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Kansas City Jazz Excursion
"Jazz Museum tour last approximately 2 hours. Archived film reels from the 1920s on view and priceless recordings and artifacts not available anywhere else in the world. Each exhibit has audio equipment for listening to endless songs from the past greats. many of whom are musicians and soloists.Optional tour is for the Negro Leagues Museum same location. Kansas City's great baseball heritage began with the negro leagues and the museum is one of the most extensive collections in the country . You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this museum. This is an optional tour not included in the tour price""""Charlie Parker ""The Bird"" Duke Ellington
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Kansas City Jazz Excursion
"Jazz Museum tour last approximately 2 hours. Archived film reels from the 1920s on view and priceless recordings and artifacts not available anywhere else in the world. Each exhibit has audio equipment for listening to endless songs from the past greats. many of whom are musicians and soloists.Optional tour is for the Negro Leagues Museum same location. Kansas City's great baseball heritage began with the negro leagues and the museum is one of the most extensive collections in the country . You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this museum. This is an optional tour not included in the tour price""""Charlie Parker ""The Bird"" Duke Ellington
From $31.00
 
Kansas City Winery Tour
"Ever wondered what an urban winery looks like and how it operates? Curious about why early brewers first decided to cultivate hops as a superior alternative for brewing beer than other flowering plants? Want to know why whiskey producers use copper still fine wines and small production spirits in recent years and larger numbers of people than ever before have started asking themselves these questions. This tour offers you the opportunity to answer some of these questions and more during a five-hour adventure trekking across Kansas City's urban core and o a select purveyor in local and foreign wines. After meeting your affable friendly driver/guide and partaking in a short optional tasting
From $65.00

Downtown Tips (14)

Not As Big AS StL But Really Tall

Missouri is a two metro state with St Louis on the Mississippi River/Missouri River on one end of I-70 and KC on the Missouri at the other end, even extending into Kansas a bit. It's had tough times, but downtown looks pretty good right now. One Kansas City Place (1200 Main Street) is the tallest building in Missouri with 42 floors and 197 meters. Just down the street at 1111 is Town Pavilion at 38 floors and 180 meters. Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center (2345 McGee Street, 45 floors, 153 meters) is actually outside downtown toward the south, so KC has a diverse urban plan for itself. The Art Deco Power and Light Building (1330 Baltimore) is the oldest high rise, built in 1932, with 32 stories/145 meters.

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atufft
Sep 15, 2016

Kansas City - Things to do but lots of crime

Sorry but eppersonjm is wrong. In 55 years, I have lived in every part of Kansas city. And I can tell you without hesitation that if you go to the east side of Kansas City Missouri, Kansas City Kansas, or SE Kansas City Missouri you are in real danger of becoming a crime victim. Do I go there occasionally? Yes, because I like to go to BB's Lawnside, or Power and Light, or the Sports Complex, the Nelson Atkins, or many other things. But I know the risks and there are many. Take it from a life long Kansas City resident, you do NOT want to hang out on the city's east side at all.

csthomas
Jan 28, 2015

Kansas City - Things to do but lots of crime

Sorry but eppersonjm is wrong. In 55 years, I have lived in every part of Kansas city. And I can tell you without hesitation that if you go to the east side of Kansas City Missouri, Kansas City Kansas, or SE Kansas City Missouri you are in real danger of becoming a crime victim. Do I go there occasionally? Yes, because I like to go to BB's Lawnside, or Power and Light, or the Sports Complex, the Nelson Atkins, or many other things. But I know the risks and there are many. Take it from a life long Kansas City resident, you do NOT want to hang out on the city's east side at all.

csthomas
Jan 28, 2015

Sprint Center & Power and Light District

Kansas City has recently spent billions of dollars renovating downtown by taking a 10 block area in the heart of downtown and turning it into a revitalized shopping, dinning and nightlife area. It is anchored by the Sprint Center stadium which always has a concert going on, it can range from Metallica, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Garth Brooks or Paul McCartney.

Directly across the street form the Sprint center is the Kansas City Live block. This is an entire city block that faces inward to a stage with an outdoor living room in the middle, and facing inward is the first level which has bars (again facing inward toward the "living room") 9 bars in all on the first level. Then you can go upstairs and there is another level filled with clubs that again all face inward, 6 clubs in all. Did I mention this is an entire city block. There is excellent nightlife downtown, just don't show up too early.

AMC movie theaters, whose headquarters resides in Kansas City, has opened one of the premier cinema suites in the country in an old theater building.

There are numerous excellent restaurants, ranging from a 24 hour southern cooking dinner to elegant steak and seafood restaurants.

Downtown is very safe, there are some smash and grabs for people who are parked on the street but violent crime is not an issue, and downtown has recently been ranked to be about as safe as the surrounding suburbs in Kansas City.

There are plenty of excellent hotels downtown as well. If you are looking to be within walking distance to the power and light district look for a hotel that is within the "downtown Loop." the loop refers to the area that is surrounded by a loop of freeways. When looking at a map of Kansas City it should become evident what the loop is. If you're fine with public transportation look for hotels that are close to the MAX (Metro Area Express). You can stay all the way out to the plaza (located about 4 miles south of downtown) or anywhere in between. One ride on the MAX costs $1.50, and you can get a day pass for $3. The MAX is a clean safe efficient way to get between all of the "fun" parts of town. Fun = where museums, historic sights, restaurants, shopping and nightlife are centered. You will have to get a cab home if you stay out late as the MAX only runs till 12:30 on weekdays and 11:30 on weekends, but a cab from Downtown to the Plaza only runs about 10-12 dollars.

bradleythe
Aug 10, 2010
 
 
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Sprint Center & Power and Light District

Kansas City has recently spent billions of dollars renovating downtown by taking approximately a 10 block area in the heart of downtown and turning it into a revitalized shopping, eating and nightlife area. It is anchored by the Sprint Center stadium which always has a concert going on, it can range from Metallica, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Garth Brooks or Paul McCartney.

Directly across the street form the Sprint center is the Kansas City Live block. This is an entire city block that faces inward to a stage with an outdoor living room in the middle, and facing inward is the first level which has bars (again facing inward toward the "living room") 9 bars in all on the first level. Then you can go upstairs and there is another level filled with clubs that again all face inward. Did I mention this is an entire city block. There is excellent nightlife downtown, just don't show up too early.

AMC movie theaters, whose headquarters resides in Kansas City, has opened one of the premier cinema suites in the country in an old theater building.

There are numerous excellent restaurants, ranging from a 24 hour southern cooking dinner to elegant steak and seafood restaurants.

Downtown is very safe, there are some smash and grabs for people who are parked on the street but violent crime is not an issue, and downtown has recently been ranked to be about as safe as the surrounding suburbs in Kansas City.

There are plenty of excellent hotels downtown as well. If you are looking to be within walking distance to the power and light district look for a hotel that is within the "downtown Loop." the loop refers to the area that is surrounded by a loop of freeways. When looking at a map of Kansas City it should become evident what the loop is. If you're fine with public transportation look for hotels that are close to the MAX (Metro Area Express). You can stay all the way out to the plaza (located about 4 miles south of downtown) or anywhere in between. One ride on the MAX costs $1.50, and you can get a day pass for $3. The MAX is a clean safe efficient way to get between all of the "fun" parts of town. Fun = where museums, historic sights, restaurants, shopping and nightlife are centered. You will have to get a cab home if you stay out late as the MAX only runs till 12:30 on weekdays and 11:30 on weekends, but a cab from Downtown to the Plaza only runs about 10-12 dollars.

bradleythe
Aug 10, 2010

Downtown Old Buildings

The first structure was for quite some time New York Life Building. Last housed for Aquila Utility, the 217,000 square feet place was renovated in 2001 for $25 million+. They now sold out due to financial concerns. The building is from 1888 era, and announced to be one of the more elaborate inside and out. The white faced columned building is the KC Library complex. It was once First National Bank of Kansas City from 1886. The inside is and was fabulous. It has white marble throughout, and dark sculpted mahogany trim.

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BruceDunning
May 20, 2009

Sprint Center

Fall 2007 marked the opening of Kansas City's new AEG Sprint Center, a modern sports/entertainment venue located in the heart of the city. It was hoped that the new facility would bring much needed thousands of regular visitors to an area of town that previously had been ignored by those seeking shopping, entertainment and dining options. Yet the arena was constructed without any committment from a permanent tenant - Kansas City does not have the major professional sports teams (basketball or hockey) that are normally attracted to this kind of arena. Kind of risky business strategy, you could say: built it and they will come, we hope?!

But the arena has proved to be popular as a place for concerts and travelling shows: the place opened with a performance by Elton John, and Garth Brook practically moved in for a series of ten concerts that were all sold out. I do like the design of the arena: it looks like a "spaceship has landed"! It remains to be seen whether or not it will help in "landing" a major sports franchise!

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yooperprof
Jan 21, 2008

The Folly Theatre

The Folly Theatre, originally named the Standard Theatre, was constructed in 1900 as a burlesque and vaudeville house. Young artists such as the Marx Brothers, Gypsy Rose Lee appeared on stage there, as well as a young actor named Humphry Bogart. In later years, "dancers" such as Sally Rand ruled the hardwoods. By 1794, the Folly had become a sordid pornogrophy palace and the place folded - doomed for the wrecking ball. Several concerned Kansas Citians rallied around the "Grand Old Lady of 12th Street." The theatre was saved, renovated, and is now the grand home of The Folly Jazz Series, Children and Family Series, Friends of Chamber Music and many performances of the Harriman Arts Series.

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Dec 07, 2004

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Chouteau Society Marker - Lewis & Clark Point

The Chouteau Society is a local club dedicated to educating the community about the importance of French heritage in the Kansas City region. They have sponsored a series of historic markers throughout the metroplex, including this one at Lewis & Clark Point. If you expand the photo, you can read what they have to say.

What? You say that your French is a little rusty? Okay, here is a partial translation:

The French-speaking community made a significant contribution to the ultimate success of the epochal Lewis & Clark expedition. The St. Louis Chouteau brothers, fur traders Auguste and Pierre, lodged the two captains in their substantial homes many times during the winter 1803-04, and assisted them in procuring supplies, boats and personnel. Pierre acted as a downstream agent and post office for the expedition.

French voyageurs had ventured up the Missouri River for over a century before 1804. In 1742, French explorers, the Verendryes, reached an area two-thirds of the way along Lewis & Clark's route in present-day Montana. Le Page du Pratz's 1758 publication "The History of Louisiana" (with accompanying maps) was a useful resource. The Indians had told the French of the Rockies and the West, including the Great Salt Lake, and of mountains a river system leading west. . .

Captain Baptiste Deschamps and his Gallic recruits took supplies and personnel in his large red pirogue (canoe) as far as the Mandan villages in present-day North Dakota. A French-Shawnee interpreter, George Drouillard, also acted as chief hunter, arbiter of disputes, and enforcer of the two captains' orders, and Lewis praised him highly in his reports. Another French-Indian interpreter, Toussaint Charbonneau, was occasionally a problem. But his young Indian wife, Sacagawea [sic], procured from her brother, a Shoshoni chief, the indispensible horses to ride over the snow-covered mountains. Her little French-Shonshoni child, Jean-Baptiste, was with her on the entire voyage, and later returned to this area to live.

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Jul 05, 2004

Lewis and Clark Point - Another View

This shot - taken in summer 2004 - looks north across the Missouri River toward the arches of the Broadway Bridge and the Downtown Airport. I remember flying into and out of that airport before the opening of KCI in 1973.

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Jul 04, 2004

Lewis and Clark Point

From atop this bluff in downtown Kansas City (MO) you can see the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. It's at this point that the Mighty Missouri decides to abandon its own southward flow toward the Gulf of Mexico and instead heads almost due west to join forces with the Mississippi at a spot just above St. Louis. Explorers Lewis and Clark apparently spent a night on the hilltop while on their journey to the ocean 200 years ago. Wouldn't they be proud to know that they are remembered in the name of the "Lewis and Clark Viaduct" that links Kansas City MO with Kansas City KS?

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yooperprof
Jan 18, 2004

Kansas City Views of downtown

These show the layout of the downtown area. The city is easy to get around, and downtown, mostly dead for traffic a lot of times, is readily able to take you through and around it.

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Jun 30, 2015

Things to Do Near Kansas City

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Westport

John McCoy established West Port along the Santa Fe Trail, three miles south of the Missouri River, in 1833. To supply West Port, he set up the riverside Westport Landing. Westport Landing would...
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Fountains

Kansas City likes to call itself the City of Fountains with over 200 man-made springs bursting forth when conditions allow. Certainly one of the most impressive is this fine fountain which dances and...
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Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

Spectacular new performing arts center, opened in 2011 and bringing Kansas City audiences beautiful, dramatic, and architecturally significant spaces for their cultural institutions: the Kansas City...
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Just Off Broadway Theater

I don't normally seek out theaters but I came across this one while driving by and I thought is was the ruins of an old building, which it is in a way. The building is in Penn Valley Park. As I...
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Union Station

Union Station in downtown KCMO is a grand old lady, still beautiful and friendly. Nice book store and other shops and places to eat. The KC railroad exhibit is nice, but for a $7 ticket, most of the...
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Crown Center

This is the nucleus of the midtown area between downtown and Westport which is at Main and 39th. The main intersection is Main and Pershing/22nd Street. Hall family developed this and it is big with...
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