Kansas City Summers Always Shine Bright

Plan a KC summer getaway with this list of attractions & historic sites

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Get Out & Play

Power & Light District

The Power & Light District, also known as P&L, is your destination for celebration. Summer concerts, fan-base gatherings, birthdays, bachelorette festivities and late-night adventures keep this high-powered neighborhood humming.

A couple walking through the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, MO
Power & Light District

Loews Kansas City Hotel

A monumental addition to Kansas City’s skyline, the 800-room Loews Kansas City Hotel is set to debut on June 1. The on-site spa will make relaxation a must while staying in the heart of the city, no matter whether you’re in town for a couple’s weekend or enjoying the sights and sounds of the city with family.

The interior of a room at Loews Kansas City Hotel in Kansas City, MO
Loews Kansas City Hotel

Overland Park

Downtown OP is just getting started. The historic neighborhood is rapidly becoming one of the hottest foodie hubs in the metro thanks to craft-beer hangs, expert demonstrations at the Kansas City Culinary Center and the new, chef-driven Strang Hall, a collective of six original dining concepts.

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Families can find fun with ready-made adventures in Kansas City, KS. Head to Village West for water-park thrills at indoor splash paradise Great Wolf Lodge and independent baseball from the Kansas City T-Bones. Nearby, urban explorers thrive in KCK’s authentic and diverse neighborhoods, where sips of local brews and bites of fresh-made tacos mean there’s never a dull moment.

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Make the Most of Summer

Worlds of Fun

Kansas City’s summertime thrills reach new heights at Oceans of Fun with the arrival of Riptide Raceway, the world’s longest mat-racing waterslide, slated to debut on the park’s opening day for the 2020 season. Planet Snoopy is home to the world-famous PEANUTS characters and more than an acre of children’s attractions that families can ride together.

The Paradise Falls attraction at Oceans of Fun waterpark in Kansas City, MO
Oceans of Fun

Kansas City Zoo

Marvel at the Zoo’s new Elephant Expedition—a $10 million upgrade—with highlights including an expanded viewing area and added seating, plus other must-have amenities. Better still, the elephants now have a new watering hole and a waterfall feature as well as increased shading and sand spaces.

KC Sports

Though game day may look a little different for the time being, there are still plenty of ways to be a fan in Kansas City. Enjoy virtual experiences and other fan activities brought to you by the Kansas City Royals. Tour the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a national treasure. And count down the days until the “sea of red” returns at Arrowhead Stadium, home to the NFL’s reigning Super Bowl champions.

History & Heritage

Truman Library Institute

Celebrate the legacy of Independence’s hometown commander-in-chief with major events throughout the season. Then, later in the year, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum expects to reopen to the public after the largest renovation in the institution’s history, featuring state-of-the-art technology that breathes new life into one of only 14 presidential libraries in the country.

The Liberty Bell outside of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum in Independence


Retrace the region’s historic roots—and its exciting new growth—in Independence this summer season. Start in bustling Independence Square, a revitalized district that’s home to drinking, dining and truly unique hotspots.


Lush greenery, unique outdoor activities and hiking trails prove Olathe to be more than just your average suburb. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by spending the weekend here, where days playing at family-oriented Lake Olathe, summer evenings at Fourth Fridays and living history museums showcase this destination’s undeniable appeal.

Road Trip Destinations

Union Station

With accolades, exhibits, interactive experiences and more, Union Station always astounds. Tailored for kids, Science City just underwent the biggest expansion since its opening in 1999, headlined by three early-learning exhibitions for children up to six years old.

Two cocktails from Rye at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO
Rye at Country Club Plaza
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Crown Center

You’ll find everything you need at this all-in-one entertainment hub. Bring the whole family to Crown Center for compelling and inspiring attractions, excellent shopping stops and an impressive collection of restaurants and cafés—all only steps from the free-to-ride KC Streetcar.

A woman sits near a fountain outside of Made in Kansas City Marketplace at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO
Country Club Plaza
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Country Club Plaza

Kansas City’s premier shopping and dining hotspot is an open-air paradise—and essential KC experience. Shop 100-plus retailers among 15 city blocks of Spanish-inspired architecture with dozens of iconic fountains and 30 restaurants ranging from elevated comfort food to breezy patios perfect for memorable date nights.