Kansas City is often referred to as the “City of Fountains,” and for good reason: There are at least 200 registered fountains in the metropolitan area, many of which are adorned with gorgeous sculptures. You can take a self-guided tour throughout the city or charter a horse-drawn carriage to explore the 32 fountains downtown.
Home to the Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium is celebrated for being one of the oldest ballparks in the nation as well as opposing the trend of multi-purpose sports arenas — this is a place for baseball only. The stadium also has a colorful tailgating tradition, so BYOB and make some new friends in the parking lot.
National World War I Museum
Travel back in time at National World War I Museum, which contains the biggest collection of WWI artifacts. You’ll see cannons, medals, uniforms, statues, photographs and much more. Right outside the museum stands the imposing, 265-foot Liberty Memorial, dedicated to the service men and women of WWI.
Making top-notch brisket requires precision, and when done well, the smoky flavor almost precludes the meat from needing any sauce at all. Dig into the hefty brisket sandwiches at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que or LC’s Bar-B-Q to find out what smoked barbecue should taste like.
Take your pick of meat: Be it lamb, beef or pork, you’ll find it served up tender and practically falling off the bone. Get in line at Arthur Bryant’s or Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and you’ll no doubt be licking the sauce off your fingers by the end of your gut-busting meal.
It’s easy to write off burnt ends as the bottom of the barbecue totem pole; it’s not so easy to make them properly, but they’re pretty much a delicacy in KC. Burnt ends are the brisket’s fatty ends that get smoked twice for maximum crispness on the outside with a juicy interior.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Since opening in 2008, this Texas-based chain has quickly risen to the top of the Kansas City brewery scene. Flying Saucer has a near-unrivaled beer selection, with more than 50 on tap and an equally extensive range of bottles. Plus, there’s a tasty pub menu and fun events and specials every day of the week.
Kauffman Center for Performing Arts
Built in 2011, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is undoubtedly the jewel of Kansas City performing fine arts. Its two stages — the Muriel Kauffman Theater and the Helzberg Hall — are home to the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Symphony. You can also catch touring entertainers, comedy shows and more.
Kansas City has a bustling casino scene, with no less than six options — four of them on riverboats — to choose from. You’ll find enough slot machines, video poker machines and table games to divert hours of your attention, as well as a selection of fine restaurants at each establishment.