Kansas City’s history is intriguing and diverse: what started as a former frontier town (wagon trains setting out west) transformed into a cattle stockyard capital and blossomed into a jewel city of the Midwest. Known for its steaks, barbecue, and jazz, the city has enjoyed a revival in recent years, with independent restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and art galleries moving into 19th-century warehouses and Art Deco-era buildings.
This quaint farmstead in nearby Overland Park depicts life on a family farm, with more than 200 animals, veggie and flower gardens, a fishing pond, and a one-room country schoolhouse—all designed for kids to explore.
Located within historic Swope Park, the zoo is home to 1,300 animals across 202 acres. It’s renowned for its African animal exhibit, which includes elephants, rhinoceroses, zebras, cheetahs, lions, and more.