Trip Ideas: Where to Play Before the Royals Play Ball
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.
Sightseeing
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.
400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City MO 64106, 816-471-1856
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
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.
11401 N. Congress, Kansas City MO 64153, 877-883-1450
Hours: See website for tour information
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.
100 W. 26th St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-888-8100
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. ~ Off season, Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.
4525 Oak St., Kansas City MO 64111, 816-751-1278
Hours: Wed., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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!
2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City MO 64108, 816-471-4386
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
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.
1616 E. 18th Street, Kansas City MO 64108, 888-221-6526
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Food and Drink
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.
2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-474-7095
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
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.
1221 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City MO 64127, 816-483-3880
Hours: Mon.-Thu. and Sun., 10 a.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.