Kansas City, Missouri Top 10 Attractions

With its location in the Midwest, Kansas City is easy for visitors from around the area to get to. Its population of 464,310 people makes Kansas City the largest city in Missouri, with its metropolitan area spreading across the border into Kansas. Also known as the "City of Fountains," Kansas City offers adventure and entertainment for everyone. You can listen to some smooth jazz, relax next to the beautiful fountains, or eat some delicious barbeque ribs. No matter how long you have to spend in Kansas City, give yourself time to visit these top attractions.

1: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art always offers free admission so you can enjoy the art or learn without having to spend a single penny. Even some featured exhibitions are free, while others only cost a small admission fee. The collection of this large museum holds over 33,500 pieces of art ranging from European to Japanese to African art. Some collections are also grouped by a common theme, such as prints or ancient art. Throughout the year, you will also find youth and adult activities as well as family events, so be sure to check the calendar before visiting the museum.

Address: 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111

2: Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

Like most zoos, the Kansas City Zoo is divided into several different zones based on the type of animal or their origin. You can find animals from around the world, including Asia, Australia, and Africa. There is also a special KidZone where your kids can let loose extra energy while you relax. Here you can watch sea lion training, feed lorikeets, ride the Endangered Species Carousel, or visit the Discovery Barn. Every day of the week, there are penguin feedings, sea lion shows, and zoo keeper chats. The zoo also hosts special events such as Jazzoo, an annual chance to listen to great music and see the animals.

Address: 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO 64132

3: Union Station

Union Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Dean Hochman

Established in 1914, Union Station is one of the top attractions in Kansas City no matter the type of entertainment or museums you prefer. The building itself is gorgeous and historic and it is home to the Science City and the Extreme Screen for watching 3D movies. This is also where you will find traveling national exhibits. Access to Union Station itself is free, but expect to pay entry for Science City, the Planetarium, and the Xtreme Bugs Exhibit. There are still trains at Union Station, making it a possible entry point to the city.

Address: 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

4: Country Club Plaza

Country Club Plaza

This Kansas City attraction is more than just an outdoor shopping mall. Country Club Plaza features all of your favorite stores, including upscale options as well as dozens of restaurants, with choices for brunch and happy hour. The reason this plaza is truly one of the top attractions in the city, however, is its ability to provide shopping and dining as well as special events. No matter what day you check the schedule, you will see at least a handful of exciting events or activities. Highlights include the Annual Plaza Art Fair in September, Plaza Bunnies and Wonderland Animals during Easter, and Plaza Live! Courtyard Concerts.

Address: 4750 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64112

5: National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

This museum is truly unique as it holds one of the world's largest WWI artifact collections. There are eyewitness testimonies, films, and interactive displays to transport you back in time and truly understand the war. The museum began when Kansas City leaders and citizens founded the Liberty Memorial Association after WWI, although only the memorial existed until 1998 when they began planning the museum as well. You will find a permanent exhibit with recreated trenches, interactive tables, video, and documents as well as a range of temporary exhibits.

Address: 100 W 26th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

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