Take it Easy: Relaxing Things to Do in KC


5 Ways to Unwind in KC

Kansas City is full of fun and exciting things to do. But sometimes you just need to kick your feet up and unwind. In that case, Kansas City still has plenty of things for you. Whether you like to unwind with a massage or a scenic walk, find your next relaxing getaway right here.


Hit the Spa

Elms Resort

Spas may be a cliché way to relax but, hey, they work. And Kansas City has some classic ones. Head to The Spa at Briarcliff in North Kansas City for some of the city’s best spa treatments. Get a massage, facial or the works while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Briarcliff area. Or, stick to the downtown area with soothing treatments at The Zafar Salon, Spa and Boutique. And if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city limits altogether, The Elms Spa in Excelsior Springs has been a Kansas City getaway for more than 100 years.

Take in the Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

If spas aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to find relaxation in Kansas City. And it starts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. With one of the biggest and greenest lawns in Kansas City, it’s the perfect place for a picnic or to simply relax outside. Or head inside the museum for a peaceful walk through some of the world’s finest art galleries. Best of all, it’s all free.

Walk in the Park

Loose Park by David Arbogast

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art isn’t the only spot in Kansas City to find relaxation outdoors. The city is full of parks, gardens and walkways to calm the mind and the spirit. Head to Loose Park in Brookside for a morning walk along green gardens, clear ponds and perfectly landscaped walkways. Or, take in the sights and smells of blooming flowers at the Kauffman Memorial Gardens on the Plaza. And you can always unwind with a relaxing walk along Brush Creek.  

Eat Comfort Food

Q39 Restaurant Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt

Sometimes to relax, all you need is a nice afternoon nap. And there’s no better way to prep for it than with a helpful plate of comfort food. Grab lunch at Gates BBQ, Jack Stack, Q39 or one of the other barbecue joints in Kansas City. Then, top it off with an ice cream sandwich at Murray’s Ice Creams and Cookies in Westport or a waffle cone at Topsy’s Popcorn & Ice Cream on the Plaza. Once you’re stuffed with some of the best tastes in KC, carve out an hour or two for a nice, relaxing nap.

See the Views

Liberty Memorial in Kansas City

One of the lesser-known ways to unwind in Kansas City is by simply taking in the best views. And you’ll find one of the best views of the Kansas City skyline at Liberty Memorial, just south of downtown. Or, get a view of the natural side of KC at the River Observation Tower at the end of Main Street. And there’s also the City Hall Observation Deck in the middle of downtown. Sure, it may not be one of the most top-of-mind ideas for relaxation, but the views of KC will be sure to soothe your soul. 

Spas and Salons in KC

The Village Shops

Nestled amidst one of our town’s friendliest suburban neighborhoods, just a short drive southwest of The Country Club Plaza, you’ll find the shops, restaurants and stores of The Village. Come enjoy a shopping experience unique to Kansas City. Savor the aroma of mouth-watering pastries baking as you stroll tree-lined sidewalks. Enjoy a delicious meal. Find that one-of-a-kind gift or treasured souvenir. The Village is a collection of shops, boutiques, stores and restaurants that invite you to relax and "think outside of The Mall".

Touchwork of Weston Massage Therapy

Let our award-winning, on-site massage therapy teams help eliminate the stress of your next event. You already know the aches and pains that go along with conventions -- traveling, sleeping in unfamiliar beds, spending all day standing on convention floors or sitting in meeting, not to mention the stress of the event itself. We help soothe the necks, backs and feet of your guests, so they stay focused on your event instead of their pain.

Zona Rosa

Looking for a different destination to brighten your next trip to Kansas City? Zona Rosa just may be the answer. Nestled within upscale neighborhoods in Kansas City north, the area’s unique entertainment and shopping district is located at the northwest corner of I-29 and Barry Road, just minutes from KCI airport and downtown Kansas City. Since opening in May 2004, the new urban retail environment has welcomed thousands of visitors to its "city within a city" atmosphere, offering shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as office and residential space. What makes Zona Rosa so special?

Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa

You’ve arrived. Discover Las-Vegas style gaming, non-stop entertainment and gourmet dining just minutes from downtown and the Kansas City International Airport. The award winning Four Diamond Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa features spacious accommodations and state-of-the-art amenities. Each guestroom includes an oversized walk-in Italian tiled shower with a waterfall shower head, a 42” HD television and refrigerator. Take advantage of hundreds of slot machines and table games or unwind with a relaxing massage in Kansas City’s only full service spa on a casino property.