Spring and summer nights in KC are best spent at the ballpark. Plan a full day of fun at Kauffman Stadium to take in a Kansas City Royals baseball game, enjoy sips and bites at Craft & Draft, partake in kid-friendly entertainment at the Outfield Experience and show up for plenty of themed outings all season long.
Meanwhile, fans who stay on the western side of the state line have never had it better. Kansas City, KS touts three action-packed athletic adventures, including raucous Sporting KC and Kansas City Current matches at Children’s Mercy Park as well as games at Legends Field, where the Kansas City Monarchs take the field.
Don’t have tickets to the game? No worries. Head downtown to the electric Power & Light District, home to spirited open-air watch parties regardless of the matchup, as well as sports bar favorites like County Road Ice House and Johnny’s Tavern.
Kansas City may just be the best family destination in the Midwest. One reason we claim the crown? Worlds of Fun, the region’s largest amusement park, features hundreds of acres of thrills, giggles, and lifelong memories spent among family and friends. Swing by Planet Snoopy to start with kid-sized rides and activities.
There’s also the Kansas City Zoo, a beloved institution that’s home to more than 1,700 animals and seems to get better and better every year. In 2022, guests can count on a brand-new alligator exhibit opening to the public, plus reliable favorites like Helzberg Penguin Plaza, Stingray Bay, and more.
For families sticking around downtown, look no further than Union Station, a crown jewel of 20th-century architecture that houses more interactive encounters than ever at Science City. This hands-on attraction encourages kids to explore the natural world both big and small, from dino digs to planetarium views of the expansive solar system.
Park and play in Kansas City, where must-see experiences are only steps away.
No matter when you visit, Crown Center’s standout shops and local dining options promise to surprise and satisfy. Stay in style with new additions at Halls, an unmatched destination for designer fashion. Recent restaurant arrivals include Burnt End BBQ, serving up sweet and savory flavors in sunny digs, and Mexican street food stop La Fuente.
Travel further south to find Country Club Plaza. This essential shopping and dining hub draws design inspiration from old-world Spain yet remains authentically Kansas City through and through.
There, guests will find some of the most popular and well-appointed hotels in the metro, including The Raphael, The Fontaine, and InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Stroll along the sidewalks to track down goods and gifts from a variety of new local shops like fashion boutique Pink Dinosaur, Brazilian chocolatier Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro, and sweet-centric Sugah Rush Berries.
The past is alive and well in KC. Start in Independence, where you can learn the story of a remarkable former U.S. president at the completely reimagined and reinvigorated Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.
Designed for the 21st century, this museum takes guests through Truman’s timeline, introducing some of the most difficult and impactful decisions made by a modern Commander-in-Chief. After your visit, explore historical Independence Square for unique shopping, fine dining, and pours from a local winery.
In Kansas City proper, plan time to visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial. This moving attraction features permanent exhibits about The Great War that enlighten and inspire as well as showstopping events on both Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Plus, don’t miss the superb view of downtown Kansas City seen from atop the Liberty Memorial.
Round out your history lesson with a trip to 18th & Vine, an iconic jazz district that served as a swinging nightlife spot during KC’s Prohibition heyday.
Now, visitors can experience two remarkable museums that chronicle the 1920s and beyond: the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Former Negro Leagues player and museum founder Buck O’Neil will finally be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, which is sure to inspire plenty of celebration.
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