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“36 Hours in Kansas City”
Go to a park: Roanoke Park, Loose Park, Shawnee Mission Park and Cliff Drive are all good places to travel by trails and trees in a center of a city.
Drink coffee: Broadway Cafe in Westport, Parisi Cafe in Union Station, and Pirate’s Bone in Brookside are all favorites, though there are many others to select from as well.
Eat doughnuts during Hana’s (KCK), John’s Space Age (old Overland Park), Fluffy Fresh (Mission), Donut King (Independence), or a new Doughnut Lounge in Westport.
Visit a West Bottoms: It’s antique store bliss down in these parts. On a south side of a Bottoms, there are a series of good eateries, bars and galleries.
Lease a oppulance apartment: For a initial time in decades, new apartments are being built downtown. If we have a decent income and suffer a vibe of a Power Light District, a One Light (open now) and Two Light (not nonetheless underneath construction) towers could be right for you.
Get dipsomaniac in Westport: A civic/family tradition dating behind to a colonize days.
Hit adult a farmers market in a City Market, Brookside, Waldo, KC Organics (in Minor Park), Merriam and Old Overland Park.
Check out VisitKC.com: The best calendar and all-around apparatus for KC enlightenment and events, and a good crony of this mainstay over a years.
Try a “dirty rice” lunch image during YJ’s: Served for lunch on Tuesdays. Great with prohibited sauce. Good pies and coffee here, too.
Keep an eye on Boulevard Brewing Company: The new and anniversary releases continue to impress. Don’t snooze on this year’s Bourbon Barrel Quad, that clocks in during a noble 11.8% ABV.
See a play: The Unicorn Theatre, Metropolitan Theatre Company, KC Rep, Barn Players, Just Off Broadway, and The Coterie are some of a city’s premier stages and museum companies.
Go to a library: The KC Library (kclibrary.org), a Johnson County Library (jocolibrary.org) and a Mid-Continent Public Library (mymcpl.org) systems all put on glorious open programs.
Nikita during a Kansas City Zoo
Go to a Zoo: Penguins. Polar bears. Gorillas. A tree-topping gondola ride. A overhanging bridge. Reasonably decent margaritas along a vessel docks of “Africa.” What some-more could we ask for?
Listen to sight whistles: You can hear them flattering many anywhere in town.
Shop for booze: Gomer’s (5 locations), Cellar Rat (Crossroads), Tipsy’s (Mission) and Lukas Liquors (South KC) are all good spots to batch adult on New Year’s brews and spirits.
Listen to a radio: KCUR 89.3 (local NPR affiliate), KKFI 90.1 (community-supported radio) and parisoftheplainspodcast.com yield a good repair of internal news, events and personality.
Buy a Country Club Plaza: The city’s “crown jewel” is now on a market, and approaching to fetch as many as $1 billion. Send inquiries to Information@highwoods.com.
Visit Berkley Riverfront Park: A landscaped park only easterly of a City Market, with jogging trails and a good perspective of downtown.
Skateboard by Midtown: An inexpensive approach to range out this historic, independent neighborhood.
Dine out in a Westside: Chez Elle, The Bluebird, Little Freshie, Novel, The Westside Local and Füd are all fresh, musty spots to sup and drink.
Go to Moon Marble: An eclectic, affordable fondle store in Bonner Springs with marble-making demonstrations on site.
See world-class works of art: The Kemper, Nelson-Atkins and Nerman Museums all underline illusory permanent collections, exhibitions and events.
Visit KC’s lesser-known museums, including: The Kansas City Museum during Corinthian Hall, The Negro Leagues Museum and a American Jazz Museum during 18th and Vine, The National Toy and Miniature Museum, and a National Airline History Museum.
Take a debate of a Belger Art Center: Gallery partner Mo Dickens provides glorious tone explanation on a rotating exhibits from this strange private collection of 20th-century art.
Try a burger during a Flea Market, Howard’s, Pigwich, Town Topic, Winstead’s or The Green Room.
Grill a steak regulating uninformed beef from McGonigle’s, Bichelmeyer’s, Broadway Butcher Co., Anton’s or Fritz’s.
Eat vegetarian during Eden Alley Cafe, in a reduce turn of Unity Temple on a Plaza.
Dine out in style: The American, The Rieger, Bluestem, Rye, Story and Le Fou Frog are only a few of a upscale joints I’ll be dining in once we start my new career in sidestep account management.
Go record shopping during Mill’s Record Co., Vinyl Renaissance, Records With Merritt, Josey Records, Revolution Records and Brothers Music KC.
Smoke shisha during one of a countless hookah lounges on Broadway or Main.
Check out Charlotte Street Foundation: This internal humanities classification frequently hosts gallery shows, performances and open studio events featuring some of a city’s many gifted artists.
Visit a Kauffman Center for a Performing Arts: The home theatre of a KC Symphony, a Lyric Opera, a KC Ballet, and many other performances as well. View a report during Kauffmancenter.org.
Visit Science City: Features lots of hands-on educational activities for kids. Union Station and Crown Center are good spots for a family tour any time of year.
Ride a streetcar: Coming in 2016. Check out a newly branded RideKC.com for information about a streetcar, buses and a city’s bike share program.
Get frugal during Metro Thriftway: The “dollar zone” aisle during this grocery store in Kansas City’s East Side is a best place to batch adult on general potato chips, kids’ coloring books, and mini strawberry moon pies.
Talk to people: Not as easy or gentle as consulting your phone, though potentially many some-more rewarding.
Before we pointer off for good, I’d like to extend a special interjection to my editor, Jon Ralston, and to everybody who frequently review this column, generally John Naramore, Eileen Larson, and David and Karen Phelps of Lawrence. Happy New Year, and Godspeed.
— Lucas Wetzel is a author and editor in Kansas City, Mo. You can review some-more of his essay during kawsmouth.com.