Kansas City is the city of barbecue and jazz. While the city has absolutely everything, it also boasts world-class art, wide boulevards, and good tacos. The urban development of Kansas City highlights new attractions while the old ones continue to shine. If you are going to the city, below are some of the exciting things to do in Kansas City:
Explore the Natural Wonders
Kansas City was raised on the banks of the Missouri River. If you want to explore this part of the city, rent a bicycle at the Fourth and Delaware and follow the Riverfront Heritage Trail. This paved path connects the Missouri and Kansas side of the city to Kaw Point.
Drink Like a Local
If you are a beer geek, take a tour at Boulevard Brewing. Make sure to sample the complex, extra-boozy pours from the Smokestack Series. If you are into spirits, go to J. Rieger & Co, a distillery resurrected in 2010.
Make a Wish at Fountains
Kansas City has 200 water features around it. These include the equestrian-themed J. C. Nichols Memorial Fountain and the Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain located in front of Union Station. The more than 200 concentric water jets at the Union Station put on an ever- changing display.
Go to Festivals, Galleries and Museum
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is notable for its distinctive architecture, a sculpture garden, and an extensive Asian art collection. The nearby Kemper Museum Contemporary Art is home to over 700 works from artists such as Frank Stella and Helen Frankenthaler. If you want an extra dose of the city’s culture, be there during the city’s biennial arts festival known as Open Spaces.
Soak Up the Jazz
Kansas City boasts a rich musical history that is mostly centered around the 18th and Vine neighborhood. You can catch a live show at the Blue Room inside the American Jazz Museum. Although the museum is a good starting point place, you should not miss the opportunity to see live performances at one of the many jazz clubs in the city. Moreover, only a few people know about the Mutual Musicians Foundation where musicians gather for jam sessions that last through the early morning hours. You can find it in the 18th and Vine historic Jazz District.
Check Out City Market
Visit the farmers’ market and a huge institution that has been operating as a hub for local vendors since 1857. Together with produce and flowers from nearby farms, you can find eateries that range from Brazilian to Ethiopian.