The Raphael Hotel
Country Club Plaza
Kansas City’s iconic cultural center became America’s first suburban shopping district designed to accommodate the automobile when it opened in 1922. The Plaza was developed by J.C. Nichols, a visionary young developer of the day. He envisioned an upscale shopping and living area to attract an increasingly affluent citizenry expanding south from the historic downtown. The Plaza grew in reputation and its enduring success helped transform the way America lives and shops. Today, the Plaza remains a local treasure. It is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its distinct Moorish architecture, dazzling fountains, wrought-iron fenced courtyards, tree-lined boulevards, mosaics, statues, and works of art. Its most famous tower is the Giralda Tower, one of three scaled replicas in the world modeled from the famed Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain. The 15-square block district is home to more than 150 shops and restaurants. The Season of the Lights runs from Thanksgiving through the second Sunday of January.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Featuring an impressive collection of more than 33,500 objects, this inspiring attraction is known for its neoclassical architecture and Asian art. Peruse an immense array of artwork, from ancient to modern times. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art showcases art in many mediums, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and decorative arts. One of the highlights is the delightful installation of giant shuttlecocks on the front lawn, a playful juxtaposition against the museum’s stately façade.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Featuring hundreds of pieces of cutting-edge artwork and a unique atrium design, this fascinating art museum offers free admission every day. Along with 10-12 visiting exhibitions each year, the Kemper Museum presents a colorful permanent collection artwork from 1913 to the present. See watercolors by Georgia O’Keefe and glasswork by Dale Chihuly. Visit the museum gift shop and dine at Café Sebastienne.
National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
Commemorate the soldiers of the Great War at this touching museum and memorial. Guests enter the museum by walking above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each symbolizing 1,000 deaths. The National World War I museum features numerous evocative displays, including propaganda posters, replica trenches, guns, uniforms, and a tank. Pay your respects at the Liberty Memorial, a classic Egyptian Revival-style tower with impressive magnitude and grace.
Like a city within a city, this massive commercial complex contains numerous stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and family attractions. Home to the SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium and the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Crown Center is a pleasurable place to spend the day. Go figure skating on the Ice Terrace, watch a movie at Screenland, or simply enjoy the open-air environment with fountains and flowers.
With space for 19,000 people and 72 luxury suites, this massive indoor arena hosts some of Kansas City's biggest events. From nationally touring pop stars and professional sports competitions to family entertainment, Sprint Center is the setting for a wide variety of special events. The arena is the site of numerous college basketball tournaments, and is also connected to the National Collegiate Hall of Fame.
Kansas City Zoo
From sea lion shows and elephant painting demonstrations, to lorikeet feedings and chats with chimpanzees, this family-friendly attraction features more than 1,300 animals. At the Kansas City Zoo, you can explore numerous themed areas, including award-winning African, Australian, and Pachyderm animal exhibits. See all the popular animals, including tigers, apes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, polar bears, flamingos, cheetahs, warthogs, and more. Hit the gift shop and find fun dining experiences throughout the zoo.
Kansas City Union Station
Fully restored, this 1914 landmark train station is now a preeminent destination for entertainment and cultural activities. It is home to restaurants and shops, plus railroad and museum exhibitions, a theater, and planetarium. Kansas City Union Station is also the location of Science City, an interactive museum for children and adults, and Regnier Extreme Screen, the largest 3-D movie screen in the region at five and half stories tall.
Kansas City Royals
Part of the Central Division of MLB’s American League, this beloved baseball team plays at the classic Kauffman Stadium. Winner of the 2015 World Series and another in 1985, the Kansas City Royals offer action-packed sports excitement in a ballpark with numerous state-of-the-art features. Explore special areas for fans including the Pepsi Party Porch, Royals Hall of Fame, batting cages, Royals Team Store, and the .390 Bar & Grill.
Kansas City Chiefs
Dominating Arrowhead Stadium with National Football League action, this professional sports team is part of the American Football Conference. Attend thrilling Kansas City Chiefs NFL games throughout the season at Arrowhead Stadium, located just off Interstate 70. Recently renovated, this open-air stadium offers numerous modern features for fans, including dining, sports shopping, a KC Chiefs Hall of Honor, and guided tours.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Home of the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, this striking performance center is a hub of culture and art. It consists of two elegant performance venues the Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall and hosts a brilliant array of entertainment and events, including ballets, operas, symphonies, and music concerts in many genres.