Located in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District, the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the first museum in the country devoted exclusively to jazz. The museum includes interactive exhibits and educational programs as well as The Blue Room, a working jazz club, and The Gem Theater, a modern 500-seat performing arts center.
Housing the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world, the Arabia Steamboat Museum features more than 200 tons of recovered artifacts from the sunken 1856 steamboat Arabia. The museum’s exhibits and “touchable treasures” tell the story of the boat’s Missouri River demise and amazing rediscovery in 1988.
Arrowhead Stadium is home to the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs. After a massive renovation completed before the 2010 season, visitors to Arrowhead can experience modern facilities in addition to the proud history and tradition of Chiefs football.
The Brookside area is a metropolitan hub of beautiful homes, unique shops, trendy restaurants and cultural attractions. Home to some of Kansas City’s hippest residents and urban professionals, Brookside was one of the city's first suburban shopping areas.
With its award-winning design and technologically advanced features, Children's Mercy Park (formerly Sporting Park) is praised by locals and travelers alike as a breathtaking work of art. Children's Mercy Park is also the proud home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City and is located in a thriving and ever-expanding entertainment community known as Village West.
This 15-square-block outdoor shopping and entertainment district is filled with romantic Spanish architecture, European art and dazzling fountains. Designed in 1922, the Country Club Plaza features boutiques and fashionable national stores as well as distinctive restaurants, outdoor cafes and nightlife hotspots.
Home to the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the 85-acre Crown Center is frequently referred to as a “city within a city.” The mixed-use community melds residential and office spaces with innovative shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Experience more than 105 years of Hallmark Cards’ history presented through fun interactive exhibits, displays and videos that enable visitors to understand the creativity and craftsmanship involved in making Hallmark products. The...
The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum recounts the life of America’s 33rd president. One of only 13 U.S. Presidential Libraries, the museum’s two permanent exhibitions chronicle the Missourian’s private life and political career.
Holladay Distillery, home of McCormick Distilling Co., is the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi River on its original site. Visit for a tour exploring over 160 years of history, while learning about the bourbon distilling and aging process.
Located in nearby Kearney, Missouri, the Jesse James Birthplace features the world’s largest display of James family artifacts and the Jesse’s original gravesite. Guests tour the authentically preserved farm house where Jesse James was born in 1847.
At Kaleidoscope, children make whatever their imaginations can think up using Hallmark discarded materials. These free, 40-minutes art sessions allow children’s creativity to run wild with a variety of products including which include melted crayons, markers, watercolor paints, ribbons, shiny paper and much more.
Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 29-member professional ballet company that offers a wide array of performances from traditional classics to contemporary pieces. Kansas City Ballet has earned the respect of the national dance community and is a source of pride for KC, especially during December as the company performs the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker."
The eight-block Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City links the Kansas City Convention Center to the Sprint Center. The 24/7 neighborhood is home to more than 50 restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and retail outlets.
The Kansas City Zoo offers visitors the unique experience of seeing more than 1,700 animals in naturalistic settings—all stretched across 202 acres in Swope Park. The Zoo’s exhibits are organized into three areas; KidZone, Australia/Asia and Africa.
Home to the nation’s top professional auto racing since 2001, Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval racetrack in the booming Village West development in Kansas City, Kan. The 73,000 plus-seat speedway hosts big-league racing events for NASCAR and ARCA.
With an architectural design as unique and harmonious as its wide spectrum of performances, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a jewel of Kansas City. Featuring the technologically advanced Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall, this 285,000-square-foot glass and stainless steel work of art is praised by both attendees and world-renowned performers and artists as the pinnacle of performing arts centers.
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, is known as one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball. After a massive renovation before the 2009 season, visitors to “The K” now experience modern facilities in addition to the tradition of Royals Baseball. Fresh off the Royals’ 2015 World Series win, Kauffman Stadium is one of the most energetic places in Kansas City.
The acclaimed Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art boasts a rapidly growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. In addition to gallery spaces, the free museum houses an indoor courtyard, a café, a museum shop and a meeting room.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City opened at Crown Center in April 2012. Described as stepping into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks in the world, this interactive attraction features hands-on play areas, a 4D Cinema, LEGO building classes, LEGO-themed rides and special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City is one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies. The organization currently performs at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre inside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the state-of-the art stage for stage for performance art in Kansas City.
The National Airline History Museum is located at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo. To walk through it is to truly step back in time, to a different and more graceful age of air transportation.
Part of the Museums at the 18th & Vine complex, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum recreates the look, sounds and feel of the game’s storied past. Video presentations and memorabilia in the 10,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the leagues from their origin after the Civil War to their end in the 1960s.
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the Johnson County Community College campus, is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region. The museum features major exhibitions of internationally, nationally and regionally renowned artists.
Set on 915 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens—Kansas City's botanical garden—offers breathtaking displays of intricate gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events, exhibits and classes for the entire family.
Opened in April 2012, this two-hour experience takes visitors on a journey from the fresh waters of the Missouri River, into the mighty Mississippi River then out into the warm blue coral strewn waters of the Caribbean Sea, ending in the deep dark abyss of the Atlantic Ocean.
In October 2007, Kansas City ushered in a new era of live entertainment with the addition of the award-winning arena, Sprint Center. A cornerstone of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization, Sprint Center is a state-of-the-art, 18,500-seat arena located east of the Kansas City Power & Light District.
Presenting Broadway entertainment since 1951, Starlight Theatre is Kansas City’s oldest and largest performing arts organization. Each summer, Starlight presents up to seven Broadway musical productions and hosts a variety of top concert artists on its outdoor stage.
Originally a Victorian home built in 1887, the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center now promotes, sponsors and preserves the Slavic ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kan., with a wide variety of culturally relevant exhibits and artifacts.
At 1,805 acres, Swope Park is the crown jewel of the Kansas City, Mo., park system. As Kansas City's largest park, and one of the largest urban parks in the United States, Swope Park is home to many of Kansas City’s finest attractions.
The City Market is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants and merchants who offer distinctive gifts, flowers, home accessories and specialty foods from across the world. March through November, it hosts the region’s largest farmers’ market on Saturdays with additional markets on Sundays and Wednesdays.
The nation’s official hall of fame for men’s college basketball is more than facts about inductees. Here, you become the basketball star as you spend the day playing at over 20 drills. The 41,500-square-foot attraction contains hands-on, interactive basketball exhibits and houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. After hours, The CBE is available for private and corporate event rental.
The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in the region. Visitors can research genealogy, replicate famous signatures or view rare documents, including the original documents from the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended school segregation.
Housed in a 1911 mansion on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures recently underwent a $8 million renovation. The museum includes the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one of the nations’ largest collections of antique toys.
One of America’s most comprehensive general art museums, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art features 34,500 items spanning more than 5,000 years. Completed in 1933, this magnificent stone neoclassical structure houses pieces ranging from ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies.
The Roasterie is a specialty coffee-roasting company that is home to some of Kansas City’s finest coffee. This KC favorite produces air-roasted coffee from 100 percent Arabica Specialty Grade coffee, imported from 31 different countries. Perhaps more popular than the coffee itself is the free factory tour, where guests can learn about the process behind The Roasterie.
This two-and-a-half-story, Victorian-style home offers an interesting glimpse into the mind of renowned painter and sculptor Thomas Hart Benton. The house was the residence of the famous Missouri painter beginning in 1939 and has remained virtually untouched since his death in 1975. Guided tours of the site are offered daily.
Kansas City’s Union Station is the second-largest working train station in the country. This fully-restored, 1914 landmark is home to an interactive family science center, planetarium and large-screen 3D movie theatre, a railroad museum, as well as shops and restaurants.
Westport, Kansas City's original entertainment district, boasts a rich history as the oldest established community in Kansas City. More than 150 years ago, Westport marked the passage into the Western Frontier and set the foundation for what it is today: a thriving shopping and entertainment district.
Kansas City’s hometown amusement park, Worlds of Fun offers an unbeatable value of 235-acres of family rides, thrill rides, shows and attractions, including admission to Oceans of Fun’s with water slides, soaking attractions and activity pools.
A mixed-use urban center in Kansas City’s booming Northland, Zona Rosa offers more than 100+ shopping, dining and entertainment options in a nostalgic downtown setting. With nearly one million square feet of retail, office and residential space, Zona Rosa is a one-of-a-kind destination drawing customers from in and around the city and beyond.