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2012 Kansas City Visitors’ Choice Award Winners Announced

Established by the KCCVA in 2007, the Visitors’ Choice Awards lend a voice to Kansas City’s 21 million annual visitors. Finalists in each category were selected by an online panel of visitors. Over the summer, more than 4,000 people cast their ballots in the final round of voting.

And the moment you have been waiting for, here are your 2012 Visitors Choice Award Winners by category. For a full list of runners up for each category, you may download a PDF version here. Congratulations to this year’s winners and thanks to everyone that voted!


DINING

Favorite Steakhouse: Hereford House

Favorite Barbecue Restaurant: Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue

Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurant: Stroud’s Restaurant

Favorite Ethnic Restaurant: Bo Ling’s

Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks


THINGS TO DO

NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT

 Favorite Jazz Venue: The Blue Room

Favorite Nightlife Spot: Kelly’s Westport Inn

Favorite Casino: Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City

Favorite Live Music Venue: Starlight Theatre

Favorite Nightlife District: Kansas City Power & Light District


ARTS

Favorite Art Museum: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Favorite Art Gallery: Kemper at the Crossroads

Favorite Performing Arts Venue: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Favorite Performing Arts Group/Organization: Kansas City Symphony

Favorite Public Art Installation: Shuttlecocks (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)

Favorite Arts Performance/Production: A Christmas Carol, KC Repertory Theatre


ATTRACTIONS

Favorite Kids Attraction: Kansas City Zoo

Favorite Museum: National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial

Favorite Place to Snap a Photo: Country Club Plaza

Favorite Free Thing to Do: The City Market

Favorite KC Neighborhood or District: Country Club Plaza

Favorite KC-Area Destination: Overland Park, KS


SPORTS & OUTDOORS

Favorite Professional Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite Fan Experience: Tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium

Favorite Golf Course: Swope Memorial Golf Course

Favorite Landmark or Monument: Union Station Kansas City

Favorite Fountain: J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain


SPECIAL EVENTS

Favorite Art Festival: Plaza Art Fair

Favorite Ethnic/Heritage Festival or Event: Kansas City Irish Fest

Favorite Family Festival/Event: American Royal Barbecue

Favorite Music Festival/Event: Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Plaza Lights


SHOPPING

Favorite Shopping Center or District: Country Club Plaza

Favorite Shop or Store: Nebraska Furniture Mart           

Favorite Locally-owned Shop or Store: Pryde’s Old Westport


ACCOMMODATIONS

Favorite Hotel, More than 300 Rooms: Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

Favorite Hotel, Less than 300 Rooms: Raphael Hotel

Favorite Bed & Breakfast: Southmoreland on the Plaza


BEST OF KANSAS CITY

Best of KC: Dining: Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

Best of KC: Things to Do: Plaza Lights

Best of KC: Shopping: Country Club Plaza

Best Midwestern Hospitality: The City Market

Best of Kansas City: Boulevard Brewing Co.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Scott #

    No love for LiveStrong Sporting Park and the only #1 sport team in KC right now…Sporting KC!!

    September 28, 2012
  2. Anonymous #

    I agree with everything except Nebraska Furniture Mart. Probably the worst store.

    September 28, 2012
  3. Jess Holmes #

    I’m planning a vacation and have been looking up fun Kansas City activities. This list really helped me out, thanks!

    March 13, 2013
    • Aaron Thacker #

      Happy to hear this list helped, Jess. That’s why we’re here!

      .aaron (@VisitKC Social Team)

      March 13, 2013
  4. Thanks for this great post. I really appreciate your idea.

    August 1, 2013

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