Hear about travel to Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rob Walch about the Paris of the Plains. Kansas City has that nickname because of the many fountains in the city.
Rob recommends Kansas particularly to sports fans with its wonderful museum dedicated to the Negro Leagues. This is the former home for the famous Kansas City Monarchs. “Go to the Negro League museum in the morning and then head off to a Royals game in the afternoon. It’s such a unique perspective, especially if you have kids because you are going to get a lot of questions. ‘What do you mean they played in different leagues'”.
“Now if you are a basketball aficionado and you are in Kansas City in the wintertime you have to go to a K.U. basketball game. Tickets are a little bit pricy but the experience of cramming all those people into the small little Allen Field House and how vibrant they are. If you love college basketball Allen Field House is one of the Meccas you have to go to. It’s just 30-45 minutes outside of Kansas City” The basketball program at K.U. was started by the inventor of the game.
Rob also recommends the American Royal Rodeo which is kicked off with the American Royal BBQ. That usually runs from early September through early November. The BBQ is an all-star BBQ in a city known for its BBQ. Rob recommends 3 of his favorite BBQ joints as we talk about the joys of Kansas City “burnt ends”.
For families with kids, Rob recommends Science City, Maker Fair, Power Wheels racing, Wonderscope Children’s Museum, Crown Center Lego Land, the Baldwin City Train Depot, Paul Messner Puppets and a restaurant where they deliver the food by train.
For adults, Kansas City now boasts a number of casinos and on the First Friday of every month in the Cross Roads District the art galleries open longer and you can combine a dinner out with strolling among the art.
Rob also recommends some more unusual sites like the Airline History Museum, a balloon festival, and Stricker’s Auctions which has been doing auctions for 40 years.
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Jack Stack BBQ
Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ
Jess and Jim’s Steak House
Maker Faire Kansas City
Wonderscope Children’s Museum
Hallmark Visitors Center
Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant
Day Out with Thomas
Paul Mesner Puppets
The Berry Patch
Nelson Atkins Art Museum
Toy & Miniature Museum
Airline History Museum
Moon Marble Company
Midwest Balloon Fest
Boulevard Brewing Co
Deanna Rose Petting Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Hollywood Casino, Kansas City
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