Winter Wonders of Kansas City
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the wonders of Kansas City! There are so many activities to take advantage of when the temperatures drop and snow sneaks its way into the forecast. With cozy cafes, a multitude of museums, and even a few outdoor opportunities, make the most out of your winter in Kansas City with the help of Team Blake’s guide.
Cozy Cafes to Enjoy During Winter in Kansas City
Sometimes all you need to do is get out of the house! With so many chic cafes in Kansas City, there’s a multitude of locations where you can settle in for a few hours to enjoy a book, meet a friend, or get some work done. We’re sure you’ll love these cozy cafes featuring comfy seating, different vibes, and exciting menu options.
Front Range Coffeehouse & Provisions
Transport yourself to a winter lodge by visiting Front Range Cafe at either of their locations. Front Range offers coffee, pastries, and breakfast options in the morning, extending service into the evening with a simple, straightforward bar menu. Both the Fairway, Kansas, location and the location near Brookside, offer a decor style reminiscent of a rustic cabin in the mountains.
Thou Mayest – River Quay
Usually trips to the River Market are reserved for farmer’s markets in the summer but Thou Mayest will make the wintertime visit worth it! Offering both coffee and cocktail menus, Thou Mayest is a great hangout spot, with both cafe seating and living room-style set-ups.
Outta the Blue Cafe
Escape the winter blues with an island oasis at Outta the Blue Cafe in Leawood, Kansas. Thai breezy beach cafe features local coffee, breakfast sandwiches, cold-pressed juices, and natural wines. You can even enjoy a seat on one of their swinging chairs!
Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery
We would be amiss if we didn’t give an honorable mention to Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery in downtown Kansas City. With three floors and beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows there’s almost no better place to enjoy a warm cup of coffee while watching the snow fall. This location is especially enjoyable with its large assortment of breads and baked goods from Ibis Bakery.
Museums to Visit in Kansas City
Full of culture, art, and warmth, Kansas City has a multitude of museums worth taking a stroll through. From history to modern art, Kansas City’s museums are full of award-winning exhibitions that can entertain the whole family.
World War I Museum and Memorial
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. Located right in the heart of Kansas City, the World War I Museum features many engaging exhibits and events throughout the winter months.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Just minutes from the Country Club Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a premier destination for art lovers young and old. Offering free admission and open Thursday through Monday, the Nelson is known for its encyclopedic collection of art from nearly every continent and culture. The Rozelle Court Restaurant is also a beautiful spot to grab a bite to eat between exhibits.
American Jazz Museum
Jazz has some historic roots in the Kansas City area, so it makes sense that we’re also the home of the American Jazz Museum! Located on 18th Street in the 18th and Vine Neighborhood, the museum is full of rare photos, memorabilia, and the stories of the famous jazz musicians of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The museum also hosts several programs and events celebrating jazz music. Adults can enter the museum for $10, with cheaper tickets available for seniors and children.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Attached to the American Jazz Museum, you’ll also find the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. Purchased tickets to the museum are valid for up to 30 days from the time of purchase, giving you flexibility on when to visit!
Where to Go to Play in the Snow in Kansas City
With the right snow pants and attitude, even the outdoors can be a good time in the winter! Kansas City has a few spots that can take the title of “winter wonders” with their snow day activities.
We can’t all make the trip out to Vail to hit the slopes during the winter. Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri, can fill the void with its winter resort and snow activities. Snow Creek welcomes skiers, snowboarders, and snow tubers alike to take advantage of the mountain during the colder months. It’s also fun for first-timers! They offer both ski and snowboarding lessons.
Crown Center Ice Terrace
For those who prefer the ice over the snow, a trip to Crown Center’s Ice Terrace should be on your to-do list. Now in its 51st season, the Ice Terrace is open through mid-March and offers season passes to ice skating enthusiasts.
Sledding Hills in Kansas City
No snow day is complete without an adventure in sledding. Kansas City has some notable hills worth taking a ride down. We suggest watching out for trees!
- Blue Valley Park: 2301 Topping Ave., Kansas City, Missouri
- Mackay Hall at Park University: 8700 NW River Park Dr., Parkville, Missouri
- Stump Park: 4751 Woodland Drive, Shawnee, Kansas
- Westwood Park: 47th and State Line Road, Westwood, Kansas
Team Blake Can Offer Much More Than Just Winter Wonder Activities
We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to the winter wonders of Kansas City. No matter what your cup of tea (or should we say hot chocolate) is, we hope you find ways to stay active and entertained this winter season!For us at Team Blake, our favorite winter activity is helping you with all your real estate needs! We are a trusted group of Kansas City-based real estate professionals dedicated to making our client’s dreams come true. If you find yourself needing help selling the house you’re in or finding a new place to call home, contact us! We’re happy to help you, rain, sleet, or shine!