6 Places to Explore in Kansas City this Summer

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Summer is in full swing, complete with BBQ’s, sunburns, and temperatures exceeding 80 degrees well before noon. While many people regard summer as a time to sit back and do nothing for weeks on end, Kansas City has a lot to offer for those bold enough to embrace the heat and adventure that comes from leaving your own backyard. 

You don’t have to go far to have an epic summer experience. In fact, some of the best places to go and explore this season in Kansas City are:

Starlight Theatre
Whether you’re a Broadway geek, concert fanatic, or comedy guru, Starlight has a show for everyone. Catch a classic stage show like Mamma Mia or Something Rotten, or even laugh along with comics like Jim Gaffigan.  A beautiful venue in the heart of Swope Park, Starlight will have you humming showtunes all the way home. 

Kansas City Zoo
Get up close and personal with animals from all over the world at KC’s infamous zoo. Explore Africa, Australia, and even the cool off with the penguins, all in a single afternoon. If you’re feeling really adventurous, make the hike over the to free-roaming kangaroos who, quite honestly, terrify me. 

Cafe Gratitude
No summer quest is complete without good food. Cafe gratitude is a vegan, gluten-free friendly restaurant in the Crossroads that is just as hip as it is delicious.  

First Fridays
Let your inner artist shine at First Fridays by exploring the work of local creators at this monthly art fair. One of the most popular weekend traditions, this heartland staple is a great way to get to know a new part of town. 

Sporting Kansas City 
Ditch the stereotypical Kansas City sports teams and opt for a couple of hours in the Cauldron watching Sporting play soccer. At the top of the MLS leader board, SKC will keep you on the edge of your bleacher until the final whistle blows. 

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Escape the brutal heat with some free air conditioning and culture at the Nelson. With classic works as well as constantly-evolving new collections, this museum always has something new to teach you. 

What are your favorite Kansas City summer activities?

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