Flowers are in bloom and the weather is warm. Between a brisk morning hike in the wilderness and an afternoon on the patio with a cold drink in your hands, your days are filled with heading from one adventure to the next, or simply doing nothing at all—and loving every minute of it. It’s springtime in KC, a time for a renewed appreciation of everything that makes the city great, and experiencing all that’s new in the Paris of the Plains.

Here’s everything you need to know about spring in Kansas City:

Fresh Air for All

While a booming metropolis, KC is nestled conveniently near a multitude of outdoor landscapes dying to be explored. Go hiking with family or friends, or take a trip by yourself for some much needed “you-time.” The lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows of Powell Gardens beckon visitors to discover the attraction’s displays. In the city, you’ll find Loose Park just south of the Country Club Plaza, perfect for a picnic or few hours of fresh air.

Travel north to North Kansas City for a wide assortment of urban nature areas and dog parks. While you’re there, grab a paddle and hit the courts at Chicken N Pickle, a hybrid, chef-driven restaurant/entertainment venue. Speaking of outdoor hangs, countless bars and restaurants around the metro accommodate patio dwellers during springtime weather. Check out Harry’s Bar and Tables in Westport for casual evenings, Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District for beer brewed in-house, Café Trio off The Plaza for stellar views and Leinenkugel’s in the Power & Light District for satisfying bar bites. 

Festival Season Returns

The arrival of warmer temperatures also marks the return of festival season, starting with March basketball. Although not technically a festival, this collection of events is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the year in KC, bringing hoops fans to the city in droves. But that’s not all spring has to offer. St. Patrick’s Day in KC is practically a citywide celebration while Middle of the Map Fest welcomes artists of local, national and international fame to the city.

KC’s cultural roots are celebrated in the spring as well. The Brookside Art Annual draws crowds in the tens of thousands over the course of three days in celebration of the art community. But don’t count out First Fridays in the Crossroads, where galleries open their doors to welcome guests with insightful exhibitions. Family-fun is paramount at both the Truman Heritage Festival and Celebration at the Station, and film buffs can’t get enough of KC FilmFest every April.

Springtime Renewal

Welcome the boys in blue back to the ballpark as the Kansas City Royals make their return to Kauffman Stadium each spring for the start of baseball season. Sporting Kansas City hits the pitch again every March, and with an atmosphere like the one at Children’s Mercy Park, you’ll not want to miss it.

Also be sure to swing by the Kansas City Zoo, fresh off its most successful year to date—more than 1 million people visited in 2016!—and offering expanded hours, plus new exhibits every spring. To top it off, two of KC’s most popular destinations reopen in spring: Worlds of Fun, touting thrilling new rides and Schlitterbahn, the ideal way to cool off with the family in the late-spring warmth.

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