25 offbeat ways to paint the town. Couple up and explore KC with your sweetheart.

Adventure Lovers

Go Ape Treetop Adventure Kansas City

 

1. Zip KC

Soar through the trees with your sweetheart at Zip KC. An exhilarating date for thrill seekers, the 143-acre ziplining park features a 65-foot tower and nine lines, some reaching speeds up to 50mph.

 

2. Go Ape Treetop Adventure

Pair up with your partner in a challenge of balance and bravery at Go Ape Treetop Adventure. The course features zip lines, rope ladders and plenty of other thrilling obstacles reaching heights of 40-50 feet. Perfect for the bold couple unafraid to put their courage to the test.

 

3. Treeclimbing Kansas City

Go out on a limb for love at Treeclimbing Kansas City. Complete with harnesses and other safety equipment, this group leads adventurers of all skill levels on two-hour climbs at various Kansas City parks.

 

4. Breakout KC

Team up with other couples to test your wits and patience at Breakout KC, a live-action escape game. Can you and your date sleuth your way out of a locked room before the 60 minutes are up? 

 

5. Haunted House Capital of the World

Hold hands and brave the Haunted House Capital of the World. Have a scary good time and see how KC earned its spooky nickname in the West Bottoms area, home to The Edge of Hell (KC’s oldest haunted house) and The Beast, America’s largest.

 

6. Original Juan’s

Spice things up with a visit to Original Juan’s, a hot sauce and salsa production facility. Muster up the courage together to try The Source, the hottest sauce in the world registering at 7.1 million Scoville units.

 

7. Lucia

Take your relationship to new heights with a class at Lucia, an aerial performing arts studio. Silks, trapeze, aerial yoga and aerial hoop are just a few of the artistic sessions offered.

Table for Two

The Sundry in the Crossroads Arts District

 

8. KC Barbecue Tours

Couples that eat ’cue together, stay together. Who needs a limo when you have a KC Barbecue Tours bus? This guided excursion leads you on a four-hour journey to four deliciously different barbecue joints you’re both sure to love.

 

9. Spoil your dinner

Spoil your dinner and start with an epic date dessert. Feed your sweetheart’s sweet tooth with the Skyscraper sundae at Winstead’s, the Chocolate Matterhorn at André’s Confiserie Suisse and the $6.50 pie flights at The Upper Crust.

 

10. Bo Ling’s

The literal translation of Dim Sum is “the point of the heart.” Enjoy the popular Cantonese tradition with your significant other at Bo Ling’s, where a parade of push carts present delicacies such as crispy shrimp, roast pork, sticky rice and dumplings.

 

11. The Sundry

Enjoy a relaxed, interactive evening out with a couples cooking class at The Sundry. Sip on drinks with your special someone as you simmer, sauté and savor cuisine in this new Crossroads market and kitchen.

 

12. Extra Virgin

Voted KC’s best restaurant for first dates and a labor of love for James Beard winner Michael Smith, Extra Virgin touts a sexy, adventurous menu sure to keep you two talking. Dine outside your comfort zone with delicious yet exotic eats like crispy pig ear salad, duck tongue tacos and sea urchin pasta.

Love of the Game

Up-Down Kansas City MO

 

13. Up-Down

Game on. From Pac-Man to Punch-Out, Up-Down raises the bar with more than 50 arcade games from yesteryear plus skee-ball, Nintendo and Sega console games. The extensive craft beer menu includes a long list of Kansas and Missouri brews.

 

14. Topgolf

Give Topgolf a shot. Not your mom and dad’s driving range. Part hangout and part high-tech golf experience, a new kind of golf experience where compete play in point and target-based games. The new year-round crowd pleaser in Overland Park includes 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, games, restaurants and a rooftop beer garden perfect for a nightcap.

 

15. Char Bar

After you fill up on the competition barbecue at Char Bar, step into the backyard and start a friendly competition of your own. The restaurant’s large assortment of lawn games includes croquet, bocce and sand bags—or just relax and curl up by the fire pits.

“Made” for Two

The Roasterie

 

16. The Roasterie

Go behind the scenes of Kansas City’s hometown bean. The Roasterie’s complimentary daily tours cover the basics of the cupping, roasting and blending process. Afterwards, enjoy a cup together in the factory’s café.

 

17. Belger Arts Center

Harking back to the famous scene from “Ghost,” Belger Arts Center offers Friday Date Night events once a month where couples can learn to throw on the potter’s wheel.

 

18. Day Trip to Weston

Wine-hop through Weston, Missouri, a beautiful historic town just 30 minutes from Downtown KC.

Creative Couples

Green Lady Lounge

 

19. Uptown Arts Bar

Break the ice with an open-mic night. The programing at Uptown Arts Bar changes nightly, with poetry slams, live readings, improv shows, DJ sets and open sketch nights, where aspiring artists draw portraits using a live model.

 

20. Legoland Discovery Center

For the young (sweethearts) at heart, let loose at Legoland Discovery Center’s “No Kids Allowed” Nights. On the second Thursday of every month, adults 18 years and older are invited to build, ride and kid around.

 

21. Green Lady Lounge

Quickly making a name for itself, Green Lady Lounge is one of most recent additions to Kansas City’s legendary jazz lineup. Perfect for pairs, “The Lady” serves up live jazz seven nights a week, a romantic ambience and never a cover.

Natural Attraction

Country Club Plaza

 

22. Loose Park

Walk, bike or picnic as a pair through Kansas City’s beautifully manicured Loose Park. A popular spot for proposals and weddings, the centerpiece of the 75-acre park is the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden, which features 3,000 roses of 150 varieties.

 

23. Country Club Plaza

Eat your heart out, Prince Charming. Take in the architecture, fountains, sights and sounds of the gorgeous 15-block Country Club Plaza with a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride or a gondola float on the adjacent Brush Creek.

 

24. Old Red Bridge

Celebrate your commitment by “locking your love” at the Old Red Bridge in Minor Park. Dedicated by President Truman, the pedestrian bridge mimics the famous Paris tradition where couples scribe their initials or love messages on a padlock.

 

25. Berkley Riverfront Park

Unwind and end a busy day by watching the sunset. One of the best vantage points for couples is Berkley Riverfront Park, overlooking the Missouri River and just five minutes from downtown.

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