Sightseeing in Independence

Saturday Self-Guided Arrowhead Stadium Tour for 2, 4, or 10 from Kansas City Chiefs (Up to 51% Off)

Kansas City Chiefs

Truman Sports Complex

Tours explore Chiefs Hall of Honor and locker rooms of Arrowhead Stadium with a chance to throw passes on the field’s sideline

$40 $24

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Holiday Lights Tour in Luxury Vehicle for 2, 6, 8, or 14 from Trinity Limousine Company (50% Off)

Trinity Limousine Company

Westport Coffee House

Luxury tours gently roll through town so that passengers can take in the twinkling lights at the Country Club Plaza and surrounding areas

$119 $59

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$89 for One-Hour Holiday Lights Tour For Up to Eight from Vegas Limo KC ($195 Value)

Vegas Limousine

Ravenwood-somerset

Trained chauffeurs collect up to 8 people in a luxury stretch limousine for a BYOB one-hour tour of Kansas City’s holiday lights

$195 $89

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Sharks After Dark Event for 2 or 4 Adults at SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City (Up to 36% Off). Choose from 5 Dates.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City

Crown Center

Get access to the facility after regular hours, in a special adults-only aquatic-themed engagement

$43 $29

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Sightseeing Trolley Tour with Kansas City Fun Tours (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Kansas City Fun Tours

Union Station

Classic red-and-green trolley rolls through Kansas City as guides narrate the journey with historical facts and local anecdotes

$20 $11

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60-Minute Holiday Lights Tour from Corporate Coach (Up to 53% Off)

Holiday Lights Corporate Coach

Bank of America Plaza

View holiday lights from the plush confines of a Lincoln sedan, luxury SUV, stretch limo, or stretch SUV

$139 $69

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General or VIP Visits for Two Adults and Two Children to the National Airline History Museum (Up to 83% Off)

National Airline History Museum

Northland

Photographs, artifacts, and aircraft such as 1941 Douglas DC-3 and 1952 Martin 404 illustrate the history of commercial flight

$26 $12

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6- or 12-Mile Helicopter Flight for Up to Three from Timberview Helicopters (Up to 51% Off)

Timberview Helicopters

Northland

Flight over downtown area delivers views of the city center, Sprint Center, and the Plaza

$297 $145

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Visit for Two or Four to the American Jazz Museum (Up to 45% Off)

American Jazz Museum

Kansas City

Guests look and listen inside exhibits that chronicle the history of jazz, including a 1930s nightclub replica where live musicians play

$20 $12

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Winery Tour with Tasting and Wine Glasses for Two or Four at Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery (46% Off)

Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery

Platte City

Guests meander through vineyard and winery to learn about the winemaking process before tasting seven award-winning wines

$28 $16

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Membership to Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Including Dinner Gala (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Robert J. Dole Institute Of Politics

Lawrence

The Dole Institute's mission is to promote civic participation among young people and demonstrate the honor of working in politics

$100 $65

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six People to the Glore Psychiatric Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Glore Psychiatric Museum

St. Joseph

Psychiatric museum in “1,000 Things to Do Before You Die” explores old-fashioned mental-health treatments in surgical admitting building

$12 $7

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Visit to the Johnny Carson Birthplace for Two, Four, or Six (50% Off)

Johnny Carson Birthplace Society

Corning

Tour the recently restored childhood home of Johnny Carson, and watch video clips of his classic Tonight Show jokes

$14 $7

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Known for its history as a pioneer town and home to former president Harry S. Truman, Independence welcomes visitors to its storied sites, making them more accessible with free trolley rides. Tour the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and Museum to glimpse a dwelling for law breakers next to a dwelling for a law keeper, and the clandestine tryst between the abodes that resulted in a museum. The Bingham-Waggoner Estate preserves many of the original art and furnishings of the famed Bingham and Waggoner families, while the National Frontier Trails Museum hails the starting point of the westbound pioneers with bronzed pieces of nuts, raisins, and chocolate bits tracing a path westward.

318 W Pacific Ave
Independence,
MO
US

When writer Richard Faulk set out to catalog the nation's oddest corners for his book Gross America, Leila's Hair Museum was an obvious choice. There, Leila Cohoon preserves and furthers the off-kilter artform of hair-based crafts, which stretches back to the 1700s and beyond. In a piece for CNN.com, Faulk notes that, in pre-photography days, Victorian artisans would "[weave] jewelry and decorative lace out of human hair" as a means of remembering departed loved ones, with "successive generations [sometimes adding] to the lacework to create a genealogical record, much like a family bible". In addition to these personal mementoes, Leila's collection includes 400 hair-based wreaths dating before 1900, and numerous reliquaries said to contain the hair of Mary, mother of Jesus, St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, and pieces of the cross. Hair pieces belonging to Michael Jackson, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Lincoln, and other presidents also reside here. Although not hair-related, the museum also features a brooch that is said to contain threads from the coat of Joseph, father of Jesus. The quirky outpost has attracted the attention of racontours other than Faulk, too--noted gadabout Anthony Bourdain also paid a visit during an episode of his show No Reservations.

1333 S Noland Rd
Independence,
MO
US

Grabbing the top spot in CityVoter’s 2009 Best Museum poll, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art serves as Kansas City’s intersection of art, culture, and history. Boasting more than 33,500 pieces and art objects, the museum’s vast collections are organized by period, geography, and medium and feature everything from photographs to sculpture to haunted portraits with eyes that follow visitors around the room. Rotating exhibitions encourage return visits, like a sentient boomerang that grabs your hand and refuses to let go. The current exhibit, Solitary: Alienation in Modern Life, explains away loneliness with works from artists including Henri Matisse, Otto Dix, and Paul Klee, who moonlighted as a self-help guru and was the first to posit that men and women may be space aliens hailing from separate planets. This Saturday, the museum opens two new exhibitions, Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present and Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection, which members get to see for free.

4525 Oak St
Kansas City,
MO
US

American Jazz Museum’s annual Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival is a one-day music extravaganza that colludes the talents of soulful singers, strummers, horn blowers, and string twangers across three performance stages. Headlining the event, the seven-member band War (10 p.m.–11:30 p.m.) blasts its funk melodies into the air. Before War takes the stage, Bobby “Blue” Bland (7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.) serenades the audience with sultry favorites, such as his rendition of Bill Withers' “Ain’t No Sunshine,” after Christian McBride with Inside Straight (5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.) cues the miniature musician living inside his standup bass to play a euphony of soul. Throughout the day, patrons can indulge in fare from local food vendors (not included with this Groupon) such as City Bar-B-Q, snacking until their fingers are covered with enough sauce to ensure easy snapping.

1616 E 18th St
Kansas City,
MO
US

This duo of history-rich houses showcase antebellum architectural styles, while providing insight into the mores of the era. With four tour tickets total, the historically inclined can visit each house twice or bring a friend along for each visit, while family memberships net unlimited entries for the nuclear unit, along with advance invites to special society-only events. A Greek revival-style home from 1858, the John Wornall House beckons history lovers in to watch costumed reenactors living in the past, where they play period-specific video games while drinking period-specific Mountain Dew. Regular special events at the house include paranormal investigations by local ghost hunters and recreations of the house’s past as a Civil War hospital. Dogs can sprint across the lush grounds while their two-legged companions waft in luscious scents from the herb garden, which contains a variety of delicate plants used in medicines and recipes.

8201 State Line Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

With 41,500 square feet dedicated to men's collegiate basketball, The College Basketball Experience provides hours of all-ages amusement. Learn about influential hoop-dreamers in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, and rediscover and get schooled in key moments in Kansas City's role in shaping the game. Visitors can also participate in hands-on, interactive exhibits that place them in front and at the center of the courtside action, from announcing plays to sinking game-winning shots.

1401 Grand Blvd
Kansas City,
MO
US