25 Things People From Kansas City Have To Explain To Out-Of-TownersFor the last time, this isn’t Kansas.
1. For The Last Time, This Isn’t Kansas
Source: Giphy.comLet’s get this straight off the bat: It may have “Kansas” in the name, but this city is in Missouri. Got it?
2. The Best Beer, Hands Down, Is Boulevard
Source: Boulevard Brewing Company via FacebookK.C. locals are loyal to home brews. A wise decision, since Boulevard Brewing Company has the best beer this side of the Mississippi anyway.
3. If You Don’t Think K.C. BBQ Is Best, You’re Wrong
Source: Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que via FacebookWhat’s better with your beer than some real K.C. barbecue? Kansas Citians will be quick to tell you what makes theirs better than anyone else’s in the country.
4. Kansas Citians Are Forever Loyal To The Royals
Source: Kansas City Royals via FacebookWhether they’re last in the league or they’re making a whole city hold their breath in the World Series, the Royals always have Kansas Citians’ hearts.
5. The Chiefs Rule The City
Source: The Kansas City Chiefs via FacebookIf you want to fit in in K.C., wear your red, gold, and white because fans of the Kansas City Chiefs are seriously dedicated, and they’ll come rain or snow to cheer on their team.
6. St. Patrick’s Day In K.C. Is The Best
Source: Visit KC via FacebookThe Irish-American culture courses through the veins of Kansas City, and no day more so than on St. Patrick’s Day when the city is essentially shut down for festivities and a huge parade.
7. And This Festival Will Make You Wish You’d Taken Riverdance Lessons
Source: Visit KC via FacebookThe strong Irish heritage in KC is never more prominent than during its famous Irish Fest, where locals show off their skills in Irish step dancing.
8. There’s Always A Pick-Up Soccer Game Going On
Source: Sporting Kansas CitySwope Soccer Village has nine amazing soccer fields, and you’ll always see everyone from kids to adults starting their own pick-up game or watching a college or professional one. K.C. is the Soccer Capital of America, after all.
9. Westport Is Where You Go For Live Music
Source: The Foundry at McCoy’s via FacebookThe Westport entertainment district premiered Puddle of Mudd and the Get Up Kids, so Kansas Citians know that when they catch live shows there, they might be seeing the next big thing.
10. Kansas Citians Are The Jazziest People Around
Source: Visit KC via FacebookBack in the 1930s and 1940s, Kansas City brought jazz and bebop onto the cultural scene, and it’s still a vibrant part of the culture with the American Jazz Museum and hugely popular “Jazzoo” charity fundraiser at the zoo.
11. Swope Park Is Way Bigger And Better Than Central Park
Source: Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation via FacebookNYC, you can keep Central Park, because Kansas Citians know their own Swope Park is way better and twice as big, with its golf courses, lakes for boating, nature and wildlife rescue center, playgrounds, and picnic areas.
12. You’ll Never Settle For Plain Old Vanilla Again
Source: Glacé Artisan Ice Cream via FacebookYou’ve never had ice cream like K.C.’s Glacé Artisan Ice Cream, and locals will be quick to tell you that even “Food and Wine” Magazine knows that. It’s made with all-natural ingredients in wild flavors like bananas foster and goat cheese & wildflower honey.
13. Ice Storms Are Just Another Part Of Life
Source: Visit KC via FacebookK.C. is famous for its crazy ice storms, but locals don’t let them kill their winter wonderland spirit.
14. The Best Date Nights Are On Restaurant Row
Source: Anna’s Oven via FacebookOutsiders may call it 39th Street, but to all Kansas Citians it’s known as Restaurant Row, where all the best local dining spots are and the best place to bring someone special. Check out Aladdin Cafe for tasty Mediterranean fare or Anna’s Oven for hearty comfort food.
15. Don't Freak Out. It's Just A Tornado Siren
Source: Flickr user KAZVorpalDon’t panic; those loud noises are tornado sirens, and they are essentially white noise to Kansas Citians by now.
16. The Freshest Of The Fresh Is At The City Market
Source: The City Market - Kansas City via FacebookSince 1857, K.C. locals have flocked to the famous City Market, and today it’s still always packed because its the largest and most enduring public farmer’s markets in the entire midwest.
17. Surprise! Kansas Citians Are Actually Beach Bums
Source: Visit KC via FacebookWhether it’s Longview Lake or another hotspot, when the temperatures rise in Kansas City, locals become just as big beach bums as those coastal livers.
18. Never Get Between Kansas Citians And Their Steak
Source: Jess & Jim’s SteakhouseMeat is what’s for dinner. Strip steak is a big deal in K.C., it’s part of the city’s historical and cultural identity, especially at Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse.
19. Bring Your Sword And Your Elizabethan Accent
Source: The Kansas City Renaissance Festival via FacebookThe Renaissance Festival is kind of a big deal in K.C., so save your appetite for the biggest turkey leg and prepare to take in a jousting match because everyone has a good time here.
20. You’re Welcome For Mickey Mouse
Source: Flickr user DaltonKat2Walt Disney was inspired by a real-life mouse he kept as a pet in his Kansas City Laugh-O-gram studio, and that building was also where Disney made his first films. You’re welcome, world.
21. Those Shuttlecocks Aren’t Left Over From Giants Playing Badminton
Source: Visit KC via FacebookLocals love gallery hopping through the Crossroads Arts District, and they hold a special place in their hearts for the famous shuttlecock statues outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
22. They Don’t Call It Worlds Of Fun For Nothing
Source: Worlds of Fun via FacebookEveryone in K.C. knows that the amusement park lives up to its name as its a favorite family and friend destination in the summertime.
23. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk! Or Not...
Source: Kansas Jayhawks via FacebookThe Kansas Jayhawks may be from Kansas, not Missouri, but some Kansas Citians just can’t help from cheering on the Jayhawks.
24. You Don’t Need To Brownbag In The Power And Lights District
Source: Giphy.comLooking for a party? Locals know that the one place they can go to is the entertainment hub, the Power and Lights District, which allows visitors to carry open beers and cocktails on the streets.
25. Everybody Has A Love-Hate Relationship With The College Students
Source: UMKC via FacebookThere are loads of colleges in the K.C. area, and while some may begrudge the bustling streets and busy bars come September, locals love all the sports and entertainment they bring to their beloved city.
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