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Visit the "City of Fountains" Kansas City, Missouri
by CL Hendricks

Strolling along the streets of Kansas City, passing fountain after fountain you might think you are visiting Rome. Kansas City has more fountains than that famous Italian location. As a travel destination Kansas City has much to offer the music lover, the sports lover, the art lover....and all lovers.

In the early 1800s the area was inhabited by the Kansa American Indians. Original settlers decided to call their town Kansas. The construction of a new port along the Missouri River in the 1830's to facilitate the shipping of trade goods and supplies as well as settlers brought rapid growth to this town. In time, state lines divided the town and residents into two independent entities. Long past are the cattle pens and stacks of raw materials that were distributed to the town of Westport on the Santa Fe Trail.

Music lovers will find many jazz clubs and old establishments once frequented by the likes of Count Bassie and Charlie Parker still providing quality entertainment. The area of 18th and Vine is considered to be the "Birthplace of Jazz" by many. The Gem Theater, The Museum of Jazz and the Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center are just a few of the fascinating historical offerings.

While in this area you might want to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Many people do not realize how difficult it was for the African American baseball player during the early days of the struggle for equal civil rights. For decades segregation laws prevented African-Americans from playing in the 'White' major leagues. This museum allows everyone to appreciate the hurdles all American have overcome.

Art connoisseurs will find the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on the top of their destination list. Featuring masterpieces by Caravaggio, Homer, Monet, Rodin, and Titian, this museum has a reconstructed Egyptian tomb and a sculpture garden.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art building itself is an exhibit of architectural art. Seen from above the museum resembles a bird in flight. Glass paned exhibit areas extend outward from the main building much like the wings of a bird. Special programming for children and adults is just one way that this museum invites the public to view their collection of modern paintings and rare art exhibits.

Families with children can find fun filled activities for them that disguise education and learning. The Kaleidoscope allows children to create keepsakes while learning the fundamentals of science and experimentation.

With five floors of exhibits and interactive displays, Science City will be sure to delight both young and old. Specializing in scientific anomalies, be sure you set aside an afternoon to explore this fascinating destination.

Summer vacations can be hot and uncomfortable. Spending the day cooling off in a water park can not be beat. Oceans of Fun have pools, rides and special children's areas where members of your family can relax and enjoy the sun.

After you have cooled off, consider stopping by this parks sister, Worlds of Fun. The Prowler, a wooden roller coaster that premiered this spring is a wooden coaster that winds through the forest, plunging 85 feet in a matter of seconds. Thrill seekers will want to boast about their ride on this one for years to come!

Vacationing in Kansas City, Missouri is sure to provide fun for one and all!

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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