As you can find mentioned pretty much everywhere on this site, Ziyak is proud to be a part of Kansas City's up and coming businesses. Even though Ziyak will be used all over the country, we couldn't say it any better than Dorothy herself, "There's no place like home."
Randy, Evan, Josh, Ashley and I (Kendra) all have different stories, but each story has lead us to this beautiful city. Some of us were born here, some moved her years ago, and, well, Josh moved here a week ago.
So, here are some of our favorite things to do in Kansas City!
1. "Go to the Plaza". The Plaza, also known as the Country Club Plaza, totals around 15 blocks with over 150 shops and many resturaunts. The Plaza is lit up around Christmastime with an annual lighting ceremony and concert, and scattered fountains can be found spraying throughout the rest of the year. From rustic Italian to delicate Asian cuisine, from H&M to Michael Kors, the Plaza has every kind of restaurant and shop you could imagine.
2. "Explore the River Market". The River Market is on the edge of downtown Kansas City. It is full of life, ethnicity, and amazing food. You can purchase groceries, buy some beautiful flowers, visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum, or eat the best Nutella beignet you've had in your entire life. The Market runs year round on Saturdays and Sundays and is flooded with people buying products like all natural soap, honey, children's toys, and lots and lots of food. Whether you want a cup of coffee, to buy spices in bulk, or to enjoy a meal that you wouldn't typically find, the River Market is the perfect place for you.
3. "Biking Downtown". Kansas City B-Cycle is an awesome way to rent bikes downtown if you don't have your own bike or feel like dragging yours downtown. It is a 24/7 cycle-sharing system that serves Westport, Downtown, 18th and Vine, the Jazz District, the Trolley Track Trail, and the Country Club Plaza. Rates begin at $3 per half hour, or you can pay for a membership.
4. "Zipline at Go Ape". Our classic and original outdoor experience, Go Ape Treetop Adventure is way more than just zip lines. It's a 2-3-hour journey through the forest canopy as you take on suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines – all with an incredible view of the public parks where we operate. Go Ape is located in the Swope Park area, where trees and views are amazing. This amazing activity that a lot of people don't know about, will be a "high"light to your day.
5. "Attend Sporting KC Events". The energy and crowds are unlike any other in the US. Sporting KC is Kansas City's amazing soccer team that has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. Sporting Kansas City's 2016 season marks the club's 21st year in Major League Soccer. Kansas City was introduced as one of the 10 charter members of MLS on June 6, 1995. Four months later, the league unveiled the nicknames, logos and uniform designs for the franchises, including the Kansas City Wiz. In 2010, "The Wiz" rebranded to Sporting KC. Tickets range from $20-$150, but it is definitely worth your money.
6. "First Fridays at the Crossroads". On the First Friday of every month, thousands of people flood the streets of the Crossroads. Art organizations, galleries, studios, and many local businesses feature artists, live events, and lots of food (we're talking Grinders Pizza, featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and amazing chocolate from Christopher Elbow Chocolates. Art can be found on the streets, with sidewalk vendors, through aerial performances, and musicians. Nothing makes you feel like you belong in the community like being a part of the First Fridays in the Crossroads.
7. "First Fridays in the West Bottoms". After spending Friday night in the Crossroads, you can spend Saturday touring the hundreds of shops in the West Bottoms that put together antique, rustic, reclaimed, and vintage furniture, clothes, home decor, and wall art. The West Bottoms is crawling with creative minds and food trucks. Each shop features dozens of vendors, each with their own unique style and personality with products you can purchase with cash or a credit card.
8. "Bouldering at The Cave". Bouldering is a form of rock climbing, however no ropes or harnesses are required and I would even venture to say it is a little bit harder than "typical" rock climbing. The Cave is located ten stories underground in a completely unsuspecting building. You can join a class, work at your own pace, practice your tight rope skills, and best of all, get an incredible workout and amazing experience. This hidden gem can be just as adventurous as zip lining, but instead of soaring above the trees, you're climbing deep, deep underground.
When we aren't working on Ziyak, eating cupcakes, or buying junk food from QuickTrip, you can bet your Aunt Susie's blue-ribbon pumpkin pie that we'll be out exploring Kansas City, and doing some of the things we love the most.
At Ziyak, we are excited to help connect people to cities all over the country. From finding the best places to eat, to exploring the best events in town, for the old in spirit and young at heart, Ziyak is for everyone.
Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.