What to Do in Football Towns: Kansas City, New Orleans and More
With the impending arrival of autumn comes changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and of course, football season. For many, this time of year is better than Christmas. But for those of you not in to tailgating, painting your face, or decorating the family car with team memorabilia, there is hope. When it seems like your whole hometown has come down with a severe case of football season, know that there are other options out there. These popular football cities have a lot more to offer than just the pigskin.
Green Bay, Wisconsin – Known for their die hard cheese heads, Green Bay has a number of other sites to see. The new City Deck lines the water front, offering restaurants, shopping, and even an outdoor amphitheater. There are also many festivals throughout the year, including the Tall Ship Festival, Bayfest, and Winterfest on Broadway.
Kansas City, Kansas – Though Kansas City has garnered a reputation as a great tailgating city, there are plenty of other activities not related to watching quarterbacks make that touchdown. The brand new Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts is open and ready to go for your concert, theater, and artistic needs. Stroll through the shopping and restaurant Mecca known as The Plaza, and be sure to taste some of that famous Kansas City barbeque.
Chicago, Illinois – Da Bears aren’t the only draw to this sprawling metropolis. Downtown Chicago has countless things to do and places to see. After perusing Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Natural History, stroll through Millennium Park where you’re sure to see interesting sculptures and exhibits. Ride the tallest Ferris wheel in the world at Navy Pier before eating at one of the many restaurants, or shop to your heart’s content along the Miracle Mile. Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ll want to check out the history behind Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
New Orleans, Louisiana – It’s definitely not hard to find things to do in the culturally diverse New Orleans. Here the French Quarter is the center of activity, with its many restaurants, bars, shopping, and the infamous Bourbon Street. Browse the art galleries on Royal Street or take a stroll along the Mighty Mississippi. Venture out into the city to see the Audubon Zoo or eat at one of the city’s thousands of incredible restaurants. For party animals, the 2011 Festival season has also started, attracting people from all walks of life. At the beginning of football season, come for the Jazz Festival – at the end, stay in town for Mardi Gras.
Denver, Colorado – When the natives aren’t rooting for the Broncos, they’re out on the slopes, trails, and in the water. Besides great football, Denver is known for its abundance of outdoor activity. The world renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater hosts some of the best bands in the world and also has some of the best scenery in the city. Hiking and bike riding the trails right outside the city is also a favorite. If you’re there during the snowy months, be sure to head up to one of the amazing mountain resorts for ski and snowboard action.