Known simply as “KC” to the locals or “The City of Fountains” to people who memorize city nicknames, there are all kinds of cool things to do in Kansas City, Missouri. This mid-western city has a vibe of its own, and that vibe says, “FUN!” From jazz music to Kansas City Barbecue to the Chiefs football team to LEGOLAND, there is something to make you smile everywhere you turn. Is it any wonder I made it one of my first destinations for My Pedaling Adventure?
Some Really Cool Things to Do in Kansas City, Missouri
If you are planning to travel through Kansas City in the future or are considering relocating there at some point, you’ll definitely want to consider checking out a few of these awesome places!
Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO. Phone: 816-460-2020. Website: www.unionstation.org
The beautiful Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri has been an important travel hub since 1914. Built to replace the Union Depot railroad station after it was destroyed in the second great Kansas City flood in 1903, Union Station is so much more than a train station. Rather, it is an entertainment icon. It is so big and offers so much to explore, you really can’t do a proper job of it in just one day.
If you love food, there are two restaurants to choose from in Union Station:
Harvey’s Restaurant is open-air and offers dazzling views of Union Station as you sit and enjoy casual dining meals made from scratch with the freshest ingredients.
Imagine breakfasts like Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict, lunches of Fried Chicken or their famous Original Burger, brunches of prime rib, quiche, and fresh-baked rolls, and you’ll see why Harvey’s is so popular. And if you don’t have time to sit and dine, they have a Whistle Stop option where you can grab your food and take it to go.
Pierpont’s Restaurant is fine dining all the way. If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to try dishes such as Seared Smoked Scallops, Grilled Blackened Eggplant, or Steak Tartare, you’ll want to head here. And if you’re looking for the best steak in your life along with sides like lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, Pierpont’s is the way to go!
Coffee Afficienados should take the time to visit Parisi Coffee. You can order their delicious java online, as well!
Science City is a great place to take the kids, and to let your own inner child out to play, too. Learn about science through hands-on experiments, fun exhibits, and all kinds of interactive fun.
The Planetarium is a wonderful opportunity to relax while basking in the beauty of the solar system.
Extreme Screen Theatre takes your movie-watching experience to a whole new level. The 80 X 53-foot screen is almost too big to imagine and whether you are watching a movie in 2D or 3D, it is an experience you will never forget!
If you’re still looking for more fun, there’s an escape room to challenge you, the Kansas City Actors Theatre to dazzle you, and the Museum of Illusions to blow your mind.
Be sure to check Union Station’s website when planning your visit. They offer an assortment of different special events throughout the year and you don’t want to miss a thing!
Worlds of Fun
Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds Of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO. Phone: 816-454-4545. Website: www.worldsoffun.com
If you love amusement park rides – and so much more, then Worlds of Fun is the place for you. This incredible theme park offers roller coasters and other thrill rides, attractions especially made for children, and all kinds of special events throughout the year.
The Oceans of Fun side of the park features waterpark rides of all varieties so you can enjoy lots of refreshing fun during the hot days of summer.
When you’ve had your fill of rides, kick back at the cabana, get something delicious to eat, and enjoy some live entertainment. And when you’re ready to lay your head down at night, you can get a nice cottage or cabin for your family in the Worlds of Fun Village.
Be sure to check their website before your visit so you don’t miss anything!
National WWI Museum and Memorial
National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO. Phone: 816-888-8100. Website: www.theworldwar.org
World War 1, often referred to as The Great War, was fought between 1914 and 1918. Beginning with the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the conflict ultimately involved Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria united in a fight against the Allied Powers.
The Allied Powers (The United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Romania, and Japan) were victorious in the end. But the victory came at a huge cost. In four years of war, more than 16 million people died.
It is said that those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Visiting the National WWI Museum and Memorial is one way to make sure you don’t forget WWI and the people who gave their lives defending freedom.
The wide variety of exhibitions and collections bring history to life. And if you prefer to learn online, their Online Collections Database gives you some great opportunities to learn all you’d like to know. There is also a virtual reality experience called “War Remains” which brings the reality of war home in a way that will stay with you always.
Whether you are able to visit Kansas City anytime soon or not, the museum’s website has much to offer. It’s more important than ever to remember the price so many others have paid so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, 2475 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. Phone: 816-471-4386. Website: www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/kansas-city/
LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a place of magic. The perfect place to explore for children and for kids at heart, there are so many things to see and do at LEGOLAND, you may need to plan an itinerary.
Miniland is a replica of Kansas City made out of LEGOs. It took over 5000 hours for a team of 15 builders to put it together, and if you love miniatures, it is a must-see. Then there is the LEGO 4D Cinema where you can enjoy short, fun, eye-dazzling movies. And small children will love the thrill of flying on the Merlin’s Apprentice Ride.
That’s only the beginning of the fun to be had at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Be sure to check out their website when planning your trip for special upcoming events!
American Jazz Museum
American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO. Phone: 816-474-8463. Website: www.americanjazzmuseum.org
The American Jazz Museum is definitely one of the coolest things to do in Kansas City. I mean, it’s jazz, after all. Am I right?
This enchanting celebration of music opened in September 1997. Since then, it has shared the love of jazz with students and scholars, musicians, and music lovers. The permanent exhibit alone is well-worth seeing, but the changing gallery always has something new to share. And even if you aren’t able to visit this dazzling museum in person, there are virtual exhibits available online.
If you love jazz, you definitely should check out their website. And when you’re in Kansas City, put on your coolest clothes and find your way to the American Jazz Museum.
Kansas City Fun Tours
Kansas City Fun Tours, 30 West Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Phone: 816-500-5417. Website: www.kcfuntours.com/
Whether you are visiting Kansas City for the first time, or are simply in the mood to see the sights in the most effortless way possible, the Kansas City Fun Tours are ready to show you a good time. Offering regular tours of some of the most important landmarks in the city, it’s a great way to remind yourself of all the wonderful things this city has to offer. But in addition to the regular tours, Kansas City Fun Tours also have Haunted History Tours and Holiday Light Tours to help you celebrate the seasons. And if you like to laugh, be sure to check out their comedy tour, too!
Kansas City Zoo
Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO. Phone: 816-595-1234. Website: www.kansascityzoo.org/
Since December 1909, the Kansas City Zoological Gardens has been dedicated to the well-being of animals. Since then, a number of changes and expansions have taken the zoo from its original size of 12 mammals and some birds to the incredible animal sanctuary it is today. Set on over 200 acres, the Kansas City Zoo is now home to more than 1700 animals from 200 different species. No matter what your favorite animal friends are, you’ll probably get the chance to say hello during your trip to the zoo.
If you live in the Kansas City area, consider a membership to the zoo. They offer all kinds of cool perks for families – especially kids. There are camps, extra tours, and special events throughout the year. You can even book the zoo for your special event. This officially makes the Kansas City Zoo one of the coolest things to do in Kansas City!
In addition to all these fun things you can find to do in Kansas City, Missouri, there are excellent restaurants, natural areas to explore, and more. All in all, it makes Kansas City a pretty cool place to be!