EXEC Travel: Staycation Guide to Kansas City

With back-to-school season upon us, we’re putting together some fun staycation guides for you and your loved ones so you can enjoy some fun and relaxation in your hometown without needing to plan an entire vacation. Here are some ideas for what to see, do and eat in Kansas City for the perfect local staycation.

Delicious Food

Kansas City is a foodie’s paradise. Whether you’re just visiting for the weekend or you’re a long-time local, there are so many great places to dine in the heart of the city. So spend a weekend day taking a self-guided food tour of KC, having a local favorite breakfast at Broadway Cafe, feasting on delicious seafood at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, grabbing dinner and brews at Beer Kitchen, and ending the night with handcrafted ice cream and sweets at Glace. You can check out more notable eateries on the city’s website here.

Fun Museums

You can do plenty of sightseeing all throughout Missouri, but the museums in Kansas City are truly some of the best. As locals, we can often forget just how much there is to discover in our hometowns, especially if our hometowns are cities full of new surprises every day. The best part about Kansas City museums is their diversity: there truly is something for families with kids, couples, or adults wanting to spend the day touring. Some notable stops are National Toys & Miniatures Museum, Money Museum, Kansas City Jazz Museum, ans Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, but there are so many more to check out.

Activities for All Ages

Sure, you could spend the entire weekend eating delicious local cuisine or spend over a week seeing all of Kansas City’s museums. But there is so much more to see and do in this awesome town that you may forget about if you’ve lived here for years. Here are a handful of other activities that residents of all ages can enjoy. 

It wouldn’t be a Kansas City staycation guide if we didn’t mention Crown Center and City Market. Crown Center is a great part of town with so much to offer, including shopping, dining, and entertainment. Spend the day meandering the shops and the night checking out the local scene. On the other hand, City Market is a great place to explore and pick up some local produce, meats, cheeses, and other picnic goods before taking it to eat by the Missouri River just a short walk away. 

Additionally, if you have kids, it’s worth it to check out Legoland Discovery Center for an indoor escape from the late summer heat. With rides and attractions completely indoors, this is a great place to spend the day and have fun with your family before school starts in the fall. 

If you are on a budget, the city offers a wide variety. Adults can take a tour of Boulevard Brewing Company, kids will love seeing the petting zoo at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, and everyone can have fun at First Fridays, an outdoor street fair event that takes place on the first Friday of every month. You can check out the city’s entire list of free activities here.

There’s so much to see and do in Kansas City that you couldn’t possibly achieve it all in one weekend, but that’s what’s great about a staycation! If you’re a local, you can enjoy your hometown time and time again.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

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