Every Saturday and Sunday the City Market hosts an outdoor market in the River Market district. Live music, activities, local shops, food, and produce can all be found here. This is a weekend favorite in Kansas City, and a cultural experience! Be sure to stop by early in the day.
In almost every district in Kansas City, you will find fun events going on for the first Friday of every month. You can walk the streets and find art, live music, activities, and local businesses with different events. These Fridays are busy and fun!
During the weekends, the Union Programming Board of UMKC provides activities for students to do on campus and in Kansas City. All you have to do is sign up. Activities may include free tours, an escape room (no scaring allowed), yoga, free movies, arcades, go karts, paint ball, trips to major-league sports and more!
A great spot that’s only a 20 minute walk from UMKC is Loose Park. Whether you want a nice walk/jog, outdoor study time, fitness classes, or a picnic this is a great area to hang out in, especially with friends!
Kansas City is home to the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Here, you can learn a lot about the history of the War and be exposed to artifacts and documents from the era. The Museum provides activities, so you won’t be bored. Along with the Museum, the building has a large tower Memorial that provides a great view of the Kansas City skyline. Even if you don’t like heights, there’s a glassed area that is fully enclosed so you can feel safe while enjoying the incredible view!
Union Station is not only a train station, but a building with many places to enjoy inside! It contains a science center, escape room, shops, museums/exhibits, a theater, and more. Union Station is an excellent place to explore with beautiful architecture.
The Kansas City Street Car opened in May of 2016. The Street Car is FREE of charge and travels between Downtown, the Crossroads District and the River Market. This is a great way to explore. Plans are in place to expand its route to include UMKC.
Kansas City contains numerous different cultural experiences. A great find is the 18th and Vine District! Here you can find the Negro League Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum, and more! It’s a great place to get lost in culture, music and art.
Lewis and Clark Monument at Ermine Case Park
This huge bronze monument is located in the Ermine Case Junior Park. It offers a great view of the river and commemorates the arrival of the Voyage of Discovery.
Kaw Point Park is located in the center of Kansas City. Located along the river, it offers a great view of downtown, beautiful wooded trails, wildflowers and wildlife. It commemorates the landing of Lewis and Clark’s expedition in 1804. It is quiet, but still provides a great view of KC.
This is just the beginning!