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Kansas City Attractions

Kansas City is rich with resources, not the least of which are barbecue and the blues. Things to do in Kansas City range from the culinary to the athletic, and you can pack lots of things into one trip to Missouri with a carefully planned itinerary. Stop by the famous KC Fountains, eat your way through The Northland, and see historic homes with plenty of charm. Attractions in Kansas City are meant to welcome all kinds of travelers, so you should head to this Midwest destination whether you are on a family vacation, couples trip, or solo adventure.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Kansas City

The neighborhoods in Kansas City are filled with diverse people and attractions. While you might associate the Midwest with meat and potatoes, you will also find an exciting assortment of cuisine in KC. In fact, there is a neighborhood here to satiate just about any type of travel appetite.

Downtown — Journey downtown to the Power & Light District, often called simply P&L, to see some of the most vibrant blocks in all of the city. Fun things to do in the Kansas City P&L District include shopping, dining, and indulging in a nightcap at a trendy lounge.

The Crossroads Art District — This proudly eccentric district is teeming with former warehouses now filled with a bohemian spirit, paintings, and more. On the first Friday of every month, the streets are flooded with food trucks, art vendors, live music, and other entertainment.

Village West — Village West is typically crowded, but that doesn’t mean you should take it off of your travel itinerary. This part of Kansas City has sports venues like the CommunityAmerica Ballpark, plenty of eateries, and the Legends Outlets shopping center.

Of course, day trips from Kansas City allow you to explore even more regional neighborhoods on both sides of the state line.

Things to See in Kansas City

Kansas City is home to a long list of historical landmarks, including the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and Battle of Westport museum. A visit to these locations is good not only for photo opportunities, but also to gain a fuller understanding of some of the nation’s most important history. If you’re keen to snap some pictures of the great outdoors, stop by the 74-acre Loose Park to grab some postcard-worthy images in the rose garden. Of course, if your idea of “Things to See” is a list of local shows, the Kansas City theater scene is teeming with Broadway shows and other live performances at venues like the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Sightseeing in Kansas City

Stop by the Kansas City Speedway to get some excitement, spend your afternoon singing along at a local jazz club, and dive into some comfort food for dinner. The diverse list of attractions in KC can appeal to anyone. Some of the most popular things to do in Kansas City, MO include a visit to theme parks. Kids of all ages (even just the young at heart) can enjoy time at local amusement parks like LEGOLAND®. No matter the nature of your travel, Kansas City makes for a worthy destination.

Things to Do in Kansas City with Kids

There's no excuse for the kids to be bored in Kansas City. Try out these family friendly experiences that'll keep everyone happy:

Free Things to Do in Kansas City

Sightseeing on a budget in Kansas City? Spend time, not cash, on awesome experiences.

The Money Museum - Wander around and admire the interesting displays and collections at this popular museum.

Belger Art Center - Organize a visit and gain a better understanding of the cultural and artistic side of the region.

Swope Park - Let the kids play or unleash your own inner child — this place just oozes fun.

National Archives at Kansas City - Architecture fans will no doubt enjoy marveling at the modern design of this landmark.

Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio - If you plan to explore the area's history through its landmarks, jot this one down on your must-see list.

Crown Center - This bustling area is a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike.

Union Station - Widely recognized among local residents, this place is worth checking out.

Southmoreland Park - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some nibbles and find a cozy spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Kansas City

Downtown Kansas City

Entrepreneurial spirit, gentrification and originality combine to create a district full of architectural treasures, boutiques, live music venues and theaters. 

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Power and Light District

The abundant dining options and live music are top of the list for many visitors to Power and Light District. A stop by T-Mobile Center or Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland might round out your trip.

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Country Club Plaza Area

Travelers to Country Club Plaza Area praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Fountain of Neptune and Mill Creek Park.

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Crown Center District

A city within a city, this district has a mall and a range of entertainment complexes that will keep the whole family entertained.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Kansas City on a sunny day?

What to do in Kansas City on a rainy day?

If the weather isn't great during your getaway, shake off your umbrella and dive into these awesome indoor activities:

What should I not miss in Kansas City?

If you'd like to experience the best of this destination, fit these attractions into your itinerary:

  • T-Mobile Center
  • Arrowhead Stadium
  • Worlds of Fun
  • Kauffman Stadium

Are there cheap things to do in Kansas City?

If you're vacationing on a shoestring budget, add the following thrifty experiences to your to-do list:

What can you do in Kansas City for free?

You could even leave your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions won't cost you a cent:

  • Crown Center
  • Hallmark Visitors Center
  • Union Station
  • Harrah's Casino