Things to Do In Kansas City

October 8, 2014 at 8:31 am

kansascity1Are you in the mood to see some good old country scenery? What better way to fulfill your desire than go to the “Heart of America”? The largest municipality in the state of Missouri has about five thousand people per square mile. Though its neighboring city shares its name, Kansas City, Missouri is more prevalent in that metropolitan area.

The city is not only known for making musical styles jazz and blues popular, but for their barbecue as well. A vacation at this place definitely calls for trying their famous Kansas City-style barbecue (considered the best in the world!) and listening to nightly jazz in most of the restaurants.

If you do get a chance to visit this wonderful place, here are some tips on what else you should do while you’re there:


1. Brush Up On Your History

The area of Kansas City is known for its participation in the American Civil War. This Missouri city held intense military activity, and here occurred the Border War, including the Battle of Westport and Bleeding Kansas. Read this article to learn more about what happened in Kansas during the war. One of their iconic landmarks is the National WWI Museum, which houses over 75,000 World War I-related artifacts. Chosen as the official WWI museum by Congress, the 32-000 square foot facility is arranged in narrative form where you can see WWI soldiers telling their own war stories through the exhibit.

You not only learn about American history, you also have the chance to see a little European-style celebration. From August 31 to October 14, Kansas City Renaissance Festival brings you back to the 16th century. The whole festival has that Canterbury village feel, so participants get to escape this century and be part of a past world. Feast like a king and dance like a jester; see all the skilled artisans and buy their artworks while watching jousting knights. On these weekends, you can experience Renaissance England right in the heart of America.

And no, you can’t carry your own torch, but they will light some as you enter the gates!


2. Get Cultured

It’s not called Paris of the Plains for nothing – Kansas City is claimed to have more boulevards than any other city in the world except for Rome. It’s also been called the City of Fountains for the numerous outdoor water features all throughout the city.

Kansas City’s burgeoning arts community is also starting to get recognized by major art powerhouses. You shouldn’t miss the chance to go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Known for its neoclassical architecture, the photography and art collection it features has works from America, Europe, and Asia.

Tour the Steamboat Arabia Museum and see the sunken steamer that would make you appreciate the era of steamboat in American history. Visit the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and experience music and opera the Kansas way.


3. Throw That Ball

Kansas city is proud of their celebrated baseball history, which you can view at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It will bring a sense of nostalgia with its videos, artifacts and state-of-the-art designs that commemorate the legendary stars of the Negro National League. Before going to the museum, why not take some time to visit this site and learn about the history of the Negro Leagues Baseball?

If you’re in the mood for a game, drop by the Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. With fairly affordable game tickets, you can also enjoy the tours provided.

You can go to Kansas City by the usual plane, train, or bus route, but wouldn’t it be exciting to explore the land by car? You can go explore the city and experience a different kind of trip in your Jeep Brute. Bond with your companions as you check out all the sights in this amazing city. Go to this website and see how you can make this a road trip you will never forget.