Colorful Colorado and beyond…
Here’s something you may not know about me…I was born and raised in the Show Me State, aka Missouri.
It’s been over 8 years since I’ve been back home for pleasure…because coming home for a funeral doesn’t count. And, I now have daughters who are old enough to
be forced appreciate and learn a little bit about their mother’s childhood.
First stop…Kansas City.
After we landed, the girls, myself, and my mom (our taxi service) headed over to Crown Center. Crown Center houses local attractions such as, Legoland, Sea Life, Union Station, World War I memorial, and Hallmark Center, as well as a few great hotels. And there’s the Crayola store (above my daughter poses in front of a Crayon color wheel). We had lunch in the food court. Everything from Mexican, to BBQ, to diner food is offered.
Although we did not stay at one of the hotels, we did park in the Crown Center garage and was able to walk around to all the attractions easily. First up, Union Station.
“Built in 1914, Union Station opens her arms with 850,000 square feet of amazing space that originally featured 900 rooms. In her prime as a working train station, she accommodated hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. During WWII, an estimated one million travelers – many of them soldiers — passed through the Station. So many stories of farewells, reunions and of day-to-day vibrancy still echo in her walls. Just listen . . .
Closed in the 1980s, our Station sat empty and neglected, narrowly escaping demolition on several occasions. Then, in 1996, a historic bi-state initiative was passed to fund the Station’s renovation, which was completed in grand fashion in 1999.”
And it is grand...
Union Station is free but there are attractions that have admission fees, such as Science City. Walking around this vast building is truly marvelous. The details in the architecture is awe-inspiring.
Makes me think of grander days when a military man arrives home to his waiting girlfriend who is so excited to see him she doesn’t care what people say about her jumping into his arms and giving him the deepest kiss of his life. But I digress…
We had tickets to Sea Life Aquarium. I read online that buying tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines was the way to go, so I did. Well, I don’t know if it was because we where there on a weekday and the beginning of the summer season, but that really wasn’t necessary. Now, I would always say, better safe than sorry. Plus you save money if you buy online. I count that as a win.
There are jellyfish that appear to glow under the changing colored lights.
Many clown fish, aka Nemo.
Lots of cool manta rays.
Sharks that you view from a tunnel.
And lots of cool crawl spaces for kids, young and old.
Sea Life, I would recommend. If not for any other reason than to be mesmerized by the jelly fish and a chance to touch sea life in a viewing pool…it’s the place to go.
NEXT…Aventures at the Lake of the Ozarks. Stay tuned.