Top Things to Do in Kansas City, Missouri
American Jazz Museum
Learn about jazz greats, such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, through exhibits and recordings.
Arabia Steamboat Museum
Cargo recovered from a steamboat that sank in 1856 gives insight into life in that era.
Arrowhead Stadium And Kauffman Stadium
Boulevard Brewing Company
Enjoy tastings and tours at one of the Midwest's largest lines of specialty beers.
Country Club Plaza
High-end stores, restaurants and some of Kansas City's signature fountains (one modeled after a 14th-century fountain in Seville) fill this 99-year-old Spanish-style shopping district.
Crossroads Arts District
The Iron District
Repurposed shipping containers house shops, bars, restaurants and other vendors in buzzy North Kansas City.
Kansas City Zoo
See more than 1,700 animals, including 60-plus penguins, a sea lion show and a lively gang of orangutans who show off painting skills.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Two venues offer world-class acoustics for productions from the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
This free museum packs a lot into a relatively small space. The artistry continues at the museum's Cafe Sebastienne.
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Peer at tiny masterpieces and vintage toys among the collection of 72,000 objects.
National World War I Museum and Memorial
Exhibits at the nation's leading World War I museum reveal the high cost of a war often overshadowed by World War II.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Learn about racial segregation's effect on America's pastime and see tributes to players.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
A 22-acre sculpture park acts as prelude to the museum's global collection.
Power and Light District
The downtown entertainment area pulses with energy from bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and theaters.
Kansas City's oldest neighborhood has ethnic grocers, shops and loads of restaurants, plus it hosts a farmers market on weekends.
Take a factory tour or sign up for a class to learn about the cupping, roasting and blending process for their coffees.
A 1914 depot houses shops, Science City, a planetarium, traveling exhibits, a stage and movie theater. Pierpont's at Union Station serves steaks and seafood in an upscale turn-of-the-century ambience.
Since 1850, Westport has been known as a resupply spot; these days, visitors hit the neighborhood's cafes, galleries and boutiques.
Worlds of Fun
One ticket grants entry to both the theme park and Oceans of Fun water park.
Eat and Drink
The town has too many barbecue joints to list, but here are a few to whet your appetite: Arthur Bryant's, BB's Lawnside Blues and BBQ, Char Bar, Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, Gates Bar-B-Q, Scott's Kitchen and Q39.
The Antler Room
The husband-and-wife team of Nicholas and Leslie Goellner create memorable small plates with local and global influences in their intimate West Bottoms spot.
Blue Bird Bistro
This cheerful cafe just west of Crossroads puts locally sourced organic ingredients to tasty use.
The all-organic, plant-based menu features starters, salads, burgers and dishes like I Am Flourishing tacos (rice, mushrooms, coconut bacon, onions) and I Am Zesty veggies (spicy baked cauliflower in sauce).
Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room
Live music every night amps up the energy. Try shareable plates at the Supper Club or a chef's menu with wine pairings.
Start the day with a veggie-filled Garden of Eden Frittata or crepes with salmon and goat cheese at this popular spot.
Opened in 2019 by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith, the modern Italian restaurant delivers dishes like potato gnocchi with braised rabbit.
Schnitzels, gulash, sausages and other Austrian dishes star at the fine-dining spot.
Simple farm-to-table brunches and dinners star in the River Market restaurant.
Fox and Pearl
Both the space and the menu aim for a mix of comfort and contemporary. Creations might include quail with stewed field peas or grilled Missouri trout.
Gram and Dun
Specialty beers pair well with starters of hand-cut potato chips served with three ketchups and meals of mac 'n' cheese with burnt ends at Gram and Dun.
The best place in town for Spanish tapas and cuisine is always packed. Diners especially love the three paella dishes.
Lidia's Kansas City
North of Union Station, PBS TV chef Lidia Bastianich lends her name (and her recipes) to a menu of authentic Italian fare.
It's hard to choose from among traditional potpies and entrees like pan-seared scallops at this cozy Westport restaurant.
Midwest classics such as pork chops, fried chicken and pie star at the Plaza spot, run by James Beard Award-winner Colby Garrelts and his wife, Megan, a James Beard semifinalist.
Westport Cafe and Bar
The black-and-white checkered floor and brick walls create a casual space for impressive French-inspired food.
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Performing arts, aviation and agriculture are prevalent themes in the artwork throughout this modern, pet-friendly hotel gleaming above the Power and Light District. Floor-to-ceiling windows in its 800 sophisticated guest rooms, Bar Stilwell and brasserie-style restaurant, The Stilwell, provide striking views of the city center. The hotel plans to open a spa in 2023.
21c Museum Hotel
History and art blend at the 120-room boutique lodging that was once home to the Savoy Hotel and Grill. A $50 million renovation preserved features like a stained-glass dome and added an art museum.
Opened in 1928, this boutique hotel in Country Club Plaza mimics an English manor. The lounge features nightly live music.
A rooftop pool and hallway tiles signed by celebrity guests hint at the 132-room hotel's modern, stylish accommodations.
Original Art Deco details and helpful staff make the 20-story downtown hotel sparkle.
Hotel Kansas City
This relative newcomer on the KC lodging scene opened in fall 2020 in the 1922 building that used to house the Kansas City Club. Original stained glass and walnut woodwork look grand in the Tudor Ballroom, while the 144 guest rooms are bright and modern.
Southmoreland on the Plaza
In 2022, the 1913 Colonial Revival switched its focus from a bed and breakfast to a 14-bedroom art boutique hotel. Guests may book on the website or Airbnb.
The former home of the Pabst Brewing Depot was reimagined as an industrial-cool 131-room boutique hotel in the city's Crossroads Arts District. The building's community-driven spirit thrives from the lobby to the rooftop beer garden, where guests can mingle and drink in city views.