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Avila is located in south Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City is home to world-class barbeque, championship sports team and remarkable dining and shopping. is a great resource to see what is currently happening in Kansas City.


Hotels (Source: 2010) 


Courtyard by Marriott - 1.8 miles from Avila
South Kansas City
500 E 105th St, Kansas City, MO 64131

Discount: YES, with a portion of your stay going directly back to the university. A free shuttle is provided to and from Avila.          

Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Convention Center - 2.9 miles from Avila
5001 W 110th St, Overland Park, KS 66211

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Overland Park - Convention Center - 3.2 miles from Avila

10920 Nall Ave, Overland Park, KS, 66211

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel - 3.5 miles from Avila
6100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211

Drury Inn & Suites Overland Park - 4.1 miles from Avila
10963 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66210

Pear Tree Inn Overland Park - 4.1 miles from Avila
10951 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210

Days Inn - 4.1 miles from Avila
6800 W 108th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211

Super 8 Overland Pk South KC Area - 4.0 miles from Avila 
10750 Barkley St, Overland Park, KS 66211

Chase Suite Hotels - 4.1 miles from Avila
6300 W. 110th St., Overland Park, KS 66211

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The Power & Light District

power and light district

The P&L District is a vibrant eight-block neighborhood in downtown Kansas City that links together the Kansas City Convention Center to the west and the new Sprint Center to the east. With more than 50 unique and captivating shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, the district offers something for everyone.

Sprint Center

sprint center entertainment venue

Kansas City's new home for major concerts, sporting events and family shows, Sprint Center is the cornerstone in the revitalization of downtown Kansas City that in addition to the arena will feature condominiums, restaurants, themed bars, movie and live entertainment theaters and mixed retail.

Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun

worlds of fun oceans of fun

Worlds of Fun's the premier amusement park destination in the Midwest - offering 175 acres of excitement and fun for every member of the family. Oceans of Fun is the largest tropically themed water park in the Midwest, offering 60 acres of splashing excitement.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City

legoland discovery center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn. Featuring a whole host of exciting attractions from the LEGO Master Builder Academy to an amazing MINILAND that features the magical world of The Wizard of Oz, the Center not only provides fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits too.

Union Station / Science City

union station science city

This fully restored 1914 landmark is Kansas City's most prominent destination for entertainment and cultural activities. The Station is home to a permanent rail exhibit with vintage rail cars, an interactive science center where you can experience a NASA-style simulator or ride a bicycle over a high-wire 30 feet in the air and so much more, a vibrant Theater District featuring giant-screen movies and live theater, fine restaurants, unique shops, spaces for meetings and events and much more. Of course, you can still catch the train at Union Station, once again among Amtrak's busiest stops.

Great Wolf Lodge

great wolf lodge

Serving as Kansas' Year-Round Family Resort (indoor waterpark & lodging), Great Wolf Lodge provides a comprehensive package of destination lodging amenities, including 281 family-sized suites; a 49,000 square-foot indoor entertainment area, featuring a grand scale waterpark; arcade with ticket redemption; children's craft and activity room; Aveda® Concept Spa; fitness room; northwoods-themed restaurant; confectionery café; state-of-the-art meeting space; spacious outdoor pool; gift emporium and a performing Great Clock Tower.

Coco Key Water Resort


CoCo Key Water Resort is 55,000 square feet of fun for the whole family (indoor waterpark & lodging). Thrilling water slides, dip-in theatre, adventure river, indoor/outdoor spa, interactive play island, lounge, private poolside cabanas, arcade and family restaurants. Inspired by historic Key West, CoCo Key combines the relaxation and enchantment of a tropical paradise. They do offer day passes if you just want a day of fun.

Kansas Speedway

kansas speedway

Kansas Speedway hosts NASCAR’s premier series, the NEXTEL Cup Series. It also brings the superstars of the Indy Racing League’s IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA’s RE/MAX Series to Kansas City, Kansas, for an exciting season of heart-pounding motorsports action. Besides the racing, other weekend track events include high-speed driving schools where race fans can learn what it’s like to be Richard Petty or Mario Andretti. Car shows, community functions and private parties make up the rest of Kansas Speedway’s yearlong activity calendar.

Kansas City Zoo

kansas city zoo

Kenyan grasslands. A Tanzanian hillside. A Congolese forest. The Australian Outback. These are but a few of the true-to-life habitats at the Kansas City Zoo. Celebrating its 100th year in 2009, the Kansas City Zoo offers visitors the unique experience of seeing more than 900 animals in naturalistic settings; all stretched across 200 acres in Swope Park.

Dining & Shopping

Town Center Plaza

town center plaza

Town Center Plaza is home to over 90 of Kansas City’s finest stores and restaurants. You can find restaurants like 810 Zone, Bravo, Bristol Seafood Grill, Houlihan's, and Yahoo. Some shopping includes: Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Gap, The Limited, and Wet Seal.



Westport is one of Kansas City's premier destinations for dining, shopping, site seeing and is the heart of the city's nightlife. With lots of dance clubs, restaurants like Fuji, Korma Sutra, Mario's Deli, and Thai Place, you are sure to get your blend of culture in Westport. If you are wanting to shop, they have the Arizona Trading Company, Imagery, Lomavista and more.

Country Club Plaza

country club plaza

Whatever you could want, from scones to scallops, beaujolais to Kansas City barbecue, it's all waiting for you on The Plaza. You can find unique restaurants like Kona Grill, The Melting Pot, California Pizza Kitchen and reVerse or if you like a little more traditional meal you can eat at Uno's Chicago Bar & Grill, P.F. Chang's, Houston's, and so much more. Fashion's favorite labels and shops call The Plaza home in Kansas City. From Anthropologie to Cole Haan, from St. John to BCBGMAXAZRIA, from Betsy Johnson to Burberry plus labels like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Prada and more.

Crown Center

crown center

Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Crown Center is often called a city within a city. Three levels of great shopping and dining compliment two of the city’s most luxurious hotels, exquisite office buildings, a residential community and several entertainment attractions. It all surrounds the worldwide headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

The Legends

the legends

If you're looking for a great time for shopping, dining and entertainment, the Legends is the place to go. With restaurants like Cheeseburger In Paradise, Dave & Buster's, STIX, and T-Rex, you are sure to get a bite of excitement. They have lots of shopping including outlet stores. Some stores include: Adidas, Banana Republic Factory Outlet, Gap Outlet, Levi's Outlet by Most, and Nike.

Zona Rosa

zona rosa

Zona Rosa is packed with restaurants like Bravos, Abuelos, and Tomfooleries, and name brand clothing stores like Forever 21, Aeropostale, Old Navy, and the Buckle. You are sure to find what you are looking for. If you want to sip back a Starbucks coffee, you can find one inside Barnes & Noble.


Kansas City Royals

kansas city royals baseball

2015 World Series Champions, 2014 American League Champions.
A spectacular stadium with state-of-the-art technology, world famous fountains and the Outfield experience that is sure to wow newcomers to Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs

kansas city chiefs football

Are you seeing RED? Then you belong in Arrowhead Stadium! Win or lose, you are guaranteed to have a great time at a Chiefs home game; we are the loudest crowd in the NFL! If you want to enjoy the day even more, you should come early and tailgate. Enjoy some great barbecue and meet other KC fans.

Sporting Kansas City MLS

sporting kansas city soccer

Winners of the 2014, MLS Cup, Sporting Kansas City is the premier soccer club in Kansas City. Playing in a state-of-the-art stadium, Sporting Park is one of the most beautiful stadiums and if can, get a seat near or in the cauldron for one of the most authentic experiences in soccer.

Missouri Mavericks

missouri mavericks ice hockey

Missouri Mavericks Hockey is the hottest game in town. Cheer for your team at the Independence Events Center.

Kansas City T-Bones (minor league)

kansas city t-bones minor league baseball

T-Bones baseball is just as exciting as major league baseball with more perks. Free parking, great concession food, lots of free prizes, entertainment and a family environment, who could ask for anything better?

Missouri Comets

missouri comets indoor soccer

Don't miss an exciting game of indoor soccer with the Missouri Comets at the Independence Events Center.


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

nelson atkins museum of art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen and many other artists. Admission is always free (Special event pricing may apply).

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

kemper museum

The Kemper Museum is a valuable community asset that presents a growing permanent collection, special exhibitions and community outreach programs to an audience of all ages and levels of interest. The Museum strives to represent artists of diverse genders, nationalities, artistic influences, media and ethnicity. Admission is always free.  

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

harry s. truman library and museum

The major issues and events of Harry Truman's Presidency are highlighted in this new 10,500-square-foot core exhibition in the presidential gallery. Featuring two decision theaters, enhanced audio and video programs, and new interactive elements, this exhibition forms the centerpiece of the Truman Library's ambitious museum renovation. There is also a lower gallery highlights the personal side of the life of Harry Truman and his family.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

arabia steamboat museum

A visit to this museum is a glimpse into the past. The Arabia's collection reveals details of frontier life seen nowhere else. A museum tour is partially guided, introducing visitors to the

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