With the arrival of winter, Kansas City and its citizens prepare for the cold months ahead with holiday magic, colorful lights and chilly activities. Some of our year-round establishments transform for the season, while others exist for cold-weather fun each year. Next time you start to get a little cabin (loft) fever, consider any of these great Kansas City Winter Wonderlands to cool you down.
Country Club Plaza
The Plaza’s popularity and reputation have been recognized around the country. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes the Country Club Plaza Kansas City’s premier retail, dining and entertainment destination.
Hallmark Cards, Inc. founder Joyce C. Hall and his son, longtime Hallmark chairman Donald J. Hall envisioned the complex. It is home to Hallmark’s international headquarters. Crown Center Redevelopment Corp. is a Hallmark subsidiary. The area consists of five interconnected, seven-story buildings comprised the initial office complex, completed in 1971. One of the nation’s first mixed-use redevelopments, Crown Center is an 85-acre complex that welcomes more than five million visitors each year.
Since 1986, the Snow Creek ski resort has drawn young and old to Platte County. It’s not Keystone or Breckenridge, but it’s a cheaper place for beginners to learn to the sport. Last year, Snow Creek had nearly 80,000 skier visits. Young and old, they come.
Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo is located in historic Swope Park. With more than 1,000 animals and over 200 acres, the Zoo is the most affordable fun in Kansas City! You won’t want to miss the penguin and polar bear exhibits this time of year.
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