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Union Station, Kansas City

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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. Union Station is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Kansas City Edition.
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  • October 4, 2017
    We traveled into the building via the back parking lot. It has been restored and is a wonderful example of a large railway depot in a huge Urban city. The mural in the Post office is really worth seei...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    The inside of the train station is amazing -- beautifully restored. Be sure to look up -- the ceiling is exquisite! There is much to do inside -- restaurants, bakery, free model train exhibit, other e...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Union Station is a great place to spend the day with your kids. Science City has fun for everyone! Watching your kids learn and explore is priceless! There is a lot of fun in learning!  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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)
  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    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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