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!)  Here they are in alphabetical order:


1. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

UMKC file photo


This place in Waldo has moved into Kansas City landmark territory. “You have to try the cinnamon ice cream in a waffle cone.”

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


2. City Market


“On a Saturday morning.”

Troy Norris, ’11 M.B.A.


3. Country Club Plaza


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

Tin Ho, ’17 Entrepreneurship


4. Crossroads Arts District


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

Salem Habte, ’20  Entrepreneurship


5. Crown Center


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

Negar Khalandi, ’11 Mechanical Engineering


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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


7. National World War I Museum and Memorial


“It has such an amazing view of the city.” (you can see that view on No. 9 Union Station).

Jorge Perez, ’19 Music Education


8. 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


9. 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.


10. 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.


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