Every city has its share of gems, but some are easier to find than others. Finding things to do in the Midwest can be especially difficult, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there… you just have to know where to look! Luckily we’ve scoped out Kansas City for some really cool attractions – ideal whether you’re staying a while or just have a short layover.

Slip N’ Slide Through Oceans of Fun

Oceans of Fun is one of a few waterparks in the area. With its tropical theme and interesting array of rides and attractions, you can rely on Oceans of Fun to be your go-to summer destination, especially if you have kids. There are bumper carts and conventional theme park rides as well as some pretty cool water slides, some great for little kids, others for real thrill-seekers.

Take a Step Back Into The Arabia Steamboat Museum

Sitting right in the middle of the River Market, the Arabia Steamboat Museum takes you back to a pre-Civil Wartime. The steam engine was a riveting invention that transformed domestic travel and gave rise to new engineering inventions down the line. The museum has tour guides, antique models and gift shops.

Get Creative At The LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Legos are a bit more than they used to be and now you can experience it with the whole family. In addition to their museum-style exhibits, LEGOLAND has rides and other attractions that’ll keep your kids busy and your minds at ease.

Let Loose At Some Premier Breweries

If you’re looking to compliment some of the delicious Kansas City Barbecue, you may want to consider one of the many fantastic breweries and pubs they have to offer. From lesser-known local favorites to Border Brewing, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your taste. But as you know, sometimes the adventure is as fun as the destination!

Check Out The Negro League’s Baseball Museum

Any fan of sports, let alone baseball should take a day to pay homage to some of the least appreciated athletes our country has seen at the Negro League Baseball Museum. The likes of Rube Foster, Satchel Paige, Smokey Joe Williams and so many other legendary talents will amaze you.

Take Your Chances With The Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa

Right along the Missouri River lies the Argosy Casino for everything relaxing. Here you can play casino games, enjoy a massage, catch a show – whatever your heart calls for. The best part? You can enjoy all of these amenities without the hassles you may expect from a larger metropolitan area and for less too!

Play Some Premier Midwest Golf Courses

The beautiful flat backgrounds make for a wonderful golfing experience. This is a common practice in the Midwest and the designs of the courses show it. With about a dozen high-quality courses to choose from, there’s enough golf for summers’ worth of fun, let alone a quick trip!

Get Lost In the American Jazz Museum

The life of the beat lives on in the American Jazz Museum. Sure, music is all about taste, but when it comes to raw innovation, jazz has a place in all of our hearts. The unconventional styles, ambiances of the clubs and talent it has produced are things that’ll live on longer than any of us. And now, you can get a first-hand look at how this came to be as well as how it continues to influence modern music to this day.