Visit the buzzing districts, markets, museums and performing arts venues of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City’s diversity has prompted many nicknames since first being settled in the 1820s. Come and see why it’s known as the Barbecue Capital of the World, City of Fountains, Gateway to the South and Paris of the Plains.

Downtown Kansas City blends entertainment with business activities of the Financial District. Admire architectural landmarks including the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Central Library and KCMO City Hall. Select from more than 50 bars, cafés, restaurants and barbecue joints in the Power and Light District. Enjoy live cultural performances at Folly Theater, KC Live! and the Sprint Center.

Bordering downtown’s southern edge is the Crossroads Arts District, where boutiques, galleries and restaurants occupy spruced-up warehouses. Watch ballet, Broadway, opera and rock shows at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. On the Missouri River’s banks is the city’s oldest neighborhood, River Market. Visit the Arabia Steamboat Museum and browse food and retail stalls at the 150-year-old City Market.

Travel south to Penn Valley Park, home to the Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. See hands-on attractions at Science City at Union Station. Spot colorful ocean life at Sea Life Aquarium. Continue south to the nightlife district of Westport or scrutinize the exhibits at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Relax at Swope Park, which has the Kansas City Zoo and the open-air Starlight Theatre. Attend an NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium and a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Across the state border in Kansas City, Kansas, are Children’s Mercy Park soccer arena, Kansas Speedway and Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark.

Reach Kansas City by flying to Kansas City International Airport, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown. The free KC Streetcar makes traveling in and around the downtown area effortless and fast.

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Where to stay in Kansas City

Downtown Kansas City
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Downtown Kansas City

Known for Sport, Entertainment, Urban

Entrepreneurial spirit, gentrification and originality combine to create a district full of architectural treasures, boutiques, live music venues and theaters. 

Westport
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Westport

Known for Shopping, Dining, Live Music

While it's a historic part of Kansas City, this neighborhood in Midtown has a youthful atmosphere with its seasonal arts festivals, brewpubs, diverse restaurants, galleries and museums. 

River Market
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River Market

Known for Shopping, River, Urban

Navigate the streets of this waterfront district to discover historic landmarks, lively market stalls and cuisine from all parts of the world. 

Top Hotels in Kansas City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza
3.5 out of 5
770 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO
CA $166
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4/5Very Good! (1,908 reviews)

"Super nice place to stay . We really liked it. Great"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2019

Sheraton Suites Country Club Plaza
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Four Points by Sheraton Kansas City Airport
3.5 out of 5
11832 Nw Plaza Cir, Kansas City, MO
CA $105
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.1/5Very Good! (1,787 reviews)

"refrigerator in room, friendly staff, shuttle to airport"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2019

Four Points by Sheraton Kansas City Airport
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Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kansas City South
2.5 out of 5
8601 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO
CA $78
per night
Sep 26 - Sep 27
3.2/5 (1,105 reviews)

"The property could have had more cable channels clean the carpet a little more but everything else was fine"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2019

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kansas City South

Popular things to do in Kansas City

Worlds of Fun
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Worlds of Fun

Ride roller coasters, get wet on the water slides and explore the world in a day at this family amusement park. 

Kansas City Zoo
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Kansas City Zoo

Take a trip through an African plain, as well as meeting animals from other parts of the world, at this city zoo.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Home to some of the world’s most iconic works of art, this globally recognized museum also offers one of Kansas City’s best outdoor spaces.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

This free art museum is home to a vast collection of local and international art. The building’s exterior is just as impressive as the art within.

Liberty Memorial
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Liberty Memorial

A commemoration to those who fought during World War I, this memorial site includes a museum with one of the largest collections of artifacts from the Great War.

Country Club Plaza
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Country Club Plaza

Shop, dine or sip coffee at an outdoor table in this beautiful Spanish-style shopping area, which is scattered with picturesque statues and fountains.

Top activities in Kansas City

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

CA $22

A wonder for all ages, SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures. Explore interactive touch pools, walk through an underwater tunnel with 180-degree views, and get astonishingly close to a blacktip reef shark swimming alongside graceful rays in the ocean exhibit.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City

CA $33

Let your imagination run wild as you build amazing creations, dive into 11 play zones, hop on 2 rides, and immerse yourself in the fantastic 4-D Cinema show. With fun for all ages, this is the ultimate indoor LEGO® attraction and is ideal for families with children between 3 and 10 years old.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Kansas City, MO
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Kansas City, MO

CA $26

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Winery Tour with Tastings & Snacks
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Winery Tour with Tastings & Snacks

CA $90

Dive into the ever-growing world of wine in Kansas City. Hop on board a bus for a tour that takes you to 3 hand-selected wineries, from KC's urban core to the area's outermost vineyards. Enjoy easy transportation between locations, where you get to tour the facilities and sample mouthwatering wines along the way.

Guided City Tour by Double-Decker Bus
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Guided City Tour by Double-Decker Bus

CA $36

Sit back to see the sights of iconic Kansas City as a double-decker bus takes you to some of the most scenic and historic sites around. Your guides cover more than 200 years' worth of history, architecture, and local legends for a fun and entertaining ride around town.

Operation City Quest of Kansas City, MO
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Operation City Quest of Kansas City, MO

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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