Explore. Try. Repeat
KC Destinations is a membership organization of communities located in the Kansas City metro region. Each community offers visitors the opportunity to adventure beyond the big city lights and truly experience the area in a meaningful way through the eyes, ears, and stomachs of the locals. With KC Destinations, you can request visitor information, explore the metro, take a themed trip using the Otocast app, or learn more about our member destinations!
Explore the region a little differently with KC Trips! From historical sites to quirky curiosities, coffee spots to kid-friendly finds, desserts galore, and much, more more, you'll discover themed spots across KC using the free app Otocast, while collecting badges for a chance to win a $250 gift card!. Learn more at KC Trips!
HONORING BLACK HISTORY--PAST & PRESENT
Black History Month is dedicated to sharing and celebrating African American heritage. The member Cities of the Kansas City Regional Destination Alliance have a variety of museums, self-guided tours, art galleries and stories to explore and share!
Whether you're a resident looking to explore within your own community, or a visitor seeking a hidden gem, Merriam has something special for everyone. Check out the line-up that Merriam has to offer:
Special Events Galore: Merriam is known for its lively and diverse events that bring the community together. From festivals celebrating local art and music to family-friendly gatherings, there's always something happening. Check out the events calendar on exploremerriam.com/events for the latest updates and make sure not to miss the Turkey Creek Festival on the 3rd Saturday in May, Flags 4 Freedom in July, or Merriam Drive Live in October, our annual music street fest in downtown Merriam!
Discover Merriam's Rich History: Delve into the city's history by exploring its charming historic sites and markers. Merriam has preserved its heritage through landmarks that tell tales of days gone by. Take a stroll through the past and gain a deeper appreciation for the roots that make Merriam such a unique destination. Learn more by taking the Merriam History Tour on the free app Otocast, or visit exploremerriam.com/history
Public Art: Art enthusiasts will love that Merriam boasts an impressive collection of public art. Murals, sculptures, and installations grace the city, each telling a story of creativity and expression. Take a self-guided tour at exploremerriam.com/art, and then spend the day visiting each piece! In February, we invite you to visit the exhibit on display at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery, “African Americans & the Arts” running February 1-24.
Shop 'til You Drop: Shopaholics, get ready for a treat! Merriam offers a diverse shopping experience, with boutique stores, unique local shops, and tried and true retailers like IKEA. Find the perfect souvenir or indulge in some retail therapy as you explore the City's shopping landscape. Map out your day of shopping fun at exploremerriam.com/shop.
Culinary Delights: Foodies will appreciate Merriam's diverse culinary scene. From quick bites to grab-and-go, to sit-down dining, and one-of-a-kind spots, Merriam offers a delectable array of dining options. Savor local flavors, indulge in international cuisines, and treat yourself to a tasty adventure. Find your favorite spot at exploremerriam.com/dine.
Outdoor Escapes: Nature lovers, Merriam has you covered, too! Discover parks and green spaces that provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. Whether you're into hiking, biking, picnicking, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll, Merriam's natural beauty invites you to unwind and connect with the great outdoors. With ten parks and a four-mile paved trail, fresh air is abundant for all! Visit exploremerriam.com/parks to map your outdoor journey!
Stay the Night: After a full day of exploring the vibrant offerings of Merriam, rest easy in the city's comfy and affordable lodging options. Whether you prefer a cozy private rental, a hotel, or the local RV Park, Merriam has accommodations to suit every taste and budget. Unwind in well-appointed rooms, enjoy top-notch amenities, and experience the warm hospitality that Merriam is known for. Your comfortable stay ensures that you'll wake up refreshed and ready to embark on another day of adventures in this delightful city. Merriam's lodging provides the perfect home away from home, making your visit truly memorable. Book your stay and make the most of your Merriam experience!