Experience Kansas City in ninety minutes on a San Francisco trolley car. With old-fashioned interior, comfy seats, and a pull cord that the kids will love, this is a fun and inexpensive way to see what Kansas City has to offer. There are windows on each side for an excellent view of all the sites such as the Country Club Plaza, the Missouri River, Crown Center, downtown, City Market, the WWI Museum, Westport, and more.
The tour guides have enthusiasm for their work and are beyond knowledgeable about the city. They paint a picture of history in their commentary as well as current events and places to visit. Many people consider Kansas and Missouri ‘flyover’ states, but Kansas City is surprising, beautiful, and has a rich history.
The Kansas City Fun Tour highlights favorite sites as well as hidden gems. In a comfortable, climate-controlled trolley, riders enjoy this tour year-round. Park at Union Station for free on weekends, and pick up the trolley for a fifteen-mile ride through the heart of the Midwest.
Union Station is an architectural masterpiece and is open to the public all day every day. The trolley departs from here, so it is a great place to take a stroll and soak up the beauty of the historic train station as well as the modern cafe and restaurant. Union Station is home to Science City, a great hands-on experience for kids, and also has rotating exhibits for family-friendly learning of all kinds.
Visit the Hallmark Visitor’s Center for an enriching history of J.C. Hall, the Hall family, and the foundation of today’s most well-known greeting card company. Take the kids next door to Kaleidoscope, a free, interactive, creative experience for kids.
The mighty Missouri River runs through Kansas City, and riders will get a glimpse of just how mighty it is. The River District is home to the historic River Market and expansive farmers market in the middle of downtown Kansas City. Here, visitors can tour the Arabia Steamboat Museum and learn about its captivating history, proving that the Missouri River changed course at some point during its history.
Across the street from Union Station is the Liberty Memorial and the World War I Museum. Learn about America’s participation in the war and build your own propaganda poster. Browse artifacts, tools, uniforms, live demonstrations, and more.
Down the street from the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City’s own upscale, outdoor shopping, stands the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. As the trolley passes, notice the famous shuttlecocks on the lawn. These massive structures have become a Kansas City icon, resting poignantly on the grass of the always-free, beloved art museum and gathering place.
Connected to Union Station, and another stop on the trolley is Crown Center. Owned by Kansas City’s own greeting card company, Hallmark, Crown Center is a wonderful family-friendly shopping experience. Eat at the Crayola Cafe, see a show at The Coterie Theatre, or take a stroll through the lobby of The Weston hotel. The Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium are also located here.
The Country Club Plaza offers upscale shopping, unique dining experiences, and multiple contributors to the nickname, “The City of Fountains.” Watch beautiful architecture make way for modern shopping as the trolley passes, and take note of where to have dinner later.
As the tour winds down, take Southwest Boulevard south from Union Station to find a strip full of authentic Mexican like Ponak’s, Margarita’s, or Taqueria Mexico. Enjoy dinner and a show at Hamburger Mary’s, with some of the best burgers in town. Just beware, the show may not be family friendly.
Westport is also home to delicious burgers at the Westport Flea Market. Char Bar and Q39 serve Kansas City’s famous barbeque, and Rm 39 comes highly recommended for Sunday brunch with their renowned salmon scramble. Vegans should not miss Fud, Cafe Gratitude, or Eden Alley.
While checking out Crown Center, make a stop at Fritz’s, a train-themed restaurant where kids can wear engineer hats, order their own food via phone, and then watch their food delivered by a train. This is a Kansas City favorite, inspired by the nearby Union Station.
Kansas City has no shortage of history, adventure, and excitement. The Kansas City Fun Tour is the best way to learn about these things in a fast and affordable way, all while planning out what to do for the rest of the trip.
Get acquainted with popular sites, historical landmarks, gorgeous natural wonders, and local favorites on the seventy-five-minute Kansas City Fun Tour. Well worth the price, this trolley tour shows off all Kansas City has to offer. With brass rails, bells, and all, this is fun and informative for the whole family!
Kansas City Fun Tours 30 West Pershing, Kansas City, Missouri 64108, Phone: 816-800-5417