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Everything You Need to Know About Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas is the third-largest city in the state with a population of 153,000. It is commonly referred to as “KCK” to differentiate it from Kansas City, Missouri which is often referred to as “KCMO.” Other nicknames include “Heart of America” and “The Dotte” which stands for Wyandotte County where the city is situated.

KCK sits on the eastern edge of Kansas, at the border of Missouri, and is situated at Kaw Point, the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, and is a total area of 128 square miles. Kaw Point Park marks the site where the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in 1804 and has views of the downtown skyline.

Blake’s Favorite Things About Kansas City, KS

About Kansas City, KS

KCK has a strong history of being a melting pot of different cultures, as settlers explored westward and set up camp. Today, many large corporations are headquartered in KCK.

Distance to Downtown

3.3 miles / 11 minutes

Outdoor Spaces

Lewis and Clark Park at Kaw Point

Distance to Airport

16 miles / 19 minutes

School District

Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas Catholic Schools

Amenities

Grinter Place, Charlie Parker Memorial, Providence Medial Center Amphitheater, Kansas Speedway

Walk Score

33

Gym

Sweet Z's Gym, CrossFit Matters

Bar

Turn 2 Sports Bar, 403 Club, Zoo Bar

Closest Hospital

KU Medical Center

Shopping

Legends Outlets, Strawberry Hill

Events

Wyandotte County Fair, The American Royal World Series of BBQ, Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Fun Facts About Kansas City, KS

Some of the neighborhoods of Kansas City, Kansas include Downtown, Argentine, Armourdale, Fairfax District, Muncie, Maywood, Piper, Rosedale, Strawberry Hill, and Turner.

KCK is the only city in the metro area that has three bus services running through its community, providing transportation for 60,000 riders daily.

Best Restaurants in Kansas City, KS

Joe’s Kansas City BBQ

The original Joe's Kansas City BBQ, born out of a gas station in Kansas City in 1996 is world-famous for their ribs, Z-man, brisket, & more! Don't miss burnt ends on select days... it sells out fast!

Mason Jar Brews & Burgers

Burgers, pizza & wings are served alongside beer & cocktails in a spacious, modern setting. 

El Camino Real

At El Camino Real, you can dress your own tacos with fresh cilantro, onion, and pico de gallo on house-made corn tortillas.

Slap's BBQ

Slap’s BBQ opened in June 2014 with just a few hundred pounds of meat and ran out within hours. They still sell out daily. Slap’s is one of very few restaurants in Kansas City that is actively competing on the KCBS circuit throughout the year.

Breit’s Stein and Deli

Breit’s Stein and Deli might just be the KCK version of Cheers. The beloved neighborhood hangout is in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Kansas and is the perfect place to grab dinner, unwind, watch a game, or catch up with friends.

The only agriculture museum chartered by Congress to honor America’s farmers is in Wyandotte County.

Legends Outlets

Legends Outlets is Kansas City’s premier outdoor shopping and entertainment destination, and the only designer outlet center in the area. With more than 100 retail, dining and entertainment options, Legends Outlets offers something for every style, age, and price range. Make sure to stop by if you’re visiting neighbors such as Sporting KC, T-Bones, Kansas Speedway, or Hollywood Casino.

The American Royal World Series of BBQ

In September, the Kansas Speedway hosts the world’s largest competition, The American Royal World Series of BBQ. This signature KC event includes live music, delicious BBQ and local food, kid activities, and a vendor fair authentic to KC and BBQ enthusiasts. Competitors from around the world join in to win the crown in many categories.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Kansas City Renaissance Festival is held weekends in September and October on the grounds of the Providence Amphitheater. You will enjoy daily armored jousting, seven themed weekends, 20 stages of live entertainment, 200 artisan booths, food, and drink. The Festival began its journey in September of 1977 as a benefit to the Kansas City Art Institute and has grown to be one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the United States.

The Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center

The Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center celebrates the many nationalities of KC residents. Built in 1887, the core building is an outstanding example of Victorian Queen Anne Style architecture and was home to the Cruise-Scroggs family for 32 years. In 1919, the mansion was opened by the Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King, to care of children orphaned during the 1918 influenza pandemic. 

 

Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval race track in the Village West area near Kansas City, Kansas, United States. It was built in 2001 and it currently hosts two annual NASCAR race weekends.

The building of the speedway has had a significant impact on the nearby area, even before construction was finished. New commercial developments sprung up around the speedway, including a movie theater complex, an outdoor retail mall, and hotels.[5] A 2008 survey by The Washington Economics Group revealed that Kansas Speedway brings $243 million to the state of Kansas each year. It also provides over 5000 jobs, with 4000 jobs coming directly from track operations

Whether your interests are history, concerts, family fun, sports, or adventure, Kansas City, Kansas provides access to a huge variety of fascinating attractions. KCK is a bustling community with big-city amenities and a small town down-home appeal.

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