Visiting Kansas City for the first time? Or maybe you’ve been a handful of times and looking for new attractions or things to do. Here is the Complete Tourist Guide To Kansas City that will help you out on your next trip to the top attractions in KC!
Top Attractions in KC
1. Count as many Kansas City Fountains That You Can Find
Did you know that the nickname for Kansas City is actually the City of Fountains. It probably has to due to the fact that this town is home to over hundreds of these landmarks.
My favorite two fountains in KC that I suggest checking out are the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain and the Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain.
Don’t forgot to pick up some awesome souvenir t-shirts at Charlie Hustle! Their storefront can be found at the Country Club Plaza.
2. Get Artsy at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
What I love about the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is that they offer free admission for people to visit and be inspired by the array of visual arts. Take a look at their current events as they usually have something happening that is worth checking out.
3. Appreciate history at the National WWI Museum and Memorial
The next attraction in KC that you need to visit is the National WWI Museum. I usually am not that into history, but my husband sure is.
However, I will say this museum and memorial in KC peaked my interest when they said, “Find out why the last world war wasn’t our last.” I wanted to learn about why that was! Check out this complete guide to the National WWI Museum and Memorial for things to know before you go.
You can also visit their website to learn about upcoming events, battlefield tours, interactive timelines, exhibitions, and collections.
4. Have Fun at Union Station in Kansas City
Union Station is your source of fun things to do! This place is a “hub of culture, education, and entertainment” so you’ll find something that the entire family can enjoy.
You’ll find the Science Center, The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, and the City Stage Theatre.
Union Station is free but you will have to buy an admission ticket if you want to enjoy the additional sites.
5. Explore the Crossroads
The Crossroads in a neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri that is home to places such as the Kauffman Center (offers opera, ballet and concerts), art galleries, and delicious cuisine.
This Arts District is the perfect place to sightsee and walk off all that KC BBQ that you’ve been inevitably enjoying during your trip.
6. Buy tickets to a local sporting event (Arrowhead Stadium)
You can’t go to Kansas City and not try to catch a sporting event while there! The Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs can be found here along with other popular KC sporting events.
Because of the time of year we visited, we decided to pick-up two last minute tickets to the Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium. The energy of the fans was incredible!
7. Find Local Murals in Kansas City
Kansas City is filled with Murals! Here’s a complete guide to all the murals you can take pictures with in KC!
Find lots of interesting murals just two hours north in Nebraska City!
8. Check out the Arabia Steamboat Museum
Okay, I’ll admit that when I head about visiting the Arabia Steamboat Museum my thought was, “eh, no thanks.” However, don’t write this place off!
This popular Kansas City Attraction is a must-see while visiting. The steamboat sunk in 1856 and was recovered along the Missouri River in 1988 along with all the secret cargo that was onboard.
9. Eat As Much Kansas City BBQ as you can!
You may not think that finding the best BBQ shouldn’t make this top 10 attractions in KC list, but we have to disagree.
We lived in Kansas City after we were first married for six months and after moving away we were always asked the same question. “How’s the Kansas City BBQ?”
Problem was that we hadn’t even taken the chance to try it out! We didn’t make that mistake this time around and made sure to stop and arguably the most popular KC BBQ joints- Joe’s BBQ and Q39.
10. Watch a Show at the Kansas City Symphony
The last one this list of the top 10 attractions in KC is visiting the Kauffman Center. I mentioned earlier that this can be found in the Crossroads District.
This is where you can watch an opera, ballet or even a concert here. To find out what will be playing while you’re in in town, take a look at their event page.
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Hotels in Kansas City
As always, whenever we travel we like staying at My Place Hotels. We lucked out this trip by having one only a short drive from downtown Kansas City!
What makes My Place Hotel a great choice for your Kansas City trip is the fact that they have a mini-kitchen in your hotel room, perfect for storing and re-heating the leftover BBQ you’re bound to have!
Best Time To Visit Kansas City
You can pretty much visit Kansas City year-round! The temperatures during the summer can be quite hot, but still can be enjoyed. Winter time you’ll have to be careful during winter storms and the subsequent icy roads.
My favorite time would be to visit Kansas City during the Fall in the months of September and October.
Outdoor Things To Do In Kansas City
Depending on what time of year that you visit, it might be ideal to get outside and explore the outdoors! Here are some top KC parks and places to go hiking near Kansas City.
- Parkville Nature Sanctuary
- Wyandotte County Park
- Swope Park
- Cave Spring Park
- Maple Woods Nature Preserve
- Blue River Parkway
Things To Do With Kids in Kansas City
Planning on bringing your kids along to KC? Here’s the best things to do in Kansas City with kids.
- Worlds of Fun
- Kansas City Zoo
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City
- SEA LIFE Kansas City
- The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
- Science City
Kansas City Events
If you are trying to find “Events in Kansas City This Weekend” on google before your trip, just check out this Visit KC Event Calendar This is the best way to find the best Kansas City events for couples, families, or individuals!
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Awesome – I’ve been to KC before. Lots of history there and of course, you must eat BBQ in KC. Great post