10 KC Top Spots

Students and alums pick their favorites
Four people having a joyful conversation with Kansas City skyline in the background

Summer got us thinking about exploring the best parts of our city.

We asked students and alums from Kansas City’s university for their top spots to visit—not including UMKC. (Favorite campus hangouts deserve their own list, so be on the lookout for it soon!)  Here they are in alphabetical order:

1. City Market
two young women talking outside City Market sign
Visiting the City Market on Saturday morning is the top pick for alum Troy Norris, MBA '11.
2. Country Club Plaza
people walking in the Country Club Plaza entertainment district
"I love the architecture, and you can easily walk to the Plaza from campus," says Tin Ho, Entrepreneurship '17.
3. Crossroads Arts District
students looking at an art exhibit
"Nothing is more fun than eating from food trucks and meeting all kinds of artists, with music blasting through the streets during First Fridays in the Crossroads," says Salem Habte, Entrepreneurship '20
4. Crown Center
fountains surge upward in front of Crown Center
"LEGOLAND plus Union Station plus Fritz's all within walking distance equals perfection at Crown Center," says Negar Khalandi, Mechanical Engineering '11.
5. Loose Park
Loose Park entry
"I've never really seen anyone not having a good day at Loose Park. I love to go play tennis over there. The fountain area and the gardens are beautiful," says Tomas Patino Civil Engineering '15, Educational Administration.
6. National World War I Museum and Memorial
Liberty Memorial
"Liberty Memorial has such an amazing view of the city," says Jorge Perez, Music Education '19. Check out that view in No. 9 Union Station.
7. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
famous shuttlecocks in the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
"The Nelson is a very calming place to go when you need a break, and it's right by UMKC," says Alexandria Brant, Dance '18.
8. Union Station
fountains in front of Kansas City's Union Station
"Because of the history, Pierpont's, architectural details and exhibits, Union Station is a magical place," says Klassie Alcine, Political Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology '09, MPA '11. 
9. West Bottoms
photo of the KC Stock Exchange red brick buildling
"I'm a big fan of the red-brick architecture in the West Bottoms," says Alvin Liow, MBA '15.
10. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream
Last but not least, Alexandra Alpough, B.A. '12, J.D. '15, insists Betty Rae's Ice Cream in Waldo has moved into Kansas City must-haves. "You have to try the cinnamon ice cream in a waffle cone," she says.
Published: Jun 14, 2018

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