Kansas City Tourist Attractions
This double city in the Midwest, straddling the border between Kansas and Missouri, lies at the junction of the Kansas River with the Missouri, extending along the high banks of both rivers (the Bluffs). World-famous for its steaks and its jazz, Kansas City is now the centre of an extensive agricultural region.
The great stockyards and packing stations of the 19th c. have given place to highly efficient foodstuffs industries and other processing industries (automobile construction, engineering, chemicals, paper). A glance at the skyline of Kansas City, Missouri is enough to show that it remains the more important of the two sister cities. Not for nothing does it enjoy national renown as the "Barbecue Capital" and jazz metropolis - this is where Charlie "Bird" Parker created "bebop".History Kansas City, Kansas (pop. 186,000) developed in the mid-19th c. out of a small town established by white settlers. For a time it was the eastern terminus of the first transcontinental railroad and thus gained importance as a commercial centre. Kansas City, Missouri (pop. 450,000), grew out of a settlement of French fur traders and a Jesuit mission and during the 19th c. rapidly developed into a lively economic and cultural centre.
Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is a family resort designed with a northwoods atmosphere. Highlights include an indoor entertainment area, with a large scale waterpark, arcade with ticket redemption as well as a children's craft and activity room.The waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge has 8 waterslides, three pools and a four-story, 12 level treehouse waterfort.
Grinter Place State Historic Site
Grinter Place State Historic Site is near the location of an early trading post where Moses Grinter with his wife, Annie, a Delaware Indian, settled. They traded with the Native Americans and operated a ferry where the military road crossed the Kansas River.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead, Olathe
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop in Olathe is the last remaining stagecoach stop on the historic Santa Fe Trail still open to the public. Three original buildings have been preserved: The Mahaffie Family Home/Stagecoach Stop, two-story Ice House, and Wood Peg Barn.
Old Shawnee Town, Shawnee
Old Shawnee Town is a complex of original historic structures and replicas of buildings in Shawnee from the late 1800's to early 1900's.
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, Overland Park
The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park features 12 acres depicting a turn-of-the-century farm, including a petting zoo, a silo with slides, a 'tot-lot' for the younger children, a farmhouse, and picture-box gardens.
Leavenworth (pop. 35,000) is located on on the west bank of the Missouri River. It is the oldest city in Kansas, incorporated in 1854. It became the headquarters of Russell, Majors & Waddell overland transporation system.
Fort Leavenworth is said to be the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi River. During the early years, soldiers from Fort Leavenworth protected wagon trains hauling supplies over the Santa Fe, Oregon and other trails to most forts, posts and military camps of the West. Highlights include Santa Fe and Oregon Trail markers, Post Chapel and the 15-acre Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Frontier Army Museum
The Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth displays collections of 19th C military artifacts including items from Frontier Army soldiers who served west of the Mississippi River between 1804 and 1917.
The Carroll Mansion in Leavenworth is a 16-room Victorian home, built in 1867, and furnished as it would have been in the 19th C. It is the home of the Leavenworth County Historical Society.
Address: 1128 Fifth Avenue, Leavenworth, KS 66048-3213, United States
Opening hours: 10:30am-4:30pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior over 60 $4.00, Child 5-12 $3.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
A few miles up the Kansas River is Bonner Springs, with the Wyandotte Historical Museum (regional history) and the Agricultural Hall of Fame (displays on agricultural themes).Bonner Springs (pop. 6,800) is located in northeastern Kansas near the Missouri border.
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
The Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs features historical relics, works of art, implements, gadgets, and contraptions from the fields and farmhouses in the area.
Address: 630 Hall of Fame Drive, Bonner Springs, KS 66012-9045, United States
Opening hours: Apr 15 to Nov 30: 10am-4pm; Sun: 1pm-4pm; Closed: Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $7.00, Senior over 62 $6.00, Child 16 & under $3.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Wheelchair loan or rental
Wyandotte County Museum
The Wyandotte County Museum in Bonner Springs depicts the heritage of the area through historical exhibits. The range begins with the emigrant American Indian tribes to the arrival of the Europeans and the development of industry.