It’s easy to spend a few days in Kansas City indulging yourself in its varied attractions, exciting shopping, entertainment and flavorful dining options.
5 Unique Experiences on This Trip
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- Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- Hallmark Visitors Center
- Arabia Steamboat Museum
- American Jazz Museum
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults 21+
It doesn’t take winning the lottery to see what $40 million looks like.
A stop at the Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City offers an insider’s view of the economy through hands-on exhibits. Your visit is complete with a free souvenir bag of shredded U.S. currency!
At the Hallmark Visitors Center, learn the Hallmark story, from J.C. Hall’s humble beginning in 1910 to the creation of the world’s largest greeting-card company. See a demonstration of the processes used in the manufacturing of Hallmark cards and a collection of 12 unique Christmas trees created by Hallmark employees.
The Arabia Steamboat Museum tells the story of a group of men that uncovered the Arabia, which had been lost more than 100 years earlier when it sank in the Missouri River just north of Kansas City. The river had changed courses and the steamboat was buried and ultimately discovered, with remarkably preserved cargo, under a cornfield. The museum features a massive collection of pre-Civil War artifacts.
Check in at your Kansas City hotel before ending the day at the Power and Light District, an $850 million entertainment district. From retail therapy and diverse cuisine to nightclubs and live entertainment, this hot spot has everything for a fun night on the town.
Coffee connoisseurs “perk” up with a tour of The Roasterie Air Roasted Coffee. Get a behind-the-scenes look at their factory and learn about the cupping, roasting and blending processes.
Nearby Boulevard Brewing Company has been producing popular beers since 1989. Your visit starts at the Tours & Recreation Center where you find a gift shop and exhibits about the company’s history. A walking tour of the brewery gives you more insight on the creation process and you get a chance to sample the end result in the Tasting Room.
And what goes better with beer than BBQ? Kansas City-style BBQ is known for its well-rounded tomato/molasses-based sauce that is sweet, tangy and spicy. You’ll become a believer, too, after having lunch at one of these local favorites: Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue, Gates Bar-B-Q, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Q39 are just a few.
Next stop is the 18th & Vine District to acquaint yourself with the jazz that made Kansas City famous. The American Jazz Museum offers a plethora of interactive exhibits that help you truly appreciate the music genre. At night, the neighborhood comes alive with music. The Blue Room, a working jazz club within the museum, features live music four nights a week. Dedicated performances can be seen at The Gem Theatre. But music isn’t the only lure of this district; America’s favorite pastime and some of the game’s greats are honored at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
After breakfast let out your inner-child at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Fine-scale miniatures and hands-on exhibits conjure memories of the good old days. You’re sure to recognize a beloved toy.
Shopping enthusiasts can’t miss the Country Club Plaza, a premier retail area designed after Seville, Spain. Interesting architecture and fountains abound on every corner. Spend some time exploring the Plaza and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.
After three days exploring Missouri’s largest city, you depart Kansas City with fond memories…and plans to return soon.