Kansas City, Missouri: What to See and Do
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Sea Life Aquarium
Come nose to nose with more than 5,000 sea creatures featured at the Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City, MO. Hold a crab or touch a starfish in the Interactive Rockpool Experience. Take a stroll through the aquarium’s amazing underwater tunnel as sharks and stingrays swim overhead.
Get your motor revin’, and head to the Kansas Speedway. In addition to NASCAR and ARCA events, the Speedway occasionally hosts a driving school, where fans can get behind the wheel and try the 8-lap Rookie Experience. Not feeling that gung ho? Experience a real-life thrill by riding shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR-style stock car driven by a professional instructor for a 2-lap qualifying run.
Kansas City's Union Station, a railroad station and science museum, has a small, tranquil reflection pool in front.
Kansas City BBQ
Don't leave Kansas City, MO, without tasting hickory-smoked Kansas City-style barbecue pork ribs. We suggest dining at BB's Lawnside Barbecue, LC's Barbeque, Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue, Gate's Bar-B-Q or Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue.
For sports fans, we suggest you check out a Kansas City Royals baseball game at Kaufman Stadium. The team -- celebrating their 40th season at the stadium in 2012 -- has hosted more the 68 million fans since 1973.
Kansas City has some interesting architecture, including this Spanish-tiled staircase leading to a plaza.
Kansas City Zoo
Visit these twin-sister lionesses at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri. Take an African Sky Safari, or check out the tiger exhibit and sensational sea lions. Other fun zoo activities include Kids Fun Fest, Pancakes for Penguins and the Kids Conservation Club.
Hallmark Visitors Center
Season’s Greetings! Visit the Hallmark Visitors Center. The well-renowned greeting card company gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at greeting card production, and an insider’s perspective on how a bow machine works. Take a look at the Hallmark Art Collection, and visit the Hallmark Hall of Fame to view more than 60 years of award-winning television programming.
Penn Valley Park
Penn Valley Park, also the location for the Kansas City Scout statue, is a great place to view the city's downtown.
The Liberty Memorial houses the National World War I Museum and is a memorial to fallen soldiers.
Country Club Plaza
This beautiful JC Nichols Fountain is in the center of Kansas City’s upscale shopping district and residential neighborhood, Country Club Plaza. Head here for 15 blocks of shopping at high-end stores, including Burberry, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co. and Anthropologie.