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5 Ways to Get Out and Enjoy KC

Here’s how you get the most out of the Kansas City

BY Dawn Richardson

Smack in the Midwest of the United States sits Kansas City with 216 or so days of sunshine every year, with more fountains than any city except Rome, Italy. While you can enjoy all four season (sometimes within 24 hours) for anyone who loves to see the leaves change. Visitors will be surprised at how much there is to do in the city that has less than 3 million residents. Being outside is a given for locals and visitors alike, but it’s choosing the best way to enjoy the hidden jewel of the country. There are several choices, with our top five ways to get outside to enjoy the heart of the Midwest.

Kauffman Performing Arts Center

September 2011 The Kauffman Performing Arts center opened its doors. The structure to resemble The Sydney Opera House in the middle of Kansas City’s Art District. The vision of Muriel McBrien Kauffman, civic leader and philanthropist for the Kauffman Center of the Performing Center. A 13-acre property positioned between downtown and the Crossroads Arts District was chosen for its size, potential for becoming a “cultural campus” and the role it would play in revitalizing a downtown section of the city.

The Kauffman Center hosts a list of events throughout the year from the Kansas City Symphony, The Kansas City Ballet, Free Symphony Happy Hour to local high school concerts.

No Lack of Sporting events

Football fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts and soccer fields Kansas City has them all. Arrowhead Stadium is home of the Kansas City Chiefs is rated the loudest stadium in the country. Neighboring Kauffman houses the 2015 World Series Champions the Kansas City Royals. If you are looking for a soccer the Sporting KC plays at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. While you are on the Kansas side of the city don’t forget to check out the Kansas City T-Bones at Community America Ballpark.

There are also the University of Kansas Jayhawks, University of Missouri Kansas City Kangaroos, University of Missouri Tigers and The Kansas State Wildcats if you are want to partake in NCAA events.

Country Club Plaza -The City of Fountains

High-end stores, friendly restaurants, coffee shops and several of Kansas City’s signature fountains (including one modeled after a 13th-century fountain in Seville) fill this Spanish-style 14-block shopping district, built in 1922 as a trailblazing suburban shopping center. It’s not called the City of Fountains for nothing. With over 200 fountains throughout the city. The top ten fountains are a must to see: J.C. Nichols Fountain, Kansas City Royals Fountain, Henry Bloch Fountain, Children’s Fountain, Meyer Circle Seahorse Fountain, Spirit of Freedom Fountain, Firefighter;s Memorial Fountain, Vietnam Veteran’s Fountain, Barney Allis Plaza Fountain and the Muse of the Missouri. just to name a few.

Power and Light District -River Market

The city’s Power and Light entertainment district serves out-of-towners, visitors from the suburbs and Kansas City’s burgeoning downtown residential population with bars, clubs, restaurants, movie theaters, free concerts and a high-end supermarket. The Convention Center to the Sprint Arena, the area is in the heart of downtown. Travel a few blocks down on the to the City Market The 150 year tradition the Kansas City River market is open daily with an electric mix of dining, shopping and entertainment. Visitors can have a variety of fresh produce, groceries, flowers, meat or purchase gifts.

Historic 18th and Vine District

You can’t not stop by the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the first museum of its kind pays homage to America’s original music style. Check out the American Jazz Museum‘s exhibits by day, but include a nighttime stop at the Blue Room. Other events at the museum include jazz storytelling, poetry jams and workshops. The first Negro National league started in a YMCA in Kansas City in 1920. The formation prompted rival leagues in Southern and Eastern states, which spread black baseball across the United States, Canada and Latin America. Through films, photos and artifacts, exhibits at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum explore and commemorate these African-American leagues that played from after the Civil War into the 1960s. If you need a little music in day you can hear live music coming from the Blue Room with bands such as the DA Truth Band or Ida McBeth. Travel one block down to Juke House where you can put your dance moves to the test.

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