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.