The center of the United States boasts the convergence of the melting pot that America is and truly offers something for everyone: world-class museums, hip historic districts, delicious dining and Midwestern charm. Kansas City, there truly is no place like home, and home is where the heart of our adventure begins….
From money to marble and miniature toys to top-rated eats, it’s hard to imagine planning a vacation to this city that isn’t worthwhile. Read on for some of Kansas City’s best hidden gems, those unique places that you won’t find on your first Google search of the area.
From locally owned and operated bookstores to a fantastic series of library systems, Kansas City is home to both well-established places and exciting events that encourage its citizens to fall in love with reading themselves. But don’t take my word for it. Check out these local gems for yourself!
Kansas City is no longer the cow town it once was, but it holds its cowboy heritage dear, with many local traditions. Most notable is the American Royal, which hosts rodeos, agricultural competitions and education through programs and the American Royal Museum.
Kansas City is home to many remarkable art galleries, with three of her finest open to the public for free! The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of the largest galleries in the United States, maintains a permanent collection representing art from throughout history and around the world.
Begin with a visit to Powell Gardens Heartland Harvest Garden (1609 NW US Hwy. 50, Kingsville, MO, 816.697.2600, www.PowellGardens.org). Set on 12 acres, the Heartland Harvest Garden is the largest edible landscape in the United States.
Setting records, Schlitterbahn is home to the world’s tallest, fastest and steepest waterslide, Verrückt. This outdoor water park features water roller coasters, rapid river rides, great water attractions and a kid section for young visitors.
Taking kids places is one of the best parts of parenting! It also can be one of the most stressful parts if you haven’t planned ahead. Just a few minutes of forethought can help make a fun outing even better!