Science City, (816) 460-2222, Union Station, 300 Pershing in Kansas City. The jewel of Union Station, this “hands-on” museum experience features five different neighborhoods, including a theater district. A city within the station, museums, science centers and theaters. Traveling exhibits such as the Titanic treasures and the T-Rex named Sue.

Union Station, (816) 460-2222, 300 Pershing in Kansas City. The renovated Union Station (a $250 million, bistate project completed in 1999) holds seven restaurants, shops and a theater district that features a 440-seat large-format theater with five-story screen; a state-of-the art planetarium and multimedia domed theater; and a live performance theater with shows designed for learning and entertainment.

Springs of Excelsior Springs. Visitors from around the world (in its heyday over 500,000 a year), visited the town north of Kansas City known worldwide for its healing waters. Siloam Springs is still the only natural source of iron-manganese water in the United States; five specific mineral waters are here, more than in any other locale in North America or Europe. The Hall of Waters, (816) 630-0753, built in 1937, holds the longest water bar in the world.