The Ideal Trip Recommendations
KANSAS CITY ACTIVITIES
The City Market
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located three blocks northeast of the Country Club Plaza shopping area and admission is free to the public every day. The museum offers tours of the collections, both indoors and outdoors, as well as audio tours and specialized tours for adults and children. There are two restaurants and a museum store in this appealing museum space. In mild weather, take a walk outside on the expansive grounds and manicured lawns to enjoy the fantastic outdoor sculptures.
For All Ages
Union Station is a restored 1914 train station that conveys the grandeur of train travel in days gone by. The building is now a destination spot by itself and worth a visit. Union Station includes several attractions, exhibits, events, shops, and dining. Some of the activities available in the historic station include:
KC Rail Experience
Model Railroad Experience
Check the website for special exhibits, new features, shows, events, and attraction hours/ticket prices.
For Walkers, Joggers, and Bikers
In pleasant weather, take a stroll, jog, or bike ride on the new Riverfront Heritage Trail. The trail connects several Kansas City communities and parks, with a portion of it following alongside the Missouri River. You can take a pleasant walk along the riverfront by accessing the trail near the River Market. The winding pathway offers interesting views at every turn and the natural setting along the banks of the river is pleasant.
The City Market has been around for more than 150 years and is open all year. In addition to a warm-weather farmer’s market and concert venue, the City Market is also a destination for year-round shopping, dining, events, and entertainment. Tasty treats of all kinds can be purchased here and you can be certain foodies will find products of high quality. You can also visit the Steamboat Arabia museum featuring exhibits of the treasures recovered from the steamboat that plied the Missouri River.
The Country Club Plaza area is 15 blocks of shops including more than 150 stores. The Plaza area also offers multiple dining options for the rest and rejuvenation you need to shop—and not drop. The Plaza area is an attractive, upscale shopping destination with an appealing architecture and setting. Designed in 1922 as the nation’s first suburban shopping destination, the modern Plaza area is filled with art, fountains, and services for visitors to enjoy.
National Frontier Trails Museum
KANSAS CITY FAMILY TRAVEL
Here are some of the recommended sights in the Kansas City area for families. These destinations are good for all ages and multi-generational travel. The locations are an easy drive from anywhere in Kansas City.
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
Overland Park, Kansas
National Frontier Trails Museum
Patee House Museum
St. Joseph, Missouri
Jesse James Birthplace
Kansas City Zoo
Kansas City, Missouri
For the littlest ones: Wonderscope
KANSAS CITY DINING
This is the place to go for delicious Indian cuisine in two convenient locations: Westport and Zona Rosa. Lunch buffets and menu items offer plenty of authentic choices to meet everyone's tastes.
This restaurant offers Middle Eastern dishes for both vegetarians and meat lovers. The restaurant is located in Westport, near several bars and pubs, with an active nightlife vibe. The hummus is a major draw for diners and their kifta plate is excellent, so most diners do not go there for the sparse decor. This is a very good choice for variety, tasty food, and an enjoyable night out in the Westport area.
The Classic Cup
The Classic Cup is conveniently located in the Country Club Plaza shopping district and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Be sure to stop in for breakfast to try their gourmet pancakes or other delicious items from their breakfast menu. The restaurant offers high quality dining in a comfortable setting. They also offer box lunches delivered or to go, should you want to plan a picnic or feed a group elsewhere.
Joe's Kansas City BBQ
Tasty barbecue in the original gas station location makes this a unique and delicious stop for famous Kansas City BBQ. Some foodies claim this is the best barbecue in the area. Let the taste testing competition begin!
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue
In a city known for barbecue, this restaurant really delivers on the promise of great barbecue. There are four locations in the greater Kansas City area. The newest location is located in the Country Club Plaza shopping district. The attractive location and ambiance make it a highly recommended destination that is perfect for lunch or dinner. The four restaurants serve exceptional ribs, brisket, sausage, ham, chicken, steaks, seafood, and much more. If you are looking for great Kansas City BBQ, you will find it at Jack Stack.
Happy Gillis Café and Hangout
The Happy Gillis Café and Hangout will make you happy and want to hang out there often. The charming café located in Columbus Park is a splendid mix of grandma’s kitchen and a hip retro-vibe. The food is made with high quality ingredients and they make magic happen with simple ingredients brought together in a delicious way. This is a fun, unexpected setting with great food and great service. Whether you go for breakfast, lunch, or brunch (they are only open for dinner occasionally), you will enjoy both the setting and the meal.