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Fun Things to do in Kansas City

Missouri

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Kansas City (abbreviated KC or KCMO) is the largest city in Missouri by population and area. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 508,090 in 2020, making it the 36th most-populous city in the United States. It is the most populated municipality and historic core city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the KansasMissouri state line and has a population of 2,392,035. Most of the city lies within Jackson County, with portions spilling into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a port on the Missouri River at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850, the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued, and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon after.

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Best time to go

Most visitors prefer to travel to Kansas City between April and October, when warm temperatures and outdoor activities increase the city's appeal.

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Fun city facts and activities

    Kansas City gets lumped into flyover country too often, and that's a mistake. The best things to do in Kansas City include an up-and-coming arts scene, a variety of restaurants serving both the signature cuisine (BBQ) and modern takes on classics and a ton of fountains. (Yes, you read that right. There are a lot of cool fountains in this city.)
    And aside from being a great sports town (if you think people are still celebrating the Super Bowl, you'd be right), Kansas City also boasts a long jazz heritage and a slew of year-round events. Plus, in 2020, KC began offering free public transportation, making it super easy to get around, and which means you can conquer some of the city's highlights all in one (very affordable) weekend.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Overland Park
    Brookside
    Leawood
    River Market
    Crossroads Arts District
    Westport
    Country Club Plaza
    Crown Center District
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Food Specialties

    If you're hoping to maintain a strict diet, or even some semblance of self-control, then visiting the best restaurants in Kansas City probably isn't for you. Locals don't do things like "portions" and they don't count calories. In fact, eating pretty much tops the list of the best things to do in Kansas City. Gluttons, this city is for you.
    KC is also a city that likes to throw down a challenge, and we find friendship in those who are willing to at least give it the old college try. There's BBQ (and the correspondeing BBQ events), of course, but you'd be surprised by what else makes it to the table. If you're planning on swingin' through, here are the spots we think show off the best of our diverse plate.
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Kansas City Offbeat activities

Free or cheap things to do

1. Explore the Hallmark Visitors Center: This famous card and gift company offers a free tour of its headquarters in Kansas City. You can visit the Hallmark History Wall, see how cards are designed, and even make your own Hallmark greeting card.

2. Kansas City Barbecue Tour: Popularized by Arthur Bryants, Kansas City is known for its famous barbecue. Take a tour and learn about the history of barbecue in Kansas City and the secret behind the citys best recipes.

3. Visit the American Jazz Museum: Experience the rich history of jazz music in Kansas City at this museum. You can listen to live music and learn about the iconic musicians that made Kansas City the jazz capital of the Midwest.

4. Wander the Crossroads Art District: Explore the many galleries, boutiques, and restaurants in this vibrant neighborhood. The Crossroads is home to a wide range of art, from traditional to modern, and you

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

Whether Kansas City is in your backyard or a getaway destination, one thing is for sure, this Midwestern hub is packed with family-friendly activities year-round. From immersive museums dedicated to baseball, jazz, and toys to outdoor activities and hands-on learning experiences, youll find amazing things to do with kids in Kansas City. Plan to visit wildlife, play with puppets, and break a sweat on the playground. In addition to the best events in the city and our favorite downtown activities, this collection of top kid-friendly activities is sure to engage the whole family.

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City data and FAQ 

Is Kansas City worth visiting?

Between theater productions, Worlds of Fun amusement park, Union station including science city for the kids, and a hundred other attractions absolutely.
Ray Cochener

Is Kansas City a walkable city?

Kansas City is very spread out. That said, if you choose a single area of the metro, you could make it a walking visit. The downtown area (known as the Power & Light district) gets you hotels, eateries, and bars, plus access to the T-Mobile center for concerts. The midtown area (Westin hotel, others) gets you Crown Center district and our magnificent Union Station, National WWI Museum.
Michael Johnson - Lives in Fairway, KS

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