There are so many things you’ll fall in love with in Kansas City, and surely as soon as you leave, you’ll be saying with a deflated heart that you’re sadly not in Kansas anymore just as Dorothy did from the Wizard of Oz. Of course, there’s more to Kansas that was ever depicted in the film, and if you’re a first time visitor, you’re in for a nice treat. Kansas is home to a lot of sights to see and a ton of unique experiences to go through. If this is your first time to Kansas, make sure that you add these 10 things to do on your list.
1. National World War I Museum
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a history buff or not; there’s something for you to appreciate at the National World War I Museum. It’s a solemn experience, a reminder of what had happened in our humanity’s history. This visit will definitely touch you deeply, and its Liberty Memorial will offer you some of the best panoramic views of the city.
2. Worlds of Fun
Think of 235 acres of thrill rides and pure fun—that’s exactly what Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun has to offer. You can enjoy rollercoasters, river rides, and a variety of exhibits that are geared to entertain children of all ages—even those who are young at heart.
3. Kansas City Zoo
This zoo is pretty old, over a century old actually. The Kansas City Zoo was founded in 1909 and it’s still one of the best attractions in the city. With over 200 acres of animal fun, the zoo allows visitors to see some of the coolest animals around including koala bears, African tigers, and many others.
4. American Jazz Museum
Don’t think it odd that Kansas City actually has a prominent jazz museum right in the heart of downtown. It just so happens that one of jazz’s legends, Charlie Parker, used to live and play in the very same neighborhood. You’ll get a good helping of jazz history, and if you aren’t already a fan, you might become one before you leave.
5. Leila’s Hair Museum
This is probably not for the faint of heart, but if you’re not easily grossed out, you have to go see Leila’s Hair Museum. It’s exactly what it sounds—a museum that displays hair, except it’s done in a more tasteful passion. If you didn’t think it was possible to create a wreath out of hair, think again, then visit the museum.
6. Kansas City Public Library
You might be wondering why a library might be on this list. Go to this location and be surprised at the larger than life Community Bookshelf that lines the outside walls of the library. These books were the ones recommended by various readers throughout the city.
7. The Crown Jewel
Whether or not you’re a baseball fan, make sure that you pay Kansas City’s Crown Jewel—the Kauffman Stadium. This stadium is home to the MLB team Kansas City Royals. The stadium has been opened since 1973 and has been host to over 77 million fans since the beginning.
8. The Crown Center
Kansas just so happens to have another crown, and it’s the Crown Center. This center is home to a few attractions including a SeaLife Aquarium, a Legoland Discovery Center, Coterie Theater and Musical Theater Heritage. There are plenty of other attractions at this establishment, and the best part is it’s located right at downtown.
9. Loose Park
Take a break from so many activities and enjoy the greenery right at the city in Loose Park. It’s not the largest park in the city, but it’s definitely the most popular. It’s the most relaxing place to be in the city. Make sure to stop by the rose garden, which houses over 4,000 roses.
10. Kansas City Speedway
Satisfy your need for speed at the Kansas City Speedway. This speedway offers the Richard Petty Driving Experience, which will take you through 50 laps inside a 600 horsepower vehicle. You’ll never experience anything like it anywhere else, and you certainly should never leave Kansas City without experiencing this first hand. If you’ve never been a fan of racing, you’ll at least appreciate what these man-made machines could really do.