Kansas City Highlights

Cherrie at the J.C Nichols Fountain in Kansas City.

Cherrie had a fun time exploring Kansas City, and found most parts of it of it easy to navigate in her wheelchair. She especially liked the Country Club Plaza area, which has a definite Spanish feel to it . Many of the buildings in the plaza area are patterned after those in Seville Spain; which serves as a sister city to Kansas City.

Of course we just couldn’t leave Kansas City without sampling some of their world famous BBQ, so we had dinner at Jack Stacks on the plaza. It wasn’t exactly an original idea, and there was an hour wait for a table; so we used our time wisely and took a little stroll around the plaza. We were rewarded with a beautiful view of the J.C Nichols Fountain. We saw it in the daytime too, but it was especially stunning in the evening when it was all lit up.

Cherrie admires "Shuttlecock" in the sculpture park at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

Kansas City has a lot to offer during daylight hours too; but Cherrie’s favorite activity was her visit to the sculpture park at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It’s a fun place to explore, with lots of level pathways and barrier-free access to most of the sculptures. You can roll right up to many of the sculptures, for an up-close-and-personal look at them.

The 22-acre park is home to a large collection of Henry Moore bronze sculptures, but it also boasts some whimsical works by other artists. Cherrie particularly liked Shuttlecock (which is self descriptive) and Rumi, a brightly colored metal sculpture.

The museum itself is also a treasure, with works filling up two buildings There is good wheelchair access throughout the galleries; and best of all, there’s no admission charge. And since it was just a short walk from our lodging at Southmoreland on the Plaza, it was also very convenient for us.

We had a culturally enriching visit to Kansas City, but we had a lot of fun too.

Tomorrow we’ll head south to Arkansas.