#37 – McLain’s Bakery
201 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64114
Atmosphere: Energized, friendly.
Good for: Coffee shop connoisseurs, sweets lovers.
Tip: If you are particular about your pastries, show up early. They sell the good stuff fast.
McLain’s Bakery has been a Kansas City staple since 1945. Satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious cookies, cakes and pastries, or stop in for a savory breakfast sandwich. McLain’s has two locations, a small shop in Brookside and a market in Overland Park.
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#36 – Kaw Point
1403 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City, KS 66115
Good for: Reflection of America’s history, views of the KC skyline
Tip: Wear sturdy shoes for walking down the large, limestone steps.
Kaw Point is a small park where the Kansas River and Missouri River meet. In 1804, members of the Louis and Clark expedition camped at the spot for three days, as they made repairs to their vessels and hunted for fresh meat. Today, the park showcases information about the Corps of Discovery and a stunning view of the Kansas City skyline.
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#35 – Kauffman Memorial Garden
4800 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110
Amenities: Gardens, fountains, indoor orchid garden.
Atmosphere: Serene, relaxing, fragrant.
Tip: Visit all year long – the gardens are beautiful throughout the seasons.
The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden is a 2-acre botanical garden that commemorates the Kauffmans and their contributions to Kansas City. The garden is located in Kansas City, Missouri near the Country Club Plaza and the Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art. With a variety of flowers, trees, fountains and hedges, the small garden is the perfect place to enjoy nature and relax.
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#34 – Up-Down KC
101 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Atmosphere: Energized, busy, nostalgic
Features: Patios, full bar, pizza bar, arcade games
Good for: 80s and 90s kids, Sunday funday
Tip: Visit during the week or Sunday afternoons for shorter lines and quicker service
Up-Down is an adult-only arcade bar in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Missouri. With two large patios, a full bar and 50+ arcade games, Up-Down is full of fun and nostalgia for 80s and 90s kids.
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#33 – KC Wine Co
13875 S Gardner Rd #1, Olathe, KS 66061
Good for: A break from the city bustle.
Features: Live music, food trucks, wine, snacks
Tip: For the best value, buy a bottle to enjoy.
A relaxing afternoon trip to the KC Wine Co is the perfect summer and fall activity. Grab a bottle of wine or a hard cider slushie and enjoy live music on the lawn. Play life-size chess or just enjoy the fresh air and complimentary kettle corn.
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