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Downtown Kansas CityKansas City

Entrepreneurial spirit, gentrification and originality combine to create a district full of architectural treasures, boutiques, live music venues and theaters. 

From barbecue joints to centuries-old monuments and concert halls, Downtown Kansas City is the beating heart of the town and a go-to destination for varied cultural experiences. Largely abandoned during the 1980s and 1990s, Downtown Kansas City is a shining example of successful regeneration. Brewpubs, fashion outlets, galleries and restaurants occupy former warehouses while once decaying buildings have been turned into innovative residential complexes.

Delve into the non-stop entertainment action of the Power and Light District. Shop for the latest trends, tantalize your taste buds with experimental cuisine and traditional barbecue dishes and watch performing arts shows. KC Live! is a covered square spread across an entire block that serves as the nightlife hub. Attend music performances and trade fairs at Kansas City Convention Center. The Sprint Center hosts basketball games, concerts and musicals.

Book tickets for a show at the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland and Folly Theater. Sports lovers might want to check out The College Basketball Experience. Browse a hall of fame, have fun with interactive exhibits and shoot hoops.

Walk in the shadow of the skyscrapers that rise above the Financial District and get a feel for downtown business activities. Take a moment to appreciate historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Central Library and KCMO City Hall. At Ilus W. Davis Park find greenery and a quiet oasis amid the skyscrapers. Don’t miss an evening at The Phoenix, a jazz club opened in the 19th century.

Downtown Kansas City merges to the south with the Crossroads Arts District. Independent galleries line the streets and showcase both emerging and recognized artists. To the north is River Market, the city’s oldest neighborhood. Visit its attractions including the Arabia Steamboat Museum, City Market and Riverfront Heritage Trail.

Ride the KC Streetcar along Main Street and through the center of Downtown Kansas City from River Market to Union Station. The KC Streetcar is free to use, thus making the town easy to get around.

Top hotels in Downtown Kansas City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
4 out of 5
200 W 12th Street, Kansas City, MO
£162
per night
24 Apr-25 Apr

Located in Downtown Kansas City, this hotel is steps away from Municipal Auditorium, Power and Light District and Kansas City Convention Center. Sprint Center ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,029 reviews)

"Great Hotel, amazing staff, clean rooms, luxury atmosphere"…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Hotel Phillips Kansas City Curio Collection by Hilton
Hotel Phillips Kansas City Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
106 W 12th Street, Kansas City, MO
£59
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Located in Downtown Kansas City, this historic hotel is steps away from Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland and Power and Light District. Kansas City Convention ...

4/5Very Good! (2,198 reviews)

"Close to everything. Easy walk to all we wanted to do."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020

Hotel Phillips Kansas City Curio Collection by Hilton
Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown
Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown
3.5 out of 5
101 West 11TH Street, Kansas City, MO
£102
per night
4 Apr-5 Apr

Located in Downtown Kansas City, this hotel is steps away from Kansas City Public Library and Power and Light District. Kansas City Convention Center and Sprint ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (524 reviews)

"The service was great. The front desk was super nice."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown
21c Museum Hotel Kansas City - MGallery
21c Museum Hotel Kansas City - MGallery
4 out of 5
219 W 9th St, Kansas City, MO

Located in Downtown Kansas City, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kansas City Public Library, Power and Light District, and Kansas City Convention ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (418 reviews)

"We have never stayed at a property quite like this before. It was a pleasure to stay and be able to enjoy museum quality pieces throughout the first two floors of the hotel. We enjoyed the bar area and the rooms were great. We had small issues with a few amenities that were an annoyance but the staff ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

21c Museum Hotel Kansas City - MGallery
Hilton President Kansas City
Hilton President Kansas City
4 out of 5
1329 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO
£117
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in Downtown Kansas City, this historic hotel is steps away from Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland and Power and Light District. Kansas City Convention ...

4.3/5Excellent! (761 reviews)

"Convenient location to the Power and Light District."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

Hilton President Kansas City
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
3.5 out of 5
1301 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO
£119
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Located in Downtown Kansas City, this hotel is steps away from Municipal Auditorium, Power and Light District and Kansas City Convention Center. Sprint Center ...

4.1/5Very Good! (176 reviews)

"Very conveniently located in the heart of downtown!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown

Popular things to do in Downtown Kansas City

Power and Light District
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Power and Light District

4.5/5(2 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Power and Light District, a favourite shopping spot in Kansas City. Discover the area's great live music or seek out its jogging trails.

Kansas City City Hall
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Kansas City City Hall

Kansas City City Hall is just one of the places to see in Kansas City, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Experience the entertainment choices or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Kansas City Power and Light Building
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Kansas City Power and Light Building

Find out about the history of Kansas City when you spend time at Kansas City Power and Light Building. Attend a sporting event or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Kansas City Public Library
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Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library is just one of the places to see in Kansas City, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Attend a sporting event or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Worlds of Fun
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Worlds of Fun

Ride roller coasters, get wet on the water slides and explore the world in a day at this family amusement park. 

Arrowhead Stadium
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Arrowhead Stadium

5/5(1 review)

Catch an event at Arrowhead Stadium during your trip to Kansas City.Experience the acclaimed theatre scene and great live music in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Downtown Kansas City

Winery Tour with Tastings & Snacks
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Winery Tour with Tastings & Snacks

100% of travellers recommend
£59
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Missouri
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Missouri

80% of travellers recommend
£8
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Missouri
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Missouri

£9
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Missouri
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Missouri

£8
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Missouri
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Missouri

£9
Per adult
SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

78% of travellers recommend
£14
Per adult

Other areas in Kansas City

Downtown Kansas City showing a high-rise building, signage and a city

Financial District

Live music, restaurants and theatres highlight some of the notable features of Financial District. Make a stop by Power and Light District while you're exploring.

Financial District
River Market which includes landscape views, a high-rise building and a city

River Market

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in River Market. You might want to make time for a stop at City Market of Kansas City or Arabia Steamboat Museum.

River Market
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts featuring theatre scenes and interior views

Crossroads Arts District

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Crossroads Arts District is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Crossroads Arts District
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts featuring theatre scenes and interior views

Westside North

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Westside North and surrounding area, you can visit Union Station and Power and Light District.

Westside North
Liberty Memorial featuring a high-rise building, a city and landscape views

Crown Center District

Crown Center District is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Crown Center or Union Station.

Crown Center District
Kansas City which includes outdoor art

Midtown - Westport

Unique features of Midtown - Westport include the theatres and live music. Make a stop by Uptown Theater or 39th Street West while you're exploring the area.

Midtown - Westport