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Kansas City Attractions & Things to Do

Discover the incredible sights, scenes and sounds of Kansas City, Missouri, that make for an unforgettable business or vacation experience. The striking cityscape includes wide boulevards, beautiful parks, fantastic architecture and more than 200 fountains. From the 18th & Vine Historic District and Country Club Plaza to the sensational World War I National Museum and Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City is a diverse and energetic city.

With its exciting attractions, professional sports, swinging jazz, fantastic food, as well as fascinating museums, theaters, casinos, vibrant arts scene, acres of lakes, sensational shopping, dining and nightlife, Kansas City is an alluring metropolis brimming with endless activities. Here are a few of the top downtown city attractions and things to do in the Kansas City, Missouri area:

Country Club Plaza - 

Developed in 1922, Country Club Plaza is the first shopping center in America designed to accommodate cars. One of the most exquisite neighborhoods in Kansas City, the 14-square block Plaza is noted for its Spanish-style architecture, dazzling fountains, wrought-iron fenced courtyards, tree-lined boulevards, mosaics, statues and works of art.Architecturally striking, Country Club Plaza features an elegant collection of more than 200 shops, boutiques, restaurants, outdoor cafés and entertainment venues. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides or one of the Plaza's sensational on-going events such as Plaza Live with free live music, and September's Plaza Art Fair, a celebration of art, music and food that showcases artists from around the country. Visit
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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art -

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the finest art museums in the world. The Museum features collections from cultures all around the world. Nelson-Atkins' renowned collection of over 34,500 art objects is acclaimed for its European paintings, Asian art, photography, and modern sculpture. The Nelson's Bloch Building, designed by Steven Holl, was named by Time "the number one architectural marvel of 2007."

The museum's Kansas City Sculpture Park is home to the largest U.S. collection of monumental bronzes by British sculptor Henry Moore, as well as works by modern masters. A place for peaceful relaxation and creative inspiration, the Nelson-Atkins is one of the country's most distinguished cultural destinations. Visit
Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals -

The crack of the bat signals springtime in Kansas City when Major League Baseball's hard-hitting Kansas City Royals open the season at Kauffman Stadium, one of the game's most beautiful ballparks. Opened in 1973 and completely renovated in 2010, "The K" features a 12-story high scoreboard, a 322-foot wide water spectacular and a family area with baseball-themed amusement park features for fans of all ages, and Royals Hall of Fame.
Purchase Royals game tickets by calling 1800-6ROYALS or visiting

Kansas City Chiefs -

The National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs charge the gridiron at Arrowhead Stadium August through January. During football season, the stadium parking lot transforms into the world's largest tailgate party - complete with tasty Kansas City barbecue. The stadium and fans - a red sea of loyal Kansas City spectators - have created a distinct home-field advantage for the Chiefs that buzzes with excitement. Visit

National WWI

World War I Museum

Museum -

On December 2, 2006, the National World War I Museum opened the window to an amazingly emotional as well as intellectual experience. Envisioned by the people of Kansas City and designated by the U.S. Congress as the nation's official WWI Museum, the state-of-the-art complex at Liberty Memorial uses interactive technology to life. It fosters timely discussions of ethics, values, decision-making and conflict resolution. The Museum is open daily except Mondays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Museum is also open on Memorial Day. Visit

Steamboat Arabia Museum -

Located at 400 Grand Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri, the Treasure of the Steamboat Arabia delight visitors from the diehard fans to those with a passing interest in the elegant steamboats of a bygone era. In the 1800s, steamboats were the way to travel up and down the Missouri River. The Arabia Steamboat Museum's exhibits contain artifacts from that time, including dolls, bells, tea kettles, and pipes. Visit

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts -

Kansas City, Missouri's new performing arts center rivals the finest arts venues in the world for architectural beauty, technical capabilities for performers and acoustical/visual delights for audiences. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts showcases the city's best and brightest lights of cultural entertainment - the Kansas City Symphony, Ballet and Lyric Opera. It is drawing attention from internationally celebrated symphony orchestras, instrumental and vocal artists, dance troupes and theatrical organizations.
  • Kansas City Symphony -

    Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony puts timeless works by the great composers front and center, and features performances by world-renowned musicians. In addition, the KCS under the direction of Michael Stern performs for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet. For upcoming concerts and tickets, visit
  • Kansas City Ballet -

    The depth and versatility of Kansas City Ballet takes center stage each year as the company continues to hone its reputation as one of the most respected mid-sized ballet organizations in the nation. Kansas City Ballet presents three repertory performances each year that pay homage to masters of ballet while exploring contemporary works by emerging choreographers. Throughout December, the company presents the timeless classic The Nutcracker at Music Hall. For ticket information, contact KC Ballet box office at 816-931.2232 or email

18th & Vine Historic Jazz District -

Considered the birthplace of Kansas City Jazz, the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District is the best place to learn about Kansas City's jazz legacy. The Mutual Musicians Foundation, Blue Room jazz club and Black Archives of Mid-America are also area highlights. To the north, the Goin' to Kansas City Plaza at Twelfth Street and Vine pays tribute to the song that made 12th & Vine famous. Also located in this historic district are the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
  • American Jazz Museum -

    The mother of swing and the nurturer of Bebop, Kansas City proudly hosts the reflection of its dynamic musical heritage. Located in the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum presents the origins of this unique American-born art form. The music comes alive through interactive exhibits, learning programs, the Blue Room (an actual jazz club), and the Gem Theater, a modern 500-seat performing-arts center. Open 9am-6pm Tue through Sat, noon to 6pm Sun. Closed Mon. Visit
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum -

    Part of the 8th & Vine museum complex, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum recreates the look, sounds and feel of the game's storied past. The centerpiece of the NLBM, the Coors Field of Legends, features 10 life-sized bronze sculptures of Negro League's greats positioned on a mock baseball diamond. A documentary film narrated by actor James Earl Jones recounts the story of the Negro Leagues with vintage footage. Hall of Fame Lockers pay tribute to the Negro Leaguers who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum -

The museum dedicated to "the man from Independence" houses one of 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It was dedicated in 1957, and has inspired millions of visitors. The Museum features two theaters, enhanced audio and video programs, and new interactive elements form the centerpiece of the museum's renovation.

The Treasures of the Presidents exhibit features more than 200 rare treasures of our American story - from George Washington's portable writing desk to John F. Kennedy's rocking chair, from the pen Lyndon Johnson used to sign the Civil Rights Act to the safety plug of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Visit
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Sprint Center -

Kansas City's sports landscape changed dramatically with the opening of Sprint Center on the eastern edge of Kansas City's Power & Light entertainment district. The state-of-the-art 18,500-seat downtown arena hosts major sporting events, concerts and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. It is home to Arena Football League team Kansas City Command and hosts college basketball games. Go to