If you come in the summer, take the time to go to the SpiritFest. A wonderful outdoor festival with food and music.
Kansas City is noted for it's music. Home to the historic 18th and Vine district, and launching point of many great bands, the music at SpiritFest is amazing. The line-up gets better every year!
If you come in the fall, definitely take time to come see our Renaissance Festival.
Much like Festivals around the nation, the Renaissance Festival offers TONS of food, (try the turkey legs!) music, jewelry, crafts, and shows. Even if you aren't much of a history buff, this is entertaining in and of itself.
If you visit in the winter you MUST stay to see the Plaza lighting ceremony or at least see the lights themselves.
Every Thanksgiving people rouse themselves from a turkey-induced stupor to head down to the Plaza and join hundreds of thousands of people watching the ceremonial lighting of the Plaza lights. Christmas lights make the Plaza a fairy-land all through the Christmas season.
In Kansas City one must visit: The Plaza, Crown Center of Hallmark, The Mall of the Great Plains for shopping. For dancing go to Westport too many clubs to mention. For Art go to Nelson's Art Gallery for Dance go see the K.C. Ballet co. and the Kansas Regional Ballet Company very talent dancers. For hiking any of the many parks. We have FOUR professional teams Football -Chiefs, Soccer-Wizards (champions), Indoor soccer- K.C. Attacks, and Hockey - The K.C. BLADES
All of the above.....just tell me what you like and I will find it for you.
Surprisingly there is quite a bit to see in Kansas City and surrounding area, especially a great deal relating to American Indians and the pioneer days of way back when. So here are a few suggestions: the Grinter State Historical Site (home of Moses Grinter, one of the earliest settlers in Kansas), Huron Indian cemetary (where many of the great people of the Wyandot Nation were buried after forced resttlement from the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio -- when it was much more beautiful and clean -- to Kansas), Line Creek Museum of Archaeology (located on the Hopewell Indian site), Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum, Wyandotte County Lake Park, National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, the Truman Library, Kansas City Museum, Science City at Union Station, American Royal Museum, the City Market and the Arabia Steamboat Museum, the Kansas City Zoo and the IMAX Theatre, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Focus on those things that interest you since most have some sort of admissions fee.
Kansas City Renaissance Festival is some thing you must go to. It begins in September on Labor Day and runs through mid October. I've been there three times and will be going again next year. Adding photos of it to a travelogue so you can see how fun it is.
Hundreds of people in period costume, great food, live entertainment, and crafts for sale. My favorite part is a rehab center for injured raptors that has a show with live hawks swooping over the crowd. The performers expect a donation at the end of each show but you don't have to give them any thing. I always give them a dollar or two if I like the show.
National Agriculture Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs always reminds me of my grandfather when I go there. He was a farmer all his life. There are lots of interesting displays and an out large out door historical area to walk through.
Check it out at www.aghalloffame.com
Johnson County Museum of History at 6305 Lackman Road is a nice museum. It is one of only dozens of museums in Kansas City. You could spend a week trying to visit all the museums there. You should at least try to see a few of the museums in the area.
Shawnee Indian Mission is used as an educational center and museum. The mission originally was a school for Native American Indian children. Today local children from nearby schools come by bus to spend three days learning many of the same skills those indian children once learned. It is a way for them to see what it was like in the days gone by.
Well preserved buildings. Many antique items on display. If you are quiet and respectful they will let you watch the young girls and boys in their classes.
If you come visit Kansas City you should definitly visit the plaza.
On the plaza there are tons of shops, art galleries, and museums. The plaza is full of beautiful fountains and statues. A must see!
Another of KCK's landmarks, easily visible from many areas is the Church of the Holy Family. Slovenians and their descendents have called this church home since 1927. In the Romanesque Revival style.