Kansas City guide : 20 things to do in the City of Fountains

Kansas City is the city of fountains but there is a lot more in the city than just that if you are looking to explore the place that is known as the bread basket of America.

If you are visiting in the Summer time, you can spend some time at the Zoo, Worlds of Fun or a Royals game. If you find yourself in the city in the winter, you have the famous lights of the country club Plaza, eating some great Kansas City barbecue, and watching a game of the Kansas City Phantoms.

Because Kansas City has always been the crossroads between the eastern states and the “Wild West,” there is a unique blend of culture that makes the city a very interesting place to hang out for a few days. Visitors will love what it has to offer.

Things to do in Kansas City

While this is a not a complete list of things to do in the city of fountains, it is a great place to get started. If you want more information about any of them, there is a link at the each activity to click for a detailed review by Last Kodiak.

Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

A baby chimpanzee walking around in Kansas City Zoo

One of the best ways to spend a day is at the Kansas City Zoo in Swope Park. It has really improved and has become one of the best zoos in the country. This is a nice way to mix education and relaxation.

It has a special African safari that has been added in recent years that includes a skycar that puts you eye level with the graffai which is very cool.

Learn more about the Kansas City Zoo here. 

Negros Leagues Baseball Museum

Jackie Robinson in Kansas City Monarch

Over at the 18th and Vine District is the Negros League Baseball Museum. This is a tribute to the era of black baseball before racism was broken down in the sport. This was very much a reality in the early 20th century. They have put together quite the collection and it is worth the time and money to check out. It is open every day.

It was here in Kansas City that Jackie Robinson first was noticed by some scouts and his talent was the tool used to open the MLB to people that was not white. It all started in Kansas City though.

To find out more about the Negros League Baseball Museum

Kansas City Union Station

Kansas City Union Station

Kansas City Union Station

While the glory days of the railroad might be behind us, the Kansas City Union Station has been restored and it some very interesting things to do in it today. You won’t see Walt Disney walking in to get a bath anymore.

One of these is Science City that has become quite the educational experience. It also has some other things worth checking out.

See more about the Kansas City Union Station.

Eat some Kansas City barbecue

Kansas City barbecue is some of the best BBQ in the country.

Kansas City is probably most well known for its’ barbecue culture. Some of the biggest names in pit masters make their home in the city of fountains. While you are in the city, it worth making a point to have some of the best barbecue in the world. Gates, Arthur Bryant and 39 are highly regarded options.

The good thing is no matter where you are in the city, you are always close to some good Kansas City barbecue. The people love this stuff that much.

See Last Kodiak’s top 3 barbecue restaurants in Kansas City.

Sea Life Kansas City

Boulevard Brewing Company

American Jazz Museum

In the same building as the Negros League Baseball Museum is the American Jazz Museum that is committed to educating people about the Jazz culture of America in the 20th century. It is quite eye opening to say the least.

I am not sure about you but I become quite aware of how little I actually knew about black culture musically when I stopped for a visit.

You can read more about American Jazz Museum here. 

Legoland Discovery

Worlds of Fun

While Six Flags is popular in St. Louis, Kansas City has a park that is just as good known as Worlds of Fun. It has been quite popular and it still runs the world’s largest wooden roller coaster called Timber Wolf.

It is a great place to check out when you have a day to just enjoy an amusement park. Worlds of Fun is highly recommended by Last Kodiak.

See more about Worlds of Fun. 

Oceans of Fun

Shopping at Country Club Plaza

Fresh foods at City Market in Kansas City

Hallmark Visitors Center

Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

Kansas City Royals

Watch the Kansas City Phantoms play

Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium

College Basketball at Sprint Center


Kansas City Symphony

Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway