Things to Do in Kansas City Right Now
As Kansas City undergoes a phased reopening, find information on restaurants, public spaces, attractions and other services that are currently available to you.
Due to recent changes in hours, local guidelines and occupancy restrictions at many locations, we recommend contacting businesses directly to confirm availability in advance of your visit.
KEEPING YOU SAFE
The Kansas City area continues to implement measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Specific reopening guidelines vary by city. Detailed information from several municipalities in the region can be found using the below links.
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Independence, Missouri
- Kansas City, Kansas
- Overland Park, Kansas
- Olathe, Kansas
Several governmental organizations have begun requiring the use of masks in public spaces, including the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the State of Kansas. Find locally made face masks for purchase here.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is open every day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.
The American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at 18th & Vine are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Note, to enter either institution you will need to register for a Museum Passport in advance.
The Arabia Steamboat Museum in City Market is now open to the public, operating 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are not available, but docents are standing by for questions.
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures is open to the public with a new exhibit, offering two timed sessions daily.
The Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park is now open, complete with a new exhibit Permian Monsters. Non-members are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance.
In Independence, the 1859 Jail Museum has reopened. Online reservations are required.
Most other museums in the area remain closed.
The shops at Crown Center have reopened from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. SEA LIFE Kansas City and LEGOLAND Discovery Center have reopened with a requirement to purchase tickets online in advance.
Union Station’s restaurants and shops have begun reopening. Science City and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station reopened to the public on Wednesday, June 17 with new hours. Tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit. A new exhibition, Dinosaur Road Trip, opened in Union Station's Bank of America Gallery on July 3 and will be on display through January.
A new "StayKCation" package at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center offers residents and visitors an all-in-one opportunity for summer adventure. Guests will receive tickets redeemable at their selection of various attractions in the Crown Center District, including SEA LIFE Kansas City, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Dinosaur Road Trip, Science City and the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
The Kansas City Zoo is currently open to the public. Some indoor animal exhibits remain closed and a timed entry must be scheduled upon ticket purchase.
Worlds of Fun is now open to the public 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Advance reservations are not required, but tickets must be purchased online or via the Worlds of Fun mobile app.
Shawnee Town 1929 has reopened to the public, offering a look at what daily life was like in Kansas a century ago.
Pinstripes reopened in Overland Park on Friday, July 17.
RESTAURANTS, BARS AND SHOPS
Restaurants have begun reopening for dine-in service, with curbside and carryout service continuing in many locations as well. Several neighborhoods have added new patio and outdoor seating to be used by guests at area restaurants, including the Kansas City Power & Light District and Westport. Find temporary outdoor dining options in the area here.
Use the below resources to find open businesses in individual districts or visit curbsidekc.com for carryout service options across the region.
BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES
Taproom hours change frequently. Please consult individual businesses to confirm accurate hours of operation.
Other breweries in the region that are currently open include Westport’s Green Room Burgers & Beer, Apex and 3 Trails in Independence, East Forty in Blue Springs, Smoke Brewing Co., Fringe Beerworks and Martin City Brewing Co. in Lee’s Summit, Crane in Raytown and Weston Brewing Co. in Weston.
Most Kansas City-area hotels are open and accepting reservations, including the newly-opened Loews Kansas City Hotel in Downtown KC. Search hotels in Kansas City here.
Downtown Overland Park’s Farmers Market is open each Wednesday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For your safety, the market has shifted to a walk-up format with no entertainment or activities, while food service is available in a grab-and-go format. High-risk shoppers are invited to attend between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
The Olathe Farmers Market is open each Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until sellout. Vendor tables will be spaced no less than nine feet apart and shoppers are encouraged to limit attendance to one guest per family.
J. Rieger & Co. is hosting a drive-up market every Saturday in June and July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a variety of local food, drinks, flowers, household supplies and more for purchase.
PARKS AND OUTDOOR SPACES
Powell Gardens reopened to the public on May 20 with new safety precautions in place. A new site-specific installation titled Press Play showcases works created by local artists in response to the sights and sounds of the garden.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
KC Streetcar service currently runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
RideKC bus service is operating reduced schedules. Fares are suspended and most riders should enter through the rear door. RideKC Bike + Scooter is offering free rides to small businesses and healthcare workers.
To learn more about ways to support the local community, and for updates regarding COVID-19 in the Kansas City region, go to VisitKC.com/community.