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Union Station, Kansas City

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Visit a science museum and catch a train, all in one building at the lovingly restored Union Station. The station was heavily used when it was built in 1914, but fell into disrepair after World Word II until it was closed in 1985. After almost 20 years of neglect, the station reopened in 1999, after significant renovation. Now the station is a cultural and transportation hub, featuring museums such as Science City, a 3-D movie theater, and a large planetarium. Arrange to visit Union Station and other attractions in Kansas City using our Kansas City vacation generator.
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  • We had a few ours to enjoy the Union Station. Our favorite was getting to see all of the hobby trains. We also enjoyed looking at all of the old pictures from when the Union Station was in full operat...  more »
  • Fantastic visit for the Mummies of the World visit! Easy parking, easy access, easy ticket purchase. The venue was very clean and had multiple bathrooms. Signs were clearly visible. Multiple things to...  more »
  • This enormous building houses the science center where kids can unleash their youthful energy amongst different kinds of science based activities. This building also houses the Amtrak station, a huge,...  more »
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  • This place is so rich in history. I came up for a concert, and ended up having wonderful KC natives as unofficial tour guides in our family. They told us we simply had to see this gem. We learned about Nash, the FBI officer shooting, and the history of the Union Station as an official hub for transportation. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in science (they have an exhibit called Science City), architecture, or history to stop by. If my photos don't say you to visit this gorgeous place I don't know what will.
  • One of the coolest, most authentically, historically KC places in all of Kansas City. There's ALWAYS something great to do - Science City, rotating exhibits on history or culture, a planetarium, a movie theater, a giant exhibition hall with events year round, and a few of the nicer restaurants in town. Go for a morning, afternoon, evening, or a whole day of fun! (Also one of the best views of the KC skyline is next door at the WWI museum)
  • I love the self-guided historical tour. The restoration is breathtaking. The planetarium is huge and the show is beautiful. There is a phone app that enhances the tour so you can see historical events happen. It is a top rate attraction.
  • We visited Union Station for the Mummies exhibit and this place was amazing. The parking was easy, except for where you put the money in. Slots for bills was a pain, but not too bad. There was a miniature train area and my kids loved seeing them. The exhibit was easy enough to find as well.
  • It's still a train station with a lot of attractions.... Science City, model railroad exhibit, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony during Christmas, the maker's faire exhibit and car show to showcase engineering and building complex and intricate pieces of machinery and crafts...... This is the historic site of the Kansas City massacre where the mobster, Frank Nash was murdered as he was being transported to Leavenworth federal prison. Ghost adventures filmed here a couple years ago... Even though they didn't find anything of the paranormal persuasion, more than a few employees and patrons alike, still believe it to be haunted. The multi million dollar renovations done to this historic building make it more than worth a trip to see it. Parking is decently cheap for a couple hours and it's next door to the national archives museum and caddy corner across the street from the famous crown center and all of it's eating and shopping establishments!

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If you want to sample the city’s nightlife, consider a hotel in the Power and Light District, home to a wide array of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The 39th Street District is a good choice for those on vacation who prefer quirky independent venues. The city boasts an array of cozy bed and breakfasts both within and on the outskirts of the city. Those with access to a car can enjoy Kansas City on a budget by staying at a nearby campground or RV park.
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