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Best free things to do in Kansas City?

I'm going to be in Kansas City next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

6 Answers

answered first by
Kathy from Kansas

I don't know your travel dates, but Wichita Riverfest runs May 29 through June 6. You buy a button and then have access to plenty of entertainment to keep you busy. If it fits your schedule, look here:

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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

If the weather is nice, it is highly worth a stroll around the Country Club Plaza.  It was designed after Seville, Spain and has lots of fountains and nooks to sort of sit and people watch.  Not far from there, you can have a truly memorable fried chicken meal at Stroud's.

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is very well done and quite moving.  Nose-bleed tickets to a Royals game at Kauffman Stadium won't cost you much either, and at the rate we are going-it will be one of the oldest stadiums soon enough.  The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was a bit of an eye-opener.  Very entertaining and in a fun area of town to grab a happy hour cocktail and take in some jazz.

The Kansas City Zoo is really well done and ever evolving.  It is pretty spaced out, so can take quite a while to walk it all and take it all in.  We also really enjoyed the College Basketball Experience-which includes the College Basketball Hall-of-Fame and some entertaining interactive challenges!  It's near the Power and Light District so coordinate a visit here with lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area.

A little further afield, but so worth it is the Harry S Truman Library.  I love presidential libraries.  They always give you a peak into the life before, during and after these men governed our country. 

Note:  Some of the latter places have an entrance fee, but I don't recall it being terribly expensive!

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  2. National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial (attraction)
  3. Kauffman Stadium (attraction)
  4. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (attraction)
  5. Kansas City Zoo (attraction)
  6. College Basketball Experience (attraction)
  7. Power and Light District (attraction)
  8. Harry S Truman Library (attraction)
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answered by

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City (Missouri)

Check out some great Kansas City BBQ - Fiorella's Jack Stack BarbecueOklahoma Joe's BBQ & Catering, in Olathe

Legends Outlets Kansas Cityin Wyandotte, KS - outdoor shopping mall

oak park shopping mall in Overland Park

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  3. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue (restaurant)
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  5. Olathe (attraction)
  6. Legends Outlets Kansas City (attraction)
  7. Overland Park (city)

answered by
Ali from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kansas City (Missouri) is one big city in between two states divided by a residential street called State Line. On one side of the street is Kansas, on the other side is Missouri. You wil find most attractions on the Missouri side. You may want to check out The Plaza , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Power and Light District, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Crown Center and there is always something going on at Union Station Kansas City, Inc. (the old railroad station).  On the Kansas side in Johnson County there are usually things going on but you would have to check what events are taking place at the time you are there.

answered by
Anicia from Newark (Delaware)

Kansas City (Missouri) has some of the best sculptures that are scattered around the Plaza Area, also in that area are clubs that offer great music for free.

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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

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