Kansas City has plenty to offer year-round, but summer always provides some of the best opportunities to explore more than just the most well-known sights. It can admittedly be a little tough to narrow down a list of things to do even for us at Neal Harris Service Experts. That’s why we came up with a few ideas of some spots that you should check out.
1. Kansas City Royals – Even if you weren’t living in Kansas City last year during the electric World Series run, there’s plenty of room left for you to join in the fun this year. As you can probably already tell, we’re pretty serious about our baseball team. Do yourself a big favor and take in a ballgame at Kauffman Stadium during one of the team’s giveaway nights like the Yordano Ventura bobblehead night on July 25.
2. Science City at Union Station – Union Station Kansas City has a variety of offerings from restaurants to exhibits, but don’t forget to check out Science City, especially if you have kids. There is a planetarium with summer programs like Stargaze Kansas City and Black Holes. Of course there are plenty of other hands-on learning activities that could take up a whole day (or at least Science City’s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. operating hours). You won’t want to leave! Admission ranges from $6-$13.50.
3. The National WWI Museum and Memorial – Gain a greater understanding of the Great War at this museum. Numerous exhibitions and collections are available to see, including the Liberty Memorial, which was completed in 1926. Try to schedule your visit on a Wednesday for this summer’s World War Wednesdays discount. Active duty military, retired military, military families and teachers are eligible for a discount.
4. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – An internationally renowned institution, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art offers an educational, social and cultural take on the community. Be sure to check the museum’s calendar for a wide range of activities, like live music for Third Thursday and the special Legoland Jump In! Architecture workshop on July 11. Plus, admission is free for all ages.
5. Trolley Rides – Let someone else handle the navigating and hop aboard one of the Kansas City Fun Trolley Tours. You’ll be able to see all the hot spots and the best sights on this tour. Make sure to have your camera ready! Tours run every two hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
6. Kansas City Starlight Theatre – A landmark since the 1950’s, this is a no-brainer if you are in Kansas City during the summer months. It is one of only three self-producing outdoor theatres still remaining in the United States, with shows ranging from Camelot to Mary Poppins. Check out the event calendar for this summer’s full lineup of Broadway, Starlight Theatre and concert schedules.
7. Kansas City Power & Light District – If you want to get out and walk around, the Power & Light District is the perfect place to check out Kansas City. With more than 50 shops, bars and restaurants, the district gives you plenty of choices for some of KC’s best evening food and entertainment, including Spring Family Fun Days happening throughout the summer. This is one of Neal Harris ’s favorites.
8. Kansas City Zoo – You can explore Africa, Australia and Asia right in Kansas City! The Kansas City Zoo has a variety of exhibits for you to see different animals and shows so you can learn more. Be sure to check out Putt & Play for Polar Bears where you can test out your putt putt skills at Paradise Park on June 27. Zoo hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
9. BBQ Restaurants – Some have even called KC the BBQ Capital of the World, and with nearly 100 barbecue joints to pick from around the city we’re not going to argue. While the Neal Harris team can’t agree on one favorite, we can easily say that wherever you go, you won’t be disappointed.
10. Kansas City Public Library – This library has ten different locations to visit and more than one million items in its holding. It’s an impressive stop for any booklovers, regardless of whether you check out books. Don’t forget the movies! The library holds public viewings of movies for the whole family multiple times a week. Each location has different hours, so make sure you check online before heading out.