4 Places to Visit in Kansas City

Places to Visit in Kansas City

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Last week I shared about our stay at the 816 Hotel in Kansas City for our Valentine’s Day Staycation! Today for “What I Did Wednesday” I want to tell you about the rest of the trip and highlight 4 Places to Visit in Kansas City! Most of these places are completely free and all of them are so worth the time!

1.) Country Club Plaza

If you like shopping and dining, this is the place to be! It was incredibly close to our hotel and gave us a plethora of restaurants and shops to choose from. I hadn’t planned on doing a lot of shopping, but there were a few shops I couldn’t resist. We spent our time here for both lunch and dinner and walked around in mild temperatures.

Country Club Plaza: Kansas City

The Plaza is definitely a magical place around Christmas when they light up all the buildings around. We even went here on Thanksgiving night this past year to see the lighting ceremony. They usually have a celebrity that is a Missouri native to flip the switch as well as wonderful bands providing the entertainment and fireworks. This event is free of charge, though I would consider getting there early for the best parking.

2.) Kansas City Public Library

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a cooler library! They have quite a few art exhibits in the library itself. They also had windows overlooking Country Club Plaza and it gave me a vantage point of Kansas City I’ve never seen before. It’s definitely worth the time! If you have kids, this is a definite must and is free! Their kids area even made me feel like a kid again! We were also happy it was right across the street from Chipotle where we decided to get a quick bite for lunch.

Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library

3.) Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Known for its larger-than-life shuttlecocks on the museum lawn, this place is full of great art pieces! Each area represents a different era or time period of art. My favorite was the room of ancient Egyptian art complete with a real mummy! They have rooms sectioned off and the way they display the pieces is so visually appealing. They have museum staff posted up everywhere if you need assistance.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson-Atkins Art Museum

If you like to sit and enjoy the pieces, there are stations throughout with folding stools to allow you to rest and take it all in. While we didn’t visit this time, they also have a cafe in the center of the museum. It looks like a lovely courtyard and seems to be an enjoyable place to get a bite. We’ve already decided we’ll take in this aspect of the museum on our next visit.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

It was really quite enjoyable and we intend to come back to see more in the future! The museum is free, though they do have paid exhibitions if you want to expand your museum experience. I also found it interesting that the museum had a machine measuring seismic activity which is very important for protecting these works of art.

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Seismic Activity

4.) Quay Coffee

Quay Coffee in Kansas City

Pronounced “Key Coffee”, this coffee shop was right on the museum grounds. They have a couple of locations in the city, but this one was very convenient for our visit. The drinks themselves are works of art! While I had visited their other location, our host at the 816 Hotel suggestion this one to us. It was so nice walking around and seeing the art and then resting our feet over a cup of coffee in such a modern atmosphere.

Quay Coffee at Nelson-Atkins Art Museum


Overall, we had a wonderful time! We ended up missing the Valentine’s Day rush because we went down the day before for the hotel and dinner and then spent the day seeing the museum and library. It was quiet, slow and just my speed for a relaxing 24 hours!

Nelson-Atkins Art Museum

How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? Have you ever been to the Kansas City area? If so, what has been your favorite thing to do?


  • The library looks amazing! I’ve never been to Kansas City but I’ll make sure to check out the library if I’m ever around 🙂

  • I would love to visit Kansas City one day, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art seems like a great place to visit – nice collection! Thanks for all the recommendations! Your coffee at Quay Coffee is so pretty!

  • I really enjoy reading about various places in U.S. that aren’t the typical tourist spots. I agree with Jasmin, the library looks super cool!

  • Wonderful suggestions! My first stop would be at the museum, then library, then stop for coffee and lastly I would visit the mall for some shopping and lunch or dinner. A great schedule to visit the city!

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