It took a lot of convincing to get me to move to Kansas City. My ex husband was all about it because he had family here, but I wasn’t too keen on the idea. I had just spent the worst year of my life in Kansas and I wanted far, far away. But I agreed to look at some houses, to be agreeable (I try).
I think our real estate agent could tell that I just wasn’t feeling it, so he took some time out of our house-hunting schedule to just drive us around the city. He knew he had to get me to fall in love. Well, his plan worked. We bought a house in the metro and I’ve never been happier with where I live. I decided to explore every inch of the city and become as much of a true Kansas Citian as I could.
Without further ado, here’s my top 10 things I love about Kansas City:
10. Kansas City Royals
I am not a huge fan of baseball but I’ve fallen in love with the Royals. The energy at their games is fun and the city goes wild when they’re on a winning streak. Affectionately known as the “K”, Kauffman Stadium is a beautiful venue that I always enjoy visiting.
9. Tons of art and culture
From the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, you will find plenty of art to enjoy. We have ballet, a renaissance festival, a symphony, and a huge cultural festival. That and more in this rich city.
8. Sporting Kansas City
We wanted Kansas City to become a national soccer destination so we built Sporting Park and renamed our existing team, the Kansas City Wizards, to our now beloved Sporting Kansas City. And it’s paid off, people from all over the country come enjoy the new facility–which also hosts concerts.
6. Craft beer!
There is an awesome selection of breweries in our area thanks to new local laws making it easier for them to brew and serve. But of course our long-standing pride and joy is Boulevard Brewing Company, the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest.
5. Google Fiber
Kansas City is poised for major technological success in the coming years. There has been a huge increase in the number of tech start-ups in recent years, and major technology players are taking notice. One such company being Google, who selected Kansas City as the first city in the country to begin installing their super fast broadband internet services in Kansas City in 2012.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Duh. Going to a game at Arrowhead Stadium and feeling the vibration of nearly 80,000 people screaming is an experience like none other. Since September 2014, Kansas City Chiefs fans have been recognized as the loudest fan base in the world among outdoor stadiums by Guiness World Records.
Seriously, if you haven’t had Kansas City BBQ, you don’t know anything about BBQ. We are famous for our burnt ends–because they’re incredibly delicious.
2. City of Fountains
With over 200 registered fountains, Kansas City sits behind only Rome as the city with the most fountains in the world. Who doesn’t love a fountain? This, in my opinion, makes Kansas City one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen.
1. The people and the energy of the city
Everybody agrees: Kansas City has some of the nicest people around. Kansas City is one of the smaller big cities, which allows us to maintain that sense of small town hospitality. We have a great sense of humor and like to have fun–we did produce Paul Rudd after all!
Authored by Jessica Walker, labor and postpartum doula and postpartum placenta specialist