Kansas City Attractions
Kansas City is big enough to take up space in two states. And the Heart of America has filled up that space with museums, entertainment venues, gardens and parks, shopping centers and many other attractions. With so much to see and so much to do in KC, you’ll want to use this list as a guide for visiting those can’t-miss favorites.
Let your wild side roam the Kansas City Zoo
. With over 1,300 animals housed in the exhibits and attractions throughout its 202-acre location in Swope Park, this zoological park is divided into five themed areas: Africa, Australia, Tiger Trail, Kidzone and The Valley. In fact, this zoo has been recognized as one of the most extensive collections of African and Australian animals in the nation.
Address: 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO 64132 - MAP
Phone: (816) 513-5800
Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
, where even the building is art. Inside of this neoclassical architecture you will find one of the largest collections of Asian art in America as well as a highly prized collection of European and American paintings, photography, sculptures and historic artifacts.
Address: 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 751-1278
See the African American influence on America’s favorite pastime at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
. This unique specialty museum opened in 1990 with the mission of preserving this rich history. Learn about African American baseball players from the late 1800s to the 1960s as you tour through the multimedia displays, photographs, artifacts and attractions.
Address: 1616 E 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 - MAP
Phone: (816) 221-1920
Get up close to the mighty Missouri River at Berkley Riverfront Park
, which runs along the river’s south bank. This 17-acre park was once a landfill. Where garbage and debris used to stand, you can now find an abundance of trees, picnic tables, jogging and biking paths, and a small natural amphitheater. You can also experience great views of Kansas City's sights and attractions from the one-mile long esplanade as well.
Address: Grand Blvd & River Front Rd., Kansas City, MO 64120 - MAP
Phone: (816) 221-0636
When KC’s original symphony orchestra was dissolved in 1982, the philanthropist R. Crosby Kemper Jr. insisted on creating the Kansas City Symphony
. Since its formation, this new symphony orchestra has served as a vital part of the music community. Listen to their music at a show or sample before you purchase tickets by hearing their music on the radio or a CD.
Address: 1703 Wyandotte, Ste 200, Kansas City, MO 64108 - MAP
Phone: (816) 471-1100
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
hosts the permanent collection of Bebe and R. Crosby Kemper Jr. The bright, light central atrium opens up to two wings of exhibits and attractions, which showcase both the permanent collection and a variety of special exhibitions. You can also enjoy a meal at the Café Sebastienne, where the world of contemporary arts meets contemporary cuisine.
Address: 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111 - MAP
Phone: (816) 561-3737
Bring the whole family over to Science City
at Union Station for an unforgettable experience. This family-friendly interactive science center hosts over 50 hands-on displays and attractions that are sure to educate as they entertain. You will have a blast as you explore the exhibitions, planetarium and City Extreme Screen theater.
Address: 30 W Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108 - MAP
Phone: (816) 460-2000
Treat yourself to 15 blocks of endless possibilities at the Country Club Plaza
. This lap of luxury provides a number of high-end retail shopping options, restaurants, entertainment venues and attractions. Join in on one of the many celebrations and shows that take place in this open-air plaza. As one of the first outdoor malls designed specifically for shoppers with cars, you’ll find even parking a pleasant experience.
Address: 310 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64112 - MAP
Phone: (816) 561-3456
Experience life as a race car driver on the Kansas Speedway
. This tri-oval racetrack hosts two NASCAR race weekends each year. When it is not hosting a motorsports event that will get your blood rushing, you can catch a rush of adrenaline by driving an authentic racecar around the track.
Address: 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66111 - MAP
Phone: (913) 328-3300
Learn about Kansas City’s past at the historical Strawberry Hill Museum
. This ethnic museum hosts a number of early Kansas City artifacts and features several displays and attractions about the people and cultures that influenced the city’s development. Visit this Victorian home for a slice of early immigrant life.
Address: 720 N 4th St., Kansas City, KS 66101 - MAP
Phone: (913) 371-3264
Stroll through the Kauffman Memorial Garden
when you need a piece of nature in the midst of the bustling cityscape. Located in the heart of Kansas City, this 2-acre garden attraction features meandering brick pathways, tranquil water displays and fountains, bronze sculptures mixed in amongst the lush and colorful floral life and more than 300 varieties of plant life.
Address: 4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO - MAP
Phone: (816) 932-1200