Where to Play Before the Royals Play Ball

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Awesome! You’re in Kansas City for a Royals game and have time to spare. There’s a lot to see and do before the first pitch. Use your time wisely and make sure you check out these can’t-miss Kansas City spots.


A. Arabia Steamboat Museum

Start today's visit to Kansas City by stepping into the past, September 1856, to be specific. That's when the the steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City with 200 tons of cargo bound for towns in the west. In 1988, the Arabia excavation began, resulting in the astonishing discovery of pre-Civil War artifacts now on display at this incredible museum.

B. Arabia Steamboat Museum

This 358,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson plant was built in 1998, producing the Sportster®, Dyna® and V-Rod® families of motorcycles from fabrication and finishing through final assembly. The tour center features displays that guide you through the manufacturing and assembly processes. Sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop. Your tour begins with a video. Then, on the factory floor, you watch operations from welding, laser-cutting and frame-bending, to polishing and assembly. See fenders and fuel tanks being formed, newly painted frames hanging on the line and sophisticated robotic welding technology. You'll see the liquid-cooled Revolution® powertrain assembled from crankcase to cylinder heads.

C. National WWI Museum and Memorial

Enjoy an unforgettable view of Kansas City from atop Liberty Memorial, then learn more about the "War to End All Wars" at the National World War I Museum, which is located beneath the iconic tower.

D. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

You don't have to have an art degree to know this place is flat-out amazing. The Nelson-Atkins currently maintains collections of nearly 40,000 works of art, all of which provide the opportunity to create new connections and unique experiences at every turn. The outdoor sculpture park is a regional favorite.

E. Legoland Discovery Center

If you're taking the kids to the Royals game with you, make it a day they'll never forget with a visit to Legoland Discovery Center. It's 30,000 square feet of fun and home to more than 2 million Lego bricks!

F. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

There's no better primer for a day at the ballpark than this museum, which pays tribute to the Negro Leagues, which were established in 1920 and played a role in the development of several baseball hall of famers.

Food and Drink

A. Gates Bar-B-Q — Downtown Location

No day in Kansas City is complete without sampling barbecue, and Gates has been a staple of the city's dining scene since 1946. Go for the burnt ends. You'll be glad you did.

B. Boulevard Brewing Company

Beer and baseball go hand-in-hand, so it makes sense that you'll want to visit Kansas City's largest brewery before you head to Kauffman Stadium. Boulevard offers free, 45-minute tours of the brewery and yes, there are samples at the end for those ages 21 and older.