Guidebook for Kansas City

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Guidebook for Kansas City

Food Scene

Great atmosphere inside and out with yummy food!
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Lulu's Thai Noodle Shop
2701 West 47th Avenue
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Great atmosphere inside and out with yummy food!
Named as the Number One BBQ in the WORLD by Anthony Bourdain! Two blocks from my home.
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Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
3002 West 47th Avenue
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Named as the Number One BBQ in the WORLD by Anthony Bourdain! Two blocks from my home.
Great dumplings, Fun atmosphere. Always reliable
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Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings
1803 West 39th Street
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Great dumplings, Fun atmosphere. Always reliable
Intimate, Great small menu. Incredible food.
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PotPie
904 Westport Rd
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Intimate, Great small menu. Incredible food.
Love their vegetarian and street tacos. Fun atmosphere with outdoor games available. Only two blocks away!
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Taco Republic
500 County Line Road
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Love their vegetarian and street tacos. Fun atmosphere with outdoor games available. Only two blocks away!
Local Owned, two blocks away, cool atmosphere with great pizza!
1889 Pizza Napoletana
2876 W 47th St
Local Owned, two blocks away, cool atmosphere with great pizza!
Within 5 minutes of the house this is one of the best Vietnamese restaurant in KC. Everything is great, prices are modest and people are nice!
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Vietnam Cafe
2200 West 39 Avenue
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Within 5 minutes of the house this is one of the best Vietnamese restaurant in KC. Everything is great, prices are modest and people are nice!
This place has THE best Burnt ends in the City, bar none. All their BBQ is excellent but go go go for the burnt ends!
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Char Bar
4050 Pennsylvania Avenue
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This place has THE best Burnt ends in the City, bar none. All their BBQ is excellent but go go go for the burnt ends!

Drinks & Nightlife

Best Jazz in Kansas City. Place to be seen. Great drinks.
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Green Lady Lounge
1809 Grand Boulevard
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Best Jazz in Kansas City. Place to be seen. Great drinks.
Outdoors Concerts! Unique, incredible venue with 4 stages, outside and in, Blues, Jazz, Funk, cheap drinks, reasonable admission. FUN!!!! Saturday Blues Jams, and Sundays are free during day and you can bring your kids and grandparents if you want. Late nights, keep the kids at home and bring your grandparents if they love to dance. Like I said, "FUN!"
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Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester Avenue
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Outdoors Concerts! Unique, incredible venue with 4 stages, outside and in, Blues, Jazz, Funk, cheap drinks, reasonable admission. FUN!!!! Saturday Blues Jams, and Sundays are free during day and you can bring your kids and grandparents if you want. Late nights, keep the kids at home and bring your grandparents if they love to dance. Like I said, "FUN!"
GREAT Louisiana Kitchen - Crawdads, and the works. Incredible Jazz almost any night of the week. Fun, laid back atmosphere with outside deck and across the street from KU Med Center
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Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen
1823 West 39th Street
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GREAT Louisiana Kitchen - Crawdads, and the works. Incredible Jazz almost any night of the week. Fun, laid back atmosphere with outside deck and across the street from KU Med Center
Thursdays Jazz Scenes in Kansas City West Bottoms is the Best - Eclectic mixture of people and always a blast.
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The Ship
1217 Union Avenue
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Thursdays Jazz Scenes in Kansas City West Bottoms is the Best - Eclectic mixture of people and always a blast.
Great Indi Music - local and national groups.
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recordBar
1520 Grand Boulevard
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Great Indi Music - local and national groups.
Not for sissies! In the heart of the 18th and Vine Jazz District this is where all THE Best of the Best musicians in the country end up late after all the places are closed down. If you're serious about Jazz, the is THE place to be on a Friday or Sat evening.
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Mutual Musicians Foundation
1823 Highland Avenue
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Not for sissies! In the heart of the 18th and Vine Jazz District this is where all THE Best of the Best musicians in the country end up late after all the places are closed down. If you're serious about Jazz, the is THE place to be on a Friday or Sat evening.
Great alternative place to dance your night away. GLBT and straights all welcome. Play some pool or go for a show. It's always a blast.
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Missie B's
805 West 39th Street
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Great alternative place to dance your night away. GLBT and straights all welcome. Play some pool or go for a show. It's always a blast.
This is one SWEET spot! Located in historic Strawberry Hill, KC, KS and overlooking the West Bottoms, with a view of Downtown KC, MO, it’s a fun, upbeat, quirky place with an outdoor patio and some live music. Good food, Trivia nights and fun!
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The Mockingbird Lounge
204 Orchard St
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This is one SWEET spot! Located in historic Strawberry Hill, KC, KS and overlooking the West Bottoms, with a view of Downtown KC, MO, it’s a fun, upbeat, quirky place with an outdoor patio and some live music. Good food, Trivia nights and fun!

Arts & Culture

Outside Sculpture Garden, is a must. FREE!! Inside and out! Incredible art of all genre's. Thursday eve music and party! Yoga on the lawn, and a great food venue. Play a game of Art Scavanger Hurt, It's all FREE - as is the museum admittance exception: Special exhibits.
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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
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Outside Sculpture Garden, is a must. FREE!! Inside and out! Incredible art of all genre's. Thursday eve music and party! Yoga on the lawn, and a great food venue. Play a game of Art Scavanger Hurt, It's all FREE - as is the museum admittance exception: Special exhibits.
Everything from World Class Jazz to Classical comes to this iconic Symphony Hall which is simply one of the best in the world. Culture, fun and an architectural marvel
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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Boulevard
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Everything from World Class Jazz to Classical comes to this iconic Symphony Hall which is simply one of the best in the world. Culture, fun and an architectural marvel
Cool exhibits, research, archives, genealogy! Cool stuff!
National Archives and Records Administration Office
Cool exhibits, research, archives, genealogy! Cool stuff!
Free! Cool exhibits, great restaurant (Cafe Sebastian), live music events, our door sculpture garden, film events, museum shop! Close!
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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Boulevard
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Free! Cool exhibits, great restaurant (Cafe Sebastian), live music events, our door sculpture garden, film events, museum shop! Close!
Located in the beautiful Valentine neighborhood in central KC, the Benton stone house and studio are beautiful architecturally, surrounded by lush gardens and on the National Historic Register. His artwork is iconic and you’ll enjoy the cool environment!
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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site
3616 Belleview Avenue
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Located in the beautiful Valentine neighborhood in central KC, the Benton stone house and studio are beautiful architecturally, surrounded by lush gardens and on the National Historic Register. His artwork is iconic and you’ll enjoy the cool environment!
Located at the historic 18th and Vine district, the Negro Leagues BB Museum is a vital piece of our history and an important and inspiring reminder of the importance of black history. As a bonus, it’s next to the Blue Room (Great Jazz and Blues!)
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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
1616 East 18th Street
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Located at the historic 18th and Vine district, the Negro Leagues BB Museum is a vital piece of our history and an important and inspiring reminder of the importance of black history. As a bonus, it’s next to the Blue Room (Great Jazz and Blues!)
Located on the lush, beautiful and iconic UMKC Campus, this place sounds like it could be dull but it’s nothing but! Filled with 33,000 sq feet of over 72,000 incredible tiny miniatures, antiques, and toys of all kind, the special exhibits are really quite cool! $5.00 admittance fee.
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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
5235 Oak Street
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Located on the lush, beautiful and iconic UMKC Campus, this place sounds like it could be dull but it’s nothing but! Filled with 33,000 sq feet of over 72,000 incredible tiny miniatures, antiques, and toys of all kind, the special exhibits are really quite cool! $5.00 admittance fee.
A celebration of the people who worked in the historic KC Garment District and the clothing they made. This is a fairly small space but very reasonably priced ($5.00 and kids under 12 free) and the displays change with the seasons but are well done! Open Wed - Saturday from 10 - 4 pm.
Historic Garment District Museum
801 Broadway St
A celebration of the people who worked in the historic KC Garment District and the clothing they made. This is a fairly small space but very reasonably priced ($5.00 and kids under 12 free) and the displays change with the seasons but are well done! Open Wed - Saturday from 10 - 4 pm.
If you’re an aviation buff, this one’s for you! A permanent exhibit of artifacts and everything to do with the story and history of TWA. The exhibit contains the exhibit that traveled to the Smithsonian for it’s 150th anniversary and is pretty impressive! $10 for adults, $6 for kids 6-16 and free to kids 5 and under.
TWA Museum
10 Richards Road
If you’re an aviation buff, this one’s for you! A permanent exhibit of artifacts and everything to do with the story and history of TWA. The exhibit contains the exhibit that traveled to the Smithsonian for it’s 150th anniversary and is pretty impressive! $10 for adults, $6 for kids 6-16 and free to kids 5 and under.
Come on.... who doesn’t love money? And... it’s FREE! Not the money, silly, just the admission!. Open Monday - Friday (cause after all, it is the Government, right? : ). Bring a valid State issued ID or passport if you’re an international guest (or, you’ll not gain admission). No photos allowed of security equipment, personnel or Cash operations. (In other words, no casing out the joint). OH, and no weapons of any sort because they WILL x-ray, screen and metal detect all visitors. Because better safe than sorry. But you don’t care, because you’re a good guy!
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The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch
1020 16th Street
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Come on.... who doesn’t love money? And... it’s FREE! Not the money, silly, just the admission!. Open Monday - Friday (cause after all, it is the Government, right? : ). Bring a valid State issued ID or passport if you’re an international guest (or, you’ll not gain admission). No photos allowed of security equipment, personnel or Cash operations. (In other words, no casing out the joint). OH, and no weapons of any sort because they WILL x-ray, screen and metal detect all visitors. Because better safe than sorry. But you don’t care, because you’re a good guy!

Entertainment & Activities

iMax Theater, special exhibits (mummies are there now), Planetarian, Science Museum, Pierponts Restaurant (to die for and great martinis), coffee, shops and more!
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Union Station
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iMax Theater, special exhibits (mummies are there now), Planetarian, Science Museum, Pierponts Restaurant (to die for and great martinis), coffee, shops and more!
Farmers Market every day of the week but Sat and Sunday are the best. Quaint food shops, great Vietnamese, Sunday Flea Market, great fresh fruit and vegetables.
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River Market
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Farmers Market every day of the week but Sat and Sunday are the best. Quaint food shops, great Vietnamese, Sunday Flea Market, great fresh fruit and vegetables.
If you're into Water Parks, this is the place to be. About a 20 minute drive and great fun for kids and adults of all ages!
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City
9400 State Ave
If you're into Water Parks, this is the place to be. About a 20 minute drive and great fun for kids and adults of all ages!
Sporting KC plays here and Soccer is fun fun fun!
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Children's Mercy Park
1 Sporting Way
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Sporting KC plays here and Soccer is fun fun fun!
If you’re afraid of heights.... get over it! Learn new rock and bouldering sskills, hone old ones, have fun and get some great exercise!
ROKC Climbing Gym
1501 Howell St
If you’re afraid of heights.... get over it! Learn new rock and bouldering sskills, hone old ones, have fun and get some great exercise!

Shopping

Every great shop in a setting that is modeled after Seville Spain, great food, fun walking, quite unique!
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Country Club Plaza
4706 Broadway Boulevard
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Every great shop in a setting that is modeled after Seville Spain, great food, fun walking, quite unique!
Every store with everthing your heart desires. In the same location as Sporting KC, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Schlitterbaum and more. Lots of restaurants and shopping galore!
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Legends Outlets Kansas City
1843 Village West Parkway
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Every store with everthing your heart desires. In the same location as Sporting KC, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Schlitterbaum and more. Lots of restaurants and shopping galore!

Parks & Nature

It's a GREAT Zoo! Make reservations in advance during covid
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Kansas City Zoo
6800 Zoo Drive
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It's a GREAT Zoo! Make reservations in advance during covid
The VIEW is fantastic and the Park is a lovely place to walk. The only WWI Museum in the US. An incredibly monument, two shrouded sphinx’s (symbolising the horror and shame of war) and an iconic eternal flame. This site houses a incredible collection of history and patriotism. It sits high, overlooking the city and affording a great opportunity to see a beautiful view of the Union Station. The park setting is home to numerous festivals, special exhibits and it’s a favorite for family and wedding photos. Best of all, it’s a great place to fly kites!
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Liberty Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
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The VIEW is fantastic and the Park is a lovely place to walk. The only WWI Museum in the US. An incredibly monument, two shrouded sphinx’s (symbolising the horror and shame of war) and an iconic eternal flame. This site houses a incredible collection of history and patriotism. It sits high, overlooking the city and affording a great opportunity to see a beautiful view of the Union Station. The park setting is home to numerous festivals, special exhibits and it’s a favorite for family and wedding photos. Best of all, it’s a great place to fly kites!
This park is very close and has two Frisbee Golf courses. The second course is called the "Down Under". It's completely hidden from the park and isn't advertised but locals know and frequent this course beause it's like being in the midst of a fantasy forest with paths winding up and down and completely surrounded by trees. Check it out and you won't be disappointed!
Rosedale Park Drive
This park is very close and has two Frisbee Golf courses. The second course is called the "Down Under". It's completely hidden from the park and isn't advertised but locals know and frequent this course beause it's like being in the midst of a fantasy forest with paths winding up and down and completely surrounded by trees. Check it out and you won't be disappointed!
If you’re looking for something totally unique, fun, out of the box and loved climbing trees as a kid, this one’s for you! Classes are available at a variety of KC’s local beautiful parks!
Tree Climbing Kansas City LLC
7210 W 54th St
If you’re looking for something totally unique, fun, out of the box and loved climbing trees as a kid, this one’s for you! Classes are available at a variety of KC’s local beautiful parks!
Once you get to KC, you’ll see why it’s a City that was built around trees, not a City that simply planted a few here and there. Located in historic Swope Park, home to the incredible KC Zoo, if you like an adventure that includes going fast, going high and full of thrills, this one’s for you!
Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure - Swope Park
7331 Oakwood Dr
Once you get to KC, you’ll see why it’s a City that was built around trees, not a City that simply planted a few here and there. Located in historic Swope Park, home to the incredible KC Zoo, if you like an adventure that includes going fast, going high and full of thrills, this one’s for you!