New Things to Do in Kansas City for 2023
It’s a big year for tourism in Kansas City, with the coming of the NFL draft and the return of other marquee events like the NCAA basketball tournament. Kansas City is poised to impress visitors — and locals — with a massive new aquarium, the return of a popular roller coaster, and serious improvements to several museums. Here are six spots to check out.
A new aquarium at the Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo will open a massive new aquarium later this year. Divided into six different zones, the new aquarium features 34 exhibits that guide visitors through the different coastal currents. The aquarium is located near the Helzberg Penguin Plaza and is open year-round. The aquarium is included with a general admission ticket to the zoo, so stop by and learn more about the fascinating ocean life up close and personal. Make learning fun! It is an educational experience that you will never forget.
The new Zambezi Zinger returns to Worlds of Fun
If you’re a longtime Worlds of Fun fanatic, you might remember an exciting ride called the Zambezi Zinger that was decommissioned and sent to South America. Well, after almost 25 years, this roller coaster miraculously returns to Worlds of Fun in 2023. The roller coaster is 2,428 feet long and has a top speed of 45 miles per hour. Rising 74 feet above the park, the roller coaster has a spiraling ride to the top and rapid descents and turns that will take you on an unforgettable adventure through the African Serengetti. Whether you’re a fan of the original rides or a first-time rider, this roller coaster is a must-see attraction that will take your breath away.
The complete rebirth of the Kansas City Museum
Recently renovated and restored, the Kansas City Museum is so much more than a historical archive. The museum features an extensive Kansas City history collection with over one hundred thousand artifacts displayed throughout Corinthian Hall, as well as numerous interactive and media exhibits. While there, travel through time and visit Elixir, their classic 1920’s soda fountain, for a cold drink, or play a game of pool in the pool room. The museum also has its own boutique, Wisteria, and a café at 3218 where you can take cooking classes, watch demonstrations, and participate in tastings. The Kansas City Museum is so much more than a museum and has something for everyone. The facility is slated to reopen on April 1, so mark your calendars for it’s an experience no Kansas Citian will want to miss.
Independence’s burgeoning Englewood Arts District
Stroll through the charming downtown strip of Independence’s newly converted Englewood Arts District for a unique shopping experience. A neighborhood centered around a historic theater, Englewood offers a wide range of shops and restaurants, from cafes, diners and fine dining restaurants to art galleries and museums, with each shop having an art aspect. Pick up a sweet treat at Frannie Frank’s Coffee Cakes and even create some of your own artwork at Potter Art, the local pottery painting studio. You can visit anytime during the week or participate in the monthly third Friday Art Walks to see all that Englewood has to offer.
A complete renovation of the Truman Library
Explore the newly renovated Truman Presidential Library in Independence. Immerse yourself in the life and history of the American President with numerous exhibits and never-before-seen artifacts. The immersive sound and light theater takes you back in time to teach you about World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the Korean War. Peruse the vehicle collection parked on the museum’s lower level, including a vintage 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan sedan, or stand in the center of an exact replica of the Oval Office. The Truman Library Institute offers a new experience and insight into the lives of Kansas City residents.
Cook up at the Green Hills Public Library Culinary Center
The newly renovated public libraries in the middle continent just keep getting better and better, and the KCMO branch in Green Hills in the far north is one to visit. The branch is home to the region’s first culinary center with a teaching and show kitchen as well as two canteen kitchens. With courses for all ages, you can learn everything about food, from practical cooking skills to nutrition and international cuisine. And if you’re the entrepreneur type, the canteen kitchens can be rented for food startups. So, check out a book and start cooking!