Kansas City - Barbecue, Fountains, and More
Beautiful, vibrant Kansas City is an oasis of a city. With four waterparks for cooling off on steamy days, world-famous barbecue, and incredible shopping, this city has it all. Perhaps Kansas City's diversity has to do with the fact that it spans two states and is the largest city in each. With one foot in Kansas and another in Missouri, this river-fed destination-point is truly the queen of the region.
City of Fountains
Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains, so it's always been an ideal place to enjoy a splash in the water. As you tour the city, try to spot some of the more than 200 Kansas City fountains. The fountain at Crown Center is a highlight of any trip downtown. The whole family will love watching the 100 water jets spout water into the air, creating a synchronized show that's beautiful, refreshing, and comical.
K.C. also has four waterparks. The kids in your group will love exploring Kaptain Kidd's and Crocodile Isle at Oceans of Fun, the city's classic water park. Oceans includes a Surf City Wave Pool with a million gallons of water. The newest park is Schlitterbahn Waterpark, which opened in July 2009. Schlitterbahn has 24 acres, the tadal-wave Torrent River, and the Storm Blaster Uphill Water Coaster. East of the city is the CoCoKey Water Resort, a park that's filled with indoor and outdoor twisting, winding waterslides. The Great Wolf Lodge is four stories high, dropping hundreds of gallons of water. The park has eight waterslides, five pools, two whirlpools, and fun transitions from indoors and to out.
This unique city has always been a center of trade, ever since the days of the Santa Fe Trail and riverboat travel. Today it's the home of a number of interesting businesses that you can visit for tours. From a trip to see card-making at Hallmark Cards to a stop at the Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations, you'll find plenty of surprizes.
Some of the city's newer attractions include the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the Bloch Building, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the College Basketball Experience with its exhibits and hoops hall of fame.
When you take the kids to Kansas City, you'll find plenty to do as a family. In the summer, you won't want to miss the fountains. Any time of year, you can take a trip to Science City, a hands-on children’s museum at Union Station, or to the 100-year-old Kansas City Zoo. With more than 1,200 exotic animals in natural settings, the zoo is a terrific place to spend the day. For a little high-adrenaline action, just visit the Kansas Speedway for superb racing. Young drivers in the group will love the Sadlers Indoor Racing center, where kids can drive, ride bumper cars, or steer the go-carts.
Kansas City has the full range of shopping choices, from unique boutiques to larger stores with top fashion labels. But it's the setting that offers that extra something special to a shopping expedition. You can stroll through the architecturally-stunning Country Club Plaza, see live theater at Crown Center, or explore City Market, one of the Midwest’s largest farmers’ markets.