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Kansas City, Missouri

Fountains of Fun in Kansas City

By Jody Sidle Short


Known as the City of Fountains, with more than 200 of them, Kansas City is one of a kind. Streets are lined with sculptures and people enjoying outdoor activities, and there is a really good vibe in the air. With a sense of euphoria, I pulled up to the Raphael Hotel, and knew immediately that I would LOVE Kansas City!

Shopping at Country Club Plaza

The Raphael is directly across from Country Club Plaza, which has more than 150 shops ranging from intimate boutiques to huge brand name stores. This is also where the famous J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain is situated. There are loads of restaurants with indoor and outdoor dining, and some lively street entertainment. After many hours of shopping and eating, I was ready to experience some of the history and culture of the city.

Kansas City Heritage and Culture

First up was the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, which stands atop a hill with great views of Kansas City. There is a collection of emotional films and displays that will captivate history buffs, exhibits for little ones and the museum has one of the world’s largest collections of World War I artifacts. Opposite the museum is the famous Kansas City landmark, Union Station, which is stunning inside. Whilst I was there, they had a huge King Tut exhibit which was fantastic.

I headed over to Lidia’s which is just 5 minutes from Union Station for a late lunch after it was recommended by several locals. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, the service phenomenal and the food exquisite. The coffee was so good that I had them ship a batch to my house.

Vibrant and Distinct Neighbourhoods

Kansas City is made up of small areas such as the Power & Light District and the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. The Power & Light District is very hip and has live music, boutiques, dining and great nightlife. At 18th & Vine, you will find the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, both of which I toured. The Museums are interactive and intriguing. Learning about both the history of Jazz and the African American baseball leagues really makes you appreciate life in Kansas City all those years ago.

Also in this district you’ll find the legendary Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, a local favourite; although, equally wonderful barbecue spots include Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Gates Bar-B-Q – you should try them all and decide for yourself which one tops them all!

Art and Music Abound

After sleeping like a rock at The Raphael, I took myself on a tour of the art museums. Kansas City is a very artsy place and most of the museums are free, and those that aren’t are worth the minimal cost. Kansas City also has plenty of places to run, walk or bike to work off that barbecue.

That evening, I popped to The Blue Room for a little Jazz followed by dinner at Seasons 52. After just two wonderful days here, I can’t wait to come back. Kansas City really has it all!!

For more information, please visit us:

Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association

When you go

Where to stay

The Raphael
Raphaelkc.com

Shopping

The Country Club Plaza
countryclubplaza.com

Dining

Lidia's
lidias-kc.com
Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
arthurbryantsbbq.com
Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue
jackstackbbq.com
Gates Bar-B-Q
gatesbbq.com

Attractions

National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial
theworldwar.org
Union Station
unionstation.org
Power & Light District
powerandlightdistrict.com
18th & Vine Historic Jazz District
18thandvinedistrict.org
American Jazz Museum
americanjazzmuseum.org
The Blue Room
club.americanjazzmuseum.org
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
nlbm.com

For More Information

Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association
visitkc.com

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