Best things to do in Kansas City suggested by a local

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Best things to do in Kansas City suggested by a local


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Today we are going to talk with Heidi Schmidt, she is going to tell us about some of the best things to do in Kansas City.


Best things to do in Kansas City suggested by a local


What city are you going to tell us about?

Kansas City.


Is it the city where you are living right now?

I live in surburban Kansas City and work in the heart of it.  I’ve lived in different areas of Kansas City for the past 15 years.


How would you describe Kansas City to someone who has never been there?

It can feel like both a large city and a small town.  The New York Times named Missouri as one of the most intriguing places to travel in 2019.  Kansas City is one of the reasons.  The city has reinvented itself over the past 20 years.  We now have a world renowned art museum, and entire arts district, Michelin Star restaurants, a huge night scene, breweries, wineries and world-class shopping.


What are the best things about Kansas city?

I like how helpful and friendly people are here.  Plus there is NEVER a shortage of things to do.  I love visiting the Crossroads – Kansas City’s funky arts district.  You’ll be inspired just walking around the area.  There are murals on walls, street art, art galleries and restaurants on every corner.  On the first Friday of every month there’s a big event called First Fridays.  Stores, restaurants and galleries stay open late.  During the warmer months, food trucks park and offer some great food options.


Kansas City by night.

Kansas City by night. © Heidi Schimdt


What is the one thing you think can’t be missed when you are visiting Kansas City?

Boulevard Brewery (Even if you don’t like beer)  The brewery itself offers great views of the city.  When the brewery first started, it was marketed as – Boulevard Beer, the beer you CAN’T get in 40 states.  Those other states are catching on and the beer is now available across the country.

The WWI Museum and Liberty Memorial is also impressive.  Take a trip to the top of the tower for another fantastic view of the city.


What is your favourite thing to do in Kansas City when you have some time off?

I like strolling around in what we call the West Bottoms.  It’s also a funky area full of unique stores and boutiques.  If you’re a photographer, it’s also makes a great backdrop for pictures with an industial feel.


What is your favourite restaurant?

Kansas City is known for it’s barbecue.  Don’t start a fight with anyone.  It really is the best in the world!  Burnt ends were born here, and there’s still my favorite.  I feel like I’m obligated to tell you to eat at the original Kansas City Joes BBQ.  It’s in a gas station, but it’s not gas station food.  Go early and be prepared to wait in a line that may wrap around the building!


What is your favourite cheap restaurant for a quick lunch?

Winsteads if you’re in the mood for a burger or Rudy’s Mexican food.


Hamburger in Kansas City.

Hamburger. © Heidi Schimdt


What’s your favourite place to have a beer or a cocktail in Kansas City?

There are several entertainment districts in Kansas City, and you can’t really go wrong.

In Westport Kelly’s – the building’s allegedly been around since the Civil War. On the Plaza check out O’Dowds, or the Grandfalloon. Toms Town or Manifesto (A Speakeasy) are also fun.


What do you recommend doing on a rainy day?

On a rainy day, check out our Nelson-Atkins MusuemIt’s free and you can spend hours exploring Egyptian, Greek and European art.  If the weather isn’t too bad check out the sculpture garden … and don’t forget to snap a picture of the giant shuttlecock sculptures on the musuem’s lawn.


Cosa fare a Kansas city: visitare l'Atkins Art Museum.

Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City.


What do you recommend doing for free in Kansas City?

Stroll around the Country Club Plaza.  It’s modeled after Seville.  As you walk make sure you enjoy our fountains.  Only Rome has more fountains that we do here in Kansas City!  Some of them were even imported from different locations in Italy.


Best things to do in Kansas City: J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in Mill Creek Park. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in Mill Creek Park. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.


Is there one thing not many people know about Kansas City you would like to tell us?

There is actually a Kansas City, Kansas and a Kansas City, Missouri.  They are seperate cities in seperate states.  People here will quickly correct if you mix them up.


Anything else you think we should know?

If you’re a sports fan, we also have all kinds of things for you to enjoy.  We have the Kansas City Chiefs, an NFL (American Football team) … Sporting Kansas City (Futbol or American Soccer team) a NASCAR track, Hockey with the Missouri Mavericks, and the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals baseball team.


Cosa fare a Kansas City: partecipare ad un evento sportivo all'Arrowhead Stadium.

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. © Heidi Schimdt


Thank you very much Heidi for showing us the best things to do in Kansas City! Now we want to come there!


To know more about Heidi, please visit her website and follow her on her social accounts! I am sure you will enjoy it!


Heidi Schimdt

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