Trip Ideas: Museums, Art and Food KC Style
Kansas City, known as the Heart of America, was founded in 1850. Here you’ll find an incredible variety of things to see and do, from art and culture to an alluring nightlife, historical attractions to great music venues, world-class museums to Kansas City barbecue. There is never a dull moment.
Morning
Established in 1857, the 145-stall City Market is one of the largest farmers' markets in the region. Merchants and vendors offer a variety of fresh produce, meats, seafood, flowers, specialty foods and other items.
20 E. Fifth St., Kansas City MO 64106, 816-842-1271
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The steamboat Arabia was a side-wheel steamer built in 1853 that sank near Kansas City in 1856 with 200 tons of cargo bound for western towns. Recovered in 1988, the Arabia’s collection reveals details of frontier life.
400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City MO 64106, 816-471-1856
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Evening

The Blue Room is a museum by day and a working jazz club by night; part of the American Jazz Museum. Four nights a week, the Blue Room resonates with the sweet sounds of Kansas City jazz. As the only Kansas City club included in DownBeat magazine's list of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the world, the Blue Room consistently books top name national and international entertainers.

Designed to resemble a 1930s nightclub, the Blue Room is a multifaceted exhibit focusing on the Kansas City connection to the evolution of jazz, featuring a wall of fame exhibiting the images of those local musicians that made the Kansas City-style swing.

While in the Blue Room, you can view "soundies" from a video jukebox that features performances of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller and John Coltrane. Alcoholic beverages are available at the bar and an appetizer buffet is available during Indigo Hour Friday evenings.

Visit our online events calendar for information about performances and show times.

1616 E.18th St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-474-8463
Hours: Mon. and Thu., 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Afternoon

This is a two-acre public garden with six fountains, more than 350 varieties of perennials and annual beds that change seasonally. The gardens are contained within a stone and wrought-iron wall. Tours are available for groups of 10 or more, prior arrangements are required.

4800 Rockhill Road, Kansas City MO 64110, 816-932-1000
Hours: Daily: 8 a.m.-sunset
This museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts along with the varied cultures they represent.
4525 Oak St., Kansas City MO 64111, 816-751-1278
Hours: Wed., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is a unique experience offering a free, up-close look at the nation’s financial system in action.
1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City MO 64198, 816-881-2683
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed holidays

This entire 15-block district is home to more than 150 upscale shops, dozens of fine restaurants, nightclubs and hotels is one of the Midwest's major shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

The Plaza has a year-round calendar of music and other special events.

4750 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO 64112, 816-753-0100
Hours: Hours vary by business.