100 Fun Things To Do In Kansas City

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Kansas is chock-full of culture, history and plenty of fun activities to do if you’re in town. From the sporting garden to the Douse water park, you’ll find plenty of things to marvel at, places to eat, and spots to relax. Check out our top fun things to do in the state of Kansas.

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Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Ride on for over a mile of currents, rapids and slides at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

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Kansas Speedway

Are you in need for some speed? Buckle up and watch the race of a lifetime at Kansas Speedway

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Timberview Helicopters

Steal glances of some amazing views with Timberview Helicopters

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Sporting Park

Watch a game or two at the famous Sporting Park

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Volleyball Beach

Put on your shorts and try your hands at Volleyball at Volleyball Beach

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Boulevard Drive In Theatre

Catch a flick under the stars at Boulevard Drive In Theatre

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The Legends at Village West

Spend a day full of fun, shopping & eating at The Legends at Village West

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The Shrine Circus

Revel the astounding performances by the 100+ years old circus group – The Shrine Circus

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Shoal Creek Golf Course

Get in swing with the 18 holes course at Shoal Creek Golf Course

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Great Wolf Lodge

Swim, Splash & Slide at Great Wolf Lodge

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Cabela's

Pay a visit to Cabela’s – a 400-acre development housing the “World’s Foremost Outfitters” for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear

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Segway Bike & Stroll

Glide through the historic neighborhoods taking in the natural beauty, architecture, arts, entertainment, and history with Segway Bike & Stroll

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Kansas City Party Bus

Drink, Scream, Move and groove in Kansas City Party Bus

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Kansas City Zoo

Dress up and head out to the Kansas City Zoo for some trick-or-treating and lots of fun with the animals

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Power & Light District

Take a trip to the tropical islands with the return of Kansas City Power & Light District’s all-day party

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Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

Hit the Jackpot at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

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Richard Petty Driving Experience

Get behind the wheel in a NASCAR race, for an adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime that gets you as close to being in The Race as you will ever get!

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Wyandotte County Lake State Park

Plan a picnic at Wyandotte County Lake State Park, it consists of 1500 acres, 400 acre lake for fishing and boating and 16 shelters, all have with water, electricity, playground equipment and restrooms

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International Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrate Chinese heritage with dragon boat races, puppet shows, Chinese chess tournament and more at the International Dragon Boat Festival, hosted in June every year

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KC Barbecue Tours

Get the ultimate taste of KC with KC Barbecue Tours’ selection of barbecue adventures, offered Thursday through Saturday all year long

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Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

Take shelter and enjoy a fragrant breeze, and a secret garden – Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

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Skydive Kansas City

Leap into a heart-racing adventure with Skydive Kansas City, home of the proclaimed highest jumps in the Midwest

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Hammerspace

Get your creative juices flowing at Hammerspace. Try your hand at summer classes in woodworking, art, metalworking, electronics, crafts and more

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Union Station

Get up close and personal with the game of football at Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football Hall of Fame at Union Station

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Fiesta Kansas City

Go Latina and enjoy delicious food, ice-cold beverages, and performances by Grupo Palomo, Rogelio Martinez, El Dasa and more at Fiesta Kansas City

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Brookside Farmers’ Market

Get to know your neighbors and support local growers at your neighborhood farmer’s markets, on Saturdays at Brookside Farmers’ Market

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Green Lady Lounge

Grab a plush booth and soak up the sounds of live Jazz music at Green Lady Lounge

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Slide the City

See the city in a whole new way when Slide the City inflates the fun in KC in August, Featuring a 1,000-foot vinyl slip-and-slide (that’s more than three football fields), live music, food and drinks!

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Oceans of Fun

Make summer memorable with one of Kansas City’s well-known themed parks, Oceans of Fun

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Up-Down Kansas City

Go retro and relive your childhood on more than 40 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, pinball machines, three skee-ball alleys and more at Kansas City’s newest arcade bar with local graffiti art, Up-Down Kansas City

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Bubble Soccer

Laugh your way to a good time with Bubble Soccer, the hilarious take on European soccer but with each player performing in a large inflatable bubble

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Museum at Prairiefire

Set Your Imagination on Fire at Museum at Prairiefire

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KC Watersports

Catch a wave or two at KC Watersports’ facility, where you’ll find high-energy fun while wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding and attempting tricks on Cable Lake

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Festival of Butterflies

Find beauty in the colorful wings of hundreds of free-flying butterflies at Powell Gardens’ signature event. Spread over two weekends (July 31—Aug. 2 and Aug. 7—9)

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The Blue Room

If the night’s still young, slide your way over to The Blue Room in the historic 18th and Vine District and soothe your soul with live jazz

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Gangster Tour

Put yourself hot on the trail of this city’s most notorious Goodfellas with Gangster Tour

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U.S. Bank Great Midwest Balloon Fest

Get Blown Away at U.S. Bank Great Midwest Balloon Fest

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Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center

Take the tour of Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center and end with a relaxing visit in the Tea Room or sit on the front porch and enjoy the view of Downtown Kansas City

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Piddle Paddle, LLC.

Make the Water Your Playground at Piddle Paddle, LLC.

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Theatre in the Park

Spend a date night under the stars watching a great live show at Theatre in the Park

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Sea Life Aquarium

Channel your inner marine biologist and explore the underwater world and all of its mysteries at Crown Center’s Sea Life Aquarium

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Clark’s Point in Case Park

See the City from Clark’s Point in Case Park

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Cliff Drive

Explore by foot and bicycle the four-mile winding path In Northeast’s Kessler Park that is Cliff Drive

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Chipotle’s inaugural Cultivate Festival

Explore the relationship between food and music at Chipotle’s inaugural Cultivate Festival

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Shawnee Mission Park Beach

Make a Splash at Shawnee Mission Park Beach

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Community America Ballpark

Take yourself out to the ball game at Community America Ballpark

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Lewis & Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point

Hike the trails through the woods along the river with beautiful views of the city at Lewis & Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Experience an unmatched high-flyin’ FUN at Sky Zone Trampoline Park that is for kids & adults alike

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The Pink Daisy

Tour the 4 floors of antiques at The Pink Daisy

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Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

Enjoy a delicious Dinner while watching a Show at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

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Maple Creek Golf Course

Get in swing with the 18 holes course at Maple Creek Golf Course

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Kansas City Walking Tours

Join a Kansas City Walking Tours, on a food tour to savor the best food the River Market. On every tour, hear stories that connect you to Kansas City.

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KC Bowl

Knock down the pins at KC Bowl

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Maker Faire

Be inspired and celebrate creativity at Kansas City’s family-friendly annual showcase of invention – Maker Faire at Union Station!

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Tapcade

For a mere five bucks you can play the rotating roster of arcade games ranging from Ms. Pac-Man to The Simpsons at Tapcade

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The Phoenix Jazz Club

Come early, but stay late and take in the local tastes and sounds of The Phoenix Jazz Club

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The KC Improv Company

Witness one of the best comedy shows in town at The KC Improv Company

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Kaleidoscope

Allow your children to nourish their creative spirit through the use of their art supplies.

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Loose Park

Stroll through Loose Park, a peaceful 74-acre retreat that offers the fragrant Rose Garden, scenic walking paths and a small lake for those restful moments

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KC Fountains

Get amazed by the dazzling interplay of water Fountains shooting at KC Fountains

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The Money Museum

Take a history lesson on money & even feel the weight of a Gold bar at The Money Museum

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Kansas City Wine Trail

Try a day trip exploring the Kansas City Wine Trail. Spanning from Kansas City to Waverly (about 70 miles east)

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Breakout KC

Use your gut. Solve the riddles. Find out if you have what it takes to breakout in time! at Breakout KC

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KC Double Decker Tours

Tour Kansas City above street level with KC Double Decker Tours

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Explore LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City, the ultimate indoor playground for kids who are the biggest fans of LEGO

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Kansas City Irish Fest

Celebrate Kansas city’s Irish heritage at the three-day fest with the top Irish entertainment, contests, comedy, heritage exhibits and more at Kansas City Irish Fest

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Music in the Park

Take the time to unwind with good music and good company(free of charge) at Music in the Park

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Murder-Mystery Train

Have a Meal to Die For at Murder-Mystery Train

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Overland Park Farmers Market

See vibrant colors and enjoy delectable aromas every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at Overland Park’s Farmers Market

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Craft Cocktail and Jazz Tour

Cool off with a crafty cocktail, and delve into KC’s infamous history that earned it the name “Paris of the Plains” with Taste of Kansas City’s under-the-radar Craft Cocktail and Jazz Tour

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Kansas City Culinary Institute

Cook up some summer fun with the Kansas City Culinary Institute and its more than 600 cooking classes aimed at demystifying the art of cooking

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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

Bring out the child in you by visiting The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures – one of the nation’s largest collection of antique toys and the world’s largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures

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CoCo Key Water Resort

Get out of the cold and into 84 degree tropics at CoCo Key Water Resort

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Kansas City Museum

Observe the development of life on the plains and Kansas City’s role in the westward expansion of the United States at Kansas City Museum

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Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Sip wine from a hand-painted glass and stroll through the marvel that is the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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Mill Creek Park

Go for or picnics, hikes and special events at Mill Creek Park – A peaceful oasis in the middle of busy Kansas City

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Old Trolley Trail

Jog the Old Trolley Trail – A running path following old railroad track for 4 miles

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39th Street West

Eat some of the best Asian cuisine in KC at 39th Street West

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Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course

Embark on a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy with Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course – where you take on suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines – all with an incredible view

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Pole Worx

Get on the dance floor at Pole Worx

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Art Experience.us

Learn how to mix colors, control your brush marks and paint confidently on canvas, while sipping your own beverage at Art Experience.us

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The Beast

Freak out in the terror-filled, America’s largest haunted house – The Beast

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Off Key Entertainment Karaoke Bar

Sing your precious little heart out at Off Key Entertainment Karaoke Bar

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Tea Market

Try out Tangerine Rosemary tea in the Tea Bar at Tea Market

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Volleyball Beach

Serve Up a Few Rounds at Volleyball Beach

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Santa Fe Trail

Take a scenic drive, at the historic, Santa Fe Trail

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Minor Park

Enter from the west, to Minor Park for some pioneer trails hunting!

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Brush Creek Waterway

Jog along the Brush Creek Waterway, a 3/4-mile concrete path below street level that follows a canal.

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The Bay Water Park

Douse the summer heat at The Bay Water Park

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Airline History Museum

Let your imagination soar at

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Bee Sweet Ice Cream

Try out refreshing scoops of ice creams at Bee Sweet Ice Cream, in flavors of jasmine honey, beet ginger cinnamon, and blueberry buttermilk pancake

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American Royal Museum

Feel the Cowboy vibe at American Royal Museum

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River Market Antiques

Add unquie finds to your collections of antiques by visiting River Market Antiques

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Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle

Eat Your Heart Out at Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle

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Liberty Memorial

Take some time to remember the heroes at Liberty Memorial

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Boulevardia Craft Beer Festival

Get Crafty at Boulevardia Craft Beer Festival

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The Brick

Order a food, Kick back, relax and enjoy live music this summer at The Brick

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Pedal Hopper

Spice up your party with Pedal Hopper, the moveable bicycle cart equipped with a bartender and a well-stocked but non-alcohol bar

There’s plenty to do in Kansas. Although the city isn’t as large as others (actually third largest), there’s still plenty of fun activities to do for both residents and visitors to check off the list. We’ve tried to knock out as many as possible here, but it’s possible we missed some. Make sure to contact Fun Things To Do if you see any additions or feedback that you’d like to include!