Things to do in Kansas City

Kansas City has everything you would expect to find in a major metropolitan city – dynamic convention facilities, world-class hotels, professional sports, full-gaming casinos, top-notch museums, live theater and interesting places to relax and have fun.


Kansas City knows how to entertain visitors. After all, this city has a rich history of delighting travelers since we first put out the welcome mat for those heading west on the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails.

Whether learning how greeting cards are made at the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards or watching how a “hog” is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations, today’s traveler will find a multitude of diverse and fun attractions.

And chances are that Kansas City has changed since your last visit. Experience some of Kansas City’s new attractions, like the Schlitterbahn Vacation Village or the Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Special summer exhibitions at the Nelson include:

  • Creating and Collecting: Kansas City and Contemporary Decorative Arts
  • The Treasury: The Splendor of Liturgical Objects
  • Cultivating Nature: Printmaking for Painting in 17th Century China
  • Thinking Photography: Five Decades at the Kansas City Art Institute
  • Solitary: Alienation in Modern Life
  • Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection
  • Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500-Present
  • Electromediascope Fall 2010: Wave Energies FeedBack: 30 Years of Electronic Media at Kansas City Art Institute

Sports fans can get in the game at the new College Basketball Experience, which features interactive exhibits and a hoops hall of fame. Or, get a speed-rush at one of many Kansas Speedway racing events. Check out a Kansas City Chiefs game at the new Arrowhead Stadium.

Kids can’t get enough of Science City, a hands-on children’s museum at Union Station that will have them laughing and learning. All summer long, Union Station is hosting a Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibition featuring 24 full-sized animatronic dinosaurs, an interactive DinoLab and more than 40 fossil replicas and eggs. Visitors can also participate in a hands-on DinoDig where they are invited to uncover prehistoric fossils.

Hallmark's Kaleidoscope allows children to explore their creativity during free workshops. In Overland Park, Deanna Rose Farmstead revisits the age of the family farm. Children can feed baby goats, take wagon rides, play on multiple playgrounds and come face-to-face with buffalos and longhorns.

Thrill-seekers of all ages love the side-by-side theme parks, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. Modeled after the tale, Around the World in Eighty Days, Worlds of Fun features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Catch more than 60-acres of surf, sand and fun at Oceans of Fun.

For a wild time, head to the Kansas City Zoo. The zoo's naturalistic settings are home to more than 1,200 exotic animals. And, the new Polar Bear Plunge exhibit is now open featuring the zoo's newest resident, Nikita the polar bear.

For adults, the city’s four casinos offer traditional gaming, dining and amazing live entertainment. Boulevard Brewing Co. offers a taste of how specialty beer is made, with tours of its modern production facility.

For interactive family fun, get behind the wheel of a high-performance cart that reaches speeds of up to 45 mph at Sadlers Indoor Racing. Ride the bumper cars and go-carts at Paradise Park. Or play a game that’s a combination of bumper cars, basketball and jai alai—called whirly ball—at PowerPlay.

One-of-a-kind boutiques and fashion’s favorite labels can be found at Kansas City’s shopping attractions. However, they offer so much more than fabulous finds. Take an architectural tour of the Country Club Plaza. See live theater at Crown Center. People watch at the City Market, one of the Midwest’s largest farmers’ markets. After the shops close, head over to Westport or the Power & Light District, two of Kansas City's most popular nightlife hotspots.

When it comes to attractions, Kansas City has plenty to keep visitors busy!

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