The popular Kansas City area, starring neighboring cities of the same name in Missouri and Kansas, spills with a variety of neighborhoods filled with attractions, entertainment and dining options.

In each Kansas City, groups can discover a core meetings-friendly neighborhood that is anchored by a convention center, as well as other lively districts that attendees can explore during their downtime.

Kansas City, Mo.

At the top of the lineup of must-visit neighborhoods in Kansas City, Mo., is the downtown convention district, which according to Cori Day, vice president of sales and services for Visit KC, is “home base for most groups” visiting the city.

“Named one of Forbes’ Top 10 downtowns, it’s currently enjoying a $6.5 billion renaissance,” she said.

Among the major developments downtown is the scheduled early 2020 opening of Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel, which will be connected via walkway to the Kansas City Convention Center’s grand ballroom.

The Loews property will add 800 guest rooms and 60,000 square feet of meeting/event space to downtown’s already impressive meetings portfolio, which includes some 4,000 hotel rooms located within a few blocks of the convention center.

Downtown is simply a great place for attendees to hang their hats, whether they stick around the host hotel or venture away from downtown to visit other intriguing areas in the city.

“Our brand-new KC Streetcar connects this area to other popular entertainment districts, such as River Market and Crown Center,” Day said.

Of course, groups don’t have to stray too far to enjoy an entertainment district, as downtown’s Power & Light District (P&L) offers plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, including the group-friendly 801 Chophouse, Bristol Seafood Grill, No Other Pub by Sporting KC and gastro pub Cleaver & Cork.

Another notable P&L resident is the 213-room Hilton President Kansas City, which features more than 12,000 square feet of event space, on-site group dining at Providence New American Kitchen and the Drum Room, where attendees can relax over cocktails.

Elsewhere in downtown, groups will find a calendar of outdoor festivals in Barney Allis Plaza, including Fiesta Hispana in September and City Lights around the holidays; the interactive College Basketball Experience, which accommodates corporate events; and several theaters for groups seeking a cultural outing, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to the Kansas City Symphony,

Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Ballet.

Another great neighborhood that will tempt groups is Country Club Plaza, a Spanish-inspired district where attendees can grab a bite at group-friendly eateries such as Gram & Dun or Stock Hill, and those with extra cash on hand can enjoy some high-end shopping.