I have been able to get out to explore my new city a little more now that the summer weather has finally arrived. I have to tell you, there is a lot more to Kansas City than may meet the eye at first glance. Today, I present a few of the local attractions that I have enjoyed and that any visitor to this neat little city might want to check out.

FF: The American Jazz Museum

AMJMThe Smithsonian-affiliated American Jazz Museum is everything you would hope for in such a museum – truly a great experience that makes you appreciate the true American art form that is Jazz more than ever before.

About The American Jazz Museum: “Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.”

The American Jazz Museum is located at 1616 E. 18th Street in the great city of Kansas City, MO.

FF: City Market

KCCMNo visit to KC is complete without a visit to the bustling City Market, especially on a weekend. More than just a Farmers’ Market (and it is one of the biggest you will ever visit) the City Market is “an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions.”

About City Market: “The City Market offers visitors a variety of fresh produce, meat, specialty groceries, flowers and gift items from nearby farms and around the world. Steeped in over 150 years of tradition, the City Market offers shoppers the region’s largest farmers’ market and the opportunity to purchase the best of the heartland direct from producers, every Saturday and Sunday, year-round. The City Market has an extensive calendar, hosting concerts, festivals and other special events.”

The City Market is located at 20 E. 5th Street, Suite 201, in the great city of Kansas City, MO.

FF: The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

WWIFirst there is The American Jazz Museum, and then there is the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial – which is a fitting tribute to the Great War which is now being marked as starting 100 years ago this year.

About The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial: “The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial inspires thought, dialogue, and learning to make the experiences of the World War I era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. The Museum fulfills its mission by: Maintaining the Liberty Memorial as a beacon of freedom and a symbol of the courage, patriotism, sacrifice, and honor of all who served in World War I; Interpreting the history of World War I to encourage public involvement and informed decision-making; Providing exhibitions and educational programs that engage diverse audiences; Collecting and preserving historical materials with the highest professional standards.”

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is located at 100 W. 26th Street in the great city of Kansas City, MO.

FF: Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge

MMBWhen you have had your fill of touring markets and museums, you can rest and revive at the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge – seriously, any restaurant named after one of my favorite bourbons is ok by me.

About Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge: “Southern hospitality rises to a new level at Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge serving Certified Angus Beef prepared to perfection and the world’s freshest seafood, making every meal an experience. Comfortably elegant, warm and satisfying, Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge redefines the classic steak house and celebrates the marriage of Bourbon and Steak. It’s the true union of Kentucky’s most heralded export and a great Kansas City tradition. Creative cocktails and an alluring wine list ensure that all of our guests’ palates are gratified. The Bourbon house is open six days a week for lunch, dinner and late night bites.”

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge is located at 1333 Walnut Street in the great city of Kansas City, MO.