10 Amazing Companies that Created Unique Sightseeing Tours in Kansas City

Maybe it’s that I love history. Learning about where things got started has always interested me. Lucky for me, where I live, there is plenty to learn and explore. Here are 10 amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City.

1. American Jazz Museum Tour

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through visual arts, interactive exhibitions, films, and performing arts. Public programming for all ages enliven the history and music at the center of the American Jazz Museum. The engaging Museum tours bring Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington to life. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for 65+, $6 for children 5-12. Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more. Tours are perfect for family reunions, corporate outings, networking events, and more. Call 816-474-8463 for scheduling.

2. Boulevard Brewing Company Tour

The Boulevard Brewing Company Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO
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Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty craft beer brewer in the Midwest. The brewery offers two options for tours of its factory. Enjoy free public one hour walking tours of the brewery, which close with samples in their Tasting Room. The entire day’s tickets become available at 10 am each day, and are on a first-come, first-served basis from the Tours & Rec Center Welcome Desk. Public tours are open to ages 6 and older and offered at regular intervals from 10 am to 4 pm. Thirsty for more? Then the Smokestack Tour & Tasting is for you. Join Boulevard for a two-hour experience including the tour plus guided food and beer pairings. Smokestack tours are available Sunday through Friday for guests 21 and older. Tickets are $25 per person and released online the first Monday of each month for the following month’s tours.

3. Chocology Tour

Chips Chocolate Factory, in Crown Center, makes more than 200 chocolate confections by hand including over 40 flavors of Kansas City fudge. Their Chocology tours are a unique experience where you learn the history of chocolate, where is it grown, how is it harvested, and how is it made. You’ll also watch the resident candy makers transform fresh ingredients into a loaf of smooth, creamy fudge. Scheduled group visits are between 10:30 am and 5 pm, excluding Tuesday and Sunday. The cost for the visit is $5.00 per person and includes a bag filled with yummy Chips Chocolate Factory goodies. Tours need a minimum of 10 people. Each visit lasts about 45 minutes. To schedule your group visit, call 816-421-0012.

4. The Gangster Tour

The Gangster Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO
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Kansas City was a favorite spot of the “old timers.” The Gangster Tour puts you hot on the trail of this city’s most notorious Goodfellas. But don’t make the guides twist your arm. Grab your chopper, hop on the bus, and you’ll spend 90 minutes immersed in a melodramatic look at mob homes and hangouts, turf wars and infamous crimes like the Union Station massacre. Tours are held every Saturday year round for $29 per person. Sorry kiddos, adults only. Dinner and a tour is also available for groups of 15 + at $69 per person. For reservations or ticket information call 816-471-1234.

5. Harley-Davidson Assembly Tour

Harley-Davidson has built a legacy of fulfilling dreams of personal freedom. Step into the process of that legacy with tours of the Vehicle and Powertrain Operations Factory. Two tour options feature a series of displays that guide you through the various manufacturing and assembly processes. Classic Factory Tour are free and offer people and small groups an intimate view of Harley-Davidson’s assembly line and fabrication areas. The Steel Toe Tour goes behind-the-scenes through areas previously unseen by the public. Tickets are $38 per person. This is the only Harley-Davidson factory tour where you will see a Harley-Davidson powertrain and vehicle assembled and brought to life.  Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the tours. Visit website for more information, including tour times.

6. Historic Kansas City Tour

Historic Kansas City Neighborhood Walking Tours and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

Historic Kansas City is the only greater Kansas City nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. The Historic Kansas City Foundation offers a variety of walking tours featuring the diverse architecture and history of neighborhoods across Kansas City. Trained volunteers lead tours that last between 1 and 1.5 hours. Tour pricing is $10 per person. Members of Historic Kansas receive a 50% discount. Email hkcf@historickansascity.org or call 816-931-8448, at least one week in advance, to schedule a tour date.

7. Kansas City Ballet Tour

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity is home to the Kansas City Ballet. Located at 500 W. Pershing in downtown Kansas City, the facility houses the professional company, Kansas City Ballet School, Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater, and Kansas City Ballet’s artistic and administrative staff. Kansas City Ballet invites you and your group to come see the company at work. Call to arrange a tour of the studios for groups of 10 or more people. The presentation includes information about productions in progress and you can take a peek at their professional dancers in rehearsal. You’ll also be able to see costumes in the making in their costume shop. For more information about tours, please contact 816.216.5583

8. Kansas City Fun Tours

Kansas City Fun Tours and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

A Kansas City Fun Tour is the best first thing to do in Kansas City. Get acquainted with popular sites, local favorites and hidden treasures that the city has to offer during their fully narrated 75 minute, 15 mile guided tour. Take the tour in style aboard an authentic trolley. Some of the things you’ll experience are art museums, fountains and statues, where to go for the best nightlife and live music, and great restaurants to enjoy cuisine from around the world. Scheduled tours are daily at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for children 12 and younger, $18 for 60+ and military, and $20 for adults. For scheduling book tickets online or call 816-500-5417.

9. The Roasterie Factory Café Tour

The Roasterie Factory Café goes to great lengths to bring you the best coffee in the world. Enjoy tours of the factory that gives you an up close look at their cupping, roasting and blending processes. You’ll learn about the history of the company, get a behind the scenes look at the factory, and experience a manual coffee brewing demonstration along with a Q&A. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for the 45 minutes long tours. The best day for a Roasterie Factory tour is Thursday. Public Cuppings (coffee tastings) are held on the first and third Thursday of the month. On these days, from 5 pm to 6 pm, you can sample a myriad of coffees from all over the world. One hour private tours are best for groups of 15 or more. Here’s a link to my last visit to the Roasterie Factory.

10. Taste of Kansas City Food Tours

The Taste of Kansas City Food Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

Taste of Kansas City Food Tours started in 2012, becoming Kansas City’s first food and culinary tour company dedicated to helping visitors and Kansas City residents enjoy the best Kansas City food and cultural experience off-the-beaten-path. In addition to tasting deliciously crafted foods, participants will learn about the history, culture, and neighborhood entertainment offerings of the Crossroads Arts District. Whether through the Crossroads, Prohibition, Sunday Brunch, or on the KC Streetcar Line, any of the four Taste of Kansas City Tours are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Ticket pricing starts at $54 per person. Visit website for more tour information and schedule.

Which tour  your favorite? Leave a comment. Thank you so much for reading!

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Show Me Shoes Foundation Gives the Gift of Going to Prom in Style for Teen Girls

Almost 10 years ago, long time friends Shiv’on and Anneka shared a wish to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. As a result of that vision, Show Me Shoes Foundation launched in 2009.

Show Me Shoes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in Kansas City, MO. They have created a crusade for confidence through self-love, mentors and sisterhood. The organization has served over 3,000 young girls and women in chapters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the founders hometown of Kansas City. With the support of volunteers and donations, they impact lives by restoring strength and self-love through the “sole”. Show Me Shoes includes several programs which work together to carry out their mission. Teen Master Class, Moguls in Heels, Camp Sole Beautiful, and Prom Project: Prom in the City.

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

I became aware of Show Me Shoes through Prom Project: Prom in the City. Prom Project aids high school teen girls who are unable to financially afford the luxury of the perfect prom. The program accepts donations of new and gently worn gowns, shoes and accessories and distributed to young women in need. The event, in its seventh year, is a fun day filled with giveaways, make overs, and lots of love!

How to Get Involved with Show Me Shoes

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

There are many ways to get involved with the Show Me Shoes Foundation. You can volunteer for all their annual events. Opportunities include event planning, social media management, mentoring, photography/video, and decorating. Donation events are held for Prom Project before prom season. Check the Show Me Shoes Facebook page for details.

The following items:

  • Any size/color/style new and gently worn formal, bridal dresses
  • New and gently worn heels
  • Accessories: shawls, necklaces, jewelry, gloves, clutches

Show Me Shoes also has several fundraising events planned throughout the year. Join the Foundation at Kendra Scott at the Country Club Plaza for an evening of shopping for a good cause on April 25, 2017, 5-7 pm. Jewelry from the new Spring Collection will be available for purchase with 20% benefiting Teen Master Class, Camp Sole Beautiful and Prom Project 2018. Enjoy light appetizers and wine  while you shop. Bring your girlfriends and make the night even sweeter! Moguls in Heels takes places September 17, 2017. This annual fundraiser and networking brunch connects local “Moguls in Heels”. The event highlights women entrepreneurs, community leaders, influencers, and small business owners in their community. Funds raised during this event will go towards the 2018 Camp Sole Beautiful.

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Thank you so much for reading! Share this with any women you know who would love to join the Show Me Shoes mission.

The KC Foodie Club is a group of locals who come together at restaurant tables across Kansas City in pursuit of all things delicious.

The KC Foodie Club Takes on Kansas City Restaurants, One Forkful at a Time

What happens when you put some of Kansas City’s most passionate foodies together? The KC Foodie Club. That’s what! We are a group of locals who come together at restaurant tables across the city in pursuit of all things delicious.

Most appropriately, the foundation for the KC Foodie Club was set during the mother of all Kansas City culinary events. Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017. This year we did much more than good while dining out. The kick-off party for KCRW 2017 gave us KC Foodies a chance to actually meet face to face. Most of whom I personally had only been familiar with on Instagram. After the event, we were all pretty much thinking the same thing. “These people are kind of cool. They love food just as much as I do. Why don’t we hang out more often?” Okay, maybe not those exact thoughts. But it didn’t take long for the ball to get rolling on a small group to make plans for the first KC Foodie Club meet-up. You know the saying? Birds of a feather flock together. Well, we eat together. Mmmmm, speaking of birds…

The KC Foodie Club is a group of locals who come together at restaurant tables across Kansas City in pursuit of all things delicious.

Succotash, at 26th & Holmes, was the setting of our first club meeting. This quirky eatery, known for its brunch, proved a cool backdrop to our crowd. Once the rosemary-caramel lattes and sunrise smoothies were flowing, we made formal introductions, chilled, and talked shop. Oh, and of course we took plenty of Instagram-worthy photos. The best thing about dining with other foodies is that they appreciate what goes into a good a meal. Not just the ingredients and preparation but also the presentation. Plus I can’t even begin to describe how good it felt to eat with people who honor Foodie Rule No. 1. Do not touch or eat anything until a photo has been taken!

The KC Foodie Club is a group of locals who come together at restaurant tables across Kansas City in pursuit of all things delicious.

Who are the members of the KC Foodie Club?

We all agree on our excitement about delicious food, It’s what brought us together. However, our backgrounds couldn’t be more diverse. Nursing, Advertising, Preschool Education, Marketing, etc. But it works. Food has a funny way of being a common denominator. Below is a list including each member and their Instagram page. (Instagram being where most of the magic happens!)

What does this mean for restaurants in Kansas City? It means we are 20 hungry foodies with a reservation at your place! So be ready!!! Just joking! A little.

The KC Foodie Club is a group of locals who come together at restaurant tables across Kansas City in pursuit of all things delicious.

Okay, here’s what it really means. The KC Foodie Club is made up of unique individuals who share the common desire of exploring the best of Kansas City cuisine. And we want to share our discoveries with EVERYONE we know! From social media photos and posts to good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. We love exposing people to all the delicious restaurants in Kansas City. If you own a restaurant or sell food products in Kansas City, there all lots of ways you can connect with the KC Foodie Club. Publicity for restaurant openings. New menu tastings. Honest and unbiased restaurant and product reviews. Press for special events. If you have something different in mind for a collaboration, just let us know. Contact us at kcfoodieclub@gmail.com. The creative possibilities are endless!

Look for us everywhere with the hashtag #kcfoodieclub. In the meantime we’ll be happily feasting on Kansas City’s  most yummy dishes! Thank you for reading.

From opera to street festivals, Kansas City's art culture is widely recognized. Here are five surprisingly free ways to enjoy the arts in Kansas City.

Five Surprisingly Free Ways to Become a Connoisseur of the Arts in Kansas City

Kansas City has developed a huge culture for three things. Sports. Food. Art. We are faithfully passionate about our Royals, Chiefs, Sportings, Tigers, and Jayhawks. This city has an insatiable appetite for deliciously authentic culinary masterpieces. We support the visionaries who creatively bring the depth of their imaginations to life in architecture, installations, music, literature, dance, and theater. Which leads me to the subject of this story. Five surprisingly free ways to become a connoisseur of the arts in Kansas City.

Kansas City is widely recognized for its arts. It also works tirelessly to maintain accessibility of the arts in Kansas City for all who live and visit here. From opera and ballet to poetry slams and street festivals. And of course, a myriad of classes and arts based curriculums. What I love best is that you don’t need to be rich to enjoy them. Here is a list of just a few ways I enjoy arts in Kansas City for free.

Five Surprisingly Free Ways to Become a Connoisseur of the Arts in Kansas City

1. Quixotic Fusion

Quixotic Fusion is an innovative performing arts group which integrates technology with live music, contemporary dance, and cirque nouveau arts. Five Surprisingly Free Ways to Become a Connoisseur of the Arts in Kansas City.

Quixotic Fusion is an innovative performing arts group which integrates technology with live music, contemporary dance, and cirque nouveau arts. They perform across the United States and at two annual events which I try to never miss.

The first is WaterFire. This annual event in October combines a spectacular multi sensory experience of live vocals, dance and acrobatics with the installation of braziers in Brush Creek. Last year included performances by Quixotic, StoneLion Puppet Theatre, and Kansas City Drum Tribe. The second is Union Station’s annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony in November. This event marks the beginning of Kansas City’s holiday season. A full day of festivities include family friendly activities, a Holiday Maker Village, and stage performances from local musicians and performers including Quixotic.

2. Lyric Opera

Located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads community, Lyric Opera creates transformational opera experiences through performances, outreach, and education initiatives. Five Surprisingly Free Ways to Become a Connoisseur of the Arts in Kansas City.

Located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads community, Lyric Opera creates transformational opera experiences through performances, outreach, and education initiatives. They also aim to develop talent, repertoire, programs and productions that bring the best of Lyric Opera of Kansas City to the world. The Lyric Opera also hosts occasional free First Friday previews of their upcoming operas. Preview nights feature select music and songs from their operas, themed food and drinks, and opportunities to meet and greet with Lyric Opera singers.

3. First Fridays

On the First Friday of every month, the Kansas City Crossroads Art District comes alive with hundreds of people there to view works from local artists, buskers, street concerts, and more. Five Surprisingly Free Ways to Become a Connoisseur of the Arts in Kansas City.

Speaking of First Fridays, the Crossroads Art District is at the center of arts in Kansas City. It’s home to hundreds of eclectic restaurants, shops, and galleries. On the First Friday of every month, the Crossroads comes alive with hundreds of people there to view works from local artists, buskers, street concerts, and more. Arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a variety of local businesses feature regional and national artists as well as live entertainment starting in the early evening.

4. Kansas City Public Library

Each month the Library is host to a plethora of diverse events and programs designed to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of Kansas City residents. Five Surprisingly Free Ways to Become a Connoisseur of the Arts in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) system champions itself as a doorway to knowledge for all people in the community. That standard of excellence is met through more than just books. Each month the Library is host to a plethora of diverse events and programs designed to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of Kansas City residents. Events such as local jazz legend Brother John performing a one man show about the history of Native Americans in Missouri. Programs like the Kansas City Symphony children’s outreach which exposes and teaches kids about musical instruments. The Central Library, located in downtown Kansas City, also features an art gallery of ever-changing installations. There are 10 branches in the KCPL system throughout Kansas City and an outreach services program serving a constituency of over 250,000. The Library also serves as a resource for the 1.7 million residents of greater metropolitan area.

5. Intentionally Exploring the City

Each neighborhood in Kansas City is a distinct area full of harmonious mixtures of nature, urban life, and architecture. Five Surprisingly Free Ways to Become a Connoisseur of the Arts in Kansas City.

You may wonder what do I mean by intentionally exploring? I mean that deliberately getting out of the car or in my case off the bus and forcing myself to just wander the streets takes me to a place where the worries of life fade away and time becomes abstract. I can devour each singular moment of whatever I’m experiencing. My senses of what I see, hear, taste, smell, and touch all become sharply branded imprintings in my heart and mind. Day by day I can get away with merely going through the motions of city life. But walking explorations are a fierce reminder of why I am so emotionally tied to where I live.

The arts in Kansas City are highlighted remarkably well when exploring local neighborhoods and districts. Each neighborhood in Kansas City is a distinct area full of harmonious mixtures of nature, urban life, and architecture. Buildings. Trees. Animals. Fountains. Gardens. Sculptures. Graffiti walls. No matter where you go, these are represented in Kansas City’s most walkable neighborhoods. City Market/Riverfront; Downtown Kansas City; the Westside; KC Crossroads Art District; the West Bottoms; 18th and Vine Jazz District; the Crown Center District; Midtown; Westport; West 39th Street; the Country Club Plaza.

Thank you for reading! Feel free to use this as a guide to enjoying arts in Kansas City for yourself. Also if you absolutely loved it subscribe to more of our city adventures.

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party at the Historic Brass on Baltimore

On Thursday March 16, 2017 I found myself attending the Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party. The event was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, beach themed cocktails, local brews, and games. This mini getaway from my norm, set in the historic Brass on Baltimore, was an enjoyable way to kick off the last few days of Spring Break.

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

Yelp KC is a great source of real information about local places in Kansas City. The Yelp KC app occasionally features deals on restaurants and more. It gets even sweeter if you’re part of the Yelp Elite Community. Elite Yelpers have bonus access to meet-ups, parties, special events, and the built-in social community. To become an elite member of Yelp you have to play nice on the app. Basically that means writing quality and honest reviews, liking and commenting on others reviews, and staying connected to the community talk pages.

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

The Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party took place on the 4th and 5th floors of the Brass on Baltimore. My first stop was the Seasons 52 table. Their trifle like dessert was richly sweet. It consisted of a creamy goat cheese and caramel sauce, topped with nuts. Later I came back for their savory and filling ahi tuna bites. I also sampled tastings from Ruby Jean’s Juicery, The Lucky Taco, ’37 Steak, and Betty Rae’s Ice Cream. My favorite was the candied bacon from ’37 Steak. It was thick cut stripes of smoky bacon covered in a mix of brown sugar and spices.

The Kansas City Ladies Social Society

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

The best part of any party is not just having a good times with old friends but meeting new people as well. The Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party was without exception. Once I ventured to the 5th floor I made introductions with a few of the women from the Kansas City Ladies Social Society (KCLSS). These women are a warm and welcoming bunch. No sooner had we met than had they pulled me into their group for the rest of the night.

The KCLSS focuses on developing new friendships among women in their 20s and 30s. They are a diverse group of young professional women who meet quite often throughout the month. One of the women said there are opportunities to socialize every week. I also checked the KCLSS page on meetup.com and it already has several events listed for April. Whether you’re new to Kansas City or have lived here for years this group is a great way to explore and create new friendships.

The Yellow Brick

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

Local non-profit, The Yellow Brick, benefitted from the Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party through suggested donations. The Yellow Brick believes every woman is beautiful and deserves happiness in their life. Their mission is to grow and cultivate self-esteem within the women they serve through education, mentoring, and support.

Thank you for reading! How did you celebrate Spring Break? Share your adventures in the comments below.