Kansas City is home to some amazing attractions. Whether you’re a life long resident or a newcomer with roots somewhere else, every student should take the time to explore the city. Here are five quintessential stops you should make along the way.
Take a self-tour of the best BBQ joints in Kansas City
BBQ is the Kansas City staple that never fails to impress visitors, and many high-end chefs like Guy Fieri and Anthony Bourdain. People even travel thousands of miles to see what all the talk is all about (and it’s not for nothing)!
Visit some of these mouth-watering, smokin’ BBQ restaurants before you leave KC: Q39, Rosedale’s BBQ, Gates BBQ, Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, Plowboy’s BBQ, L.C.’s BBQ, Jack Stack BBQ, Arthur Bryant’s and many, many more.
Visit Crown Center and Union Station and everything else they have to offer
Crown Center and Union Station may be very packed on the weekends, but that can only mean one thing… They are worth the visit.
Enjoy shopping and good eats inside Crown Center and maybe even visit Legoland or Sea Life if you feel like bringing out your inner child.Then, swing over to Union Station and The National WWI Museum for more education and entertainment. You can even finish the night off with the most impressive view of Kansas City at the Liberty Memorial.
Head in the direction of Swope Park where you will find exotic adventure and theatrical fun
Swope Park in Kansas City is home to some of my personal favorites, Starlight Theatre and the Kansas City Zoo.
At the Kansas City Zoo, you will experience wildlife from Africa, Asia, and Australia, along with some of the latest editions who are used to freezing temperatures, the penguins and polar bears.
Right next door is Starlight Theatre, where there is less walking and more watching. Starlight is an outdoor theatre filled with romance, comedy, music, or all sorts of dramatic thrills. Visit their website at https://www.kcstarlight.com to see what shows are playing.
Cross the street at UMKC and enjoy some breath-taking art at local museums
UMKC neighbors many popular art museums with stunning exhibits and sculptures, including The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (a local favorite). They are free, with exception to certain events or exhibitions, and
you might also plan for picnic on a nice day. When you see the world’s largest badminton birdie on the lawn, you’ll know you’ve reached your destination.
For more art, also visit First Fridays in the Crossroads Art District.
Visit 18th and Vine, KC’s historical jazz district, for soul music and baseball chronicles
Learn about the history of KC at 18th and Vine in Downtown Kansas City, where you will experience a large part of Kansas City’s culture through jazz music and baseball. It is home to the very inspiring Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum.
The jazz district is also home to some finger lickin’ barbecue, in case you need help finishing #1).