These are ten great things to do in Kansas City, Missouri. The list includes some great and unique museums, a great monument to visit, and the best places to hang out and enjoy the restaurants and nightlife in Kansas City. There are a ton of water sculptures and fountains in Kansas City, almost as many as in Rome, and the best areas of the city for viewing the fountains are also listed.
These are the top ten things to do in the city of Kansas City, Missouri. I've been to Kansas City many times and it is an underrated tourist city in my opinion. There are many great hotels, restaurants, and things to do in Kansas City. Here are the top ten in my opinion.
The Liberty Memorial is a Beaux Arts Egyptian Revival monument located at the National World War I Museum at 100 West 26th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. If using GPS to find the Liberty Memorial type in 1 Memorial Drive in Kansas City, Missouri. That is the Federal Reserve building located right across the street.
Arabia Steamboat Museum
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a unique museum located at 400 Grand Boulevard in Kansas City that houses artifacts recovered from the Arabia, a steamboat that sunk in the Missouri River near Kansas City on September 5, 1856. After the Arabia sunk, it remained buried in mud and under the ground as the river shifted position until it was excavated in 1987.
Kansas City Museum
The Kansas City Museum is located in Corinthian Hall, also known as the R.A. Long House, which was built in Beaux-Arts architectural style in 1908 for roughly $1 million. That was an enormous amount of money for the time spent to build the 35,000 square foot house and grounds. Today the house is home to the Kansas City Museum which is located at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo, located in Swope Park in the city, is considered one of the best in the United States. The zoo houses some 1,300 animals from around the world. Popular exhibits include the Polar Bear Plunge, the Africa section with themes from Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Congolese Rain Forest, and Australia.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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With its neoclassical architectural style and its giant shuttlecocks on the front lawn, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has an unforgettable look from the outside. Inside, the museum contains art collections from Europe, Asia, and the United States, as well as the entire Hallmark Photographic Collection. The Kansas City Sculpture Park is located outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum, which is located right in the center of Kansas City at 4525 Oak Street.
Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City
Located at 5235 Oak Street in Kansas City on the campus of the University of Missouri at Kansas City is the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City. The museum contains 38 rooms filled with toys, with each room dedicated to a certain type of toy, like teddy bears, toy soldiers, doll houses, and miniatures of places like Versailles.
Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun Amusement and Water Parks
Located just of of I-435 at Exit 54 (Parvin Road) are the Worlds of Fun Amusement Park and the Oceans of Fun Water Parks. Worlds of Fun is full of great roller coasters like Boomerang, Prowler and Mamba, and great thrill rides like Detonator and Rip Cord, while Oceans of Fun has great water rides.
Power & Light District
The Kansas City Power & Light District is an entertainment, shopping and eating district located in Downtown Kansas City, centered between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Street around 13th and 14th Streets. Inside the district are shops, restaurants, and Kansas City Live! where concerts and outdoor performances are held. The Power & Light district is convenient to many of the fine hotels in Kansas City.
Country Club Plaza
Country Club Plaza in Kansas City is a great place to see many of the great water fountains in the city. The famous J.C. Nichols Fountain is located on the plaza in Mill Creek Park.
Union Station and Science City
At its peak, nearly 80,000 trains passed through Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Today, the Beaux-Arts style building has been restored and is filled with restaurants, a huge 3-D movie theater, the H&R Block City Stage Theater, shops, and Science City. Science City is an exhibit center filled with 50 permanent attractions and great traveling exhibitions, plus a planetarium, and the City Extreme Theatre. Union Station is located at 30 West Pershing Road.