Kansas City General Attractions

Crown Center, Kansas City

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Kansas City General Attractions

Country Club Plaza
DESCRIPTION: KC’s most popular destination, this 14-square-block plaza was designed in 1922 with an airy architecture style modeled after Seville, a sister city in Spain. It offers over 160 outstanding shops, cafes and restaurants among its old world architecture of Spanish towers, red-tiled roofs, ornate ironwork, 40 fountains and 50 sculpted works of art, the Plaza is also distinguished as the nation’s first suburban shopping district for the automobile.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 10a-7p, Thu 10a-9p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 47th Street & Broadway, Kansas City, MO MAP
WEBSITE: http://www.countryclubplaza.com

Crown Center
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1973, this 85-acre live, work and shop environment is one of KC’s most popular destinations. The development includes two luxury hotels, 300,000 square feet of shops, restaurants, theatres, and a children’s creative workshop. The center always hosts events, including the bigger ones during Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Card-lovers will enjoy the Hallmark Visitors Center, showcase for the world’s largest manufacturer of greeting cards.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Hallmark Visitors Center Tue-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 9:30a-4:30p
ADDRESS: 2450 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO MAP
PHONE: 816-274-8444
WEBSITE: http://www.crowncenter.com

City Market
DESCRIPTION: Since 1857, these few blocks north of downtown have been the Midwest’s largest outdoor farmer’s market. Take in the fragrance of fresh produce and flowers, while other vendors sell a wide variety of gift items. Restaurants, shops, art galleries antique stores and the Arabia Steamboat Museum and weekly concerts round out the attractions. Enjoy a night under the stars with an off-beat movie in the City Market Park at 3rd & Main Streets.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 7a-3p, Sat 6a-3p, Sun 7a-3p; all night movies begin at 9p
ADDRESS: 5th & Walnut Streets, Kansas City, MO MAP
PHONE: 816-842-1271
WEBSITE: http://www.thecitymarket.org

Power & Light District
DESCRIPTION: An $850 million development that re-energized downtown with entertainment, retail and dining in a 9-square-block district that also links the convention center, hotels and attractions; attractions; standout restaurants and attractions include many gourmet restaurants, Gordon Biersch Brewery, wine bistros, barbeque, and a cineplex.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily, hours vary per establishment
ADDRESS: bounded by Truman St, Baltimore Ave, 12th St, Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO MAP
WEBSITE: http://powerandlightdistrict.com

Westport Square
DESCRIPTION: The square is a unique mix of shops, restaurants, coffeehouses, galleries, movie theaters and popular nightclubs coupled with the largest collection of diverse historic sites in Kansas City. Westport once played a key role as an outfitting post for wagons heading West along the trails. Historical markers recount the story of the 1864 Battle of Westport, the last major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: Broadway & Westport Road, Kansas City, MO MAP
PHONE: 816-756-2789
WEBSITE: http://www.westportkc.com

Harrahs Casino Resort
DESCRIPTION: Aside from the casino, it features 392 luxurious rooms, 7 restaurants/cafes, plus The District and VooDoo Lounge nightclubs.
ADMISSION: Free, must be age 21+
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7, except Christmas
ADDRESS: 1 Riverboat Drive, Kansas City, MO MAP
PHONE: 816-472-7777
WEBSITE: http://www.harrahs.com

Isle of Capri Casino
DESCRIPTION: The exterior resembles a riverboat from the 1800’s, but the interior has a tropical theme with five restaurants/cafes cover most of what you’d like to eat while at a casino. There is free live entertainment on the casino stage every weekend.
ADMISSION: Free, must be age 21+
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADDRESS: 1800 East Front Street, Kansas City, MO MAP
PHONE: 800-THE-ISLE
WEBSITE: http://www.isleofcapricasino.com/Kansas_City

Ameristar Casino Hotel
DESCRIPTION: One of the largest casinos in the country with entertainment that includes Star Pavilion for concerts – Brian McKnight and many others have performed here, Depot #9, Casino Cabaret, a large Cineplex, and video arcade. This is a Kids Quest supervised child-care facility. The 184-room hotel offers a mixture of suites and standard rooms.
ADMISSION: Free, must be age 21+
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADDRESS: 3200 North Ameristar Drive, Kansas City, MO MAP
PHONE: 816-414-7250
WEBSITE: http://www.ameristarcasinos.com

Liberty Memorial & National World War I Museum
DESCRIPTION: The Liberty Memorial was dedicated in 1926. Its grounds include two large sphinx sculptures and the landmark 217-foot tower. In 2006, National World War I Museum opened at the site as well. Although it has a large collection of artifacts from the war, the new exhibits are in some ways, more engaging.
ADMISSION: $20 and under
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 816-784-1918
WEBSITE: http://www.libertymemorialmuseum.org

Arabia Steamboat Museum
DESCRIPTION: Nicknamed the “King Tut’s Tomb of the Missouri River”, it features more than 200 tons of recovered artifacts from the sunken 1856 Steamboat Arabia. Exhibits and touchable treasures tell the story of the boat’s Missouri River demise and amazing rediscovery in 1988.
ADMISSION: $15 and under
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5:30p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 816-471-1856
WEBSITE: http://www.1856.com

Toy & Miniature Museum
DESCRIPTION: A renovated 1911 mansion on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus features 33 rooms filled with antique toys, dollhouses, marbles and scale miniatures dating from the mid-1800s to the present. The museum includes an impressive collection of fine scale miniatures like Noah’s Ark and the Palace of Versailles, antique dollhouses and the largest marble collection on display in the world.
ADMISSION: $10 and under; Age 4 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 10a-4p, Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 5235 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 816-333-9328
WEBSITE: http://www.umkc.edu/tmm

Kansas City Museum – Union Station
DESCRIPTION: Its like visiting a time machine – okay maybe that’s a stretch, but the mansion-turned-museum gives you a sense of Kansas City from the 1800s onwards with regional history displays, a 50-seat planetarium and natural history dioramas. Starlight Inside The Museum Planetarium lets you gaze upon the stars with each show is designed to highlight constellations as they appear throughout the year. Donations are suggested upon entry.
ADMISSION: $15 and under, Model Railroad Experience FREE with any Union Station ticket, City Stage – prices vary
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9:30a-4:30p,
 Sun Noon-4:30p
ADDRESS: 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO MAP
PARKING: four-level per hour parking garage on the west side of Union Station
PHONE: 816-483-8300
WEBSITE: http://www.unionstation.org

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
DESCRIPTION: Became President in 1945, when Franklin Roosevelt died in office. The museum is famous for the sign on his desk which read, “The Buck Stops Here.” Despite a lot of political heat, President Truman deserves props for issuing the executive order in 1947 to integrate America’s armed services; his papers desegregating the armed services are on view.
ADMISSION: $10 and under; Ages 5 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sun 9a-5p, Thu 9a-9p
ADDRESS: 500 West US Highway 24, Independence, MO MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 816-833-1225
WEBSITE:
http://www.trumanlibrary.org

Jesse James Bank Museum
DESCRIPTION: Site of the first U.S. daylight, peacetime bank robbery; located on the northeast corner of the historic Liberty square.
ADMISSION: small fee
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 103 North Water Street, Liberty, MO MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 816-781-4458
WEBSITE: http://www.historicdowntownliberty.org

Argosy Casino
DESCRIPTION: A recently built $105 million casino with a Moroccan/Mediterranean theme; upon entering you’ll notice the domed, stained glass ceiling, hand-made Moroccan tile and terrazzo floors. This is definitely as upscale 62,000 square foot casino with upscale cafes. The hotel includes a luxury suites and a spa. Entertainment varies widely though so check the website calendar.
ADMISSION: Free, must be age 21+
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7, except Christmas
ADDRESS: 777 NW Argosy Parkway, Riverside, MO MAP
PHONE: 800-270-7711
WEBSITE: http://www.argosycasinos.com/kansascity

Powell Gardens
DESCRIPTION: Located on 915 beautiful acres, this botanical garden features an 18,000-square-foot Visitor Education Center to house a glass-topped conservatory, gift shop, café and a year-round calendar of events and classes for the entire family; the 12-acre lake and colorful Perennial Garden features more than 6,000 plants; 3-mile Byron Shultz Nature & Hiking Trail leads visitors past frog-filled ponds, through woods of honey locust and into a field of meadow flowers; Discover the Island Garden — a 2-acre oasis of cascading water gardens, secluded gardens and a 600-foot “living” rock wall, the largest of its kind in North America; Rock and Waterfall Garden features a dramatic collection of ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials interspersed with native woods, meandering brooks and waterfalls; small admission fee
ADDRESS: 609 Northwest US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO
PHONE: 816-697-2600
WEBSITE: http://www.powellgardens.org

Esther E. Brown Memorial Park
DESCRIPTION: Brown organized citizen support in the South Park community for litigation leading to the 1949 Kansas Supreme Court order admitting African American children to the South park school and to nearby high schools. This White Jewish homemaker became involved in civil rights after being alarmed by conditions at schools for African American students
ADDRESS: 50th Terrace and England, Merriam, KS
PHONE: 913-722-3330

The Legends at Village West
DESCRIPTION: KC’s newest shopping and entertainment destination boasts almost 100 shops, a cineplex with luxury stadium seating and VIP balcony, bowling alley, gourmet restaurants and the country’s first T-REX Restaurant filled with animatronics. Increasing the eye-candy quotient, outdoor art is also sprinkled throughout. A unique aspect of the shopping & entertainment center is that it pays homage to all national legends of Missouri-Kansas origin.
ADMISSION: Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-9p, Sun 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS MAP
PHONE: 913-788-3700
WEBSITE: http://www.legendsshopping.com

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