Stay and play in the heart of Kansas City’s thriving Downtown playground. New highlights include delicious dining at Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint, riotous good times at Hotel Karaoke and after-hours revelry at the newly expanded PBR Big Sky.
Overland Park’s small-town vibes provide an authentic experience with easy access to the perks of big-city KC. Explore new exhibits and local shopping at Prairiefire, and sample dry-rub barbecue at Brobeck’s to satisfy your cravings. Meanwhile, youngsters adore animal interactions at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead.
Spend a relaxing weekend away from the hustle and bustle in Olathe, where days spent on Lake Olathe and summer evenings during Fourth Fridays showcase this destination’s undeniable appeal.
Discover charming neighborhoods such as Rosedale and Strawberry Hill—both popular hangs in this burgeoning hotspot. Other favorites include everything from electrifying Sporting Kansas City soccer and Kansas Speedway races to more laid-back pursuits, like brewery- and meadery-sampling and ’cue tastes at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.
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Trips to this world-class zoo include visits to Polar Bear Passage, Helzberg Penguin Plaza, Stingray Bay and other incredible exhibits that always amaze. New at the Zoo in 2019 are a camel-feeding station and a revamped tree kangaroo exhibit, both up-close-and-personal experiences for animal-lovers of any age.
See a game at The K for one of the best values in Kansas City, featuring game-day giveaways, special themes and more—not to mention clutch hits, stolen bases and summertime Friday night fireworks.
An all-new summer festival headlines the excitement at Worlds of Fun, a beloved family favorite thanks to seven world-class coasters, 21 kid-friendly rides at Planet Snoopy and the Midwest’s largest water park.
KC’s winning destination offers the hottest slots, world-class tables and non-stop thrills. When the night’s over, rest up for another big day by staying in the on-site AAA Four-Diamond hotel—fresh off of a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Crowned Best of Kansas City in the 2018 Visitors’ Choice Awards, Union Station always astounds. Spend the summer conducting experiments at hands-on Science City—now in its 20th year—or marvel at a new, awe-inspiring Stonehenge exhibition making its first appearance in North America (May 25–Sept. 29).
KC’s creative hub is always free to enjoy and features a calendar full of summer festivals and family fun. Everyday visits include an encyclopedic collection of more than 40,000 art objects, as well as extraordinary exhibitions such as 30 Americans (June 1–Aug. 25), which presents contemporary art by 30 of the most important African-American artists of the past four decades.
Retrace the region’s historic roots in Independence. Follow in President Truman’s footsteps at the Harry S. Truman Home, track Westbound trails at the National Frontier Trails Museum and finish summer with a bang at the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival.
Families can explore their imaginations in this interactive entertainment paradise that’s anything but ordinary. Here they can build masterpieces at Legoland Discovery Center, witness schools of fish floating by at Sea Life Aquarium and create miniature artworks at Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope. Summertime also means outdoor movies and music with the WeekEnder series.