Natural Home Goes to Kansas City

Explore Kansas City and all of its green establishments for relaxing, sleeping and eating.

| March/April 2005

  • The Kansas City Convention Center is topped with four sculptures titled “Sky Stations/Pylon Caps.”
    Photos courtesy of Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City
  • The Phoenix Piano Bar is one of dozens of clubs offering world-famous Kansas City jazz.
  • European architecture accents the Country Club Plaza shopping district.

Kansas City, which straddles two states and the “Big Muddy” Missouri River, was once the last stop before heading west on the Overland, Santa Fe, Mormon and Oregon Trails. Today’s Kansas City melds the best of old frontier with blossoming cultural amenities.

Exploring

Arabia Steamboat Museum
Still an archeological work in progress, this museum displays many artifacts—including a six-ton paddlewheel and 10,000 calico buttons—from the Arabia after it sank into the Missouri’s mud in 1856.
400 Grand Blvd. (816) 471-1856; www.1856.com

Discovery Center
Ten acres of wetlands and gardens surround a green-built center for urban conservation and education.
4750 Troost Ave. (816) 759-7300; www.mdc.mo.gov/areas/kcmetro/discovery



Eating

Blue Bird Bistro
This trendy eatery serves locally and sustainably grown organic foods and natural meats. Specials include vegetarian meals and an all-natural version of KC’s signature dish: barbecue.
1700 Summit St. (816) 221-7559; www.kansascitymenus.com/bluebirdbistro



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