It?s hard to make new friends in a park; but, thanks to KC Crew, friendships have been blossoming all over Roanoke Park, Parade Park, and Penn Valley Park. The secret to their success is rec leagues, in which players compete in kickball, flag football, soccer, softball, and sand volleyball, a beachy sport far preferable to speed eating shells. The organization provides umpires, a game schedule, and a $100 credit at eight local bars awarded to the winning team each week. And after the sun goes down, the organization offers more in-depth studies of the area nightlife through bar crawls, themed to celebrate holidays such as St. Patrick?s Day or simulate a zombie apocalypse.
With Segway Bike & Stroll, visitors can explore Kansas City's past and present via three methods: Segway, bicycle, or their own two feet. Guides shepherd groups to various businesses and landmarks on six eclectic tours?some of which focus on history, others on KC's thriving arts and food scene. On the Museum, Parks & History tour, Segways roll through the city's cultural center, sampling the arts with visits to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum and Country Club Plaza. Likewise, the half-day BBQ, Brews & Bikes tour cycles through neighborhoods such as City Market and the Power & Light District to taste some of the area's best beer and barbecue ribs?a Kansas City tradition since Oregon Trail blazers used them to build their covered wagons.
The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe transports brave souls into a house where Poe's macabre poetry and short stories come to life. Literature buffs and horror enthusiasts will both be enthralled walking into such cryptic Poe classics as The Raven, Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, and Cheerleader Motel. Enter Poe's nightmarish House of Usher and attempt to escape the ghoulish reverberated sounds emanating from the walls. Your morbid journey replicates the feeling of being buried alive, suffocating, claustrophobia, suffocating, and being buried alive. This deal also gets you a line pass, so you'll skip to the front of an often-lengthy queue.
Kansas City's Ghosts and Gangsters Tour takes thrill-seekers by coach for an authentically spooky look at KC's paranormal and Mafia life. Strap on a proton pack and let an engaging guide tell of the history and hauntstory of landmarks such as the Hotel Savoy, the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, and St. Mary's Church, which the ghost of Father Henry David Jardine is said to haunt to prove his death wasn't a suicide and his car wasn't a bicycle. In addition to spectral sights, you'll see several worldly Mafioso spots, such as the location of several late-1970s bombings and bullet holes from a 1933 massacre of four police officers and a fugitive at the Union Station railroad depot. Tours, which start at 1300 W. 12th Street, are held by reservation on Friday nights and Saturday nights from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. and 9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Taking a three-hour lunch break might be frowned upon when you're at the office, but not if you work for Taste of Kansas City Food Tours. The company's tour guides specialize in meals on the move, leading groups to nearby restaurants for samples of their specialties. The stops on the walking tour tend to be locally owned eateries located slightly to the left of the mainstream—though they don't shy away from a famous pizza joint or two.
One route takes guests through Crossroads, and the other explores Westport, but both fill the time between bites with facts about the neighborhood and its history. The tastings on each tour might change from day to day, so surprise is the only common ingredient. One thing you can be sure of, however, is that you'll end the afternoon with a full stomach and a stack of clean plates.
Though the cavalcade of sleek black vehicles at Corporate Coach may attract the most eyeballs, it's the attentive service of the driver at each wheel that leaves the most lasting impressions. After opening doors and showing their passengers aboard, the licensed and insured chauffeurs whisk their charges off to myriad destinations. These include Kansas City International Airport, where they help unload bags, and Senior Prom, where they gather ideas for chauffeur couture. Passengers, meanwhile, get to relax amid the plush interiors of their Lincoln Town Car sedan, stretch Hummer or Cadillac Escalade limousine, or even party bus, seemingly far above the hustle and bustle of everyday traffic.