Going to Kansas City? Kansas City calls itself the “city of fountains” and with good reason. It has more fountains than any city except Rome, and talk about competing with European cities, KC ranks second only to Paris in the number of miles of its grand Boulevards. But you probably knew that, didn’t you?
Located near the geographical center of the country, you’ll find KC to be a surprisingly sophisticated and self-assured city. Though, no longer the “sin city” it once was, Kansas City offers adult entertainment in the form of big time casino gaming. Locals call the Casinos “boats” even though they are not boats and never move. You can play Las Vegas style games and slot machines at any of Kansas City’s four casino’s which are a short drive from, and very convenient to the downtown area.
Gaming in Kansas City, Missouri is not only big business it’s big fun. Don’t expect a rinky-dink, small-time operation. These Casinos are the real thing and rival most anything found in Las Vegas. The major difference however, is in a Missouri Law that stipulates a maximum loss limit of $500 (per 2 hour session), per person. You can stay in the Casino as long as you want, you just can’t lose more than $500 in a session.
If Slot machines are your passion, you’ll be in heaven. Each of the Casinos offers hundreds if not thousands of slots. You’ll find the standard reel type “one armed bandits” along with plenty of the new video slots. They come in all denominations from the very popular penny machines, up to infrequently played $50 dollar machines. The majority of the slots in each of the casinos are now coinless. Winnings are dispensed via tickets, which can be placed in any other machine of your choice, redeemed at the cashier or cashed-in at kiosks throughout the casino floor.
In addition, all of the casinos offer video poker machines along with a full assortment of standard table games. Three of the casinos offer Live Poker rooms where you can play Texas Hold-em and other poker games “mano-a-mano” with a table full of like minded players.
In Addition to gaming on the casino floor, all of the properties offer unique and popular amenities. You’ll find themed restaurants, all-you-can-eat buffets, clubs and lounges, movie theaters, gift shops, Child Care, and various entertainment venues’.
Where to Go? Each of the properties is unique and is worth a look-see if you have the time. Listed according to size they are:
Ameristar Kansas City, features more than 140,000 square-feet of gaming space contains 2900 slots and over 100 table games, including the largest poker room in the Midwest. Listed as one of the 10 largest casinos in the U.S. The property features over 10 diverse dining venues and a Brew Pub on site. Harrah’s Casino North Kansas City, recently remodeled and bringing you exciting nightlife and great new restaurants. With two floors of casino action, Harrah’s offers the most popular slot machines, table games and a live poker room on the second floor. On weekends checkout the Voodoo Lounge for non-stop excitement.
Argosy Casino, This 62,000 square foot casino boasts 1762 state-of-the-art slots and 40 tables of gaming excitement all on a single level, new VIP lounge area and five new food and beverage areas. Recently remodeled and themed as a Mediterranean village with charming streetscapes the casino emotes the warmth of old-world architecture and has a distinct European feel.
Isle of Capri Kansas City Plenty of Gaming Action with this casino and located the closest to Downtown Kansas City. The feel of an old time riverboat on the outside and a tropical player’s paradise on the inside. Look for the newest and hottest slots, your favorite table and poker games as well as the Isle of Capri’s signature restaurants. On weekends, live entertainment on the casino stage adds to your excitement!
Additionally, Kansas City offers many other things to interest the tourist. A few of the more popular are:
The American Royal Museum- helps show the significance of agriculture in the history of Kansas City.
The Country Club Plaza- Designed in the early 1920s, the Country Club Plaza is billed as the nation’s first suburban shopping district. Crown Center-You’ll discover world-class shopping, extraordinary restaurant options, theatre, movies, special exhibits, and much, much more.
Hallmark Visitors Center- Located in Crown Center the showcases the exploits of the world’s largest greeting card company.
Historic 18th & Vine District- American Jazz Museum pays homage to Kansas City’s strong history in Swing and Bebop jazz. The 18th and Vine district is also home to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Kansas City Zoological Park and IMAX Theatre- The Zoo is open daily year-round, except Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Kansas Speedway- The 1.5-mile track will play host to events from racing’s top sanctioning bodies. The Woodlands Complex nearby offers Horse racing (seasonal) and Greyhound racing (year round)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art-One of the premiere art Museum in the United States, Starlight Theater- Kansas City’s premiere outdoor venue for Broadway-style musicals and concerts.
Steam Boat Arabia Museum at City Market-The museum also features the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts anywhere.
Truman Presidential Library & Museum- The life and history of the 33rd President of the United States, Harry Truman.
Science City at the Union Station- is a state of the art interactive learning experience for young and old alike
Worlds of Fun-175 acres of amusement park excitement!
Oceans of Fun- a 60-acre water park, a place to beat the heat during the summer months.
Today, the outgrowth of Kansas City’s colorful history radiates energetically throughout the city and in it’s populous. If you are up for an exciting weekend or need a break from the “monotonous” and are looking for a special vacation city, head for Kansas City.