Kansas City, Missouri has many nicknames, including the City of Fountains, for its assortment of striking water features; the Heart of America, because of its central location and welcoming populace; and the Jazz Capital of the World, where Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Lester Young, and Big Joe Turner all had roots in a town where Kansas City-style jazz is still alive and kicking. Locals say their city is the BBQ Capital of the World, and while that title is hotly contested, the city's BBQ joints make a strong case.
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So what's there to do in Kansas City? Plenty. When the weather's hot, cool off at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, where you can go speeding down the world's tallest waterslide, kick back by the beach, get your adrenaline pumping on a roller coaster, or even practice your surfing skills between trips to the ocean. If you're a football fan, then you'll certainly want to pay a visit to Arrowhead Stadium, the home turf of the Kansas City Chiefs (just be sure you don't wear a Raiders jersey when you're there - you've been warned!). If baseball is more your thing when it comes to sports, then definitely spend some time at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This state-of-the-art museum uses a variety of media and exhibits to immerse visitors in one of the most pivotal chapters in the history of America's Pastime. Not into sports? No problem. Stop by Kansas City Zoological Park for the afternoon, instead. This world-class zoo features more than 1,500 animals on view, including great apes, big cats, elephants and more. If watching those lions and tigers devour their lunches has your belly growling, then you owe it to yourself to sample some of Kansas City's legendary BBQ. Locals have some pretty strong opinions about which BBQ place is truly the best, but why limit yourself to just one? Joe's Kansas City, Arthur Bryant's, Jack Stack Barbecue, and Woodyard Bar-B-Que all have wonderful reputations in Kansas City, MO.
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