Kansas City is one of those cities that doesn’t get enough credit for how much character and culture it has. While most people might not initially put Kansas City on their travel itinerary, it’s a place with so much to offer, and some of the best barbecue in the country! There really is something for everyone in this city, from jazz and museums to great eats and so much more; so why not give it a visit? A weekend is a perfect amount of time to really experience what Kansas City has to offer, and you can find so many places to stay here as well while you’re visiting. It can even be overwhelming trying to decide where to stay when you visit, since there are so many choices, but one of the best options for accommodations is the Marriott in downtown Kansas City. This hotel has one of the best locations and provides excellent service, so you’ll have a great trip. Follow this guide and you’ll be enjoying a great weekend in no time!
Country Club Plaza
This is one of the most central and popular tourist spots in Kansas City. It’s basically an open-air shopping center in a European style of architecture. It covers 15 blocks and includes more than 150 shops throughout its open-air plan. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon browsing around, people-watching, shopping for gifts, enjoying the sunshine, and stopping for a coffee or snack at one of the outdoor cafes. Don’t forget to stop at Three Dog Bakery to check out some of the adorable treats they have for dogs – they look like they’re made for humans! And if you’re visiting around Christmas, this is the spot to be to watch the epic Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Sea Life Aquarium
Kansas City has a fabulous aquarium that you absolutely must visit while you’re here. It’s brand new, having just opened in 2012, and showcases over 5,000 fish and sea life in its massive aquariums. It’s a great place to visit if you’re traveling with kids, because lots of the exhibits are interactive, encouraging people to learn about the sea wildlife in an active way. You’ll love walking through the underwater tunnel with sharks and sting rays swimming around you at 360 degrees. There’s also a part of the aquarium that teaches you about the complex water system linking the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers all the way to the Atlantic.
Arthur Bryant’s BBQ
You’ll definitely want to eat some amazing barbecue while you’re in Kansas City, so why not go for some of the best BBQ that’s here? You’ll find this at Arthur Bryant’s. They’re famous for the best BBQ chicken and ribs in the city, and you have to visit the original location which you can find at 1727 Brooklyn Avenue. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but that’s how all the best food joints are. Trust us, you won’t regret checking this item off your list!
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
For art and culture lovers, there’s plenty to do in Kansas City. Enjoy the many works of art to be found at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Hallmark Photographic Collection in particular is spectacular, including 7,500 pieces by photographers from all over the world. You could spend all day going through this collection, as well as the fantastic paintings and sculptures you’ll find here. On Sundays at 1pm there is free yoga in the park outside the Museum, just by Rodin’s statue of “The Thinker.” Add this to your itinerary for a relaxing and cultural Sunday.
Legoland Discovery Center
If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll have to take them to Legoland after the Museum of Art! They’ll absolutely love being immersed in everything Lego. This is a great place for kids to really get creative and enjoy expanding their minds while experiencing the thrills of an amusement park. You’ll find the Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center, and here your kids can go wild climbing in play structures, building their own race cars to ride, watching a movie in 4D, and even creating their own Legos on the computer. It’s a way for kids to learn while not even realizing it! You’ll love the chance to relax from entertaining them as they’ll find full entertainment here. You must have children to enter Legoland, but they do have adult only nights on the third Monday of the month.