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AMERICAN ROYAL    203         
1701 American Royal Court
Kansas City, MO
816-221-9800
ADMISSION: Varies
ANNUAL EVENT: October

The American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo has been an annual event since 1899. The American Royal "season" includes barbecue contests, concerts, art show and sale and hosts of special events. The American Royal Parade winds through downtown Kansas City on the first Saturday of the show. It has been called "America's largest hometown parade", with over 7,000 participants and over 250,000 spectators.

AUDITORIUM THE    204         
1001 W. Walnut
Independence, MO
816-833-1000
ADMISSION: Free
TOURS: Monday-Saturday, 9am-4:30pm
Sunday, 1pm-4:30pm

The World Headquarters of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A half hour guided tour of the auditorium and museum offered throughout the day. Organ recitals are held at 3:00pm daily from June-August, and on Sundays from September-May. The highlight of this 6000 seat conference chamber is the 110-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ, one of the largest in the United States.

CLAUDSETTE'S THEATRE ON WHEELS    205         
5108 Main
Kansas City, MO
816-756-1988 or 800-590-1995
THEME BUS TOURS

Enjoy the company of a :Celebrity" as you take in the sights and sounds of historic Kansas City and celebrate its 150th birthday. Your 4 hour tour is $40 per person, minimum of 30 people. Cost includes Lunch, show museum fees, two actors and city tour. BYOB- Bring your own bus or we will charter one for you at an additional fee.

CROWN CENTER ICE TERRACE    206         
25th & Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO
816-274-8411
ADMISSION: Adult $5
HOURS: (Nov-March) Daily, 10am-9pm Children under 12 $4
Holiday hours are different

The Ice Terrace is the coolest place in town. Slide and glide to your favorite music. Skate rentals are available; Also group and private party rates.

FIESTA CRUISES    207         
Ward Parkway & Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO
816-756-1331
ADMISSION: Adult $6.50
HOURS: March-Weather Permitting Senior Citizens, Ages 3-12 $5.50
April-October 11am-10pm Daily Ages 2 & under-free
November 11am-5pm

Fiesta Cruise Boats glide along the Country Club Plaza River Walk's winding waterway, waterfalls and fountains. Tours approximately 40 minutes. Holiday Christmas Lights Thanksgiving thru mid-January 5pm-9pm

HALLMARK VISITORS CENTER    208         
25th & McGee Trafficway
Kansas City, MO
816-274-3613
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Monday thru Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 9:30-4:30 Closed Sundays

See 90 years of Hallmark's history. The visitors center has thirteen exhibits that include paintings, original art works, toy selection, presidential cards, historical displays, Emmy's from the Hallmark Hall of Fame and actual production going on with diemaker, engraver and operating presses. Many other exhibits of interest to both adults and children.

HALL OF WATERS    209         
201 E. Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO
816-630-0753
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

This Art Deco style building is the world's largest water bar. The Historical Hall of Waters in Excelsior Springs, Missouri is the site of the first spring to be discovered, Siloam Springs, for which the town was later to become famous. Siloam Spring remains today as the only natural supply of Iron Manganese mineral water in the United States and is one of five recognized in existence worldwide.

HARRY S. TRUMAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM    210         
U. S. 24 Highway & Delaware
Independence, MO
816-833-1400
ADMISSION: Adults $5
HOURS: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, 9am-5pm Seniors $4.50;
Thurs 9am-9; Sun 12pm-5pm Children(6-18) $3; under 5 free
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

The Library is the repository for the historical materials of the Truman Administration. Featured are head-of-state gifts, a reproduction of the White House Oval Office and Truman's actual working office after his presidency. Exhibits focus on
the life and career of President Truman. Audio/visual programs are shown in
the auditorium. President and Mrs. Truman's grave sites are in the courtyard.

KALEIDOSCOPE    211         
25th & McGee Trafficway
Kansas City, MO
816-274-8300
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: School year, Monday-Friday
Reservations required, Saturday 4 - 60 minute public sessions.
Summer, Monday-Saturday 4 - 60 minute public sessions

A creative art exhibit sponsored by Hallmark Cards for children 5 to 12. Life-size sculptures of friendly animals greet children upon their arrival. It is a hands on experience where children create colorful pictures, art designs with colored cubes and many other sensory-filled experiences.

KANSAS CITY NORTHERN MINIATURE RAILROAD    212         
5940 N.W. Waukomis Dr.
Kansas City, MO
816-746-5663 or 816-587-6466
ADMISSION: .50
SEASON: 1st full weekend in May - Last weekend in October,
HOURS: Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday Noon-6pm

Your ride begins at Line Creek Depot and travels its 5/8 of a mile going through a tunnel and passing large stuffed animals sitting erect along the tracks. Fun for children and adult.

LINDA HALL LIBRARY    213         
5109 Cherry St.
Kansas City, MO
816-363-4600
HOURS: Mon, 9am-8:30pm
Tues-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm.

Visit a special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the largest privately funded library of science, engineering, and technology in the United States. The library includes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository Library Collection Open to the public and holding more than 1 million volumes dating from 1472, the library features extensive collections, a rare book room, an exhibit room, and grounds maintained as an urban arboretum.

KC CLASSIC AUTO DISPLAY    214         
10101 Lackman Road
Lenexa, KS
913-888-1234
ADMISSION: Adults $1
HOURS: Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

A special interest and antique auto showroom. Most all of its 90 cars are for sale. The cars range from 1925 to 1975 models. Its like visiting a museum but maybe better, since the cars are always changing.

LOUISBURG CIDER MILL    215         
14730 Hwy 68   South on U.S. 69 Hwy. to Hwy 68, go W. 4 Miles
Louisburg, KS
800-748-7765
HOURS: 7 Days, 9am-6pm
January-March, 9am-5pm
Watch cider being made in a rustic old barn during the fall, from September to

December. Off-season visitors are welcome to tour the cider barn, and view the bottling process. A cider mill video recounts the colorful history of apple cider and shows up close how the cider press works when it is in action. Watch world famous cider donuts come to life. Call for information on tours and family weekend festivals throughout the year.

MISSOURI TOWN (1855)    216         
Fleming Park
Blue Springs, MO
816-795-8200 Ext 1260
ADMISSION: Adults $3 Seniors & Children (5-13) $2
HOURS: April 15-November 15,
Wednesday-Sunday, 9am-4:30pm under 5 free
Winter hours, November 16-April 14
Saturday & Sunday only 9am-4:30pm

Step back in time on your visit to Jackson County Parks and Recreation's Missouri Town 1855, a mid-19th Century village depicting a typical Mid-western 1850's farming community. Trained interpreters bring the year 1855 to life for the entertainment and educational enrichment of the public.

NATIVE ANIMAL SAFARI TOURS    217         
Flemimg Park, Animal Enclosure:
exit 291 at Colbern Rd; go East to Cyclone School Road and turn left
Blue Springs, MO
816-524-8770
ADMISSION: Adult $4 Children (2-13) $3 Seniors (62+)$3
SEASON: July-October, Randon Saturdays
TOURS: 10am,11am,12pm, 2pm and 3pm

Travel with Jackson County Parks and Recreation on a hay filled truck for an informative 45-minute guided tour of the 100-acre Animal Enclosure. Get a close-up look at the Bison and Elk. Bring apples or pears to feed the animals if you wish. Tickets may be purchased "only" the day of the event in the gift shop at Missouri Town. Call for the scheduled dates for all Safari Tours. Tickets go real fast.

OCEANS OF FUN    218         
4545 Worlds of Fun Ave.   I-35 Exit 54 Parvin Road
Kansas City, MO
816-454-4545
SEASON: Late May-Early September

Nothing says tropical refreshment like 680 feet of raging rapids. So, visit Oceans of Fun's newest thrill, Hurricane Falls, a 72-foot tall super slide guaranteed to create a huge splash. Oceans of Fun offers 60 acres of wet and wild adventure.
Enjoy a million gallons of refreshment in the Surf City Wave Pool, relax as you float along the Caribbean Cooler or scream down one of seven water slides, all while soaking up some rays. Call (816) 454-4545, Ext. 44 for operating dates and times and admission prices.

OLD SHAWNEE TOWN    219         
11501 W. 57th Street
Shawnee, KS
913-248-2360
ADMISSION: Adult $1
HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-5pm Child $.50
Saturday-Sunday, 12am-5pm 6 and under Free
Closed Monday and major Holidays

Shawnee was known as Gum Springs until 1856, Old Shawnee Town is a re-created pioneer town and has many original structures like the first jail built in the territory of Kansas in 1843 and the Hart Home built in 1878 plus many replicas. All the buildings in Old Shawnee Town are furnished with items and furniture from that period.

PLAZA CARRIAGE RIDES    220         
Central & Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO
816-531-1999
RATES: Couples $25
HOURS: Daily, 7pm-12am $10 additional person $5 per child

Take a leisurely ride through the Plaza streets enjoying the beautiful fountains, statues and Spanish buildings in your own chauffeur driven carriage. For the larger groups there are limousine carriages and Sleighs.

PLAZA TENNIS CENTER, THE    221         
4747 J. C. Nichols Parkway
Kansas City, MO
816-561-5120

The Plaza Tennis Center includes 14 outdoor lighted courts, a pro shop, cafe and locker rooms. The exhibition court, immediately off the clubhouse, features permanent and bleacher seating for approximately 300 spectators. A bricked viewing patio is adjacent to the entrance of the courts. The Center also features: backboards, towel, locker and racquet rental, ball machines, racquet stringing, tennis programs, and instruction.

POWELL OBSERVATORY    222         
263 rd Street off US 69 Highway
Louisburg, KS
913-837-5305
SEASON: May-October, Saturday
HOURS: 1 hour before dark

Open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. There is a 25 minute program about astronomy and what is currently happening in the skies at the time of your visit. After the program you visit the dome where you get to view the heavens through a 30 inch telescope and ask questions. You are also welcome to view the heavens through smaller telescopes. Located in Lewis-Young park,

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL OF KANSAS CITY, THE    223         
628 North 126th Street
Bonner Springs, KS
816-561-8005 or 800-373-0357
DATE: weekends beginning ADMISSION: Adult $12.95
Labor Day to Columbus Day Student and Senior $11.50
Children (5-12) $5.95

The Renaissance Festival is a re-creation of a 16th century English village. Stroll down shaded lanes and enjoy continuous entertainment on seven stages. Hundreds of performers including jugglers, magicians, fire-eaters, musicians, knights, lords and ladies are there for your entertainment. Skilled crafts people and artisans create thousands of hand-made gifts and unique items for you to purchase. Delicious Renaissance food includes turkey legs, soup in bread bowls, imported beer and wine. And for the children, the festival features pony, elephant and camel rides.

SCIENCE CITY    224         
Pershing Road and Main Street
Kansas City, MO
816-460-2020
ADMISSION: Adults $8.95, Seniors (55+) & Children (4-12), $6.95, Under 4 Free
HOURS: (Science City & Exhibits) Wed-Fri, 9:30am-5pm;
Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm
HOURS: (Union Station) 6am-Midnight daily

Science City at Union Station transports North America's second largest train station and Kansas City's most revered icon into a new era. The station once echoed with the sounds of train arrivals and departures, tearful good-byes and joyous reunions, dinners at the Harvey House and New Year's celebrations under the historic clock. It was a place to find excitement and fun. And so it is once again. Visitors to Science City at Union Station will explore a city filled with adventure, discovery and fun. Patrons of the restaurants and shops will be surrounded by the beauty of this historic building.

SHOAL CREEK, MISSOURI A LIVING    225         
HISTORY MUSEUM
7000 N.E. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO
816-792-2655
HOURS: Year-round Dawn to Dusk GENERAL ADMISSION: $1
GUIDED TOURS: March-December Guided tours $2 per person
Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm; Closed Monday
Saturday-Sunday and January-February by appointment only

Shoal Creek, Missouri is a living history museum dedicated to the preservation of our nineteenth century architectural heritage and material culture of Missouri. Its mission is to use these materials to interpret the period of 1800-1900 for the public in an educational and recreational manner while remaining as historically accurate as possible. The tour guide will explain life as it was in the nineteenth century and about the people that lived in or had some connection with the buildings. The self guided year-round tour of the 21 buildings at Shoal Creek
does not include the buildings interior. Only guided tours can go into the buildings.

SMOKY HILL RAILWAY    226         
502 S. Walnut
Belton, MO
816-331-0630
ADMISSION: $6 (3and older)
SEASON: April-October Ride in engine $15
HOURS: Saturday and Sunday Ride in Caboose $10
Call for departure times

For a truly different experience take a ride on the Smoky Hill Railway. Travel the old Frisco line in vintage passenger cars dating from the 1920's. The museum

SNOW CREEK SKI LODGE    227         
5 Miles N. of Weston on Highway 45
Weston , MO
816-640-2200
SEASON: MId December-Mid March
HOURS: Mon-Fri, 1pm-10pm
Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm

Eleven exciting slopes, two beginner runs, Midnight Madness parties and many other programs designed for all skiers from beginners thru experts. Snow Creek is equipped with snow-making equipment. A day lodge offers cafeteria-style dinning, ski rental shop and a bar and lounge. The slopes are equipped with lights so night skiing is offered.

SPRINT IMAX THEATRE    228         
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO
816-513-5808
ADMISSION: Adult $6
HOURS: Thurs-Sat, 9:30am-8pm Seniors (55+) $5; Child (3-11) $4
Sun-Wed, 11:30am-6pm


Experience a unique film adventure as the Sprint IMAX Theatre's giant six-and-a-half story screen becomes the window to your imagination. Accompanied by 12,000 watts of digital sound, the IMAX(r)15/10 film format produces an image ten times larger than conventional theatres ...with stunning clarity.

THE TEMPLE    229         
River & Walnut Street
Independence, MO
816-833-1000
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Monday-Saturday, 9am-11:30am and 1pm-4:30pm
Sunday, 1pm-4:30pm

The Temple is a $35 million structure belonging to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Daily tours of the Temple and museum are given through the day. The temple is an architectural wonder and the ceiling of the sanctuary is so high, you are asked to sit before you look up.

TOM LEA MURAL 1907    230         
124 S. Lake (U.S. Post Office)
Pleasant Hill, MO
HOURS: Lobby always open

Powerful mural painter and illustrator-journalist for LIFE magazine during the second world war, Tom Lea is another painter who has toiled most of his life with the dubious qualifier of "illustrator" attached to his name. During the thirties and forties he painted a number of murals in public spaces, such as the mural " Back Home April 1865" located in the U. S. Post Office Building in Pleasant Hill Missouri. During the depression the government had a starving artist program that paid artists to paint in public places.

UMKC OBSERVATORY    231         
52nd & Charlotte
Kansas City, MO
816-235-1606
ADMISSION: Free
SEASON: March thru November
Friday night only or by appointment

For current information on the observatory call for the recorded message on 816/235-1606. Observation is on the roof of Royal Hall. Groups can make other arrangements for another evening.

UNITY VILLAGE SCHOOL OF CHRISTIANITY    232         
M-350 Highway & Colbern Road
Lee's Summit, MO
816-524-3550
ADMISSION: Free
GUIDED TOURS; Monday-Friday, 10:30am,1:30pm, 3:30pm
(May-Oct) Saturday 10:30am,1:30pm, 3:30pm;
(May-Oct) Sundays 1:30pm, 3:30pm

This 1,400-acre incorporated city is the world headquarters of Unity School of Christianity. The Visitors Center gives guided tours of Unity's rose gardens and fountains, publishing and prayer ministries and the Silent Unity Chapel.

WOODHENGE IN LITTLE PLATTE PARK     233         
Smithville Lake
Smithville, MO
816-532-0803

An ancient structure has been reconstructed at Smithville Lake. This unusual structure has been nicknamed Woodhenge. It is a group of 48 posts in a perfect 36 foot square, 2' 4" apart and had no roof or corners. Radio carbon dating indicated it was built approximately 700-1000 A. . The site has been studied by scientists from Woods Hole Massachusetts and the Kansas City Astronomical Society. Some experts speculate it was a sundial or an astronomical observatory.

WORLDS OF FUN THEME PARK    234         
4545 Worlds of Fun Ave.   I-35 Exit 54 Parvin Road
Kansas City, MO
816-454-4545 Ext. 44
SEASON: April-October

MAMBA, one of the world's tallest, fastest, and longest roller coasters is back for another year of thrills at Worlds of Fun! Come enjoy the MAMBA plus 175 acres of rides, shows and attractions. Call for dates, times and admission prices.




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