Kansas City, MO

Explore Kansas City in the summer: from Crown Center to J. Rieger & Co. Distillery

CJ Coombs

Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri.Photo byRobert LinderonUnsplash

There are plenty of to-do options to experience in Kansas City, Missouri, especially if you're vacationing. Since so many venues can involve some walking, the summer is the favored time. You can probably say that for a lot of cities.

Crown Center

Crown Center has outdoor fountains and tables set up outside to enjoy your lunch. Nearby on the premises is the Lego Land Discovery Center for any age. A standard ticket is $25.99. You can also purchase a combo ticket if you want to plan on going to Sea Life Kansas City also which is right next door. I've been to both locations, and they're fun for families, especially children.

You also have the Crown Center shops for shopping and restaurants for eating options such as Burnt End BBQ or Fritz's Railroad Restaurant, the latter of which is popular for children because meals are delivered on trains above your table! There's also Spin! Pizza and Forked, and Sheridan's for dessert.

You could essentially spend a whole day at Crown Center.

Interactive tour and scavenger hunt

Another reason to visit Kansas City is to participate in an interactive tour and scavenger hunt. This activity involves your smartphone app. Once you make your purchase, you'll receive instructions concerning a scavenger hunt code. You can have as many people in your group, but it's suggested you have no more than five. The nice perk about this activity is that you can make your purchase anytime in the future.

You'll want a fully charged smartphone. Visit here for more information. The fun part of this activity is seeing parts of the city along your hunt.

J. Rieger & Co.

If you're only traveling with a partner, you might want to consider the Electric Park Garden Bar at J. Rieger & Co. distillery. The Rieger family in Kansas City is packed with history. The Electric Park Garden Bar is outside. It's named after an amusement park that used to be in the neighborhood in the early 1900s. Interestingly, that park used to be owned by brothers who wned a brewery.

There are other experiences you can have at the J. Rieger & Co. distillery including a tour to learn more about its history. You can also visit here to learn about the Rieger family.


Kansas City also has museum options. One of the best museums is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. There's also the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

You could also spend an afternoon at the historic City Market and after lunch, go to the Arabia Steamboat Museum. This is about the steamboat that sank in 1856 and was recovered in 1988. You can also visit here to pay for the museum's virtual tour. It's more fun to see in person. It's interesting and amazing what was discovered.

There are touristy attractions in the city, but in the summer, it's fun to explore on foot. There's a lot of history in Kansas City from historic mansions and buildings to parks. Some history associated with some of the buildings is listed below.

If you're out and about downtown, the KC Streetcar can take you to the City Market or Crown Center. Also not far from Crown Center is the Union Station which is also historic. It's within walking distance through a link connected to the Crown Center area.

These are several of the many places you can visit. What you can expect to see are the fountains that Kansas City is known for.

Kansas City is a vibrant city full of history, culture, and entertainment. Whether you're looking for an exciting night out, a relaxing day trip, or a summer vacation spot, Kansas City has something for everyone.

From world-renowned barbecue to its renowned jazz scene, there's no shortage of fun places to visit in Kansas City. Whether it's exploring the city's many museums and galleries or enjoying the outdoor activities at a park like Loose Park, there's always something new to explore in this vibrant metropolis. So come explore all that Kansas City has to offer. You won't be disappointed! If you fly into Kansas City, we have a new airport!

Thanks for reading!

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Multi-genre writer and indie author with a BA in Eng Journalism & Creative Writing. My working career has been in law firms. Thinker, giver, and lover of life and retired early to be a writer. Born into Air Force service life, life has taken me to Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri. I love family, art, reading, history, true crime, travel, and research.

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