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Kansas City

Known for Sports, Museums and Entertainment

With art galleries, farmers markets, jazz clubs, state-of-the-art sports stadiums, theaters and a zoo, there’s never a dull moment in this city, whose residents love barbecue and sports.

How do you get to Kansas City?

Visit the buzzing districts, markets, museums and performing arts venues of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City’s diversity has prompted many nicknames since first being settled in the 1820s. Come and see why it’s known as the Barbecue Capital of the World, City of Fountains, Gateway to the South and Paris of the Plains.

Downtown Kansas City blends entertainment with business activities of the Financial District. Admire architectural landmarks including the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Central Library and KCMO City Hall. Select from more than 50 bars, cafés, restaurants and barbecue joints in the Power and Light District. Enjoy live cultural performances at Folly Theater, KC Live! and the Sprint Center.

Bordering downtown’s southern edge is the Crossroads Arts District, where boutiques, galleries and restaurants occupy spruced-up warehouses. Watch ballet, Broadway, opera and rock shows at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. On the Missouri River’s banks is the city’s oldest neighborhood, River Market. Visit the Arabia Steamboat Museum and browse food and retail stalls at the 150-year-old City Market.

Travel south to Penn Valley Park, home to the Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. See hands-on attractions at Science City at Union Station. Spot colorful ocean life at Sea Life Aquarium. Continue south to the nightlife district of Westport or scrutinize the exhibits at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Relax at Swope Park, which has the Kansas City Zoo and the open-air Starlight Theatre. Attend an NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium and a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Across the state border in Kansas City, Kansas, are Children’s Mercy Park soccer arena, Kansas Speedway and Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark.

Reach Kansas City by flying to Kansas City International Airport, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown. The free KC Streetcar makes traveling in and around the downtown area effortless and fast.

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Things to do in Kansas City

Ride roller coasters, get wet on the water slides and explore the world in a day at this family amusement park. 

Take a trip through an African plain, as well as meeting animals from other parts of the world, at this city zoo.

Home to some of the world’s most iconic works of art, this globally recognized museum also offers one of Kansas City’s best outdoor spaces.

This free art museum is home to a vast collection of local and international art. The building’s exterior is just as impressive as the art within.

A commemoration to those who fought during World War I, this memorial site includes a museum with one of the largest collections of artifacts from the Great War.

Shop, dine or sip coffee at an outdoor table in this beautiful Spanish-style shopping area, which is scattered with picturesque statues and fountains.

Once Kansas City’s busiest railroad depot, today this historic landmark is home to attractions such as museums, a planetarium and a theater.

As one of only three remaining self-producing outdoor theaters in America, not only is this venue a Kansas City treasure, it’s a national icon too.

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A wonder for all ages, SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures. Explore interactive touch pools, walk through an underwater tunnel with 180-degree views, and get astonishingly close to a blacktip reef shark swimming alongside graceful rays in the ocean exhibit.

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Let your imagination run wild as you build amazing creations, dive into 11 play zones, hop on 2 rides, and immerse yourself in the fantastic 4-D Cinema show. With fun for all ages, this is the ultimate indoor LEGO® attraction and is ideal for families with children between 3 and 10 years old.

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Dive into the ever-growing world of wine in Kansas City. Hop on board a bus for a tour that takes you to 3 hand-selected wineries, from KC's urban core to the area's outermost vineyards. Enjoy easy transportation between locations, where you get to tour the facilities and sample mouthwatering wines along the way.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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Sit back to see the sights of iconic Kansas City as a double-decker bus takes you to some of the most scenic and historic sites around. Your guides cover more than 200 years' worth of history, architecture, and local legends for a fun and entertaining ride around town.

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Kansas City has a rich history, and your tour guides will gladly share their expansive knowledge of the city's past, it's present, and it's exciting future! This tour is great for both visitors and locals, as there's always more to learn about our beautiful city's fascinating history.

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