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Sporting KC – 18/100

Sporting KC

#18 – Sporting KC
1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS 66111

Cost: $$$
Atmosphere: Energized, loud
Good for: Sports fans
Tip: Sit in “The Cauldron” – the GA Members section. It’s the rowdiest, but most fun section.

Sporting KC

About Sporting KC

The 2017 season marks Sporting KC’s 22nd year in Major League Soccer. Kansas City was introduced as one of 10 charter members of MLS in 1995. Four months later, the league unveiled the nicknames, logos and uniform designs for the franchises, including the Kansas City Wizards, an identity that would last until 2011.

Sporting KC

After the sale of the franchise, The Kansas City “Wiz” became Sporting Kansas City. The inaugural match at the new stadium, Children’s Mercy Park, was played in 2011. The stadium has continued to sell out for 100 consecutive MLS matches. After experiencing the stadium and the fans, it’s easy to see how the past 100 games have sold out.

Sporting KC

The Experience

Wow. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. As someone who is not super into soccer, I was pretty amazed. People were so into the game! A coworker of mine recommend we sit the “The Cauldron.” This is where a lot of the ticket holders and die-hard fans sit, and It. Was. CRAZY. There were constant cheers and everyone knew them. It was so fun and completely unlike any sporting event I’ve experienced, including the Chiefs and the Royals.

Sporting KC

Apparently this was a pretty important game in the series, so fans were even more amped. People we sat by were friendly and nice enough to explain things to us and teach us some of the chants.

The Cauldron is at the end of the field by the goal. The seats were fun, but if you want to see the whole field better, I’d recommend different seats. The Cauldron is also probably not a place for kids – it gets pretty rowdy.

But, if in doubt, definitely sit in the Cauldron. xx, Libbie

Sporting KC

Powell Gardens – 17/100

Powell Gardens

#17 – Powell Gardens
1609 N.W. US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061

Cost: $
Amenities: Gardens, cafes, gift shop, nature trail.
Good for: Families, outdoorsy people, plant lovers, etc.
Tip: Pack a picnic!

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens is a 970-acre botanical garden located east of Kansas City, Missouri. Powell Gardens includes eight display gardens, contemporary architecture, a 3-mile nature trail, cafes and a gift shop.

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens

History of Powell Gardens

George E. Powell, Sr., a prominent Kansas City businessman, acquired the land that is now Powell Gardens in 1948. He then donated the 640-acre farm to the Kansas City Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who used it as a regional camp until 1984.

Powell Gardens

In 1984, the University of Missouri’s School of Agriculture and the Powell Family Foundation began developing a horticultural and natural resource facility that would become Powell Gardens.
Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens

About Powell Gardens

Entry is $10 for adults, which can be pricey unless you spend time exploring. My friend Karlee and I explored all the different gardens, walked the 3-mile trail, had a picnic and did a cooking demonstration class.  

Powell Gardens

The cooking demonstrations occur on the second Saturday of each month – integrating seasonal produce and herbs. It was a fun way to experience the gardens and the fresh produce that comes from them. They grow all kinds of produce, like pineapples, bananas, apples and avocados. 

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens

The gardens have a year-round calendar full of special events and classes for the entire family, like the cooking demos. They also host many notable annual festivals, including:

  • Fungi & Fermentation Festival
  • Booms & Blooms
  • Festival of Butterflies
  • Glow: A Jack-O-Lantern Festival
  • Plant Sale
  • Missouri Barn Dinner Series
  • Under a Harvest Moon: Farm-to-Table Dinner
  • Festival of the Butterflies

We visited during the Festival of the Butterflies, when the Conservatory is transformed into a butterfly sanctuary. So cool!

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens

Along with the Conservatory, one of my favorite parts of Powell Gardens is the Living Wall. It is a retaining wall made of stacked limestone covered in flowers and plants. It is the longest living wall in North America.

Powell Gardens

There’s so much to see, even when the seasons are beginning to change! xx, Libbie.

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens

KC B-Cycle – 16/100

KC B-Cycle

#16 – KC B-Cycle
Around the metro

Cost: $
Good for: Families, locals, tourists, novice bikers.
Tip:  Follow KC B-Cycles on Twitter or on Facebook. They’ll often share discount codes for free rides!

KC B-Cycles

About KC B-Cycles

KC B-Cycles is a public bike share system with 30+ stations throughout the Kansas City Metro. They are a great way to be active, explore the city and have a positive impact on the environment. You’ll find KC B-Cycles stations near many attractions, including Boulevard Brewing Company, The Nelson Atkins, The Plaza and more.

Using the bikes are simple – either pay ahead of time online or pay at the bike station. If you pay online, you’ll get a code to enter at the station where you grab your bikes. If you’re going to ride for over an hour, save money and buy a 24-hour pass online for $7.

KC B-Cycles

Pay As You Go Pass: Ride once and pay $3 per 30 minutes you use the bike.

Multi-Day Pass: If you plan on riding several times in a week or month, grab Multi-Day passes to save some money. They offer:

  • $7 for 24 hours
  • $15 for 7 days
  • $25 for 30 days

Annual Membership: Great for locals who ride KC B-Cycles frequently throughout the year. You get free 60-minute rides year-round for $65. An annual membership gives you access to B-Cycles in other cities across the U.S., like Nashville, Denver and Austin.

KC B-Cycles

Be sure to check out the station map before you bike. You can click on each station and see how many bikes are available.

Where to Ride a KC B-Cycle:

Trolley Trail
Brush Creek Trail
Indian Creek Trail
Berkley Riverfront Park

We rode on the Trolley Trail, a 6-mile walking/running path. It goes through some of my favorite Kansas City neighborhoods, Waldo and Brookside. We stopped at KC Bier Co. for a quick beer on their patio right off the trail.

KC Bier Co

KC Bier Co

The KC B-Cycle Program has premade tours – allowing you to explore Kansas City in a unique way. Each bike comes with a lock, so you can make stops throughout the city.

  • B-energized – Coffee Tour
  • B-Vintage – Antique Tour
  • B-Pampered – Spa Tour
  • B-Cultured – Art Tour
  • B-Satiated – Veggie Tour
  • B-Entertained – Theatre Tour

I have yet to try any of the tours, but I’d love to try the coffee or antique tours. xx, Libbie.

KC B-Cycle

Char Bar – 15

Char Bar

#15 – Char Bar
4050 Pennsylvania Ave #150, Kansas City, MO 64111

Cost: $$
Features: Beer garden with outdoor bar and yard games.
Cuisine: BBQ
Good for: Families, locals, tourists, meat lovers and vegetarians.
Tip: No matter how much food your table gets, order the mac and cheese.

Along with jazz and fountains, Kansas City is known for their BBQ. Throughout my 100 Days of Kansas City, I have a handful of BBQ restaurants to go to – new and old. There are the classics, like Kansas City Joe’s, Gates and Arthur Bryant’s. And there’s the new favorites like Q39 and Char Bar.

Char Bar

First up: Char Bar. The restaurant is in a family of three other local Kansas City restaurants: McCoy’s, The Foundry and Beer Kitchen. The group of restaurants are all located in Wesport, a thriving bar and restaurant district.

Westport started as a town in 1833 when the California, Oregon and Santa Fe trails all passed through the area. In the 1860s, there was a major Civil War battle in Wesport, which is known as the Gettysburg of the West. Monuments commemorating the battle can be found in Loose Park.

Char Bar BBQ

My favorite part of Char Bar is their 10,000-square foot outdoor beer garden. It features a large bar and plenty of picnic tables, making it the perfect spot to grab drinks and food. It is a dog-friendly patio, so it’s a great spot for dog people.

Char Bar

The Beer Garden also has yard games, including croquet, bocce ball, Ping-Pong and bags. Bags is free, but the other games can be rented by the hour or half hour. Sometimes during the week, they’ll let you play for free, but expect to pay on the weekends.

Char Bar is usually busy. Unfortunately, they do not take reservations unless you have a party of 8 or more. If you’re stuck with a long wait time, grab a drink and hang out in the Beer Garden until your table is ready.

Char Bar

Char Bar BBQ Favorites

I’ve been to Char Bar a handful of times, and everything has always been wonderful. My personal favorites:

  • BURNT HEAVEN (smoked burnt ends, smoked sausage, fried jalapeños, chipotle bbq mayo and creamy slaw on an egg bun)
  • PICKLED PIG (pulled pork butt, creamy slaw and deep-fried hot pickles on a farm-to-market egg bun)
  • PIG-TAIL” MAC N’ CHEESE
  • JALAPEÑO CHEESY-CORN BAKE

Char Bar

Brunch is easily my favorite meal, so I’m picky about where I go. Char Bar brunch is 👌. My favorite brunch dishes:

  • THE ICKY STICKY (cinnamon loaf, burnt rum caramel, salted pecans)
  • FRIED GREEN TOMATO BENNY (poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, beefsteak tomato, spinach, tomato chow chow, smoky hollandaise with a side of potatoes)
  • PORK BELLY HOECAKES (stack of cornmeal pancakes covered with maple-braised pork belly, crumbled smoked bacon and bourbon maple syrup)
  • FRIED CHICKEN & WAFFLE (tabasco-honey chicken wings and a smoked chicken tender atop a bacon-cheddar waffle covered with bourbon syrup and smoky hollandaise)

Next time you’re craving BBQ (or need to spend time with some dogs), stop by Char Bar. xx, Libbie.

Char BBQ

The Nelson Atkins – 14

The Nelson Atkins

#15 – Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Cost: Free!
Features: Rozzelle Court restaurant, free group tours, interactive games, scavenger hunts, etc.
Good for: Everyone
Tip: Give yourself a few hours to wander the museum, it’s bigger than you think!

The Nelson Atkins

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is truly a Kansas City gem. From ancient Chinese pottery to Native American artifacts to colorful Warhol works, the collection is all-encompassing. The museum is free to the public – giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy art. The Nelson Atkins also fosters a strong sense of community by hosting festivals, dances, talks, tours, classes and events.

The Nelson Atkins is located near the Kansas City Art Institute and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Nelson AtkinsThe Nelson Atkins

The History of the Nelson Atkins

The dream of providing a public art museum for Kansas City was shared by two private individuals Mary Atkins and William Rockhill Nelson.

Mary Atkins became a widow within 10 years of being married to an affluent real estate speculator. She then traveled throughout Europe visiting the museums of the world. She longed to bring art to Kansas City, and left $300,000 to build an art museum.

William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star, believed that a city needed art and culture to be truly civilized. He donated the bulk of his estate after his death, which was combined with Mary Atkins’ legacy.

Nelson Atkins

Because the donors gave money rather than personal art collections, the curators were able to assemble a collection from scratch. At the time, (the height of the Great Depression) the market was full with pieces for sale. With very few buyers, the Nelson Atkins found the market open to them and within a short time frame, had one of the largest art collections in the country.

The Nelson Atkins opened to the public on Dec. 11, 1933.  

Nelson Atkins

Featured Works at the Nelson Atkins

The Nelson Atkins has 35,000 works of art including collections of:

  • European
  • Chinese
  • African
  • Contemporary
  • Photography
  • Native American
  • South and Southeast Asian
  • Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts
  • Ancient
  • Japanese
  • Modern
  • Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park

Nelson Atkins

Some of the public’s favorites:

Claes Oldenburg’s Shuttlecocks

Nelson Atkins Shuttlecocks

Claude Monet’s Water Lilies

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother

Georgia O’Keffe’s Apple Blossoms

Nelson Atkins Georgia O'Keefe

Vincent Van Gogh’s Olive Trees

Nelson Atkins Van GoghThe Nelson Atkins Van Gogh

Egyptian Coffin of Meret-it-es

Claude Monet’s Mill at Limetz

Nelson Atkins Monet

Whether you have a master’s degree in art history or think your 5-year-old could draw better than Picasso, everyone can enjoy the Nelson Atkins. xx, Libbie.

Nelson Atkins

Nelson Atkins Chardin

Nelson Atkins

The Nelson Atkins Warhol

The Nelson Atkins