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There are many options beyond model railroading to visit while in the Kansas City Area. Some of these are highlighted here. Please check back periodically to keep up to date with the wide variety of...

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
Kansas City Union Station. Recent renovation with restaurants, shops, exhibits, and museum. http://www.unionstation.org

Harry S Truman Library and Museum . The first presidential library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act. http://www.trumanlibrary.org

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art . An art museum in Kansas City, Missouri, known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art. http://www.nelson-atkins.org

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Home to resident organizations such as the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programming. http://www.kauffmancenter.org

Nerman Museum. The largest contemporary art museum in the four state region, hosts sixteen temporary exhibitions annually and showcases the Museum’s Oppenheimer Collection. http://www.nermanmuseum.org

American Jazz Museum. Located in the historic 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri. Exhibits feature Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others. The Blue Room is a fully functioning jazz club on site, and the Gem Theatre across the street is a larger venue hosting jazz music. www.americanjazzmuseum.org

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Collocated with the American Jazz Museum, this is a privately funded, no-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American Baseball. www.nlbm.com National Airline History Museum. Features a number of vintage aircraft, including a Super “G” Constellation, fully restored to flying condition. www.airlinehistory.org

Steamboat Arabia Museum. A river boat sinking in 1856 and discovery in 1988 is the beginning of an amazing story. An extensive (200 tons) collection of perfectly preserved and recovered items from a sunken 19th century river boat represents a unique window into pre-Civil War American culture. www.1856.com

Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City.  (WE'RE SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS UNTIL 2015) A 38-room house that boasts largest collection of nostalgic toys, fine-scale miniatures, and marbles in the Midwest. This specialty museum, located on UMKC's campus, is just a few blocks south of the renowned Country Club Plaza shopping and entertainment district. www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org

Country Club Plaza. An American upscale shopping district and residential neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. The first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. Established in 1922 and designed architecturally after Seville, Spain, the Plaza comprises many retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues. www.countryclubplaza.com

Crown Center. A commercial complex containing many shops, great restaurants and entertainment venues. It also is home to Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium. www.crowncenter.com

Powell Gardens. A large (915 acres) botanical garden, 30 miles east of Kansas City, featuring 6,000 varieties of plants, with 225,000 plants in seasonal displays. Open to the public, for a fee, during daylight hours. www.powellgardens.org

SPORTS VENUES IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
MLB - Kansas City Royals www.kansascity.royals.mlb.com

NFL - Kansas City Chiefs www.kcchiefs.com MLS - Sporting Kansas City www.sportingkc.com/ NWSL - FC Kansas City www.fckansascity.com/

FAMILY FUN
Kansas City Zoo www.kansascityzoo.org/

Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun www.worldsoffun.com/
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village www.schlitterbahn.com/kc/
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/deanna-rose-childrens-farmstead/