Barbeque, jazz music, and a little bit of American history – all these can make for a very good vacation. If you’re in the mood for that, drive on to the heart of America and enjoy what Kansas City has to offer – aside from its numerous fountains, of course. The most populous municipality in the state of Missouri has various museums, world class shopping, dining and entertainment that will make it worth the visit.
Here are some of the sites you should visit to explore the ageless beauty of the city:
Country Club Plaza
Just because you’re in the country doesn’t mean you can’t have some city fun. Go to some high-end shops and great restaurants, and see some of the famous fountains that garnered the city it’s moniker. Here is a complete list of all the fountains in Kansas City, Missouri. Called The Plaza by the locals, this 14-block shopping district was one of the first outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district in the United States.
This restored train station has been transformed to an interactive Science City. Since it houses an interactive science museum, an exhibit of the American railroad, and planetarium shows among others, visitors from various places will surely have a good time in this place.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This art museum is world-renowned for its impressive exhibits.Its collection has over 2,000 works that includes neoclassical architecture, Egyptian sculptures and Japanese art.
Once you go outside, you’ll find the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park. Though admission is free, most special exhibits charge a small fee.
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
Definitely the best tourist attraction for the kids, this place depicts an old-fashioned family farm that lets children have the farm experience with animals and birds, pony rides, a barn, and a schoolhouse.
Kansas City Zoo
What’s a family vacation without the children visiting the zoo? With over 1,000 species to see, including lively chimpanzees and entertaining elephants, the kids’ animal-encounter in the Kansas City Zoo is something they won’t forget. A lot of walking will be involved, but the adjoining IMAX Theater adds to the enjoyment as well.
18th and Vine Neighborhood
Aside from giving birth to the musical styles of jazz and blues, this Neighborhood is also home to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, where the first Negro National league started in 1920, and the Gem Theater. By day you can visit the American Jazz Museum, and at night you can stop by the Blue Room for some great jamsessions. You can also enjoy jazz storytelling, poetry jams and workshops.
National World War I Museum
Though a visit to this place wouldn’t be as lively as other museums, it would definitely educate visitors who fancy a bit of history. The lobby has galleries that represent over 9 million casualties of the war, and an interactive exhibit that shows the war’s consequences and impact to the country.
The many barbeque places of Kansas
Kansas City is the Home of Barbeque, so there isn’t really just a single place to get the best meat. You can have your pick from over more than 100 barbeque joints and experience the rich traditions that are truly Kansas. The barbeque in Kansas is simply unbeatable and so good that this website confidently lists five of the best barbeque restaurants in the city.
One of the best ways to go around the city is through your Jeep Wrangler. Add excitement to your adventure as you drive all day. You can purchase Wranglers for sale in this website, and go through the many boulevards of the city called “Paris of the Plains”.