10 KC Top Spots

Photos by Brandon Parigo; Article by Stacy Downs | Strategic Marketing and Communications

Students and alums pick their favorites

Summer got us thinking about exploring the best parts of our city. We asked students and alums from Kansas City’s university for their top spots to visit—not including UMKC. (Favorite campus hangouts deserve their own list, so be on the lookout for it soon!)

10. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

UMKC file photo

“You have to try the cinnamon ice cream in a waffle cone.”

Alexandra Alpough, ’12 Liberal Arts; ’15 J.D.


9. City Market

“On a Saturday morning.”

Troy Norris, ’11 M.B.A.


8. Crossroads Arts District

“Nothing is more fun than eating from food trucks and meeting all kinds of artists, with music blasting through the streets on First Friday.”

Salem Habte, ’20  Entrepreneurship


7. Crown Center

“LEGOLAND plus Union Station plus Fritz’s all within walking distance equals perfection!”

Negar Khalandi, ’11 Mechanical Engineering


6. Loose Park

UMKC file photo

“I’ve never really seen anyone not having a good day at Loose Park. I love to go play tennis over there. The fountain area and the gardens are beautiful.”

Tomas Patino, ’15 Civil Engineering; Educational Administration


5. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

“The Nelson is a very calming place to go when you need a break, and it’s right by us!”

Alexandria Brant, ’18 Dance


4. Country Club Plaza

“I love the architecture, and you can easily walk there from campus.”

Tin Ho, ’17 Entrepreneurship


3. Union Station

“Because of the history, Pierpont’s, architectural details and exhibits, Union Station is a magical place.”

Klassie Alcine, ’09 Political Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology; ’11 M.P.A.


2. West Bottoms

“I’m a big fan of red-brick architecture, which the Bloch School of Management also has.”

Alvin Liow, ’15 M.B.A.


1. National World War I Museum and Memorial

“It has such an amazing view of the city.” (you can see that view on No. 3 Union Station).

Jorge Perez, ’19 Music Education


Kansas City Rankings in 2018

>Best Cities in the U.S.
>Up-And-Coming Tech Hotspots
>10 U.S. Cities With High-Paying Jobs/Low Cost of Living
>Best Places for Work-Life Balance

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