Courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
By Calina Wood
We see the best in the state, so you can trust us when we share ten things we love about Kansas City and advise you to include these experiences, treats, and sights, from the World War I Museum, BB ’s Lawnside Barbecue, and beyond, on your next trip.
- Where else can you stand in a French farmhouse that’s been hit by a seventeen- inch howitzer shell? It’s perfectly safe at the United States’ official World War I museum at Liberty Memorial, designated by Congress in 2004.
- Eerily cool, the exhibits at the Steamboat Arabia Museum offer a rare peek into pioneer life in 1856. The boat sank with a full cargo on the Missouri River, and you can watch technicians as they still work to preserve the frontier goods.
- If you like the nightlife, bar-hopping in the Power and Light District should be right up your alley. We like the live entertainment at Angel Bar and a pitcher of Boulevard with a pizza at Pizza Bar.
- In season, the rose garden is one of Loose Park’s most popular features. With four thousand roses in about one-hundred fifty varieties, it’s a beautiful backdrop for a wedding ceremony or family photo.
- The battered fries at BB’s Lawnside Barbecue are downright sinful, and the blues and jazz singers, smoked meats, and Louisiana favorites are hot any day of the week.
- It’s where two Kansas City traditions, baseball and fountains, collide: The fountains in the outfield at Kauffman Stadium are the largest privately funded fountains in the world, and they light up at night games.
- First Fridays at the Crossroads is a family- friendly, free event and is the perfect time to explore this vibrant arts district. On the first Friday of every month, art galleries, restaurants, and shops bustle with excitement, and the galleries stay open until 10 pm.
- The breathtaking view of the fountains at the award-winning Bloch addition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is inspiring. We prefer night viewing after strolling through the galleries. The American Indian Art Collection is one of our favorites.
- Never mind the prestigious awards received from the James Beard Foundation, Zagat, and more; the old fashioned, pan-fried chicken at Stroud’s is served up home-style, without a trace of pretension. Yum!
- A cozy carriage at the Plaza is the perfect way to view the dazzling lights and holiday sights. It also makes for a great family photo: ask your driver to snap one for your holiday cards.