3 Days In...Kansas City, MO

History, culture, and barbecue are a few memorable findings in this city

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History, culture, and, of course, terrific barbecue, are a few of the memorable findings groups can uncover in Kansas City, MO. For those visiting this city, here are a few items to make sure you include on the itinerary.


11:00 AM                     
Get your bearings by taking your group on an outing with Kansas City Walking Tours. These include a River Market tour, in which a group wanders through the neighborhood where Wyatt Earp and Jesse James once strolled or a streetcar tour, which allows visitors to see the city from a comfortable streetcar, hopping on and off as they like.

3:00 PM                      
Pay respects to the veterans of the First World War at the World War I Museum and Memorial -- the only museum in the U.S. dedicated solely to this war.

KC is famous for barbecue. Sample brisket, pulled pork, and more at spots like Gates and Sons, Fiorella's Jack Stack, R.J.'s, Hayward's Pit, and Brobeck's.


11:00 AM                          
Begin the day by taking in some art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, home to 34,500 pieces, ranging from ancient Chinese ceramics to 18-foot-tall badminton shuttlecocks. Visitors can grab lunch at one of the museum's two restaurants or host an event at one of its numerous event spaces.

2:00 PM                            
Take some time to tour the 18th & Vine Jazz District, home of the American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (which celebrates African-American baseball history dating back to the late 1800s), and Gem theater (originally built in 1912, which for years served as a favorite movie palace for the city's African-American population and has now been restored to a striking 500-seat performing arts center).

7:00 PM                                          
Host an event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Home to the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Ballet, this nearly 285,000-square-foot facility boasts two main performance halls and numerous other creative spaces.


11:00 AM                             
Spy some impressive wild animals at the Kansas City Zoo. Attendees can see penguins swim in their 100,000-gallon pool or watch the orange residents of Orangutan Canopy swing through the trees, or meet up for an event at one of the zoo's unusual venues, such as the Helzberg Penguin Plaza and outdoor Polar Bear Passage.

2:00 PM                                         
Pick up some local souvenirs at any of the city's many memorable shops, such as the Made in Kansas City boutique stores, T-shirt designer Charlie Hustle Clothing Co., screen printer Normal Human, or traditional menswear shop Houndstooth. 

This article appears in the November 2016 issue of Successful Meetings.