Fun Summer Activities in Kansas City

Fun Summer Activities in Kansas City


24 million people travel to Kansas City every year, according to In fact, Kansas City was recently rated by Travel + Leisure as the #1 Affordable Getaway in America.

But you don’t need to be a tourist to enjoy all that Kansas City has to offer. Here are 5 fun activities to try this summer—right here in the metro area.

Powell Gardens

Visitors love the enchanted gardens and beautiful walking trails, fountains, and sculptures of Powell Gardens. Set on 915 acres of rolling hills, this unique destination includes an island garden, rock wall garden, indoor tropical conservatory, 18,000 sq. ft. visitor’s center (with a gift shop and café), and the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel, a beautiful glass-encased creation designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s student, Fay Jones.

Royals Game

Kauffman Stadium has been home to the Royals for 43 years. It’s even more fun since the $250 million renovation in 2009, when they added new concessions, a 7,000 sq. ft. Hall of Fame Museum in left field, and the Outfield Experience—an activity center for kids of all ages, with pre-game entertainment, batting cages, a carousel, and a 5-hole mini golf course.

First Fridays

Up to 15,000 people celebrate the first Friday of every month in the Crossroads Art District, where you can feast on Christopher Elbow chocolates, watch live street performances, tour the art galleries, and sample street tacos. It’s a great way to explore Kansas City’s food and arts community.

City Market

The City Market is located in the historic River Market district of Kansas City, with 140 stalls of fresh produce, baked goods, and flowers—plus 40 full-time tenants for dining, shopping, and entertainment, in addition to the nationally recognized Arabia Steamboat Museum. Since 1857, this has been one of the largest and most enduring public farmer’s markets in the Midwest.

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