Senior Travel to Kansas City

Apr 8th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Kansas City (KCMO) attractions offer an endless variety of things to see and do. Explore the only nationally-recognized museum dedicated to World War I. Let curiosity guide you at Union Station. Or, walk in the steps of America’s 33rd President in Independence.

 KCMO is a dynamic city backed by a vibrant arts scene, world-class attractions and an eclectic mix of shops. Whether this is your first visit or Kansas City is like your second home, take time to discover a blend of new and traditional favorites during your next visit. National Geographic Traveler writes that “Kansas City, Missouri … known for its barbecue and jazz, combines classic attractions—a top art museum among them—with a new emphasis on nightlife in a revitalized city center.”

The home of swing and bebop for some, “The City of Fountains” to others, Kansas City is different things to different people. Music enthusiasts are drawn to the jazz clubs and old haunts of famous musicians such as Charlie Parker and Count Basie. With more fountains than Rome, there is ample opportunity for scenic strolling from fountain to fountain. I sure do remember a particular fountain on Troost Avenue.  Troost is a major north/south main street. Someone tossed in an entire box of Tide and it made foam that rose twenty feet into the air and closed down a major thoroughfare in the city.  

Discover some of Kansas City’s free adventures! From chic to country charm, alfresco to educational, this site provides free activities that offer something for everyone. From live concerts to Riverboat Casino’s there’s much to see, do, and experience in Kansas City. Known as “The Birthplace of Jazz,” you may head to the famed 18th and Vine District to catch a live jam session or tour one of the many landmarks. So be entertained, amused, or inspired–you can do it all in KC.

As a student years ago at the University of Missouri at KC I found many things to do and one of them was to take in the Starlight Theatre in beautiful Swope Park. The Starlight Theatre has been a Kansas City landmark since the 1950′s. Over the years the venue has brought the city hundreds of spectacular outdoor Broadway shows, amazing concerts and wonderful community outreach programs.  The theater is located on the west side of the park, opened in the 1950′s and has been thrilling and amusing theatre goers with their live Broadway shows, concerts and live acts ever since. Adjacent to the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight is said to be one of the last remaining self-producing outdoor theaters in the United States. 

Right along with the Starlight Theater is Country Club Plaza. The Plaza (as locals call it) was the US’s first outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district and is awesome any time of year. The Plaza’s popularity and reputation has been recognized around the country. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes The Country Club Plaza Kansas City’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

While in KCMO I would highly recommend a side-trip to visit the Truman Library in nearby Independence. As a student I had the opportunity to meet President Truman and to shake his hand in his Presidential Library.  It was a neat experience.  He was quite “over the hill” but still making daily appearances in the library.  

Next would be my advice to visit the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.  Here you are invited to discover some of the 28,000 pieces in the collection of the museum. A place for quiet relaxation, creative inspiration, or an exhilarating start to your weekend – the Nelson-Atkins invites you to experience one of the country’s pre-eminent cultural destination.

If you are “into zoos” the KC Zoo, the Kansas City Zoo was voted one of America’s best zoos in 2008. It was ranked number one in the nation for “African Animals and Exhibits”. 

And sports.  The Kansas City Star focuses on all the major league teams with lots of local information on all the teams and Wikipedia provides the history of each. KC has a long history of sports, which has included national championship teams and championship title events.

I will depart my beloved KCMO and ask TripAdvisor to come on board with their listing of the major attractions.  They find that the National World War I Museum rates #1 with them. Better check it out as it is the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes today. With one of the greatest collections of World War I artifacts anywhere in the world, the new state-of-the-art complex uses highly-interactive technology to bring history to life. The Museum is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at the corner of Pershing and Main.

 Fats Domino sings…I’m going to Kansas City. Kansas City here I come. I’m going to Kansas City. Kansas City here I come. They got some pretty little women there and I’m gonna get me one. Hear it all here on YouTube. Enjoy. jeb

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