I guess it's one of those weird ways of getting to know my country. Seems silly I know, but I really like doing it. Here are the ten things I plan to do while I am there:
1. Harley Davidson's Vehicle and Powertrain Factory
11401 North Congress Ave,
Kansas City, MO 64153
Take your family out the to Harley Davidson factory to for a free tour to witness the master creation of these legendary motorcycles. You'll be led through the assembly line from start to finish and have the opportunity to sit on a newly created Harley Davidson. Not to mention you can stop in the gift shop and pick up souvenirs to take home.
Important mention: Children under the age of 12 can go into the Tour Area, but are not allowed to go on the tour due to liabilities.
2. Overland Park Arboretum
After sitting for nearly four hours, it may time to head out into the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum to get some exercise and take in the wildlife. The arboretum spans over 300 acres and is an integral part of Kansas City's dedication to ecological sustainability in the Midwest.
3. 1827 Log Courthouse
East Kansas City
Take a stroll through historic east Kansas City and take a tour of the 1827 Log Courthouse that was Jackson County's first government building. It was a home to a mercantile store and a major supplier to travelers heading out on the Santa Fe Trail. The building is open for tour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
4. Boulevard Brewing Co.
Crown Center Region, Kansas City, MO
Call to Reserve a Tour and for Cost: (816) 474-7095
Nothing beats a baseball brew better than a brew straight from the oaked barrels of Boulevard Brewing Co. located in the Crown Center region of Kansas City. The brewery holds tours throughout the week and on weekends, but be sure to call or set up a tour online to avoid showing up to closed doors and an empty mug. The tour includes brewery secrets, history, and sample tastings of their latest beers coming out of the barrels.
5. Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO
Crown Center is a great way to take a break from baseball and soak up the cultural city of Kansas City. Crown Center offers something to do for everybody with three stories of shops and restaurants, broadway productions at the American Heartland Theater, children's exhibits, puppet shows, and the main Hallmark Visitor Center right around the corner.
6. City of Fountains Foundation
Country Club Plaza
Nothing beats a hot summer day like a trip to the City of Fountains Foundation in Kansas City. While fountains serve as a water source, Kansas City makes it a point to make fountains a focal point of he city with over 200 fountains the metro region. Check out the website to print a brochure to locate all of the fountains within the city.
7. Frontier Army Museum
Northwest Kansas City, MO
The Frontier Army Museum focuses on Fort Leavenworth's role in westward expansion and the most exquisite collection of military horse drawn carriages in the United States. This is a simple and free exhibit to stroll through while you are vacationing in Kansas City.
8. Kaleidoscope Children's Art Center
Located in the Crown Center
Bring the whole family to the Art Center and enjoy a 40-minute art session with your children. At Kaleidoscope you can embrace your child's artistic side by allowing him or her to show you what his or her artistic endeavors are. The center provides ribbons, paint, glitter, cardboard, melted crayons and much more for free so your children can create whatever they desire. Call ahead of time to reserve your tickets, as they are on a first-come, first-serve basis at the door.
9. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Country Club Plaza Region
The Kemper Museum of Art is a museum that you cannot miss while you are in Kansas City for the All-Star game this year. Not only does the exterior of the building awe your eyes, the artwork itself appeases crowds of all ages. The museum has a permanent art collection, as well as a revolving group of temporary collections throughout the year. At the moment, they are featuring Lois Dodd's "Catching the Light" -- a stunning collection of paintings that capture light from all angles.
10. Sea Life Aquarium
Cost: Around $14 if you purchase online
Aquariums are a great way to take in the sea life while staying within Kansas City limits. The aquarium is a few blocks from the ball park, and you can go in and out through the day, which is great if you want to take a break from the ballpark. That way you can be a part of the MLB action, yet take time to see the city outside of the ballpark.
A vacation to Kansas City for the MLB game is a great start to the summer. The city offers great free and inexpensive attractions that you and your family can visit during your stay in the historic and culturally rich Kansas City.