When school is out for the summer and families hit the road for a Kansas City vacation, there are a number of ways to learn a thing or two while having a total blast.
Hit the Streets
Just in time for summer, the KC Streetcar opened to the public with great fanfare on May 6, 2016. Roll down the road on the 2.2 mile stretch of track. You’ll be able to explore multiple Kansas City neighborhoods from the north end in the River Market neighborhood to the south end near Union Station and Crown Center.
Want to learn even more about Kansas City? Hop aboard a Kansas City Fun Tours trolley. After you step off the KC Streetcar at Union Station, you can hop right on to these temperature-controlled trolleys that explore 15 miles of beautiful KC sites including art museums, fountains and historic sites—plus you’ll even get tips on where to get a delicious meal after the tour.
Welcome our KC Koala guests
Their temporary home, Koala Flats, opened at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, April 28. How do you find the Zoo’s newest creatures? Make your way towards the carousel and the Helzberg Penguin Plaza and you can’t miss them! Guests will be able to learn about Burra and Coedie via Koala Zookeeper chats daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Master the art of staying afloat after accelerating down the speedy, slippery waterslides at Oceans of Fun. The massive wave pool tests your timing skills as you anticipate when the waves will start rolling after a short break.
Feelin’ fine at 18th & Vine
Did you know that Kansas City had its own Negro Leagues baseball team? Step back in time at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This space recreates the look, sound and feel of the game’s storied past. You can even “take the field” next to statues of Kansas City Monarchs players.
Steps away from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, you’ll hear the music of Kansas City’s signature sound at the American Jazz Museum.
Say hi to the KC skyline
Take a few selfies and also take in the history at the site of the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Visitors can experience a breathtaking view of Kansas City from the 217-foot Liberty Memorial Tower, which opened in 1926.
Written by Carolyn Anderson from Visit KC. Photos provided by Visit KC.