heading to Kansas city for the day
Hi, I am heading to Kansas city in a couple of weeks for the first time to see the wizards play. We live in Manhattan ks so we thought we would make a day of it and explore the city a bit. My favorite thing to do in a new city it eat so we are looking for any suggestions on places we should definitely hit up. I'm thinking we may go to the zoo for a bit so ideas around there would be great or anywhere between the zoo and the stadium. We are from cities in CA and MA originally so any ethnic food options need to be pretty high quality/authentic. We are not looking for anything expensive. Probably in the entree range of 10-15 dollars or less. But I know we are both looking forward to being a big city with more food options and any help you can give us would be great.
Welcome to Kansas City. I believe that the Wizards play in that stadium in the Legends, which is on the west side of Kansas City. The zoo is on the eastside of KCMO, the zoo is nice, but it is like many others. I would reccommend visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, just east of the Plaza. The sculpture park outside is a destination on it's own. This area is also home to the Kemper Museum of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute. I would suggest concentrating your exploration to the central portion of Kansas City. The Plaza north to Westport, east to the 39th street corridor, back to midtown, north again to Crown Center, then to the happening Crossroads. Go west to the hispanic Westside Then back east to Downtown and north to the Rivermarket, from the Rivermarket go east to Columbus Park for an up and coming neighborhood, along the way be sure to check out the public art. Kansas City is a good place to be, I hope that you enjoy your visit.
I agree with powillie about keeping your visit focused closer in to the center of the ciity and south toward Westport and the Plaza. For quintessential KC dining, I suggest barbecue. My personal favorite it Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue in the Crossroads area just north of the historic Union Station (there's an Andy Warhol exhibit there now) and the fabulous World War I Memorial (which is worth a visit). Crown Center is in that area, too, for a nice shopping experience. Have fun!