Kansas City Tour
Kansas City, known as the "city of fountains", offering the tastiest barbeque at Jack Stacks and great musical jazz talent, is also a history-buff's dream escape. Located next to Union Station and minutes from Hallmark Crown Center. And, our downtown Kansas City hotel is centrally located so you can discover all the historical treasures of the city.
First, pop into Union Station, this fully restored landmark is Kansas City's most prominent destination for cultural and entertainment activities. Built in 1914, and newly restored, this historical landmark features unique shops, restaurants and exhibits throughout the year. The best part, it's right across the street from The Westin Crown Center!
Hallmark Crown Center
Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Crown Center is often called a city within a city. Three levels of great shopping and dining complement two of the city's most luxurious hotels, exquisite office buildings, a residential community and several entertainment attractions. It all surrounds the worldwide headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Bring your family and your imagination for an unforgettable visit to Crown Center. After a long day of shopping, unwind with exquisite dining at Benton's Prime Steakhouse and take in the sights of all that Kansas City has to offer located on the top level of the hotel.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Opened in the fall of 1994, the Kemper Museum has become one of the most respected galleries in the region. The permanent collection donated by Bebe and Crosby Kemper features contemporary works. The building itself is also worth a look. Constructed with a plethora of nooks and crannies and two elongated wings, the structure looks like a bird in flight from above. This 40-gallery art crawl has quickly become a local and regional favorite, drawing thousands with it's free admission.
Power and Light Entertainment District
Offering over half a million square feet, we are the midwest's premier entertainment epicenter. With more than 50 captivating restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in the downtown Kansas City area we provide eclectic dinning, entertainment and shopping options for everyone.
American Jazz Museum
It's been said that jazz was born in New Orleans, and it grew up in Kansas City. There were four major stops along the earliest jazz portals, including New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, and New York. During its golden age, the Kansas City jazz scene was a thriving force, brimming over with plenty of economic development and artistic output beyond category - during a time when the country was at the height of economic downfall and prohibition.
Kansas City Symphony
Located less than one mile from The Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, our mission it to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music through musical excellence, outreach, education and human potential. This is sure to be a treat for both your ears and soul.
Pop quiz. How many fountains does Kansas City have? If you guessed over 200, you're right. Find a brief history of our fountains going all the way back to 1883, and some fun facts that will surprise you. And if you think you know everything about our fountains, try taking our test and see how much you really know!
Kansas City Zoo
Located in the historic and beautiful Swope Park, the Kansas City Zoo's 202 acres are nestled inside valleys and rolling hills and is home to than 1,000 animals. The Zoo is divided into several sections: Australia; Tiger Trail (Asia); Tropics, an indoor rainforest; KidZone, which includes the Discovery Barn, Peek-A-Boo Tree and an Endangered Species Carousel; and a 100 acre-African Plains. The new Tropics, an indoor rainforest, opened in 2009 in the orignal Zoo building and polar bears will return in 2010. Three historic features within the Zoo are:
The 1909 Zoo Building: Opened as the first building in the Zoo, the Bird and Carnivora House housed the entire animal collection. Altered in 1969 and again 1974, it housed traveling exhibits and education programs. Rennovated with city bond money, it re-opened as the Tropics, an indoor rainforest in 2009.
Suspension Bridge: Built in 1907 by the Midland Bridge Company, this bridge was originally meant to span a nearly inaccessible area of dense underbrush and to connect the Grand Entrance with a proposed athletic field. It was rennovated in the 1990s. The 227 foot long bridge connects the African plains area of the Zoo to the Congo area.
Lagoon and Boathouse: The lagoon once was on Wildcat Hollow Road and Lewis Road, sat near the Swope Park swimming pool. In 1912 the first boat was allowed and a boathouse was built on the west bank. In 1922 a beach area opened near the original boathouse; in 1949 a new boathouse was built on the beach and the original boathouse was torn down. In 1994, the lagoon became a focal point for the African plains exhibit.