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Best things to do in Plaza Area, Kansas City

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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“Drop in for an hour, come for lunch, or spend the entire day wandering through world-class galleries. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the cultural jewel of Kansas City and just three blocks from the Country Club Plaza, and admission is free. The Nelson-Atkins, recognized as one of America’s finest art museums, strives to be the place where the power of art engages the spirit of community. With 40,000 works of art, the Nelson-Atkins is best known for its new Bloch Galleries, featuring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, plus its Asian art, photography, American paintings, American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a beautiful setting for a walk or picnic, is an oasis in the city and home to notable sculptures.”
226 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“The Country Club Plaza is a must see when visiting KC! The historic Spanish architecture, famous fountains, blocks of shopping, and unique restaurants are simply too amazing to miss! ”
112 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“First outdoor shopping district in the country. Great shopping and dining experience at your doorstep.”
79 locals recommend
Garden
“The Rose Garden at Loose Park is beautiful and smells amazing. Once you've enjoyed this you could take a walk/run on the 1.2 mile paved trail and spend time watching the ducks in the pond. ”
46 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is the perfect, intimate museum, not crowded that makes the experience so worthwhile. The art on display was interesting too.”
48 locals recommend
Park
“Massive park with a rose garden, scenic pond, running trail, tennis courts, children's parks, gazebos, historical civil war landmarks, and plenty of beautiful shaded areas perfect for a picnic”
37 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Built in 1922, the Country Club Plaza is one of this country's architectural and cultural treasures. J.C. Nichols chose a Spanish theme for the Plaza that included beautiful courtyards, red tile roofs and ornate towers. A number of promotions began during the Depression as a way to generate business and attract customers. 1930 marked the first year of the Plaza Lighting Ceremony. The Plaza Easter Bunnies made their debut in 1931. The first Plaza Art Fair began in 1932. The Plaza has evolved and many celebrated national stores joined the unique local shops. The entire 15-block district, with more than 120 shops and dozens of fine restaurants and cafes, makes shopping and dining an enjoyable pastime. The Plaza is kept lively with a year-round calendar of special events, including the famous Plaza Lights and the widely recognized Plaza Art Fair. It is understandable that nearly 100 years later, the Country Club Plaza is still the Midwest's premier shopping and dining destination.”
38 locals recommend
Bar
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“fantastic atmosphere - particularly when it's nice outside and the patio is open. great for a drink at either the inside or outside bar! ”
22 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Upscale shopping. Love to walk the neighborhood. Beautiful lights and horse drawn carriages from Thanksgiving-Christmas.”
20 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful for a stroll... this memorial garden is beautifully maintained and worth a 15 min walk through. Open Dawn to Dusk. Free to the public.”
15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The nation's first shopping district, built in the 1920's and modeled after Seville, Spain. During the holidays, it's lit up beautifully. Don't miss the Plaza Art Fair each September! ”
29 locals recommend
Bar
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“Upscale BBQ chain- solid ribs and burnt ends. Great cheesy corn and baked beans.”
18 locals recommend
Bakery
“You have to try their poptarts or breakfast sandwiches! This is a great place for quick breakfast. Super cute shop.”
14 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Absolutely one of our FAVORITE spots in town. A little jewel box of a bar and a veritable slice of Paris. Champagne-focused menu that goes on and on; very small kitchen churning out croque madames and the best frites in town until 1 a.m. Tues-Sat. Great for Sunday brunch, too. ”
17 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“a movie theater right on the Country Club Plaza. a 5 minute walk from your suite. ”
12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Love the vibe here. Across from the JC Nichols Fountain, just 2 blocks north of the heart of the Plaza.”
16 locals recommend