The leaves are starting to change here in Belton, MO, and that means that it’s officially the start of the holiday season! All of us here at the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton are very excited about all of the events and fun things to do in the coming months, but we also know that sometimes money can be a little tight around the holidays. We thought we would put together a list of FREE things that you can do in the Kansas City area to stay active and engaged this holiday season without breaking the bank.
Take a trip on the KC Streetcar line and visit some of the most distinctive neighborhoods in downtown Kansas City! The total route is just over two miles, and it takes you through the River Market, the Power and Light District, Crossroads, and Union Station, to name a few.
When you get off the Streetcar, you can stroll through Kansas City’s historic River Market, where you can find antiques, gift shops, restaurants, and much more. Come on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning or early afternoon throughout the month of October and enjoy one of the area’s most vibrant farmer’s markets!
Tour a Kansas City landmark by visiting the Boulevard Brewing Company, which offers free 40-minute walking tours on Wednesdays. Learn how Boulevard became—and remains—Kansas City’s favorite beer!
On the first Friday of each month the Crossroads Art District comes alive with gallery shows, sidewalk vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, and much more!
Want something a little more laid-back? Pick up a book or two from the historic Central Library branch in Kansas City. While you’re there, you can take in the beautiful building itself. Housed in a historic bank, the library shows movies in the underground vault. You can also stroll alongside the parking garage, which has been painted to look like the spines of giant books!
The Country Club Plaza is one of Kansas City’s most famous destinations, and while you may find yourself spending a few dollars at the numerous shops and restaurants there, walking among its plazas and fountains won’t cost you a dime. After Thanksgiving, the famous Plaza Lights are lit, and the entire area becomes even more beautiful at night!
Many people don’t realize that Kansas City is not only home to some world-class art museums in the form of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, but that admission to both is FREE! You usually have to pay a little to park, but it’s a small price to enjoy so much wonderful artwork!
At the far end of the Streetcar line from River Market is Union Station, a Kansas City landmark that unfortunately sat empty for more than a decade before being completely refurbished and reopened in 1999. Today, Union Station houses museums and public attractions galore! Some of them have entry fees, but it’s free to go inside and admire the beauty of the architecture.
While you’re in the neighborhood, you can browse the shops at Crown Center. And don’t forget to visit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in December. This century-old tradition features a 100-foot Christmas tree strung with more than 7,000 lights. That’s taller than the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York! The lighting ceremony takes place every year on the day after Thanksgiving.
Want to get outside and take in some of the changing colors of nature before the cold weather settles in? There’s no better place to do it than the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Admission is free on Tuesdays, and there are plenty of beautiful fall colors to see and enjoy.
These are just a few of our favorite things to do in the Kansas City area, so feel free to share your “free finds” in and around Kansas City with all your friends and neighbors at the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, MO! Not already a part of the community? Just give us a call at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form to learn more!