10 Reasons to Visit KC

By | October 18, 2012

Blair Stover has the top 10 reasons why you should visit Kansas City in 2012:

  1. For the first time in 38 years, Kauffman Stadium hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Fans were able to enjoy a weeklong celebration of FanFest activities at the KC Convention Center.
  2. Kansas City was named America’s #1 Affordable Getaway by Travel +Leissure. KC has many free attractions such as factory tours at Hallmark Cards, Harley-Davidson, and Boulevard Brewing Co.
  3. Union Station is paying tribute to the ship and passengers of the Titanic for the 100th Anniversary of the tragic event. There will be over 300 relics from the ship and its debris field at the “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.”
  4. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in the fall. The $413 million building is the new home for the ballet, symphony, opera, and more.
  5. During the Civil War, Kansas City was located between pro and anti-slavery forces. They are continuing their 5 year commemoration in 2012 for the Civil War’s 150th Anniversary. In 1864, one of the largest battles was fought in KC’s Westport neighborhood.
  6. Kansas City hosts more college basketball tournament games than any other city, giving it the nickname “College Basketball Capitol of America.” There were 63 games played in 14 days during the 2012 tournament.
  7. The city’s first aquarium, SEA LIFE Kansas City, opened in April. The aquarium is home to more than 30 displays of marine life, including starfish, seahorses, sharks, and much more.
  8. America’s fourth LEGOLAND Discovery Center opened in Crown Center. Legoland features a 4-D theater, Lego building classes, a Lego ride and more.
  9. With 2,000 slot machines and 52 tables, the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway opened in February. The casino overlooks the racetrack and is over 100,000 square feet.
  10. Come visit one of America’s most prolific presidents. Learn more about Harry S. Truman and the events that took place during his presidency at the Harry S. Truman Museum in Independence, Mo.
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