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FEATURE - July 2018

Get Away to Kansas City, Kansas for Outdoor and Sporting Events this Summer 

by Jill Dutton









When planning your summer vacation you won’t have to travel far for adventure. Kansas City, Kansas offers a bounty of outdoor and sporting events so you can get away, close to home.  


Here are suggestions for a weekend getaway packed with fun and adventure.



Check in to Homewood Suites by Hilton Kansas City Speedway

This brand new property features all-suite accommodations and brings you the comforts of home and the convenience of the office. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, evening reception, a full kitchen, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and more.


Kansas City T-Bones 

The family-friendly intimate ballpark featuring between-inning fun, nightly promotions, free parking and most tickets priced under $10.



Kayak the Kansas River

The Lewis and Clark Park at Kaw Point, the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers is the very spot where the Lewis & Clark expedition arrived on June 26, 1804. They camped at Kaw Point for three days to rest, repair their boats, and explore the surrounding area. Located along the river, the 10-acre park provides walking/biking trails, outdoor amphitheater, interpretive signs and access to the river.


Get out on the water and see the Kansas City skyline from a unique scenic perspective. KC Kayak and Canoe offers guided trips on the Kansas and Missouri Rivers and provides all the necessary equipment for a fun float trip.


Lunch at Slap’s BBQ

A hidden gem tucked away in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood, Slap's BBQ serves up Kansas City's finest award-winning ribs, burnt ends, sausage and more! Slap’s has been featured on the Food Network along with several other networks and publications, and recently teamed up with Heinz to create the KC Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce.


Zip KC Ninja Training Tour

This guided hike is approximately two miles long with various obstacles such as the great walls, bus cargo climb, balance beams, hurdles, rope climb, tractor tire jumps, walk across teeter-totters, A-Frame, slack lines, tire toss, high knee tires, 7-story stairs, bear crawl, gravel bluffs, tube crawl, peak jumps, the famous vertigo bus, and many more.


Sporting KC Game

Welcome to the Soccer Capital of America! At Children’s Mercy Park, home to MLS team, Sporting KC, you’ll see the 2017 U.S. Open Cup champs in action.


Sunday Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway features a 1.5-mile racetrack and a road course is a host to two NASCAR Spring Race Series, NASCAR Racing Experience driving school as well as many other events throughout the year.



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Jill Dutton is publisher of Evolving Magazine, author "The Best of Kansas City: 3-Day Itinerary," and a travel writer. Follow her travels at



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