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How To Spend A Day In Kansas City

Story ID:3661
Written by:Nancy J. Kopp (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Things to do
Location:Kansas City Missouri USA
Year:2008
Person:Visitors
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How To Spend A Day In Kansas City

What would you do if you had one day to spend in Kansas City? Sprawled across the border of Kansas and Missouri, this city is of historical significance but also appeals to tourists of today. Visitors to can choose to wallow in some mighty fine barbecue, shop at a renowned outdoor mall, or absorb a bit of culture at one of many fine museums. The sports world beckons, as well.

Wallow seems the right word when digging into slow-cooked pork or beef smothered in a sweet sauce, for it tastes best when you dive right in and pick up those delectable ribs, then sink your teeth into a little bit of heaven. For some local color, try Gates or Arthur Bryant’s where the servers shout out your order, slap a piece of store-bought bread on the plate with your barbecued meat and slide it across a counter to your waiting hands. Nothing fancy here, just good eating. If you like things a little more refined, try Jack Stack or KC Masterpiece. Still good barbecue but a little pricier.

If shopping is more to your taste, the Country Club Plaza satisfies that need. Founded in the 1920’s, this upscale outdoor mall abounds with fountains and sculptures from all over Europe. Kansas City holds title to being the city of fountains, and the Plaza boasts some great ones along with fine dining establishments, hotels, and retail shops. Like the funky shops? Not to worry as only blocks away from the Plaza, Old Westport teems with a another unique shopping and dining experience, an area that has preserved the old buildings and filled them with contemporary coffeehouses, bars, eateries and boutiques.

But you may want to consider the museums Kansas City offers. Take your pick of the famed Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, which holds one of the finest collections of Chinese art in the world, or try the Kemper Contemporary Art Museum which is also home to a gourmet restaurant. For history buffs, the Steamboat Arabia Museum offers a good look at an old steamboat raised from the Missouri River with some fascinating artifacts aboard. The National World War I Museum attracts young and old with its fine exhibits that depict the winds of war and the war years. Walk across the glass bridge which spans a field of poppies as you enter the museum. Listen to the poetry, music, prose and voices of the WWI years. And study the huge photographs in every section of the building. The American Jazz Museum, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Children’s Mueseum and Science City in Union Station give you even more choices.


If you’re a sports fan, Kansas City offers professional teams: Royals baseball, Chiefs football, and the Wizards soccer teams.

Maybe you’ll need more than a day for your visit, so that you can experience a variety of activities in this lively and entertaining city situated in the Heartland of America.