From its fantastic food, robust history, and beautiful scenery, Kansas City has a lot to offer even for its locals. There are so many unique attractions that most people may have never even heard of…yet. 🙂
1. Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center
This beautiful Victorian Style house was built in 1988 to showcase and preserve the rich history of Kansas City, Kansas. Inside, you will see different exhibits that celebrate the different nationalities that have made an impact in this area. You will learn about how this very house was used to care for children during the 1918 influenza epidemic. The museum hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-5.
720 N. 4th, Kansas City, Kansas 66101 | website
2. Cider Hill Family Orchard
This 38 acre orchard has over 1500 apple trees — and that’s just beginning. After you’ve wandered the orchards, head over to the pumpkin patch or the fishing pond. They have recently expanded their offerings to include cherry trees, raspberries, and asparagus. You won’t be able to resist visiting the restaurant at the end of your visit to try their cinnamon cider donuts or take-and-bake apple crisp, among other things. Check their website for seasonal hours!
3341 N. 139 Street, Kansas City, KS 66109| website
3. Richard Petty Driving Experience
This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows you to get behind the wheel of a NASCAR and ride the track at the Kansas Speedway. Whether you’d like to take control of the wheel or ride shotgun is up to you! The most popular “Rookie Experience” includes a training session, a solo ride, in-car communication with a spotter, and a certificate.
400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66111 | website
4. World’s Hottest Hot Sauce Challenge “The Source”
Visit Original Juan Specialty Food to find a plethora of delicious sauces, salsas, snacks and dips. What is unique about this place, though, is that they produce the hottest sauce known to man. “The Source” is made with 7.1 million scovile units! If you’re up to the challenge, Original Juan requires you to sign a waiver before tasting. If you’re with a group of 10 or more, you can tour the facility and taste a variety of their flavorful sauces.
111 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66103 | website
5. Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant
There’s nothing quite like the dining experience at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant. The kids will especially like this one! Once you find your table, look through their menu and select one of their delicious diner food classics. After you’ve selected, pick up the phone connected to your booth and tell the waiter your order! In a few minutes, your food will arrive on the train that spans the entire restaurant. They say you come for the experience, but you will be back for the food!
250 N. 18th St., Kansas City, KS 66102 | website
6. Stay at the Chateau Avalon
This unique hotel consists of 61 suite rooms – with three different styles to suit your preferences. There are 17 classic rooms, 30 adventure rooms, and 14 luxury rooms. Enjoy a made-to-order breakfast delivered to your room each morning while you enjoy your getaway. One of Kansas City’s largest fountains is situated in the front of Chateau Avalon and models the beautiful French architecture that awaits you inside. Chateau Avalon was rated as “KC’s Visitors Favorite Hotel”.
701 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas 66111 | website
7. Quindaro Ruins & Museum
Before this small town became part of Kansas City, it was used as a way for free immigrants to enter into Kansas territory. Founded in 1856, Quindaro was an important stop on the underground railway, used by slaves escaping from Platte country that crossed the river by using the secret Parkville-Quindaro Ferry. You can visit the museum to see artifacts and learn more about how people lived during this oppressed time.
Sewell Avenue & 27th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66104 | website
Now you’re all set for your trip to Kansas City, Kansas! Best of luck.