This city is a unique blend of metropolitan amenities and suburban hospitality packaged in a fresh, contemporary setting. Located less than 15 minutes from Kansas City, the community offers an abundance of attractions including 33 hotels, over 250 restaurants, great shopping, theatres and nearly 80 public parks. The 300-acre Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, open year-round, offers a natural setting with walking trails, waterfalls, colorful flowers, permanent sculpture exhibit and a variety of gardens, including a children's discovery garden, Monet garden and a legacy garden.
There are two enclosed shopping malls and hundreds of specialty shopsThe region's largest mall offers Nordstrom, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy's and the Rainforest Cafe. Another center includes a variety of exclusive specialty stores and boutiques. Historic Downtown offers quaint eateries, antiques, art galleries and retail shops.
The city offers visitors a variety of ways to enjoy the Arts. The award-winning dinner theater brings Broadway-style musicals and plays with New York and Hollywood performers. In November 2002, the Convention Center opened with 237,000 square-feet of space. The Center features over 100 pieces of juried original artwork from local and regional artists, which is open for public viewing. In the fall of 2007 the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Midwest's largest contemporary art museum, will open at the local community college. The College currently has over 400 works of art across the campus.
We look forward to seeing you and are confident you will enjoy your visit– "The Natural Choice."