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Kansas City Scout – 12/100

Kansas City Scout

#12 – Kansas City Scout
2900 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108

Cost: Free
Good for: Breathtaking views, panoramic photos.
Tip: Enjoy the rest of Penn Valley Park when you visit.

The Kansas City Scout is a 10-foot tall depiction of a Sioux Indian on horseback, surveying the landscape. The statue was originally cast in 1915 for the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. The statue won the gold medal and as it traveled toward the East Coast, it was installed temporarily in Kansas City.

Kansas City Scout

The Scout became so popular that the people of Kansas City raised $15,000 in nickels and dimes to purchase the statue. In 1922, The Kansas City Scout was dedicated as a permanent memorial to local Indian tribes.

The Kansas City Scout holds a prominent position atop a hill that overlooks the city. The view is incredible, with all of the downtown skyline in sight. Unfortunately, you can find the area around the statue littered with trash, but not much can detract from the statue and view of the city.

Kansas City Scout

The Scout has become a symbol and a mascot of the city. Several area attractions are named after the iconic statue, including Kansas City’s electronic traffic alert system and the 1970’s local National Hockey League team.

In 1992, Kansas City gifted a half-size replica of the Kansas City Scout to its sister-city, Seville, Spain.

Kansas City Scout’s Artist

Cyrus E. Dallin was an American sculptor and Olympic archer. Dallin cast over 260 sculptures, though he is best known for his sculptures of Native American men. He created a popular four-piece Native American equestrian series called The Epic of the Indian, which are similar to the Kansas City Scout. The series includes The Signal of Peace, The Medicine Man, The Protest and Appeal to the Great Spirit. Dallin also created an equestrian sculpture of Paul Revere, which is across from Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kansas City Scout

 

Kansas City Scout’s Location

The Kansas City Scout is located in Penn Valley Park, a 176-acre park directly south of the Crossroads District. It’s a great addition to the city with plenty of amenities, including a skate park, an outdoor theater, dog park, tennis courts, softball fields, playground and picnic shelters.

Penn Valley Park also leads into the World War I Museum and the Liberty Memorial.

Penn Valley Park TheaterPenn Valley Park Sculpture

Don’t forget to explore the area after taking in the great view. There are lots of statues and walking paths throughout the area. xx, Libbie.

Crossroads Murals – 11/100

Crossroad Murals

#11 – Crossroads Murals
Crossroads District, Kansas City

Cost: Free
Good for: Getting your 10,000 steps in, anyone who appreciates all forms of art
Tip: Rent a Kansas City B-Cycle to make the exploring easier

Crossroads Murals

The Crossroads District in Kansas City is directly south of Downtown Kansas City. As one of the most concentrated gallery districts in the U.S., the Crossroads are home to more than 400 local artists and 100 independent studios. In addition to the studios, high numbers of advertising agencies and architecture firms complement the Crossroads’ diverse, creative community.

Crossroads Murals

Each first Friday of the month, the area hosts an art celebration (which will make it on the blog). Shops and galleries will be open late, and the streets are filled with vendors selling their work, food trucks and people enjoying the celebration.

Crossroads Murals
Despite all the cool businesses, delicious restaurants and fun events, my favorite part of the area are the Crossroads murals hidden throughout the district. Though I’ve been familiar with the area for a little over two years, I think I could probably wander for a whole day and not see or find them all.

Crossroads Murals

Some of the works are commissioned, and others are clearly not. The most impressive commissioned pieces are by local Kansas Citian artist, Scribe. He has murals throughout the Crossroads and metro, and is a full time mural artist at Children’s Mercy Hospital. See if you can spot one of his works in my Miami Ice post.

Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

A fan favorite of the Crossroads murals is the “Kansas City, I’m so in Love” piece on the corner of 20th and Baltimore. It is located outside of Fortuity, a local clothing boutique. and across from the arcade bar, UpDown. Each time I walk by, day or night, people are taking photos.

Crossroad Mural

This little beauty is right across the street from Extra Virgin, one of my favorite tapas spots.

Crossroads Murals

There are large groups of Crossroads Murals further east, by Grinder’s.

Crossroads MuralCrossroads Murals

Crossroads District

Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

You can find art in about every alley. Next time you’re out in the Crossroads, take a walk and see what you can find. xx, Libbie.Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

Crossroads Murals

Royals Game – 10/100

Royals Game

#10 – Royals Game at Kauffman Stadium
1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129

Cost: $$
Atmosphere: Lively, rowdy, nostalgic
Features: Dugout Suites, Hall of Fame, the Little K, Sluggerrr.
Good for: Baseball fans, families, tourists, social sports fans
Tip: Parking can be expensive, so carpool with a group, or uber to the stadium.

I didn’t really have much of a choice but to become a Royals fan when I moved to Kansas City. Iowa doesn’t have a major league baseball team, and when I moved here in 2015, the Royals were having an incredible season (and would go on to win the World Series). The town and fans were electric. A lot of people waited 30 years for them to win the World Series again, and it was so cool to see the city come together to celebrate.

Now I go to Royals’ games mostly for the social aspect, (as with most sports, tbh). BUT the games are still SO much fun.

Tailgating
Unlike other baseball stadiums located within city limits, Kauffman is about 15 minutes outside Downtown Kansas City. This fosters an awesome tailgate scene in place of a bar district. Hours before game time, you’ll find the parking lots filled with cars and people grilling, drinking and playing games.

Royals game

Tailgating tips:

  • Parking can cost $15 or more, so carpool if possible, or coordinate gate numbers to enter if your group doesn’t.
  • Bring a pop-up tent. The parking lots get SO hot in the summer.
  • Bring spare toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Sometimes (a lot of times) the port-a-potties run out.
  • Pack a water cooler along with the beer coolers.
  • Don’t forget bags, ladder golf or KanJam.

The K
Kauffman Stadium is located in the Truman Sports Complex, adjacent to the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium. Built in 1973, Kauffman is named after Kansas City Royals’ founder and first owner, Ewing Kauffman. Rather than build a cookie-cutter, multi-use sports complex, Kauffman went on to build a stadium ahead of its time.

Chiefs Stadium

The K is recognized as one of the most beautiful ballparks in the game, and can be compared most similarly to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Stadium. One of my favorite parts of the stadium are the fountains and waterfall display beyond centerfield. 322-feet wide, it is the largest privately-funded fountain in the world.

Royals Stadium

In 2007, the stadium underwent extensive renovations, including a high definition scoreboard, fountain view terraces and an outfield concourse that allowed fans to walk completely around the stadium.

Food and Drink
Kauffman Stadium allows you to bring in your own food and drink, but stadium food has evolved far beyond the staples of peanuts and Cracker Jacks. If you’re still hungry after tailgating, Kauffman has some seriously delicious food and drink options.

Royals Stadium

  • Boulevard Beer – Kansas City’s local brewery has stands throughout Kauffman Stadium and lots of great beers for a hot ball game. American Kolsch, Ginger Lemon Radler and the Boulevard Wheat are all great.
  • Craft and Draft – Features 75 craft beers and gastro pub-inspired food.
  • Belfonte Ice Cream – One of Kansas City’s most famous ice cream joints.
  • Skewers and Canteen Links – Owned by Bizarre Foodshost, Andrew Zimmerman, these two shops specialize in flat-bread sandwiches and loaded hot dogs.

Royals Stadium food

Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan, a Royals game is always a good time. xx, Libbie

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – 9/100

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

KC Activity #9 – Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Cost: Free!
Atmosphere: Pristine, peaceful.
Good for: Day dates, art aficionados, families
Features: Event space, restaurant, gift shop
Pro Tip: After Kemper, walk less than half a mile to The Nelson Atkins’ sculpture park.

Kemper Museum

Kansas City boasts two great art museums within walking distance from each other – Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. The best part? They’re both free to the public.

Kemper Museum

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is small, but home to some great contemporary pieces. They frequently change out exhibits and permanent collection pieces, so new works are always coming through. You can easily explore the museum in an hour or less, but despite its size, the museum boasts more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Kemper Museum

Their most recent exhibit that was in place when I visited was Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. It is the first U.S. exhibit dedicated exclusively abstraction by women artists of color. The pieces were all extraordinary, and the exhibit was well put together. Kemper Museum also does a great job of including exhibit-related activities for children and adults, like books to browse through and art projects.

Kemper Museum

Kemper Museum also claims one of Kansas City’s most celebrated restaurants – Café Sebastienne. Known for its brunch, Café Sebastienne is open Sundays from 11am to 2:30pm. I haven’t made it there yet, but I can’t wait to go and try their Crab Cake Benny or Brioche French Toast. xx, Libbie.

Kemper Museum Art

Yoga in the Park – 8/100

Yoga in the park

KC Activity #8 – Yoga in the Park
4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Cost: Free/Donation-based
Atmosphere: Relaxing, green
Good for: Yogis, First Timers, All Ages
Prov Tip: Don’t forget to bring your mat!

Kansas City has a really great yoga scene that seems to be growing all the time. There’s always pop-up yoga at local breweries and various parks around the city. Some of my favorite pop-up yoga sessions happen at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

Yoga in the park

The lawn at the Nelson Atkins is huge, with plenty of spaces for yoga, picnics, frisbee games and more. Throughout the spring, summer and fall months, you can find free outdoor yoga at the Nelson Atkins at least three days a week a more. The biggest session that I’ve found is on Sunday mornings at 11am.

Yoga in the park

It is hosted by a group that has been around for about three years. They do a great job of bringing volunteer instructors in, so there’s a variety of styles represented. It’s also always all-levels yoga, so everyone can enjoy the practice, whether you’re a first timer or a practiced yogi. In the spring and fall, they switch yoga in the park to 2pm, so find them on Facebook for updates on upcoming yoga sessions.

After yoga, be sure and take a stroll around the Nelson Atkins’ sculpture park. And of course, snap a pic of the famous shuttlecocks. xx, Libbie.

Yoga in the park

Yoga in the park

Yoga in the park