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Old 05-15-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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Kansas City, MO advice needed

We are planning a trip around the 4th of July weekend to Kansas City, as my 12 year old son has become extremely interested in World War I history, thus wants to visit the National WW I Museum there.

Can any of the locals or those familiar with the area, please suggest other fun/interesting things that would be worth doing while visiting the area.

Thanks, and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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World's of Fun, Swope Park, Union Station.
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Camp at World of Fun in KC. A great campground next to amusement park and a water park. Just stayed there last week at $4o/ nite and discounts to the parks. KC is big on BBQs for what they are famous for.
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Thanks guys, I am probably only going to have a short amount of time to visit and most likely am going to fly there (not camp). Any BBQ joints recommended near the WW1 museum?

Neil, I had seen Union Station on the map and just figured it was like most train Union Stations. I didn't realize it had all it did in it till I looked it up after your suggestion. We'll definitely add it to the visit list. Thanks

I was also looking at the money museum at the Federal Reserve just south of the WW1 museum, but it won't be open during our planned trip. I might could schedule a later flight out Tuesday perhaps.
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I used to work out of there on the Rock Island RR as a brakeman on the passenger trains. IT IS HUGE! Just thankful my dad was a conductor and had taken me there several times before I started working. It was still easy to get lost once you get down on the floors under the main lobby.
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Steamboat Arabia Museum...steamboat that sank in Missouri River in the 1800s and was buried in silt and mud. Found, excavated and the cargo was almost totally intact. Google it. Well worth a visit, probably 2-3 hours to see it all.
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We just came back from a long, non-camping weekend in KC for a college graduation. For BBQ, try Joe's Kansas City Barbecue - Joe's Kansas City BBQ - World Famous Barbecue
Also, there are 4 locations for Jack Stack Barbecue restaurants. You won't be disappointed at any of the above.
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Thanks guys, I am probably only going to have a short amount of time to visit and most likely am going to fly there (not camp). Any BBQ joints recommended near the WW1 museum?

Neil, I had seen Union Station on the map and just figured it was like most train Union Stations. I didn't realize it had all it did in it till I looked it up after your suggestion. We'll definitely add it to the visit list. Thanks

I was also looking at the money museum at the Federal Reserve just south of the WW1 museum, but it won't be open during our planned trip. I might could schedule a later flight out Tuesday perhaps.
Draw a 15 minute circle around the museum and you can easily hit 10 of the top 15 BBQ places in the world. I kid you not. Definitely do not miss these 3:

1. Joe's Kansas City
2. Jack Stack
3. Q39

There are at least a dozen more that might be 3a, 3b, 3c, etc...
Baseball Fan? Visit the Negro Leagues museum at 18th and Vine. As of 2 weeks ago, KC now has a streetcar running from Union Station, through downtown to the River Market area. Lots of stuff to check out there. Legoland at Crown Center (right next to Union Station).
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HI- KC has a lot to enjoy! Take in a Royals game, check out the Negro League Baseball Museum, Swope park is awesome, the Country Club Plaza is worth the visit. If you are into gambling there are casinos and for evening entertainment check out the Starlight Theatre and the Power and Light District.
Great barbeque is everywhere and I agree with the previous suggestions.
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Lots of good suggestions here. There is a Jack Stack Barbecue restaurant right behind Union station. Excellent place to eat and is in a old RR ware house. I ate there two weeks ago. More good restaurants in City market and can take trolley there. The WW1 museum is just up the hill from Depot. Also they just got the Trolley line open the weekend we where there fun ride and still free to ride. Catch it at Union station. Later RJD
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