Excursions in Kansas City

Explore the many attractions of “the City of Fountains” prior to Triennial with these optional adventures. Spots for each can be reserved when you register. Most excursions will happen during the morning or day on Thursday, July 28, so plan to arrive in Kansas City Wednesday night to be prepared.

Please note: The Royals Baseball Game is on Wednesday, July 27.

You may select one excursion for Thursday, however if you return early and wish to explore the area you can venture out on your own. The Crown Center Plaza is within walking distance and is home to the Legoland Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, Hallmark Visitor Center, restaurants, shops, and more. Also, close by is the historic Union Station featuring shops, restaurants, a planetarium, and interactive science center.

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Water Sports at Shawnee Mission Park | 9:30am – 2:00pm

1600 acres of outdoor fun! Rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and paddle boards to enjoy on the lake, or work on your tan at the beach. $25, plus the cost of rentals.

Kansas City Ministry Tour | 8:15am – 4:45pm

Get a taste of some of the organizations and nonprofits in the KC area working to feed the hungry, provide spiritual healing, and more. You might see something that could be applied in your own community. $60, includes lunch.

Quilters Paradise | 8:30am – 5:00pm

Missouri Star Quilt Company is the largest online distributor of precut quilting fabric in the world. Visit their home store where everything started to hear their story and pick up some top-notch supplies for your own quilting projects. Please note: This destination involves an hour-long bus ride each way. $55

Sanctuary and Cathedral Architecture Tour | 9:15am – 5:00pm

Kansas City is home to some magnificently beautiful and historic cathedrals and churches. Visit some of the most stunning structures accompanied by a spiritual director who will guide guests through a prayer exercise at each site. $60, includes lunch.

Schlitterbahn Water Park | 9:30am – 4:00pm

Get soaked at the home of the world’s tallest water slide, Verrückt. In addition to countless slides and tube rides Schlitterbahn offers boogie boarding, a wave pool, and the world’s largest “wave river.” $65

Spiritual Garden Retreat | 8:00am – 1:00pm

Prepare for Triennial with a morning surrounded by flowers, trees, waterfalls, and miles of wooded hiking trails. A spiritual guide will offer a prompt for a reflective prayer experience in the lush arboretum and botanical gardens. $50, includes lunch.

Village West Shopping | 9:30am – 4:00pm

Shop till you drop. Village West is the largest tourist destination in Kansas, boasting outlet shopping from a myriad of retailers including Nike, Eddie Bauer, Zales, Banana Republic, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Cabela’s and more. $30

Kansas City Trolley Tour | a few options

Thursday Tours: 10:00 – 11:15am and 4-5:15pm
Friday Tour: 4-5:15pm

What better way to see a city than to travel with a local? This 75-minute tour on an air-conditioned trolley will introduce you to architectural and cultural highlights throughout KC, with plenty of rich history being shared along the way. $50

Celebrating Black Culture and History | 9:00am – 1:30pm (new time)

Women of all backgrounds will be enriched by visiting Kansas City’s historic center of African American culture at the 18th and Vine Jazz District, where barbecue, baseball and blues have melded together.  As luck would have it, two of the city’s most acclaimed museums are under one roof,  The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and The American Jazz Museum.  Lunch will be at the legendary Arthur Bryant’s World Famous Barbeque. $50, includes lunch.

Crossroads Culinary and Culture Walking Tour | 10:30am – 2:30pm

The Crossroads Arts District is the neighborhood home to Kansas City’s most hip and happening food scene. Sample pizza, coffee, chocolate, a variety of delicious tasting treats, and more on this walking tour. $70, includes food.

Covenant Carries (personal shuttles)

Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 3:30-6:30pm, Saturday: 3-6:30pm

Can’t decide what to do in Kansas City…do it ALL with the help of our local COVENANT CARRIERS. Your $18 wrist band will provide you with unlimited rides to and from several of the local tourist hot spots, including shopping venues, museums, the 18th & Vine Jazz District, and more: $18

Click here to see where you can go!

A Day in Independence | 8:30am – 5:00pm

Not only is Independence, MO a quaint and beautiful little town, but it’s also brimming with rich history. Visit the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, the historic Vaile Mansion, the Truman Courthouse, and more during this step back in time. $70

Early arrival required:
Royals Game and Stadiums Tour – Wednesday, July 27 (11:30am – 10:00pm)

Go behind-the-scenes at Kauffman Stadium (home of the KC Royals), Arrowhead Stadium (home of the KC Chiefs), and watch batting practice from behind the dugouts before attending the 7:15pm Royals vs Angels MLB baseball game. Cost: $115

Royals Game Only – Wednesday, July 27 (6:00pm departure for 7:15pm game)

Join us for the Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels baseball game. Cost: $50