Kansas City was founded in 1838 as the "Town of Kansas" at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and was incorporated in its present form in 1850. Situated opposite Kansas City, Kan., the city was the location of several battles during the Civil War, including the Battle of Westport.

Kansas City was founded in 1838 as the "Town of Kansas" at the confluence of the  Missouri and  Kansas rivers and was incorporated in its present form in 1850. Situated opposite Kansas City, Kan., the city was the location of several battles during the Civil War, including the  Battle of Westport.
The city is well known for its contributions to the musical styles of  jazz and  blues as well as to cuisine, notably Kansas City-style barbecue.
In March 2012, Downtown Kansas City was selected as one of America's Best downtowns by Forbes magazine for its rich culture in arts, numerous fountains, upscale shopping and various local cuisines — most notably barbecue. Kansas City is a dynamic city backed by a vibrant arts scene, world-class attractions and an eclectic mix of shops.
Everything you want to do — you can do in Kansas City.

1827 Log Courthouse
ADDRESS: 107 W Kansas Ave. Independence, MO 64050
PHONE: 816-325-7111. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon-Fri.

Boulevard Brewing Co: Crown Center Area
ADDRESS: 2501 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108
PHONE: 816-474-7095. Tour Times 3 p.m. Wed.., 1 and 3 p.m. Thurs., 1 and 3 p.m. Fri., 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m., Sat., 1pm & 3pm Sun.
 
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
ADDRESS: 3700 Blue Pkwy. Kansas City, MO 64130
PHONE: 816-513-0700. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Kansas City Hall Observation Deck
ADDRESS: 414 E 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64106
PHONE: 816-513-2778. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Closed during high winds.

City of Fountains Foundation, Country Club Plaza Area
ADDRESS: PO Box 9193 Shawnee Mission, KS 66201
PHONE: 816-842-2299. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri  
 
Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial
ADDRESS: 4800 Rockhill Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110
PHONE: 816-932-1260. Open daily 8a.m. to dusk. Call to confirm hours.

Historic Liberty Jail
ADDRESS: 216 N Main St. Liberty, MO 64068
PHONE: 816-781-3188. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sun.

Johnson County Museum of History     
ADDRESS: 6305 Lackman Rd. Shawnee, KS 66217
PHONE: 913-715-2550. Open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art                           
ADDRESS: 4420 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111
PHONE: 816-753-5784. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuse.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
 
Loose Park, Country Club Plaza Area
ADDRESS: 5100 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64112
PHONE: 816-513-7500
                Penguin Park for Kids
ADDRESS: N Vivion Rd. & N Norton Ave. Kansas City, MO 64118
PHONE: 816-513-7500
 
 Pioneer Spring Cabin
ADDRESS: 111 E Maple Ave. Independence, MO 64050
PHONE: 816-325-7111. Open Apr.-Oct., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Shoal Creek Museum
ADDRESS: 7000 NE Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64156
PHONE: 816-792-2655. Call ahead.

City Market, since 1857    
ADDRESS: 20 E 5th St., Ste. 201 Kansas City, MO 64106
PHONE: 816-842-1271. Open every day.

Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank: Crown Center Area
ADDRESS: 1 Memorial Drive Kansas City, MO 64198
PHONE: 816-881-2683. Open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Country Club Plaza Area
ADDRESS: 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO 64111
PHONE: 816-751-1ART. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.,  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.