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Best Things To Do in Kansas City

From interesting districts like Westport and the Power & Light to history museums like the National World War I and Steamboat Arabia, Kansas City offers its visitors a variety of things to do. Plus, there are all the stores you could want at the Country Club Plaza, an open-air, Spanish-design shopping district. For art – and a bit of whimsy (a giant badminton birdie installation) – there's the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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  • #1
    Things to do in Kansas City
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    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art appeals to many kinds of visitors, such as little kids who appreciate the giant badminton birdie installations (four 18-foot shuttlecocks, to be exact) on the 22-acre lawn, or adults who enjoy the play of light in Caravaggio's "Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness." The

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  • #2
    Arabia Steamboat Museum
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    The side-wheel steamer Arabia was constructed in 1853 for powering through the muddy Missouri River waters with up to 200 tons of supplies in tow. But later, it snagged a felled tree trunk and quickly disappeared under the sea. More than a century later, David Hawley discovered the sunken steamer

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  • #3
    Westport
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    #3 in Kansas City
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    Just north of theCountry Club Plaza, Westport is a popular neighborhood where people flock to enjoy shopping, dining and a night out on the town. It's known for being the oldest established community in Kansas City and, fun fact,Westport was where pioneers began their trek along the Oregon Trail in

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  • #4
    Boulevard Brewing Company
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    #4 in Kansas City
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    Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    Kansas City residents are a little bit prideful about the Boulevard Brewing Company, as if to say: "So what if St. Louishas Anheuser-Busch, we have Boulevard." Among its many beers, this brewery offers its fans everything from unfiltered wheat (a favorite) to pale ale to pilsner. The brewery has become the

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  • #5
    Country Club Plaza
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    One of Kansas City's most popular places to dine, shop, movie watch or simply just walk around is the Country Club Plaza. This outdoor shopping district offers mostly chain stores (Anthropologie, Gap and the like),hotelsand eateries, but also a handful of high-end shops like Michael Kors and Coach. The biggest

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  • #6
    National World War I Museum
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    The National World War I Museum is arranged in narrative form, as if WWI soldiers were telling visitors their own war stories through the exhibits. The museum features replicas of trenches, theaters, propaganda posters and guns. What's especially moving is the glass bridge, which spans an abyss of 9,000 poppies,

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  • #7
    Kauffman Stadium
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    #7 in Kansas City
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    Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals make their home at Kauffman Stadium and the Royals are beloved by their Kansas City fans. The stadium was renovated in 2009 and, even better, this team has seen a resurgence over the past few years, bringing a new wave of enthusiasm across town.

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  • #8
    City Market
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    #8 in Kansas City
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    As one of the largest public farmers markets in the Midwest, City Market features more than 30 permanent merchants selling produce, specialty foods, fresh meat, home decor, flowers and more every day of the week. On the weekends, though, you can expect to find more than 150 vendors bursting with

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  • #9
    Power & Light District
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    #9 in Kansas City
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    This district (right next to downtown's Sprint Center) consists of more than 50 shops, restaurants and nightlife venues – and it's one of Kansas City's newer and most popular areas. One of its coolest features is its two-floor KC Live entertainment venue, which hosts about 150 concerts and other performances

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  • #10
    Kansas City Zoo
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    #10 in Kansas City
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    The Kansas City Zoo opened in 1909 with a modest collection of animals: four lions, three monkeys, a fox, a wolf, a badger, a lynx, an eagle and some other birds. Since then, it has expanded to become one of the most respected zoos in the country, with exhibits ranging

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    The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
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    #11 in Kansas City
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    If you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane during your Kansas City vacation, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is the place to do it. Open since 1982, this museum has the world’s largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the most robust antique toy collections on

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    Hallmark Visitors Center
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    Chances are you've given or received a Hallmark greeting card at some point in your life. What you may not know is that Hallmark originated in Kansas City. In 1910, 18-year-old Joyce C. Hall of Nebraska gathered two shoeboxes filled with postcards and set out to create a greeting card

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    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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    For a unique outing during your Kansas City getaway, consider seeing a performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Unveiled in 2011, the center is home to the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera and Kansas City Symphony. It also welcomes visiting artists ranging from famed photographers to well-known

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  • #14
    Union Station
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    #14 in Kansas City
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    Kansas City’s Union Station was built in 1914 and primarily used as a train station at that time. During World War II, the 850,000-square-foot compound continued to welcome patrons with restaurants, a barber shop and a cigar store, as well as professional spaces like railroad offices and the country’s largest

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    Science City at Union Station
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    Science City is an interactive science center within Kansas City’sUnion Station. It is geared toward children, which makes it a great place to go with your littlest travelers. Daily exhibits include the Dinolab and Digsite, where kids can unearth fossils and learn more about paleontology; a genetics lab, where budding

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    Arrowhead Stadium
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    Arrowhead Stadium has been the home of the Kansas City Chiefs professional football team since it opened in 1972. It is adjacent toKauffman Stadium, where the Kansas City Royals professional baseball team plays. (In fact, there is even a private underground service tunnel between the two.)

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