By Paige Siewert
There are lots to do in a large city like Kansas City. People that are new to the area might not realize some of the hidden or not so hidden treasures the city holds. Here are the top five places to go within the Kansas City Area.
#1: Arrowhead Stadium
This one is not really a secret but if you are in the area it is a must visit. The sea of red is something every football fan should experience and the energy that the stadium radiates is unbeatable. The Kansas City Chiefs put on an amazing show for their football games full of fireworks, bands, pyroglyphics and of course some quality football. You will undoubtedly hear the battle cry. There are plenty of concession options and huge parking lots for your pre-game or post-game festivities. See what everyone is talking about with their new quarterback Patrick Mahomes and see what this coming season will bring before it’s gone.
#2: Kauffman Stadium
If you are headed to Arrowhead Stadium or already know where it is lucky you because Kauffman shares the same lot. The Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs play next door to each other. Don’t expect to see them both at once however. Because of parking and game day traffic with one team playing it is very rare that both events are going on at the same time or even the same day. The Kansas City Royals were victorious in the 2015 World Series and are known for their water fountains along the outside of the outfield and their large crown shaped display screen. Tickets are quite affordable and there is a $45 parking fee difference from the Chiefs game, so you cut costs that way as well. You also have the opportunity to visit a mini hall of fame behind left field where replica World Series Trophies are displayed.
#3: Worlds of Fun
Kansas City also has a large amusement park with a neighboring water park called Oceans of Fun. Worlds of Fun features 48 rides from everywhere to thrilling roller coasters to Ferris Wheel’s to bumper cars. They have it all. They also have a Snoopy Section for kids. The theme park is inspired by Around the World in 80 Days and has seasonal events like Halloween Haunt and Snoopy’s Hot Summer Nights. Water park admission is also included in a park pass. Ocean’s of Fun features 18 attractions including water slides, an interactive pirate ship, a lazy river and a wave pool. At this time of year, the park is only open on weekends from 6 pm-12 am.
#4: Barbeque Restaurants
You can’t go to Kansas City and not try the barbeque. Anyone who knows anything about Kansas City knows that fact. There are too many quality barbeque places in Kansas City to fairly split them up on this list but places like Q39 and Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que are must visits within the city. Q39 is a little on the expensive side but you definitely get your money’s worth. The signature sauce is to die for and the quality of the meat is unlike anything you have ever tasted before. Joe’s gives you a unique dining experience as the venue is shared with a gas station and while there is usually a line up out the door, it is definitely worth the wait. Joe’s was listed as America’s best barbecue place by the US Post and has been featured on the Food Network television show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
#5: The Plaza
A must see around the holiday season is The Country Club Plaza. Especially after sun down! The outdoor mall is full of beautiful architectural structures and around Christmas, they are all individually decorated with beautiful Christmas lights. This features 15 blocks of shopping options and restaurants. If you don’t mind the walk and want a very visually appealing shopping experience check out the Plaza!
These ideas are only few of many things to do in the Kansas City. You are welcome to check these out or venture out and make a top five list of your own!
Paige Siewert is a Senior at the University of Saint Mary studying Digital Communications.