Hidden Treasures in Kansas City

Hidden Treasures in Kansas CityDiscover 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.

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
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
Web: www.artsandrec-op.org

Donna’s Dress Shop
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
Web: www.donnasdressshop.com

Happy Gillis Café & Hangout
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
Web: www.happygillis.com

KC Strings
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
Web: www.kcstrings.com

Prospero’s Books
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
Web: www.prosperosbookstore.com

Brookside Toy & Science
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
Web: www.brooksidetoyandscience.com

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Re-Runs Warehouse

Address: 1408 W 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 221-9002
Web: www.re-runs.com

City Market

Address: 20 E 5th St., Ste 201, Kansas City, MO 64106 - MAP
Phone: (816) 842-1271
Web: www.thecitymarket.org

Powell Gardens

Address: 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO - MAP
Phone: 816-932-1200
Web: www.powellgardens.org