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All About Kansas City: A Non-Comprehensive Guide

All About Kansas City: A Non-Comprehensive Guide

We're a Kansas City born-and-bred company. Our roots are deep and between our employees, All About Doors feet have tred the entire Kansas City metro area. So here's our guide: All About Kansas City

First up, let's just get food out of the way. There are a many number of great eateries in Kansas City, but there's one food that will always be first in our hearts and stomachs: BBQ.

Without any ado, here's our list of the top 7 BBQ joints in Kansas City. Just remember: when in doubt, always go to the original location of each restaurant first. It enhances the experience.

Top 7 Barbecue Joints in Kansas City

  1. Arthur Bryant's:http://www.arthurbryantsbbq.com/So. Much. Meat.

  2. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que:http://www.joeskc.com Best barbecue you'll ever have in a gas station. Or possibly anywhere.

  3. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue:http://www.jackstackbbq.com/BBQ made classy.

  4. Rosedale Bar-B-Que:http://www.rosedalebarbeque.com/Best sandwiches.

  5. Johnny's BBQ:http://www.johnnysbbqkc.com/Don't forget to get extra sauce.

  6. Zarda BBQ:http://zarda.com/Don't forget to try the baked beans.

  7. Gate's Bar-B-Q:http://www.gatesbbq.com/ 'Hi may I help you?' will be music to your ears.

Now that that's out of the way, see our other lists for our top attractions, events and places to see in good ole' Kansas City.

Architectural Appreciation

  1. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts:http://www.kauffmancenter.org/Kansas City skyline's newest addition.

  2. Liberty Memorial / WWI Museum:http://theworldwar.org/The best vantage point to see the Kansas City kingdom.

  3. Nelson-Atkins Art Museum:http://www.nelson-atkins.org/Traditional museum-looking building with an ultra-modern addition that was added in 2007.

  4. Union Station:http://www.unionstation.org/The most Harry Potter-ish place in Kansas City.

  5. Country Club Plaza:http://www.countryclubplaza.com/Fifteen blocks of Spanish-inspired architecture and fountains

  6. Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch:http://www.kclibrary.org/centralA Grecian-temple-looking building with giant books on the outside of its parking garage and regular sized books on the inside.

Events, Festivals and Fairs

  1. SantaCaliGon Days:http://www.santacaligon.com/Crafts on crafts on crafts. In tents. With homemade root beer and funnel cake.

  2. Plaza Art Fair:http://www.countryclubplaza.com/Events/Plaza-Art-FairArt. Of the weird, classy, beautiful, strange varieties. And everything in-between.

  3. Kansa City Irish Fest:http://www.kcirishfest.com/One of the top three Irish festivals in the nation. Complete with dancing and beer.

  4. The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle:https://www.lenexa.com/great_lenexa_bbq_battleThe best battles involve smoked meat.

  5. Plaza Lighting:http://www.countryclubplaza.com/Every Thanksgiving someone flips the switch that turns on the Christmas lights on the entire plaza. It's a big deal; trust us.

Family Fun

  1. Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun:https://www.worldsoffun.com/You really can't go wrong with a theme park / water park combo.

  2. Crown Center – Kaleidescope, SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND:http://www.crowncenter.com/Three separate attractions all under the same roof: a giant craft station, sea animals and Legos.

  3. Kansas City Zoo:http://www.kansascityzoo.org/Home of TWO polar bears. That do backflips.

  4. Deanna Rose Farmstead: http://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/deanna-rose-childrens-farmstead/ The cutest petting zoo with goats, sheep and barn animals galore.

Soak Up Some Sunshine

  1. Overland Park Arboretum: http://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/arboretum-and-botanical-gardens/ Paved trails, trails through the woods and lots of turtles.

  2. Loose Park:http://kcparks.org/park/loose-park-2/A park in the heart of the city: ducks, geese, a rose garden, playground and lots of trail.

  3. Powell Gardens:http://www.powellgardens.org/Waterfalls, lots of flowers and a butterfly festival every August.

  4. Shawnee Mission Park: http://www.jcprd.com/parks_facilities/shawnee_mission.cfmTrails upon trails upon trails, plus a lake and an observation tower.

Mosey on Over to a Museum

  1. Harry S. Truman Presidential Library:http://www.trumanlibrary.org/A little home-grown history.

  2. Nelson-Atkins Art Museum:http://www.nelson-atkins.org/Amazing art, history and giant shuttlecocks on the lawn.

  3. The American Jazz Museum and the American Negro Leagues Baseball Museum:http://www.americanjazzmuseum.org/ & http://www.nlbm.com/: Treasuring Kansas City's history as the birthplace of the Negro Leagues and an historical hotspot for jazz and blues.

  4. Liberty Memorial / World War I Museum:http://theworldwar.org/A dense, informative, awesome museum that can make hours seem like minutes.

  5. Natural History Museum:http://naturalhistory.ku.edu/A must-see on the University of Kansas's Lawrence campus, this museum is four floors of dioramas, bugs and family fun.

Shop Til You Drop

  1. Legends:http://www.legendsshopping.com/An outdoor outlet mall, complete with a robot dinosaur dining experience at T-Rex Cafe.

  2. Country Club Plaza:http://www.countryclubplaza.com/ Classy, upscale shopping – home to the only Tiffany & Co. in the city, the first Kansas City Apple store and a three-story Barnes & Noble.

  3. West Bottoms:http://www.westbottoms.com/Antiques antiques antiques!

  4. Mass St. in Lawrence, KS:http://www.downtownlawrence.com/A hip, small-town downtown area with frequent street musicians, lots of Jayhawk pride and a brewery.

  5. Zona Rosa:http://www.zonarosa.com/ A wide variety of stores and only a short distance to the airport... perfect if you leave home too early in anticipation of your trip.

Cheer for Our Teams

  1. Royals:http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/Cheer on our boys in blue at the Kauffman Stadium...if you're lucky, you'll catch a hot dog launched from the hot dog gun.

  2. Chiefs:http://www.kcchiefs.com/The Chiefs make their home next to the Royals at Arrowhead Stadium. Don't forget to add 'CHIEFS!' to the end of the national anthem!

  3. T-Bones:http://www.tbonesbaseball.com/Kansas City's other professional baseball team... where the going is a little cheaper and the vibe a little more picnic-y.

  4. Sporting KC:http://www.sportingkc.com/Almost undoubtedly our best professional sports team.

  5. Kansas City Roller Warriors:http://kcrollerwarriors.com/Kansas City's very own flat-track all-female roller derby team.