City Guides

Eat BBQ and get 3 points.

Get There

Roundtrip non-stop flights from Seattle to Kansas City (MCI) start around $300 in the off-season and can climb up to around $450 in the summer.  Non-stop providers are Alaska and American Airlines.  One-stop airlines include United, Delta, and Southwest.  Prices are slightly higher for those airlines.  An alternative to MCI would be Omaha (OMA), three hour drive to the north.  Flights are generally $100 cheaper than to MCI, but then you have to get to Kansas City…  Another alternative would be St. Louis, 3.5 hour drive to the east.  Prices are comparable to flights to MCI.

Easy.  Take I-90 to I-29 near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Hang a right to go south. Take the I-435 south exit in Missouri.  Exit 14B when you get into Kansas.  On Parallel Parkway make an immediate left and you’ll end up at Children’s Mercy Park.  Hang a right and we usually gather on the second left, near the entrance to the Kansas Speedway.  I recommend overnight stops in Bozeman, MT, and Rapid City, SD.

Get Around
Rental Car
MCI has the usual car rental jockeys.  Rental rates start around $30 for an economy class car and can go up to about $60 for a full-sized SUV.  Rates will go up if you wait until you get there so plan ahead.  Zipcar is also available at $10/hr or $79/day.  Kinda pricy if you ask me.  Uber and Lyft are also available.  Of course, there are a lot of Heartland Horde folks with their cars in town, just ask.

Kansas City covers two states – Kansas, where Children’s Mercy Park is located, and Missouri, where most attractions will be.  KCATA does cover all of Kansas City, so don’t worry about getting around.  Route 101 goes directly by Children’s Mercy Park and the Kansas Speedway.  It starts in the Missouri side and crosses over fairly early.  There are two major bus intersections.  The first on 7th & Minnesota where you can transfer from routes 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, and 546.  The second on 4th and State Ave.  There you can transfer from routes 102, 106, 107, 113, 115, and 116.

Don’t do it.  Get a friend or two and call an Uber if you have to.

There’s so much to do in Kansas City.  My personal favorites include:

WW1 Museum
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it.  Interactive displays, thought-provoking films and eyewitness testimonies help guide visitors through one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world.  From the first shots fired in 1914 to the last attempts at peace in 1919, this award-winning museum offers a global perspective of “The War to End All Wars,” and includes firsthand accounts from the battlefield and home front alike.

Steamboat “Arabia” Museum
The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a unique Kansas City attraction: a time capsule of life on the American frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.  She was one of many casualties of the perilous Missouri River.  In September 1856, the Arabia was carrying over 200 tons of cargo intended for general stores and homes in 16 mid-western frontier towns.  The steamer was still fully loaded when it hit a tree snag and sank just 6 miles west of Kansas City.

American Jazz Museum
The American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibitions and films, visual arts exhibitions in the Art Gallery and Photography Gallery, the Blue Room Jazz Club, and the Gem Theater performing arts center. Public programming for all ages and youth education enliven the history and music.

Kansas City Zoo
It’s a zoo, so…  You probably know what you’ll find there.

World of Fun/Oceans of Fun
Your senses come alive as you enter the gate, the sights and sounds take over, and the little ones in your family take your hand. Breathtaking views from towering coasters, hair-raising thrill rides, and a kids area that is the playground for new memories. Oh, and lots of water and slides.

At Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, families enjoy shared experiences, such as an interconnected river system that takes them through more than a mile of rapids, currents, and tidal waves. Guests challenge towering water slides and a thrilling water coaster, then ride the wave on the Boogie Bahn surf ride. Kids splash and play on 13 mini slides. Relax on beaches, in private cabanas, or in a heated pool with a swim-up refreshment bar.  It was closed last year because a kid was launched off one of the slides, but I hope they fixed that.

Food (non-BBQ)
Longboards is the Wrap Shack. We love surf lifestyle and the island state of mind, that’s why we make filling flavorful wraps and bowls with the best flavors of the Pacific coasts of Hawaii, California, Japan, China, Mexico, and beyond.

Zaina opened in 1976 to create Mediterranean dishes for all of Kansas City to enjoy. From our famous chicken shawarma to the delicious vegetarian falafel, our fresh ingredients and original flavor will leave you wanting more!

LCs Hamburgers
A little hole in the wall, but the burgers are fantastic.

Korma Sutra
Two locations.  Some of the best Indian cuisine this side of the Ganjes.

Hands down the best <$10 food in all of Kansas and Missouri.  Did I mention it’s in a gas station?

Food (non-BBQ)
All KC BBQ is good, take your pick (Diner favorites in parenthesis):
Q39 - (Burnt End Burger) *
Jack Stack Barbecue - (Brisket or Ribs) *
Char Bar - (Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Duck Gumbo) * #
Arthur Bryant’s (The original KC BBQ) - (Everything)
BB’s Lawnside BBQ & Blues - (Ribs, Pulled Pork,and BBQ Sundae) *
Gates BBQ - (Brisket) *
LC’s Bar-B-Q - (Ribs) *
Smokehouse BBQ - (Pulled Pork, Burnt Ends & Cheesy Corn)
Smokin’ Guns - (Burnt Ends, Brisket Sandwich) %
Danny Edward’s BLVD BBQ - (Brisket) *
* = TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
# = 2016 pre-funk location for the Heartland Horde
% = A Guy Fieri favorite

Oldest and most famous of KC breweries. Tour the new facility.

Cinder Block Brewery
Nice atmosphere.  Also serve brandy from Jamaica and Kentucky bourbon straight from the barrel.  Just north of downtown KC.

The Big Rip Brewing Co.
A portion of their profits go back into the local community. Their English Pale Ale won some awards.  The taproom is small but has an attached patio.

KC Bier Co.
German biers and German food.  Good food and great beers.  Tours on Saturday for $10, includes three beers and a KCBC glass.

Double Shift Brewing
Opened in 2015 by a firefighter.  Roomy bar.  Good beer and pizza.

Taprooms to try:
The Belfry – features premium craft beers and bourbon.
Tapdade – with a retro arcade and 45 seat theater.
Green Room Burgers and Bar – “Nano-brewery” with fancy burgers and sandwiches.
Bier Station – Award winning taproom with German style pub grub.

If you’re in town only for the game and nothing more or don’t want to go too far on game day, you can always stay at the Country Inns & Suites, right across the street from the location historically designated for our tailgates.  (  Other hotels in the area include Chateau Avalon, Hampton Inn Kansas City Village West, Holiday Inn Express Village West, Candlewood Suites Kansas City (for extended stay). Check the travel thread to see where others are staying and book accordingly.

We’ve historically partnered with the Heartland Horde and held a no-host tailgate party, but check the travel page and matchday thread for specific plans. Before the tailgate we usually meet at the Kansas Speedway, but this may be subject to change. Sporting KC usually provide two buses for transportation to and from the stadium.  Port-a-potties are provided, but can be yucky, so plan accordingly.  Children’s Mercy Park is located near a large and outdoor mall and shopping area that includes acceptable food and bar options, most of which can be found in other malls around the country, nothing local except for an Arthur Bryant BBQ location near the stadium.  If driving, please do NOT park in the mall parking area, SKC provide us with a parking area near the tailgate location with quick access to the main streets.