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Group Tours: Basic Kansas City Tour

Kansas City offers a wide variety of cultural, educational and entertainment options for groups. Several museums and attractions are known throughout the region and the country and have been in Kansas City for many years. However, the city also features some great new attractions that have recently opened to rave reviews. The big excitement for 2011—the opening of a state-of-the-art performing arts center!


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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Opening fall 2011!

16th and Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri
816-994-7200
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Performance times vary; usually allow 2 to 3 hours

Poised to become one of the world’s finest performing arts venues, the Kauffman Center was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Once it debuts, it will serve as the new home to Kansas City’s acclaimed ballet, opera and symphony companies. The facility’s soaring dual arches will contain two spacious performance halls—the 1,800 seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall. Group discounts are available for performances.

 

Kansas City Zoo, Polar Bear

Polar Bear Exhibit at the Zoo

The Zoo is located in the heart of Swope Park at 6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64132
816-513-5808
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Allow 2 hours to visit a few exhibits or most of a day to see the whole zoo

The Kansas City Zoo’s newest exhibit is Polar Bear Passage. Recreated glaciers, a large sandbox and open spaces along the banks create a Polar Bear Environment of Fun for digging, plunging and napping. This awesome Arctic adventure creates an interactive public connection to Nikita, the polar bear, through above and below water viewing in the 140,000 gallon pool and a climate controlled viewing area with multiple viewing angles. New in spring 2011, the African Sky Safari, a ride that will provide a bird’s-eye view of the zoo.Group discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Guided tours also available. Advance reservations and payment required. Meeting rooms and group dining options also available.

 

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Money Museum

At the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-881-2683
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Allow 1 hour

Visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Money Museum – a billion dollar experience! Free and open to the public, the Money Museum offers groups the opportunity to watch millions of dollars in currency be processed, lift a gold bar worth nearly $400,000 and enjoy fun, interactive exhibits while learning about the economy. Visitors can see a 450-piece collection of coins minted under each U.S. President, on loan from the Harry S. Truman Library. All guests will receive a free souvenir bag of shredded U.S. currency. Guided tours are available for groups.

 

College Basketball Experience

College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
816-949-7515
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Allow 1 to 2 hours

Further cementing the area’s reputation as a hoops hotbed, Kansas City is home to the state-of-the-art College Basketball Experience (CBE). Connected to the city’s sports and entertainment arena, the Sprint Center, via a common lobby, the 41,500-square-foot entertainment facility contains hands-on, interactive basketball exhibits and houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more. Advance reservations required.

 

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National World War I Museum

100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 54108
816-784-1908
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Allow at least 2 ½ hours

At the World War I National Museum groups will experience an extraordinary emotional and intellectual experience. The museum honors the men and women of the “War to end all wars”. The technology and interactive exhibits let visitors experience the trenches and bomb craters. This state-of-the-art complex at Liberty Memorial uses highly-interactive technology to bring history to life, and to foster timely discussions of ethics, values, decision making and conflict resolution. The museum was designated by Congress as the nation’s official WWI Museum. Group pricing is available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets allow guests access to all galleries, special exhibits and the Liberty Memorial Tower. Tickets may be used on two consecutive days. If purchased Sunday, the second day is Tuesday. Dining is available at the Over There Café.

 

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Royals and Chiefs

Both stadiums are located off I-70 at exit #9, just east of the I-70 and I-435 interchange.
1-800-6ROYALS
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816-920-9400
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Allow 1 to 2 hours for tours; additional time to watch a game

Both the Kansas City Royals baseball stadium and Kansas City Chiefs football stadium have undergone extensive renovations in the last couple of years. The new Arrowhead features a new area dedicated to Chiefs’ founder Lamar Hunt, as well as a Hall of Honor dedicated to great players and moments in the organization’s history and a larger retail store. Kauffman Stadium additions include seating, an outdoor party deck and bar in the outfield as well as a new scoreboard and Hall of Fame. Group tours are available at both facilities and discounts are available for groups to both baseball and football games.

 


Kansas City Favorites

 

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Country Club Plaza

4750 Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
816-753-0100
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Allow 2 hours to most of a day

The Plaza’s popularity and reputation has been recognized around the country. The entire 15-block outdoor district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes The Country Club Plaza a premier retail, dining and entertainment destination. Shoppers will recognize fine stores like Anthropologie and Tiffany & Co. Original Kansas City stores like Halls and Tivol give local flavor to the Plaza’s reputation as a national fashion center. Pleasant surprises can be found along each block – from tiny shoe boutiques to delicious chocolatiers, couture clothiers, stylish salons and fine jewelry. Dozens of restaurants abound. Menus range from contemporary American to Kansas City steaks, authentic Italian to cosmopolitan burgers.

 

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816-751-1278
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Allow 2 hours to most of a day

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen and many other artists. A variety of different FREE docent-led tours are available for groups of 6 or more. Tours must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Lunch or a snack is available for your group in the Museum’s Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Admission to the Museum is FREE. There is a charge for special exhibitions.

 

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Museums at 18th and Vine

American Jazz Museum

1616 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-474-8463
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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-221-1920
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Allow at least 1 hour for each museum

Take a tour of two of the city's most celebrated museums at the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District. The American Jazz Museum pays tribute to America's top jazz musicians. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum re-creates the look, feel and sounds of Negro Leagues Baseball from the 1860s to the 1950s. Groups of 25 or more can visit both museums for just $6! Groups should also consider returning to the Blue Room, a club designed to look and feel like a 1930s nightclub, in the evening to hear live jazz music.
 

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Hallmark Visitors Center

2450 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-274-3613
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Allow 1 to 2 hours

See one of the world's most creative companies come to life. Located in Kansas City's Crown Center complex, the Hallmark Visitors Center celebrates the Hallmark story in a display of 14 remarkable exhibits, from founder J.C. Hall’s humble beginning in 1910, to the creation of one of the world's largest greeting card companies. Admission is FREE!

 

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City Market

20 E. 5th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
816-842-1271
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Allow 1 hour

In operation since 1857, the City Market is the largest farmers’ market in the region bursting with more than 170 farmer stalls. In addition, City Market merchants offer a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, seafood, flowers, specialty foods and other items from America, Africa, Europe, the Middle and Far East. The City Market is open daily and admission is FREE. The Farmers’ Market is open Saturday and Sunday year-round and Wednesdays during the summer. The City Market is also home to a unique collection of gift shops, authentic restaurants and the Arabia Steamboat Museum, which houses the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world.

 

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Powell Gardens

1609 NW Hwy. 50
Kingsville, Missouri 64061
816-697-2600
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Allow a couple hours to all day

Set on 915 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens—Kansas City's botanical garden—offers breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events and classes for any group. Plus, groups can explore the nation’s largest edible landscape—the new 12-acre Heartland Harvest Garden. Special guided tours available for groups of 20 or more. Also, refreshments or lunch are available for your group at Powell Garden’s Café Thyme.

 


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Evening Entertainment

Starlight Theatre

New Theatre Restaurant

Casinos: 

 


Kansas City Power & Light District

Dining Options

Restaurants in the Power and Light District
Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue
Restaurants on the Country Club Plaza
Manny’s Restaurante Mexicano
Stroud’s Restaurant and Bar

Group Tour Help

Kelli Group Tour Rep

Contact Kelli Freeman of the Kansas City Group Tour Association for assistance in planning your Group Tour in Kansas City.

Phone: (800) 767-7700

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