Hidden Treasures in Kansas City
Discover some of the best places when you wander off the beaten path. If you are tired of the typical tourist traps, look around Kansas City for some unique and secret local favorites. Find something different to do in the Heart of America with our list of unusual places and activities.
Bring the kids (and adults) out to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
to learn about life on a turn-of-the-century farm. This unique zoo contains over 200 animals found on farms throughout the nation, many of which are featured in the Petting Zoo. Gather freshly-laid eggs, milk a cow, bottle-feed a baby goat, ride a pony and more on this fun, interactive and educational farm.
Address: 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221 - MAP
Phone: (913) 897-2360
Find a new favorite outfit or accessory at Donna’s Dress Shop
. Whether your preferred fashion is vintage, retro or contemporary, you’ll find something to suit your taste at this friendly local consignment and thrift store. Donna herself can help you find the perfect item as you nose through her boutique.
Address: 1410 W 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 931-0022
Get fat and happy at one of Kansas City’s best-kept culinary secrets. Happy Gillis Café & Hangout
is a local favorite, serving up specials and smiles in beautiful, old Columbus Park. Enjoy a casual lunch, a leisurely brunch or a delightful dinner at one of KC’s most unique dining experiences.
Address: 549 Gillis St., Kansas City, MO 64106 - MAP
Phone: (816) 471-3663
Musically inclined? Stop by KC Strings
for all your instrumental needs. Specializing in stringed instruments, from cellos to violins, you can receive all kinds of services, from repairs to private lessons, at this knowledgeable shop. Stop by to meet one of the only American makers of professional-grade violas, violins, cellos and bases.
Address: 5842 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS 66203 - MAP
Phone: (913) 677-0400
Bibliophiles and bookworms will not want to pass up Prospero’s Books
. This locally owned bookstore is brimming with new and old books, first-run and second-hand. Join in one of their many literature events or just spend some time picking out a new or old favorite to read. You can also find a selection of vinyl records, music and DVDs in this store.
Address: 1800 W 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 531-9673
Children and children at heart will adore the Brookside Toy & Science
storefront. Locally owned and operated since 1964, Brookside has been known by generations of children in Kansas City as "the best toy store ever." Come see what all the fuss is about and wander through shelves filled with unique and unusual toys and games.
Address: 330 W 63rd St., Kansas City, MO 64113 - MAP
Phone: (816) 523-4501
Address: 1408 W 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 221-9002
Address: 20 E 5th St., Ste 201, Kansas City, MO 64106 - MAP
Phone: (816) 842-1271
Address: 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO - MAP