, plus offering daily distillery tours, Tom’s Town is the perfect spot for a weekend afternoon gathering.

61 – Get your drink on in the Power & Light District

Power & Light District, Kansas City

A behemoth of a destination, this entertainment district is home to more than 100 shops and restaurants — including the city’s only IMAX theater — as well as an array of lively nightlife venues.

Start the evening at the Zoo Bar dive bar, enjoy the live music at Howl at the Moon and then grab a cocktail or two at SoT!

62 – Get buzzed on Dunkel, Helles, or Hefeweizen at KC Bier Co

Kansas City Bier Company, Missouri

While Kansas City has a thriving craft beer scene with plenty of choices for watering holes, if you’re after a classic German lager, Bier Co is the only place worth visiting.

Down near Overland Park, this Bierehall is the only one in the city that offers German-style beer made using malt and hops imported directly from Germany.

Is it your first time traveling to Kansas City?

Most visitors land at Kansas City International Airport and there are local buses that run between downtown and the airport. Spare the 45-minute stuffy journey after a long flight and pre-book organized airport transfers instead.

Once you’ve touched down and are ready to leave the airport for your stay, exit the gates where your private driver will be waiting, holding up a sign with your name on it.

Jump in a comfortable vehicle and be transported directly to your accommodation quickly and conveniently, without worrying about hopping onto the right bus, or finding a taxi driver.

Transfers are available back to the airport if required.

Where to stay in Kansas City?

After a full day of sightseeing, head to an accommodation that gives you all the happy feels! Here are some of the best places to stay in Kansas City.

Contemporary, stylish and with buzzing views of the city below, Loews Kansas City Hotel is for the modern traveler.

It really makes the added difference when a great deal of effort has gone into the interior design of a stay, and the ridiculously insta-worthy The Truitt is a fine, photogenic example. It’s simply beautiful and super trendy!

Arty in an Italian renaissance kind of way, The Fontaine boasts a great location and the rooms and suites have all the extras and niceties.

For the elegant type; Hotel Kansas City – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt knows how to fuse the old meets new in the best possible way, staying true to the building’s historic roots.

Great for honeymooners or couples celebrating an anniversary, 4-star The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection goes above and beyond to ensure all the romantic touches, from rose petals to champagne waiting in your room/suite/studio.

Favored for its fresh-faced interiors and bright room, Hampton Inn by Hilton Kansas City Southeast promotes relaxation, whether spending the afternoon at the spa or the indoor pool.

Where to next?

If you’ve ticked Kansas City off the bucket list, it might be time to start planning the next leg of the trip.

If you’re driving, consider heading about 4 hours east to St. Louis — from there, head south to Memphis or Nashville — both incredible cities for music lovers. Don’t miss Oklahoma too, or head North and make sure to try some of the fun things to do in Minneapolis.

Sitting on the Mississippi River, St. Louis is an awesome family option, home to museums (discover over 10 riveting options), the blues and pretty parks. The Mississippi also runs through Minneapolis, however, the state capital of Minnesota is located in the opposite direction.

Memphis and Nashville are both situated in Tennessee and you’ll need a few days (at least) for each destination where music, food, culture and history remain strong.

From theme parks to live sporting events, Oklahoma is action-packed. Try indoor skydiving, surfing, go zip lining or catch a baseball game.

Final thoughts

Are you ready to book your vacation to Kansas City? Whether you’re a history buff, culture fundi or mega-sports fan, the Heart of America has something for all types of travelers.

If this isn’t your first rodeo to this urban Midwest destination, what were some of your favorite things to do in Kansas City or your fondest memories? Share with us in the comments, we love hearing from our readers.

As always, happy and safe travels!

Evan Bryce Riddle is a versatile and ambitious content producer whose passion for globetrotting runs deep. When he’s not crafting travel content, Evan is the Content Executive at Australia’s leading digital marketing agency, managing end-to-end video production and written content to build brands to 7 and 8 figures. Evan has also spearheaded content for world-leading digital media channels (TheRichest, TheTravel), written multiple published books, photographed weddings, and hosts the coveted MegaMinds podcast – a handful of highlights from his 10+ year content and marketing career. Where does the love for travel come from? Born in Melbourne, Australia but having grown up in Hollywood, Evan fell in love with international jetsetting from a young age. Fast forward to today and he’s visited 30+ countries, highlighted by a 4-year stint in vibrant Montreal.