The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a new multi-venue center for music, opera, theater and dance designed by Moshe Safdie opened in Kansas City on September 16, 2011.
Three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations – Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City – will be in residence at the Kauffman Center. The Kauffman Center’s two performance venues, the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall, will offer audiences engaging and intimate experiences, while at the same time providing resident companies with enhanced performance capabilities.
Visitors can now experience a new Downtown Kansas City with the Kansas City Power & Light District. The $850 million entertainment district - the largest new development project in the Midwest - has reenergized downtown, creating an entertainment, retail and dining hot spot for visitors and conventioneers. It transforms itself from a unique lunch and retail destination by day to an exciting dining and entertainment experience in the evening.
Kansas City Royals
One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129
The crack of the bat signals springtime has arrived when the Kansas City Royals open the season at Kauffman Stadium. The crowd roars for the “boys in blue” as giant fountains cascade just beyond the outfield wall.
"The K" opened April 10, 1973, and is recognized throughout baseball as one of the game's most beautiful ballparks. Since then, many exciting games have been contested, including the 1973 All-Star Game, three no-hitters, playoff games in 1976, '77, '78, '80, '81, '84 and '85 and World Series titles in 1980 and 1985. Kauffman Stadium's unique features include 104' high video board and a 322-foot wide water spectacular. Tours are conducted year-round.
Kansas City Chiefs
One Arrowhead Dr., Kansas City, MO 64129
Experience Arrowhead Stadium, Home of the Kansas City Chiefs!
Whether you're enjoying the world's largest tailgate party or witnessing one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, there is no place like Arrowhead Stadium for football or special events.
Arrowhead Stadium remains one of the nation's top venues for fans to experience the excitement of collegiate and NFL football, as well as concerts such as Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, international soccer and other sporting events.
The renovated Arrowhead Stadium features the Founder’s Plaza, the Horizon Level, the Chiefs Sports Lab powered by Blue KC, the Chiefs Hall of Honor presented by Time Warner Cable, a Founder’s Club, a luxurious Club Level and a new team store. Other improvements include an upgraded sound and scoreboard system, a 360-degree video ribbon board, concourses that are doubled in size and an upgraded variety of food and beverage options.
1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
Sprint Center is Kansas City's home for sports, concerts, family shows, collegiate competitions and special events. Anchor to more than $4.5 billion of reinvestment in a revitalized downtown Kansas City, Sprint Center is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Kansas City and AEG.
Country Club Plaza
4750 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64112
No trip to Kansas City is complete without a visit to the Country Club Plaza. This 15-square-block outdoor shopping and entertainment district is filled with romantic Spanish architecture, European art and dazzling fountains. Designed in 1922, the Plaza features boutiques and fashionable national stores as well as distinctive restaurants, outdoor cafes and nightlife hotspots. Two nationally renowned art museums are located nearby, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
If you’re looking for an eclectic gathering place, head to the Crossroads. Once-vacant buildings now house unique shops, restaurants and a thriving art scene. First Fridays are a local favorite when more than 60 galleries and shops remain open late the first Friday of each month. The adjacent Westside neighborhood offers, dining and entertainment, including some of the city’s most popular
Mexican and Latin American restaurants.
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Through thousands of historical objects, photographs and eyewitness accounts, you will experience this monumental event from the individual’s perspective. This state-of-the-art museum takes you on an epic journey through a transformative time in our world’s history.
Visitors can also experience a breathtaking view of Kansas City from the 217-foot Liberty Memorial Tower which opened in 1926.
You are invited to discover some of the 34,500 pieces in the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. From ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies, the Nelson-Atkins collection spans over 5,000 years of humanity.
A place for quiet relaxation, creative inspiration, or an exhilarating start to your weekend - the Nelson-Atkins invites you to experience one of the country's pre-eminent cultural destinations.
2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Home to the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Crown Center offers something for everyone.
The three-level Crown Center Shops feature more than 60 shops and restaurants. Eating options range from a burger spot where meals are delivered by miniature train to the city's only Forbes Four-Star dining experience, The American Restaurant. Shopaholics are drawn to the unique specialty stores, headlined by Halls Crown Center. Theatregoers can choose from Broadway-style productions at the American Heartland Theatre, award-winning youth-oriented shows at The Coterie Theatre and innovative shows at the Off Center Theatre. The center also hosts free activities, such as children's exhibits, puppet shows and the Crayola Christmas Land.
Crown Center Square, located right across from the shopping center, is the heart of the complex. It's home to events throughout the year that are great for the whole family, including ethnic festivals, an antique show, outdoor movie series and concerts.
Also at the complex are free Hallmark-sponsored activities. The Hallmark Visitors Center details the illustrious history of the world's leader in personal expression, while Kaleidoscope offers a creative art experience for children ages 5-12.
Union Station is Kansas City's premier entertainment destination for family and cultural activities.
Discover the scientist inside you at Science City with more than 50 hands-on science activities. Science City also showcases Dino Lab, the result of a partnership between Union Station and the University of Kansas. You can watch a scientist prepping real dinosaurs for display in this unique laboratory, the largest of its kind in the US.
Then climb aboard Union Station's permanent local history exhibit, The KC Rail Experience. The KC Rail tells the story of how railroads shaped a city, a region and a nation. Visitors will see historic rail cars and artifacts -- tickets, bells, whistles and signs -- and hear stories from ghosts of Kansas City's railroading past.
Experience a massive movie in the Vic & Helen Regnier Extreme ScreenTheater, the region's only 3D projection system with a screen five stories tall. Journey through space and discover the wonders of the universe inside the Gottlieb Planetarium. At the H&R Block City Stage, guests can enjoy live shows from the Station's two resident professional theater companies -- Theatre for Young America and Kansas City Actors Theatre -- or from one of the many visiting companies who perform in this state-of-the-art, 200-seat performance venue.
Union Station also offers visitors fine restaurants, unique shops, world-class field trips, birthday parties, corporate outings and much more. And you can still catch the train here via Amtrak.
8640 N Dixson Ave., Kansas City, MO 64153
Looking for a different destination to brighten your next trip to Kansas City? Zona Rosa just may be the answer. Nestled within upscale neighborhoods in Kansas City north, the area’s unique entertainment and shopping district is located at the northwest corner of 1-29 and Barry Road, just minutes from KCI airport and downtown Kansas City. Since opening in May 2004, the new urban retail environment has welcomed thousands of visitors to its "city within a city" atmosphere, offering shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as office and residential space.
Take a tour of two of the city's most celebrated museums at the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. The American Jazz Museum pays tribute to America's top jazz musicians. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum re-creates the look, feel and sounds of Negro Leagues Baseball from the 1860s to the 1950s.
Rates for groups of more than 25 are available to both Museums. Admission to the Horace M. Peterson III Visitor Center and Changing Gallery is free.
SEA LIFE Kansas City
2405 Grand Blvd. Ste. 380, Kansas City, MO 64108
SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium will transport you into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer you'd have to get wet!
Over 5,000 sea creatures
30 incredible displays
180 degree tunnel
Over 260,000 gallons of water
Interactive touchpool experience
Fun talks and feed shows throughout the day
Boulevard Brewing Co.
2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Our mission is simple -- to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques.
On your 45 minute tour, you will: Hear the history of Boulevard Brewing Company, watch a video showing how beer is made, walk through the brewery and sample a variety of Boulevard beers
Westport Rd. & Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
To be a truly great destination, you need real places, like the unique shops and exceptional dining of Westport. And, you need real life, like the vivid history and exciting events Westport holds. But the most important ingredient is a great destination: real people. The people of Westport welcome you.
An important aspect of Westport's personality can be found in the events held throughout the year. And just like the diverse shops and restaurants you'll find in Westport, it's also home to a wide variety of special events.
Visitors can take in a wine tasting one weekend and an auto race festival the next. Antique fairs and art shows are intermingled with concerts and fairs in the streets. And for decades, Westport has been home to some of the best Irish heritage celebrations in the country.
Westport in home to eclectic shops and culinary adventures. The Harris Kearney House, built in 1855, is home to a museum and the Westport Historical Society. And, the nightlife makes it KC's premier entertainment district. But the heart and soul of this community is the people. Westport's business owners, residents and patrons are as warm and welcoming as you'll find anywhere in the country.
The sleek exterior of Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Gunnar Birkerts, only hints at the activity within its walls. The open, light-filled atrium provides a striking setting for art activities in the Museum, which is accessible to all, free of charge, year-round. The permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, free public programs, special events, and the ever-popular Café Sebastienne provide endless opportunities for education and entertainment.
Since opening in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has become a leader among modern and contemporary art museums in America. The Museum has always had a strong commitment to its mission: to present contemporary art of the highest quality and significance through a permanent collection and a balanced exhibition program, and to stimulate dialogue, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art through free educational public programming. With nearly a dozen special exhibitions each year featuring works by well-known, mid-career, and emerging artists, the Kemper Museum almost always offers visitors a chance to experience something new.
The heart of the Museum is its permanent collection, which has more than tripled to nearly one thousand works in just over ten years time. At the core of the permanent collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, a gift by the Museum’s founders R. Crosby and Bebe Kemper and the Kemper Foundations. Encompassing art created from the time of the 1913 New York Armory Show to today, the collection includes works by such renowned artists as Dale Chihuly, Petah Coyne, Morris Louis, Georgia O’Keeffe, Fairfield Porter, Jaume Plensa, Matthew Ritchie, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol.
The Museum’s celebrated Café Sebastienne serving lunch, dinner, and brunch has won high praise, including its inclusion in Zagat Guide’s Top American Restaurants. The unique environment of the Museum along with Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney’s artful creations also make the Museum an extraordinary place for special events. The Café serves lunch 11:00 a.m.2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; dinner 5:30 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and brunch 11:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m., Sunday. For reservations, call 816-561-7740.
Celebrating Harry Truman's 125th birthday in 2009, the Truman Library & Museum recounts the life of America's 33rd president. One of only 13 U.S. Presidential Libraries, the museum's two permanent exhibits chronicle the Missourian's private life and political career -- with exhibits depicting his most difficult decisions like the using the atomic bomb, the Cold War and recognizing Israel. President Truman and his wife, Bess, are buried in the museum's courtyard.
The museum's historical collection consists of approximately 30,000 objects -- including hundreds of Truman family possessions, political memorabilia, diplomatic gifts and 1,300 letters from the Truman courtship and marriage.
Truman's two-term tenure is considered by many historians as one of the most-eventful and most-studied periods in American history. Ascending to the presidency following Franklin D. Roosevelt's death in April 1945, Truman grappled with several controversial decisions-including the release of the atomic bomb, the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the implementation of several anti-Communist policies. His administration was also responsible for the establishment of the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Dedicated in July 1957, the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum was the second Presidential Library to receive national designation but the first to be created under the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act. The Truman Library is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and supported in part by its nonprofit partner, the Truman Library Institute.
Further cementing the area’s reputation as a hoops hotbed, Kansas City is now home to the state-of-the-art College Basketball Experience (CBE). Connected to the new Sprint Center via a common lobby, the 41,500-square-foot entertainment facility contains hands-on, interactive basketball exhibits and houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO 64132
More than 200 acres of adventure and 1,000 animals in naturalistic settings. Visit Nikita year round in the new Polar Bear Passage. Watch as he swims in his 144,000 gallon swimming pool.
See elephants trundle down a Botswanian corridor, stand toe-to-toe with a mob of free-roaming kangaroos, hand feed a lorikeet and roam through the new Tropics with animals above, below and beside you.
Voted best African exhibit and best place to see Chimpanzees and Kangaroos, the Kansas City Zoo is sure to entertain and educate every member of your family.
Explore the Discovery Barn and Peek-a-boo Tree. The tree house provides children with safe and fun opportunities to climb, laugh and play like animals in the wild.
Along with its marvelous animal collection, the Zoo prides itself on outstanding educational opportunities including overnight safaris for children, families and classrooms.
Part of the Museums on 18th & Vine complex, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) recreates the look, sounds and feel of the game’s storied past. Video presentations and memorabilia in the 10,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the leagues from their origin after the Civil War to their demise in the 1960s. The federal government recently designated the museum America’s National Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The museum is laid out as a timeline of the Negro Leagues and American history. Exhibits include hundreds of photographs, historical artifacts and several interactive computer stations.
As the centerpiece of the NLBM, the Coors Field of Legends features 10 life-sized bronze sculptures of Negro Leagues greats positioned on a mock baseball diamond as if they were playing a game.
A documentary film narrated by actor James Earl Jones tells the story of the leagues with vintage film footage.
The Hall of Fame Lockers pay tribute to the Nego Leaguers who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The museum store features officially-licensed Negro Leagues merchandise.
HISTORY: The Negro Leagues were established in 1920 by Andrew "Rube" Foster in a meeting held at the Paseo YMCA. A site on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is located two blocks from the Museums at 18th & Vine. First functioning out of a one-room office, the NLBM eventually joined the American Jazz Museum in 1997 in a $20 million facility housing both entities.
WHAT'S NEW: The NLBM broke ground in early 2006 on a $15 million historical preservation and expansion project to restore the Paseo YMCA and convert the national landmark into the John "Buck" O'Neil Education and Research Center.
DID YOU KNOW: Launched in 2005, the Baseball Museum partnered with Roadway Express to create a "mobile museum" to tour 25 Major League Baseball Parks in U.S. cities through 2007. The exhibit offers a dynamic multimedia experience with historical film footage, photographs, artifacts and interactive displays inside a climate-controlled, expandable, 53-foot tractor trailer. Visit the Web site for tour information.
4600 Starlight Rd., Kansas City, MO 64132
While you're visiting Kansas City, don't miss the opportunity to experience Starlight Theatre. This one-of-a-kind outdoor theatre has been a Heartland treasure since 1951. Repeat visits to Starlight Theatre will become a new summer tradition after you enjoy one of our live Broadway musicals or a concert performed on our state-of-the-art Cohen Community Stage.
Starlight is affordable and fun for all ages. Make it an entire evening under the stars -- start with dinner at our Helzberg Diamonds VIP Club or Encore! Deck, enjoy pre-show entertainment on the Spotlight Stage and join in a free backstage tour before the show!
Jacob L. Loose Park
5100 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112
A favorite of Kansas City locals, Loose Park is a beautiful urban park, near the Country Club Plaza. Popular for jogging, picniking, strolling, and weddings, Loose Park is a wonderful place to spend a day.
In addition to the lush plant and animal life, Loose Park is also home to Civil War markers - making it an important part of Kansas City history.
Don't forget to visit the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden where you will be surrounded by vibrant roses at every turn.
Penn Valley Park
Pershing Rd. & Main St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Home to the Liberty Memorial and National World War I Museum, this130-acre park holds great historical significance. Developed in 1904 on land through which the Santa Fe Trail had passed, the grounds are home to commemorative statues such as The Scout, the Pioneer Mother Memorial and The Hiker.
The park also is home to a 3-acre lake, off-leash dog park, skate park, 2-mile exercise trail, tennis courts and ball fields.