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Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

National WWI Museum

Enter this impressive modern museum on a glass walkway over a field of red poppies, the symbol of the trench fighting. Through detailed and engaging displays, learn about a war that is almost forgotten by many Ameri…
Top Choice Jazz in Kansas City

Mutual Musicians Foundation

Near 18th and Vine in the Historic Jazz District, this former union hall for African American musicians has hosted after-hours jam sessions since 1930. Famous veteran musicians gig with young hotshots. It's friendly…
Top Choice Vegan in Kansas City


A welcome alternative in a meat-mad city, cozy Fud specializes in reinterpreting American classics as organic, gluten-free vegan food. Try the jackfruit BBQ on sourdough or the mac 'n' cheese made with cashew cheese…
Top Choice Modern American in Kansas City


Multiple-award-winning Bluestem has a casual elegance that extends from the bar to the dining room. Many stop into this Westport star just for a fine cocktail and some of the small plates of exquisite snacks (the ch…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Giant badminton shuttlecocks (the building represents the net) surround this encyclopedic museum, which has standout European painting, photography and Asian art collections. With free entry, a gorgeous sculpture ga…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

College Basketball Experience

Really a gussied-up basketball hall of fame, this interactive (and entirely overstimulating) exhibition lets you try free throws or pretend you're an announcer calling them. It's connected to the glitzy Sprint Cente…
Top Choice Barbecue in Kansas City

Arthur Bryant's

Not far from the Jazz District, this famous institution serves up piles of superb BBQ. The sauce is silky and fiery, the staff charming and witty. Get the burnt ends.
Top Choice Bar in Kansas City


A wildly popular bar-cum-playground just south of downtown, Up-Down caters to the kid in everyone with an array of games from pinball to video. There are huge decks and great music. The superb tap-beer lineup includ…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Kansas City

Boulevard Brewery

Welcome to the home of the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest! There are 21 home brews on tap at the 2nd-floor beer hall, where a patio boasts great views of downtown. Best of all, there are free tours of the b…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

This comprehensive museum covers the lesser-known history of African American teams, such as the KC Monarchs and New York Black Yankees, that flourished until baseball became fully integrated. It's part of the Museu…