Top 7 Hot Spots Around the Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway in Kansas City will be host to the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, Kansas Lottery 300. While the track is smack dab in the Midwest, know that Kansas City and the surrounding areas are positively booming with activity.

So, before you go clicking your ruby slippers and mumbling, “There’s no place like home,” because you think there will be nothing to do, take a look at this list for some fun attractions and fantastic restaurants you can visit while you’re in the area.

  • The Rieger KC Kansas City, MO

    The Rieger KC

    Kansas City, Missouri

    The Rieger KC is a rare find in the culinary world – it stands up to it’s motto, “Beautiful food for the people.” Their decadent dishes are truly the talk of the town, in addition to their top notch service and lovely atmosphere. Past customers recommend stepping out of your comfort zone as you go to order, because you really can’t go wrong with any of their gourmet offerings. However, a word of caution – if you decide to dine at The Rieger (and you definitely should!), make sure to make reservations ahead of time so you’re guaranteed a seat.

  • Up-Down Kansas City, MO


    Kansas City, Missouri

    In keeping with the latest trends, this barcade is a throwback to simpler times. Each game is only 25 cents, so you can play your favorite arcade games for hours without breaking the bank. An added bonus – they also offer a seemingly endless list of beers. This is the perfect hangout spot to chill out after the race. Don’t miss it!

  • Legoland Kansas City, MO

    Legoland Discovery Center

    Kansas City, Missouri

    Who doesn’t love Legos? No seriously, forget about that time you stepped on them….you know you love Legos! Channel your inner child or take your own kids to the Legoland Discovery Center for an awesome experience. There are so many cool features to interact with, it’s unbelievable. Make sure to carve a few hours out of your Kansas City vacation so you can build and test all your creations, and catch all the other fun at Legoland.

  • Halloween Haunt at World of Fun Kansas City, MO

    Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun

    Kansas City, Missouri

    If the rides at World of Fun amusement park don’t get your adrenaline pumping, the five scare zones of the Halloween Haunt certainly will! The park is only open during the weekends in October, so race weekend is the perfect time to go! Get in the spirit and wear your own costume, ride all the rides, and get all the scares for a frightening weekend you’re not likely to forget.

  • Arthur Bryants Barbecue Kansas City, MO

    Arthur Bryants Barbecue

    Kansas City, Missouri

    What’s a trip to Kansas City without a little barbecue in the mix? Arthur Bryants, a local favorite that’s been featured in countless publications, is the stuff of a barbecue lover’s dreams. From ribs to chicken to sausage and more, their mouth watering meat selection is only the tip of the iceberg. You can’t leave without experiencing their baked beans, potato salad, or coleslaw, not to mention their pickles and bread. We’re happily stuffed just thinking about it. Oh, and if you can’t get enough of their homemade barbecue sauce, fear not – you can buy some to take home! Talk about a great souvenir.

  • Jaegers Paintball Kansas City, MO

    Jaeger’s Paintball

    Kansas City, Missouri

    Paintball is another adrenaline rush you can experience during race weekend. With five unique, completely underground arenas (in addition to some above ground fields), you’ll really feel like part of a covert operation as you play. With all the gear you could possibly need available to rent, this is even a fun place to go for the inexperienced in your group.

  • Clinton's Soda Fountain Kansas City, MO

    Clinton’s Soda Fountain

    Kansas City, Missouri

    Get the old fashioned soda fountain experience at Clinton’s during race weekend. Step on up to the long soda bar, and indulge in your favorite flavor ice cream float or sundae. If you can’t possibly decide what to pick, you can even order Harry’s Favorite (as in President Harry Truman who visited way back in the day), which is a butterscotch sundae with chocolate ice cream. So don’t forget this taste of history during race weekend, or you’ll be disappointed.

Come cheer on Blake in the Kansas Lottery 300, and don’t forget to check out these awesome local businesses while you’re in the area!

What are your favorite places to visit around the Kansas Speedway? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!

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