Now that more and more people are getting vaccinated, the lockdowns are fewer far between, and tourists start visiting new cities again. Let’s hope the COVID Delta variant won’t cause any more trouble to business owners. Anyhow, if you are planning to visit Kansas City, here are some of the best activities you can do in this beautiful city of Missouri.
Where’s Kansas City?
Kansas City is located in the Midwestern United States. It currently has a population exceeding 500 000 people and is by far the largest Missouri City by population, followed by St. Louis with a bit more than 300 000 people. The city is well known for its wide array of attractions such as its delicious restaurants, its incredible Museum of Art, the KC Streetcar, and of course, the Liberty Memorial tower, just to name a few.
Top 12 Kansas City Attractions 2021
When visiting such a big city, it’s easy to miss the important stuff, no matter how well-prepared you are. With this list of fun activities, getting bored in Kansas City is absolutely impossible! Here are some of our favorite attractions down below:
The City Market
The City Market is located alongside the famous Blue River, Kansas City’s one and only river. Also called the River Market, this is where most farmers will sell their fresh products. There are also many gift shops, restaurants, and activities. Every year, more than 1.3 million visitors come to the City Market, which makes it, by far, one of the most popular markets in the US.
The Crown Center
The Crown Center has 3 floors of shops, boutiques, and restaurants and is home to a number of different attractions we will talk about in an instant. That said, if you go to Crown Center Square, you won’t be able to miss the elegant fountain in the middle of it all. It’s a perfect spot to take photos and relax.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Now, if you love history from Ancient Egypt, from Rome, from Asia, and from pretty much anywhere in the world, you will love the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This museum has an immense collection of artifacts and old paintings going back centuries ago.
The Liberty Memorial Tower
This impressive tower is 217 feet tall, you can go inside and take an elevator that will give you a breathtaking view of Kansas City. If you happen to be near the tower during nighttime, you will notice a giant flame at the top of the tower, called the Flame of Inspiration. Finally, you can visit the National World War I Museum facility near the same location.
The KC StreetCar
The KC StreetCar is a fun way to explore the different districts of Kansas City’s Downtown. The latter even goes directly to the River Market, if you are craving some fresh food and fun local ambiance. What’s more? Oh, if you were wondering if the KC StreetCar costs anything, you’ll be able to know that it’s completely FREE! So while you’re Downtown, take advantage of that to the maximum.
Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo has more than 1,300 animals and is the perfect activity if you are in Kansas City with your family. Moreover, the place is enormous, so bring a good pair of shoes and a big bottle of cold water! For the price, it is quite affordable, they have good deals including unlimited use of the trains and trams.
World of Fun
World of Fun is a giant amusement park joined by a water slide park, the Ocean of Fun. Both of them are included in your tickets, so you won’t have to pay twice during the day. Whether you want to get a thrilling rollercoaster ride or just get splashed in a refreshing water pool, everything is there to have a good time.
Country Club Plaza
With 100 stores across 15 blocks of shops and restaurants in the heart of Kansas City, you won’t be disappointed if you were feeling for a shopping day. Also, there are often live bands and activities. Furthermore, many hotels are located in the Country Club Plaza, so you won’t miss one second of all the action.
Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium
Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium is very popular for its fantastic 360-degree underwater tunnel. Moreover, this beautiful aquarium is home to thousands of different species, with interactive touch pools. To conclude, this aquarium will take you about 1 hour to visit, and is perfect for the whole family.
Union Station Kansas City
The Union Station is historical to its core and is also free to visit. At this location, you will be able to visit multiple different venues, such as the Planetarium, the award-winning Science Center, and the movie theater with the biggest screens in the region. Finally, once you’re done visiting the grand halls and the beautiful architecture of the place, you can take the KC StreetCar and depart on your journey to your next destination.
Kansas City Public Library
If you need a moment to relax, the Kansas City Public Library is a wonderful place to visit. Not only it is one of the largest collections of books you’ll ever see, but it also has an old movie vault if you want to watch a classic documentary and whatnot. Special events are held throughout the entirety of the year, and several pieces of art are shown across the whole library, giving the perfect ambiance to relax and read a good book.
Try local brews and BBQs
And finally, you can’t visit Kansas City without trying at least one of the local breweries and BBQ places. The city is indeed renowned for its delicious BBQ-styled ribs and steaks. Finish that with an aromatic beer that was freshly brewed by passionate people, and you got yourself a night to remember!
In conclusion, there is a lot to see in Kansas City! This top 12 list just scratches the surface, so make sure to explore everything as much as you can if you ever have the chance to go to this awesome city.