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A Recreation Revolution

by Angela Orr | Apr 12, 2018

The below excerpt and images are from the 2016-2017 issue of KC OptionsRead on Issuu.

For those seeking fun and adventure, Kansas City has plenty to offer.

Sometimes you feel like a night out but you're looking for a little more excitement than just a barstool at the local pub. Thankfully, Kansas City is full of fun alternatives to stimulate the body and the mind.

Chicken N PickleHow͛s your pickleball game? Chicken N Pickle, a new North Kansas City indoor/outdoor entertainment venue invites you to find out. The complex offers casual dining, a bar, fire pits and outdoor lawn games such as bocce and Jenga, along with eight pickleball courts. The racquet sport is a mix of badminton, tennis and table tennis, and it͛s catching on around the country.

Perfect for golfers and nongolfers alike, Topgolf in Overland Park is a golf entertainment complex that invites everyone to pick up a club and play any number of addictive point-scoring games. And when your arms get tired, relax inside (or out) with a cocktail and some food—or rack em up at the billiards table.

Kansas City is also home to two vintage arcade bars. Tapcade in Downtown features a full restaurant and bar as well as more than 45 classic arcade games, three large projection screens, and a dine-in theatre at the adjoining Screenland Theatre that features a mix of independent and mainstream films every month. Up-Down in the Crossroads keeps the craft beer flowing and the gaming prices low—play more than 50 arcade games for the old-school cost of just 25 cents each. Or, give your trigger finger a break and head out to the patio for some life-sized Jenga and Connect Four.

iFLY OPMaybe those options all sound fun, but you͛re looking for a little more adrenaline? Realize the dream of flight without the risk of falling from the sky at iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Overland Park for the feel of true freefall in a vertical wind tunnel. You can also fly through the air at Go Ape Treetop Adventure in Swope Park. The outdoor adventure course offers treetop obstacles and zip lines through the forest canopy with truly picturesque views.

Sky Zone in Shawnee specializes in fun fitness or all those who fancy themselves thrill seekers. The indoor trampoline park offers the weightlessness of bouncing and flipping on trampolines as far as the eye can see, or try the SkySlam basketball court, Ultimate Dodgeball or the Foam Zone.

If you'd prefer to get your thrills with a side of chills, head to the Twelfth Street Bridge Historic West Bottoms District just west of Downtown. Ever since the Edge of Hell opened in 1975, the area has been home to some of the nation͛s best haunted houses. The Beast opened next door in 1991, followed by Macabre Cinema and The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe.

Kansas City has also been home to many real-life scary characters throughout history. Learn more about the city͛s organized crime past, especially the years of 1920 to 1945, with the Gangster Tour. The interactive bus tour recounts infamous crimes such as the Union Station Massacre and points out locations of speakeasies and gambling halls, as well as homes and workplaces of major crime bosses.

A night out can also mean a good brain teaser. The Kansas City area is home to plenty of escape rooms, which are rapidly growing in popularity: You and a few friends are locked in a room full of clues and it's up to you to solve the puzzle to escape. Escape Room has locations at Union Station and in the River Market, Breakout KC is also in the River Market, The Escape Artist KC is located just east of Downtown, and Clue Pursuit offers three popular game rooms in Midtown. In the suburbs, try The Exit Room and TrappedKC in Lee͛s Summit and Escape KC in Overland Park.

Vince Wagner helped solve the puzzle with his co-workers at Escape Room as part of a company outing.

"It was an awesome experience!" he said. "As a team-building exercise, it gave us a common goal to work toward and rewarded us with the thrill of discovery and accomplishment. Our group left feeling exhilarated and energized."

So, the next time you͛re feeling like a little more adventure than just hanging out, explore more of what Kansas City has to offer.

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