Don't be surprised when the exciting memories you make here follow you home. Go wild with awesome animal experiences like the Kansas City Zoo and Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Get hands on with interactive exhibits at Kaleidoscope or the Federal Reserve Money Museum. Or splash around at Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Whatever your trip entails, KC will leave an impression from the moment you arrive until long after you leave.
Relax with rhinos; hang out with hippos; spend time with tigers--it's all possible at the Kansas City Zoo. For a thrilling birds-eye-view of the African Plains, catch a ride on the new African Sky Safari aerial tram ride. Don't forget to swing by the Polar Bear Passage and meet Nikita and Berlin, KC’s two polar bears.
Worlds of Fun will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013 by a major expansion to its sister waterpark Oceans of Fun. A new 65-foot slide tower will be the epicenter for six new slides, including Predators’ Plunge—a chamber slide with a floor that suddenly drops out.
New at Crown Center: two kid-friendly attractions. SEA LIFE, the city's first aquarium, houses more than 30 displays of diverse marine life including an underwater tunnel. LEGOLAND Discovery Center--based on the ever-popular LEGO toys--features a 4-D theatre, a LEGO ride and more.
Get inspired by three acclaimed art museums. The Kemper and Nerman feature a who’s who of contemporary artists, while the collection at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art features more than 35,000 items spanning 5,000 years. Best of all, all three museums are free.
From small and whimsical to large and majestic, Kansas City doesn’t fool around when it comes to fountains. In fact, at last count, there were more than 200 waterworks dotting the metro. Take the challenge and find your favorite.
The American Jazz Museum in Kansas City chronicles the history of a truly American art form. After learning from legends like Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald, be sure to make time for a performance in The Blue Room.
After dark, the beat keeps humming in Kansas City. And the drinks keep coming. After all, the Chicago Tribune recently named Kansas City “America’s Next Great Cocktail City.” Burn the midnight oil at famous watering holes such as Kelly’s Westport Inn, Manifesto in the Crossroads Arts District and Jerry’s Bait Shop in Olathe.
From fun quote-a-longs to epic, movie-themed feasts, every showtime is a little bit different at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet. Why just see a movie, when you can joy perks like dine-in theaters, pyrotechnics and a strict no-talking policy.
Sports have always been a foundation of Kansas City’s culture, and the city offers some of the best and most exciting venues to tantalize any sports enthusiast year-round.
Kansas City now hosts two weekends of NASCAR’s most thrilling event: the Sprint Cup Series. Join 81,000 of your closest friends in the stands of Kansas Speedway as you watch the biggest names in stock car racing return to the 1.5-mile, tri-oval track.
Just a year after hosting baseball’s big game, KC will welcomes the MLS All-Star Game this summer. The annual showcase event will culminate in a match between the league’s top players and an international club on July 31 at Sporting Park.
Casual, upscale, vintage or urban--KC has shops to fit any taste. Midwest Living said it best: in Kansas City, "the shopping is as diverse as the people." Find fashion's favorite labels at well-known shopping districts like the Country Club Plaza and Zona Rosa.
For something different, shop local at the independent boutiques in Brookside and the Crossroads Arts District. Or conduct retail therapy across the state line at Legends Outlets KC and Park Place. Antique or accessory; contemporary or cutting edge—Kansas City serves up shopping with style.
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Get Introduced to a Whole New Kansas City!
From a vibrant, new eight-block restaurant and entertainment district to a $413 million performing arts center, there is a lot of excitement building throughout KC. Watch our short video and discover why The New York Times is calling KC "a culturally-rich metropolis." Click here to watch on YouTube.