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Discover Kansas City

Welcome to this page about Kansas City , a city split along state lines.. Whether you live in Kansas City or are planning a visit, or looking for Gifts from Kansas City, you'll want to take a look at the resources listed here.

Kansas City, a city of half a million people, is said to have more fountains than any other city in the world except Rome. It also has World-class museums, galleries, historic jazz clubs, romantic cafes, restaurants, down-home barbecues and high-end boutiques. Kansas City is also known for Sports, including the Kansas City Chiefs Football Team and the Kansas City Royals Baseball Team, Soccer and basketball.

For its residents, Kansas City has all the convenience of the big city with the charm of a small town.

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Photo taken while at the top of the Liberty Memorial. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is on the far left (near the edge of the photo). Flickr photo by ThirdHandArt

Tourism

  • VisitMO.com
    Taking a road trip? Going on vacation? Looking for fun things to do on the weekends? Check VisitMO.com for deals, discounts and travel ideas in Missouri.
  • The 8 Wonders of Kansas
    The 8 Wonders of Kansas

SEA LIFE At The Aquarium

Kansas City's latest attraction, SEA LIFE, is open at Crown Center with over 260,000 gallons of water and 5,000 fish and sea creatures on display.

...hundreds of unique and majestic fountains make their home in our City of Fountains.

Crown Center Fountain - Flickr photo by Average Jane

Crown Center Fountain

Crown Center Fountain

The Fountains Are Turned On In April - Fountain Day

Kansas Citians love our fountains and we look forward to seeing the fountains turned on signaling the end of winter when we start enjoying outdoor activities once again.

The City of Fountains Foundation held a special event at the Henry Bloch Fountain (Main and Pershing) in the Spring of 2012 to celebrate the Foundation's 40th anniversary.

Resources

Whether you live in Kansas City or planning a visit, I hope you will find these links helpful.

City of Fountains

The first fountains in Kansas City were designed by the Humane Society to provide water for horses and dogs.

When private fountains came into fashion in the late 1800s, J. C. Nichols, a prominent real estate developer in Kansas City, started buying and investing in fountains to beautify his residential developments and the Country Club Plaza.

Photos of City Fountains

Washington Monument Union Station Plaza - Postcard 1947

Washington Monument Union Station Plaza postcard

Washington Monument Union Station Plaza postcard

Washington Monument Union Station Plaza, Kansas City, Misssouri. In a little park, facing Pershing Drive and flanked by Union Station and Liberty Memorial, stands this equestrian statue, Kansas City's tribute to America's first President.

Historic Union Station

More Resources

In the News

  • #6 Kansas City on Kiplinger's List
    Best Place to Live--This city split along state lines offers something for everyone: from stately houses to downtown lofts and world-class museums to barbecue.What we loved: Pryde's Old Westport, a city landmark that sells kitchen gadgets, utensils a
  • # 6 Overland Park on Money's List
    Selected as one of the most kid-friendly spots in the country by an environmental advocacy group in 2001, and the community defines itself by its commitment to education. Population: 164,800Typical single-family home: $250,000Est. property taxes: $3,
  • Kansas City CBS News
    CBS News Kansas City Has Barbeque In Its Blood, A Big City With Small-Town Charm ... And Lots Of Barbeque -
  • Plaza Lights Kansas City Country Club Plaza
    A visit to The Kansas City Country Club Plaza always has a touch of magic in it with it's European flavor, it's fountains, and horse drawn carriages,. The Plaza is a major landmark in Kansas City, a premier shopping district and a place for many...

What's Your Favorite Thing About Kansas City? - I want to hear from You!

patinkc (author) from Midwest on September 15, 2014:

I have made it from Squidoo, and I have a lot of work to do. lol! Thanks for saying hello.

Gayle from McLaughlin on September 12, 2014:

I am born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. Love your article. I see you have made the transition from Squidoo. Glad to see you hear.

patinkc (author) from Midwest on April 10, 2012:

@anonymous: Well, Dave, yes and no! No you are not dumb, and yes there are 2 Kansas City's. One is in the State of Missouri and one is in Kansas with different governments. However, you can go from one to the other without knowing it. Maybe I should make a lens on the differences. lol! We talk about the Greater Kansas City area which includes both Kansas Cities and several other smaller cities. Many of the attractions of GKC are located on the Missouri side and there for the use of all the GKC area.

anonymous on April 10, 2012:

Well, I am blushing. I learned something here today, but now I feel kinda dumb. I always knew that there was a Kansas City in Missouri and a Kansas City next door in KS, but I thought that they were two different cities. Like the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Well, now I know :) I enjoyed your lens and hope to one day visit the city (singular) of Kansas City!

Ruthi on April 10, 2012:

That Kansas City Sculpture is awesome! I would enjoy seeing it up close and personal.

Fay Favored from USA on April 07, 2012:

I hope to visit KC one day. There is so much to enjoy.

Gayle from McLaughlin on February 04, 2012:

I have lived in Kansas City all my life. This article really showcases much of the ambiance of the area. Thanks!

VillaDejaBlue on January 06, 2012:

Nice lens.

patinkc (author) from Midwest on December 18, 2011:

@anonymous: Kris, the two places I would try are the KC airport and The Kansas City StoreCountry Club Plaza 314 Ward Parkway 816-756-1997Union Station 30 West Pershing Road 816-283-8282

anonymous on December 18, 2011:

Years ago my friend gave me a beautiful sweatshirt with the KC Plaza lights outline on front and back. On the front in small letters off to the side it says Only on the Plaza. I love this sweatshirt. Any idea where I can purchase another. I believe she purchased it at the then Jones Store. Thanks

patinkc (author) from Midwest on July 05, 2010:

@poutine: According to kcfountains.org, the first fountains in Kansas City were designed by the Humane Society to provide water for horses and dogs. When private fountains came into fashion in the late 1800s, J. C. Nichols, a prominent real estate developer in Kansas City, started buying and investing in fountains to beautify his residential developments and the Country Club Plaza.

poutine on July 04, 2010:

Kansas City seems to be a great place to live.I love fountains.Do you know why there are so many of them?

patinkc (author) from Midwest on October 27, 2009:

[in reply to Joan4] Please do!

Joan4 on October 27, 2009:

I would love to visit KC!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on November 17, 2008:

We lived in KC for 9 years and it's a great place to live. We've moved back to St.Louis but our son and family still live in KC so we get to visit often. I love the fountains, love Country Club Plaza...and really love the Christmas lights and how the make a big deal of it on Thanksgiving night. Crown Center is great too! Really good places to eat in KC.

thomasz on February 14, 2008:

Interesting lens. Nice info.

Karendelac on January 04, 2008:

5 Stars for you.This site is a must prior to visiting Kansas City....You have my permission to post a dazzling Thomas Kinkade image on your site called "Plaza City Lights, Kansas"Karen at KarensKinkade Art Store

GypsyPirate LM on September 24, 2007:

Wonderful lens, you have great information in here! I'm glad you joined us in the Squidoo City Guide!

bigjimj on August 08, 2007:

Nice lens. I was in KC recently and, of course we had some Authur Bryants BBQ. Thanks for joining the Squidoo City Guide.

GypsyPirate LM on August 06, 2007:

Great lens PatinKC - I love those framed prints, very pretty.

anonymous on June 07, 2007:

I have been looking for T Shirts or Sweatshirts with a picture of KC Fountains and a logo of K.C. City of Fountains. Something like that but I haven't found any. Do you have any ideas.Jean- Morton Illinois