Last weekend my girlfriend and I drove to Kansas City to meet up with my friends from Oklahoma. Kansas City’s neighborhoods, each with its own vibe, offer visitors a welcoming Midwest experience. I was really happy I was able to hang out with my friends, it’s been so long since last time I saw them! I’m gonna highlight some of the places I checked during our staying here in the city, the things you can do and why you should visit KC!
A skyline of skyscrapers and Art Deco jewels (like the iconic 1931 Power & Light district building), Downtown is also home to the Kansans City Convention Center, the Kansas City Public Library, the Federal Reserve Money Museum and more. Add to that numerous historic hotels, excellent restaurants and great live music nightclubs, and you’ll find downtown a good place to base your visit or spend an evening. Check out the schedule of chamber music, jazz, cabaret, comedy, dance and more at The Folly Theater, where the likes of the Marx Brothers and Humphrey Bogart have been entertaining since 1900.
You can have a nice city view from the top of the Liberty Memorial at the National Word War I Museum.
CROSSROADS ARTS DISTRICT
The art and gallery district centered on Baltimore Ave. at Southwest Blvd. gets downright bustling for its popular First Friday gallery walks (7-9 p.m.on, you guess it, the first Friday of each month, but there’s plenty to explore outside those hours, too. For example, you can find some really cool walls in the area and add some KC pride on your social networks!
“Kansas City I’m So In Love” mural
Location: outside Fortuity boutique in Crossroads
Address: 1919 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108
COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA
No, you’re not in Seville, Spain, as the architecture might lead you to think. You’re in Country Club Plaza, the nation’s first suburban shopping district, built in 1922 ans still attracting top retailers and restaurants to its immensely charming setting of tiled roofs, fountains, sculptures and murals.
We spent some good time at the Plaza walking around, enjoying the sun while having a coffee and listening to some street jazz music.
Location: Central St. at Ward Parkway | www.countryclubplaza.com
Of course, these are just some of the things you can do in Kansas City but there’s more than that. Be sure to check out River Market, it’s one of Kansas City oldest neighborhoods, nestled between downtown and the Missouri River , offers vintage architecture, restaurants, specialty shops and the famous City Market-since 1857 one of the largest farmers’ markets in the Midwest. Don’t forget about Westport/39th Street locally renowned as a happening nightlife neighborhood and the Power & Light dining/ entertainment district.
Surely, this weekend was fun thanks to the company and laughter of my friends @adriannmcarroll, @cbconnell and my girlfriend @ninamclernon. If you get a chance, definitely come visit, it would be such a worth weekend!
[Stay tuned for my next articles featuring detailed descriptions of my favorite KC museum and places to eat and drink.]
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