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What to Do around The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

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During the Roaring 20s, Kansas City was known as the Paris of the Plains, and its dramatic urban revitalization has brought that adventurous spirit back to the Heartland. KC is an arts, food, music, and sports hub—big-city amenities with a friendly, Midwestern vibe.
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Prairiefire, Overland Park, KS, USA
Prairiefire is unlike your typical complex: While it does have shopping and restaurants, it's also got a bunch of cool and unusual things to do. Outside, you can walk the wetlands trail. Inside, Pinstripes puts a new twist on bowling by adding...
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4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
I have traveled throughout the States and Europe, and my favorite building is smack dab in the middle of the U.S. I love the contrast of the old art museum modeled after (I believe) the Cleveland Art Museum, and the new addition by Steven Holl. It...
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1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Completed in 2011, the Moshe Safdie-designed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the most visually stunning and acoustically perfect music venue in the country. The Center is a glass and stainless steel shell over two distinct theaters,...
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1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
The 18th and Vine District is a testament to one of the most revered figures in Kansas City history, Buck O’Neil, who gained fame in Ken Burns’ documentary Baseball. Buck helped establish the nation’s only Negro Leagues baseball museum, which pays...
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417 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
If you want to sample several of the Crossroads Arts District’s best eateries with a group of friends, try the Taste of Kansas City Food Tour. Covering about one and a half miles in three hours, the Tour includes stops at upscale restaurants,...
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417 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
A music venue of a more gritty sort, CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s is an outdoor concert space just outside the downtown loop, with views of the skyline. More than that, it’s connected to Grinder’s, the beloved KC dive that served pizza, philly cheese...
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2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
This isn’t your regular brewery tour. Boulevard is the largest craft brewery in the Midwest, coming online in the late 1980s, before the craft beer revolution. You’ll get a forty-five minute tour of the facility to see how the beer is made and get...
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Crossroads, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
The First Friday Art Walk in the Crossroads predates KC’s urban renaissance, when local artists opened, once a month, the galleries they built out of the century-old warehouses and industrial buildings. Today, nearly a hundred galleries turn the...
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2425 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Open year-round for concerts, this public rink gets iced over in the winter. With affordable rentals (and Two-for-One Tuesdays), the ice terrace is a popular spot for families. Although it's outside, it's covered, and the facility sells gloves and...
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8722 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209, USA
Kaleidoscope is a big, colorful creative space with wacky decorations and ample art supplies. This is a project of Hallmark Cards, which is located in the same building, so a lot of the supplies are interestingly shaped scraps from greeting card...
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20 E 5th St #201, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
The City Market in the River Market District of Kansas City hosts one of the largest farmers' markets in the Midwest, perhaps the most popular Saturday morning even in KC. But the City Market is much more: restaurants and shops ring the rows of...
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4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
The Nelson-Atkins isn’t just another art museum; with architect Steven Holl’s addition of the Bloch building in 2007, the grounds themselves are a “work of haunting power,” according to The New York Times. The original building, with a traditional...
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2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
In 2006, Kansas City opened the nation’s official museum dedicated to World War I, recently refurbished to be the center of WWI centennial celebrations 2014. The Walk of Honor leads you down to the museum entrance; to pass into the exhibits, you...
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30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Kansas City’s Union Station is most notorious for 1933 shootout between Pretty Boy Floyd (allegedly) and the FBI and KCMO police (supposedly the bullet holes still exist). Today, Union Station has been restored to its architectural glory, hosting...
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2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
In operation since 1979, the Coterie Theatre mounts thoughtful and exciting productions with an eye to community outreach and the interests of diverse audiences. During the 2014/2015 season, look for performances of Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus...
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400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106, USA
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a maritime historian's dream. The Steamboat Arabia, fully loaded with freight headed for 16 frontier towns, sank in 1856. Entombed deep in river silt where the Missouri River runs today, the steamboat was discovered...
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3700 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
The name comes from Kansas City’s nickname back in the 1920s and 30s, when the Pendergast Political Machine ignored prohibition and turned KC into a gambling, bootlegging, and jazz den for locals and travelers alike. Harkening back to that age,...
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2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Starfish, seahorses, and sharks are among the beautiful sea creatures visitors can see up close at Sea Life Aquarium in the Crown Center complex. This attraction appeals to visitors of all ages and features touch pools that kids especially love....
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2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Family travelers—or adults who are big kids at heart—might want to block out (pun intended) a few hours to experience the Legoland Discovery Center. The Center offers classes taught by master Lego builders and features interactive play areas, a...
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1 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64198, USA
Kansas City is one of several cities that's home to a branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve. While its most sensitive areas are not open to the public, there is a free Money Museum where visitors can learn all about the history and the production of...
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4706 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA
The Country Club Plaza, famous for its spectacular Spanish-inspired architecture and holiday lights display, also hosts one of the largest arts fairs in the country. One weekend in mid-September, the eight-block shopping district is transformed...