One of the many attractions of living in Kansas City, Kansas is the proximity of its neighboring state's major city, Kansas City, Missouri. These two cities encompass the metropolitan area. Thus, residents have the added benefit of being able to enjoy both the culturally rich cities' major attractions without having a lengthy drive.
It is no secret that Kansas City is known for its finger licking delicious barbeque; but, unless you are fans of the music genre of jazz and blues, you may not know that the city greatly contributed to the history of the music. In fact, the American Jazz Museum is located in the historical district known as 18th and Vine. 18th & Vine Jazz District is a great destination to experience not just jazz music, but also great blues music, delicious dining and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, just to name a few. To learn more please visit: http://www.kcjazzdistrict.org/
Kansas City is also home to the Country Club Plaza, the nation's first suburban shopping district. However, to call it just a shopping district does not do the Plaza justice. It is more than a premier shopping, dining and entertainment experience. It is also an outdoor museum of romantic Spanish architecture and European art which includes breathtaking majestic fountains. It is said that only Rome has more fountains than Kansas City and that several of the most spectacular are found on the Country Club Plaza.
The Plaza is always busy with year round music, special events and, of course, the annual breathtaking Plaza lighting ceremony, which is something you won't want to miss. To learn more please visit: http://www.countryclubplaza.com/
Access to professional sports in Kansas City is equally impressive. The Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals not only call Kansas City their home, but the stadiums are literally next to one another. The experience of enjoying a Chief's game is as much about what happens inside the stadium as it is out. The parking lot turns into a sea of barbeque grills, and the scent of mouthwatering hotdogs, steaks and hamburgers fills the air. Chief's fans are known for their camaraderie and you are sure to make friends on game day! Other sports activities in Kansas City include: Sporting Kansas City - professional soccer team, KC Speedway - hosts major auto racing events such as NASCAR, and Kansas City T-Bones - baseball fun for the entire family.
What would a city be without activities for the entire family? Kansas City can boast of its two amusements parks, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, both are filled with rides sure to thrill the entire family.
If amusements parks are not your cup of tea, you may want to visit the award winning Kansas City Zoo, which is located in the magnificent historic Swope Park and is home to 1,000 animals which live in areas modeled after their natural habitat. To see Lions roaming on the African prairie will leave you breathless. http://www.kansascityzoo.org/
If you have a taste for the finer arts, Kansas City is your destination. Kansas City has a plethora of fine arts to enjoy, such as the Nelson Atkins-Museum of Art, and the Kemper Gallery of Contemporary Art.
The world renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in 2011 and is the performance home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.
Kansas City's newly updated downtown, known as the Power and Light District, has more than 40 dining and entertainment venues. The District is a great place to meet up with friends and dance the night away!
To learn more about Kansas City and the unique site it has to offer, visit www.visitkc.com.