While it could be argued that the craft beer craze gained steam in the mid-2000s, Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Company has been brewing batches of yeast and hops since 1989. As one of Missouri's most popular craft breweries and one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, Boulevard has served as an industry leader over the years.
Visiting guests can enjoy an informative tour following the entire brewing process and learn how the company went from delivering cases from the bed of a pickup truck to producing over 130,000 barrels of beer served in dozens of states. At the end of the tour, travelers can sip on samples of Bavarian classics such as the popular KC Pils, or crank up the hops with the Pop-Up Session or Heavy Lifting IPA. Don't have time for the entire tour? Stop in the tasting room for affordable $1 four-ounce pours.
Boulevard Brewing Company is open daily and offers free 40-minute tours. Smaller 90-minute tours are available for $20 per person. The brewery is located on the southwestern side of town, just minutes from Penn Valley Park.
Address: 2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108, USA
Based on the popular brick toys, LEGOLAND Kansas City is a colorful world of play and discovery for kids. Interactive experiences encourage creativity through 4D cinema, master classes on LEGO building, play areas, and an exciting laser ride. Special to this Legoland location is an exhibit featuring the buildings of Kansas City made entirely of LEGOs (MINILAND). There are also several rooms built for celebrating special occasions, making it a popular spot for birthdays and other parties.
Walking throughout, it's almost as if someone has taken the toys so many of us know and love and created a life-size playground with them. Many of the exhibits focus on a theme from the toys, whether ninja training or acting as Merlin’s apprentice. Kids can also learn how LEGOS are made in the factory tour. Though the discovery center is especially suited for fans of the LEGOs toys, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City is particularly recommended for kids ages 3-10. Visits typically range from two to four hours in length, and kids must be accompanied by adults. Located in Kansas City’s Crown Center, parking is available in covered garages (free with validation.) Admission costs $18 and is free for kids under 2. Legoland Kansas City is open daily from 10am. There are also combo tickets with the nearby Sea Life park available.
Address: 2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108, USA
With more than 30 displays of unique marine life, the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium is an engaging exhibit showing the diversity of life under the sea. Exhibits are themed by habitat and include thousands of aquatic creatures, a 1800 degree saltwater tunnel tank, and interactive touch pools. The aquarium works both to educate visitors and advocate ocean conservation, particularly of the sea turtles, seahorses, and seals that are threatened in the wild. Aquarium displays feature fascinating creatures such as reef sharks, rays, octopus, and jellyfish.
Colorful, well curated exhibits full of sea life grant a glimpse into the underwater world. Informative talks with aquarium staff as well as feedings take place throughout the day and allow for an even more in depth experience. Interactive cartoon journeys with quiz cards are available to help teach children about the importance of conserving our world’s oceans.
The aquarium can be found at the corner of at 25th and Grand Boulevard at the south side of Crown Center Square. Free garage parking is available on weekends and with validation during the week. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm with extended hours on Friday and Saturday.
Address: 2475 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
Hours: Daily from 10 am - 5 pm (closes at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday)
Admission: Not free; $19 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-12