Signature to a KC summer are the thrills and chills of Worlds of Fun, the metro’s massive theme park and water park, all in one destination. Making a splash in 2021 is the Riptide Raceway, the world’s longest mat-racing waterslide, taking guests on an exhilarating race through tunnels and loops before a major splashdown. Afterwards, dry off on one of the park’s seven world-class roller coasters dotted across the lush green landscape.
Home to more than 1,700 creatures and family-friendly experiences like the African Sky Safari and the Elephant Expedition, the Kansas City Zoo just keeps getting better and better with age. Now through November, check in with the 202-acre zoo’s newest residents—a pair of cuddly koalas, back in Kansas City for the first time in five years.
Two new blockbuster experiences are making their way to Kansas City this summer. Opening just in time for Memorial Day at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, War Remains is a moving virtual reality experience that brings to life the “war to end all wars” through a landmark, immersive environment that made waves at Tribeca and SXSW.
Just a stone’s throw away, Union Station will serve as the final American stop for Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. beginning June 14. Deemed the most comprehensive exhibition about the concentration camp ever exhibited in the U.S., the powerful, 20-gallery experience will feature more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs, many of which have never been on public display.
If the family is in tow, check out the new Monet’s Water Lilies display at KC’s acclaimed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, or gets hands-on at the Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum—where laughing, running and learning are always heavily encouraged.
Head to one of America’s most beautiful ballparks as “the boys in blue” return to the diamond. The Kansas City Royals’ 2021 season is full of pride and anticipation, not to mention fun promotions like Buck Nights and summer fireworks. Between innings, check out the Outfield Experience, where little major leaguers can pitch, bat, carousel or even meet Sluggerrr, the king of the jungle and Kauffman Stadium (affectionately known here as The K).
KC’s affinity for America’s favorite pastime goes way back. Learn that rich history at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which recreates the sights and sounds of the storied leagues, now commemorating 101 years.
Continue your baseball weekend with a quick drive to Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In addition to outlet shopping, delicious tacos and unique neighborhoods, the area is also home to the metro’s minor league baseball club—the newly minted Kansas City Monarchs—named after the longest-running franchise in the Negro Leagues. Be there as they take the field for their inaugural season.
Celebrate the legacy of the 33rd commander-in-chief with an all-new experience at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, opening later in 2021. Fresh off the largest renovation in its history, state-of-the-art technology breathes new life into one of only 14 presidential libraries in the country.
Linger a little while longer in Independence to retrace the region’s pioneer roots—and its exciting new growth—in historic Independence Square. The revitalized district is home to 3 Trails Brewing, the charming Clinton’s Soda Fountain and upscale dining spot Ophelia’s.
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Kansas City’s premier shopping and dining hotspot, the Country Club Plaza, is an essential KC experience. Shop 100-plus retailers among 15 city blocks of Spanish-inspired architecture with dozens of iconic fountains and breezy patios perfect for memorable date nights.
Reuniting with friends or loved ones? Gather your group in the Power & Light District, a buzzy Downtown destination across from T-Mobile Center that touts everything from fine dining to line dancing and everything in between.
Often described as a city within a city, it’s easy to park once and stay all weekend at Crown Center, home of Hallmark Cards. In addition to mainstays like Legoland Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, families can also enjoy new additions like Burnt End BBQ and La Fuente Mexican Street Food.
Historic yet hip Downtown Overland Park is rapidly becoming one of the hottest foodie hubs in the metro thanks to craft beer hang Brew Lab, expert demonstrations at the Kansas City Culinary Center and the chef-driven Strang Hall, a collective of six original dining concepts.
When it’s time to bed down, rest assured that there’s a KC lodging for every budget and personality. Looking for a little luxury without breaking the budget? Try Loews Kansas City—a brand-new, 800-room offering perched between Downtown and the trendy Crossroads Arts District and known for its kid- and pet-friendly perks.
If you prefer accommodations with an artistic edge, the 21c Museum Hotel is part contemporary art museum, part historic hotelier. (Be sure to ask to see Harry S. Truman’s favorite booth in the bar.)
No matter your itinerary, new memories are ready to be made in KC. Browse great rates and book your trip at VisitKC.com.