Seven free things to do this summer in Kansas City, Missouri

There are many reasons to fall in love with Kansas City. It’s a town with a rich history, from Lewis & Clark’s exploration of the city’s rolling hills to towering bluffs to bloody Civil War battles. But more than its storied history, Kansas City is known for its beauty, diverse culture, breath-taking architecture, and best of hall its warm hospitable people. So, if you are planning a visit, here are free things to do in the city.

The Scout – Located in Penn Valley Park and overlooking downtown is an oversized bronze statue of a Sioux scout on horseback. Now the city’s mascot, the sculpture won a god Medal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific exposition in San Francisco.

Visit more than 200 fanciful fountains – Nicknamed the City of Fountains, be sure to visit the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in Country Club Plaza and the Children’s Fountain in Waterworks Park. The city also has an abundant number of heart felt memorials.

Kauffman Memorial Garden – Located in the heart of downtown, this tranquil garden features more than 7,000 plants, a Secret Garden, and several beautiful fountains.
Kansas City’s Money Museum – Visitors can view President Harry S. Truman’s personal coin collection, lift a 27-pound god bar, or see the area’s largest cash vault.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – The museum has an ever-expanding collection and is home to more than 34,500 pieces of art from ancient to contemporary art.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – In addition to its permanent collection, the museum presents 8-12 temporary exhibitions a year.

Hallmark Visitors Center – This fascinating museum gives you a glimpse into the history of Hallmark and features a pop art exhibit and Christmas tree collection.

Although not free, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Harry Truman Presidential Library, American Jazz Museum, Legoland, National Airline History Museum, National WWI Museum and Memorial, and the Science Center are all very much worth a visit.

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