Kansas City has a lot to offer for the whole family. I really didn’t know what to expect during my first visit. I knew that Kansas City was known for bbq but I discovered that there is a whole lot more!
One of the first things that I noticed was the amount of pride that locals take in their city. Not obnoxious pride, just an appreciation for the people and the places that make this city great. Even their dogs show their pride!
After I checked into the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, I decided that I wanted to take a quick photo walk of Union Station located across the street. The Westin Crown Center is conveniently located to a lot of attractions that are a short walking distance from the hotel.
The architecture at Union Station is absolutely gorgeous and dates back to 1914!
While at Union Station, you can grab a bite to eat and also purchase a SouveNEAR with items from local artisans. This is such a cool concept!
Union Station also houses Science City located at 30 W Pershing Rd. which is an INCREDIBLE science museum for kids….but adults will like it too! Science City is a HUGE facility with lots of interactive exhibits. You will want to allow a lot of time for hours of play.
Hallmark Visitors Center and Kaleidoscope located at 2450 Grand Blvd. Learn about the history of Hallmark and the art of card making that generations of families have enjoyed. (FREE)
Kaleidoscope is located next to the Hallmark Visitors Center and is also FREE! This creative space for kids to enjoy with their parents is a creative’s dream world! Kids will love creating their own masterpieces in a variety of ways in this space.
SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium located at 2475 Grand Blvd. There are over 5,000 sea creatures to see in this underwater world.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center located at 2475 Grand Blvd. is located adjoining the SEA LIFE Aquarium. You can save money on a combo ticket if you plan on visiting both attractions. LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers creative play, design inspiration, and rides for kids to enjoy.
Lidia’s Kansas City located at 101 W 22nd St.
During our visit we enjoyed a WONDERFUL Italian lunch at PBS chef Lidia Bastianich’s famous KC restaurant. The menu changes frequently based on seasonal ingredients to guarantee the highest quality. My favorite menu item that day was the ravioli but I don’t think that you can go wrong with any of the menu items. Also make sure that you leave room for dessert. Trust me!
Another fun food stop for kids is Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant located at the Crown Center ( 2450 Grand Blvd.) Enjoy a classic burger and fries delivered to your table by a train!
Ironically, we didn’t visit a BBQ restaurant during this visit which ensured that I have to come back!
Both museums offer guided tours that really make the history come to life. You do not want to miss these gems. The tours really enhance your experience and make you want to take in every detail of the museum. These museums will help you understand the heart and soul that makes Kansas City great!
Kansas City Zoo located at 6800 Zoo Drive is home to over 1300 animals. Highlights during our visit were the penguins and a ride on the African Sky Safari.
I know that my weekend visit was a small taste of what Kansas City has to offer and I would definitely love to go back!
You can find out more about things to do in Kansas City from the tourism website.