Kansas City

Things to do in Kansas City

Kansas City’s thriving cultural scene provides many activities for visitors. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art houses a fantastic collection of Asian art, as well as work by masters like Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent and Joseph Hirsch. At the Coterie Theater, families can always find a kid-friendly play to watch, and music aficionados looking for things to do in Kansas City should not miss a performance by the Kansas City Symphony or an intimate show at one of the many live music venues of the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District.

The Kansas City Zoo is an excellent choice for animal lovers of all ages. Animals like lions, gorillas, kangaroos and red pandas populate its 200 acres. At night, one of the most popular things to do in Kansas City is heading to one of its many casinos, like Harrah’s, Ameristar or Isle of Capri. To experience Kansas City’s most stylish side, stroll around Country Club Plaza, a pretty 15-block neighborhood lined with nearly 40 eating and drinking options, plus shops like Burberry, Williams-Sonoma and Tommy Bahama.

Swank café and bar in Hotel Phillips.

Retro martini lounge with bocce ball out back.

This refined bar connected to the Oak Room restaurant has a working fireplace (which gives it a social-club feel), a martini-focused drink list and a cabinet of cigars.

The Museum: Former hair stylist Leila Cohoon has spent a good deal of her life working with hair. There was the salon work, of course, but she discovered her real passion in an antique store, buying and restoring hair art: wreaths, jewelry, and portraits with real hair glued on.