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I thought I would post a comprehensive thread of what there is to do in Kansas City. Itís a question often asked on this forum and others and with my photography and passion for my hometown, I thought I would create a thread that showcases what KC has to offer. I hope people like it and they find it useful and informative.
Please add more ideas as I'm sure I've missed some.
Barbecue! Kansas City has the best BBQ and it's always the number one thing people ask about. Arthur Bryantís, Gates, Jack Stack, OK Joes, Smokehouse, Danny Edwards, LCís, Rosedale, Winslowís is just the beginning. I think Gates is a must if you can only hit one place.
ďMixed PlateĒ Ollie Gates by KC rapper TechN9ne
National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
The Museum is very well done and very entertaining while educating. The view from the top of the observation deck is breathtaking. National World War I Museum
This place is just amazing. Even if there is nothing going on at the station, itís well worth a visit just to see the building although most of the time there are popular traveling exhibits there and the model railroad exhibit is amazing. If you have kids, the IMAX and Planetarium are great and Science City is worth a visit. (donít forget to walk cross the bridge behind the station which goes over the railroad tracks to the freight house where you will find Jack Stack, a great sit down BBQ place among others) Union Station, Kansas City, MO
Bridge connecting Union Station to the Crossroads District over the RR tracks
This complex of shops, hotels and attractions south of Downtown is perfect for families with its central location and family friendly atmosphere. The square is home to concerts, movies, festivals and ice skating. The complex includes a 3 story shopping mall, a movie theater and several live theaters as well as the Hallmark visitors center and kaleidoscope, both are free. Crown Center also has some of KCís best restaurants like the revolving Skies Restaurant 45 stories up and Fritíz Railraod Restaurant where trains bring food to your table! Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Power & Light District
Kansas Cityís new downtown ďliving roomĒ. This entertainment district host many restaurants, theaters and night clubs. The AMC Mainstreet is one of the best theaters there is. The historic Midland host concerts, comedians etc, there are popular restaurants like Bristo and KC LIVE! is a two level night club district that is extremely popular on weekend nights. Power & Light District, Downtown KC
American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Blue Room Jazz Club and Gem Theater
The Museums at 18th and Vine are incredible and should be a high priority if in KC. The Blue Room and Gem Theaters are two of KCís premier Jazz and Blues venues. http://www.americanjazzmuseum.com/Si...ocName=Welcome
This historic midtown eclectic neighborhood has many nightclubs and restaurants.
Crossroads Art District
This district between downtown and crown center boast many art galleries and popular restaurants and currently hosts one of the largest First Friday Art crawls in the country on the first Friday of every month.
Kansas City Zoo
The KC Zoo has some of the coolest exhibits you will find in any zoo. The wide open African Exhibit is like nothing else. The new Polar Bear Exhibit is awesome too. The Kansas City Zoo
The City Market is one of the largest urban farmers markets in the nation. Saturday mornings more than 30,000 people flock to the market so thatís when itís busiest, but itís open every day.
College Basketball Experience
This place is a LOT of fun and you donít have to like college basketball to enjoy it, but if you do, itís even better. College Basketball Experience
Starlight Theatre, Midland Theater, Mainstreet, Music Hall
Starlight host many concerts and Broadway plays. Itís one of the finest outdoor amphitheaters in the country. Midland is an art deco gem. There are several other theaters that create a first class arts scene. Kansas City Starlight Theatre
Truman Library and Truman Home
The Truman Library/museum is a well done and recently updated with modern exhibits that nicely showcase life of one of Americaís more famous presidents.
Sprint Center, Municipal Auditorium, Kemper Arena and the Independence Events Center These venues bring concerts, sporting events to town and keep kcís entertainment schedule booked.
Plaza Art Fair and Waterfire Kansas City
The Plaza Art Fair is one of the countryís largest art festivals and one of KCís largest events. Waterfire KC is one of many additional events held in the Plaza area. Country Club Plaza | Plaza Art Fair
Kansas City has some of the largest Casinos in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country (Ameristar Kansas City). If you plan to visit the casinos, I would visit them in this order:
1. Ameristar 2. Harrah's, 3, Argosy, 4. Isle of Capri (Ameristar has a movie complex and concert arena and much more, Ameristar and Harrah's have large hotels)
Go on a self guided fountain tour of the city of fountains!
A couple of coming attractions that will add even more to KC's entertainment and cultural scene in 2011.
The Sporting Kansas City soccer stadium
Another state of the art sports venue joins Kauffman, Arrowhead, Sprint Center and KS speedway and will be home of KC's MLS Soccer team. Sporting Kansas City
Iíll finish this off with a couple of shots of Kansas CityÖ
Thanks for the memories, kcmo.
I used to go to Bryant's for lunch every chance I got when I worked downtown. It took me a couple of visits to get used to their sauce, but once I did it became my favorite by far. I remember that they had pictures on the wall of visits there by just about every famous person you could think of, including past Presidents. I wonder if Obama has stopped by yet.
This thread should have been created a few years ago!
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