Union Station KC
Welcome to Kansas City's very own Union Station, the city's 'hub of culture, education, and entertainment.' This former train station stands as a giant in regional history, as well as a popular science learning center and accomplished entertainment venue. Within the massive doors of Union Station, you will find various permanent and traveling exhibits, an onsite planetarium, and even a science center. You will also find plenty of fun shops and eateries scattered throughout the sprawling station. So where do you start? How about with a history lesson.
Union Station is over 100 years old, first established in 1914. At the time the 850,000 square foot complex held over 900 rooms, this being one of the most widely used train stations in the Midwest, some even say in the entirety of the United States. During the WWII era, this spot saw over 1 million travelers, mostly soldiers, who were well taken care of with onsite restaurants, cigar shops, railroad offices, barber shops, and the biggest Railway Express station around.
After you've learned all you can about the architecture and history of the building itself head over to Science City, the hands-on science playground wonderland. Older visitors may want to opt in for the galleries instead, with several traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian and National Geographic as well as permanent ones such as the popular KC Rail Experience. You can spend the rest of your time within the Arum Gottlieb Planetarium or the Extreme Screen room, the latter playing popular 3D movies regularly. Get some shopping done or grab a bite at any of the shops when you are done, a couple favorites always being the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Kansas City Store.
Get some shopping done before you go or grab a bite at any of the onsite restaurants when you are done, a couple favorites being the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Kansas City Store.